Book Review: The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron

Title: The Bad Guy
Author: @AaronErotica
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 414 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars


My name is Sebastian Lindstrom, and I’m the villain of this story.

I’ve decided to lay myself bare. To tell the truth for once in my hollow life, no matter how dark it gets. And I can assure you, it will get so dark that you’ll find yourself feeling around the blackened corners of my mind, seeking a door handle that isn’t there.

Don’t mistake this for a confession. I neither seek forgiveness nor would I accept it. My sins are my own. They keep me company. Instead, this is the true tale of how I found her, how I stole her, and how I lost her.

She was a damsel, one who already had her white knight. But every fairy tale has a villain, someone waiting in the wings to rip it all down. A scoundrel who will set the world on fire if that means he gets what he wants. That’s me.

I’m the bad guy.

Author’s Note: This is a dark romance with an HEA and no cheating.

Grace Review

What do you have when you put it all together?
Mine kind of H, aka the anti-hero.

Sebastian Lindstrom has never been normal. Part of that has to do with a personal disorder, part can be attributed to how he is raised. He is handsome and successful, and with very distinct tastes. When he wants something, he stops at nothing to make it his. This story centers on his complete and undeniable infatuation with Camille Briarlane and his quest to gain her complete devotion.

From the moment Sebastian meets Camille, a girlfriend of one of his employees, he begins his pursuit. It begins innocently with a dance, and quickly escalates into stalking and eventually kidnapping.

“You’re mine. Your violence, your anger – all mine.”

While I’ve read a lot of dark romances centering on kidnapping, this one had a different approach. Initially, I thought Sebastian would go into full psycho mode. And yes, there are moments where I thought he needed a straight-jacket. However, most of the time, he tactics are more subtle. He is thoroughly convinced that the sensed connection between them will grow into trust and long term commitment.

As the reader, you can see how wrong he is in his approach.

Camille is an interesting heroine. As Sebastian picks up on, she has some dark desires that have yet to be satisfied. Probably why she never committed to her tool of a boyfriend, Link.

“You’re light, but you crave the dark. You crave me.”

Despite her attraction to Sebastian, it is easy to sympathize with her situation. Falling in love with your kidnapper is hardly a simple thing.

As wrong as Sebastian is and as wrong as his tactics may be, his instincts about Camille are spot on, and through a series of “deals” he works his way past her defenses, and into her pants. When Camille does throw caution to the wind, the connection between these two sizzled. Seriously hot!! It was easy to see how they worked together physically, but when Camille’s logic kicked in, things fizzled just as quickly.

“Every bad guy is a hero in his own tale.”

I liked how the plot evolved in this story, and how Sebastian did the right thing. What was a surprise was how those around him helped him along the way.

Despite the kidnapping theme, and anti-hero, this is on the lighter side of dark romance. The character chemistry is off the charts and I found it easy to cheer for the H, despite his level of crazy. If you are looking for a steamy read, check this one out.

– Grace

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