The Bad Ones by Stylo Fantome
“Don’t be scared,” he said, then he leaned in and kissed a tear away. “Don’t ever be scared. It kills me. From now on, tell me whenever you’re scared, and I’ll take away your fears. Tell me when you’re hurting, and I’ll bleed for you.”
Whelp this was quite a book! I went into this book completely blind, didn’t read a synopsis or anything which is rare for me (I’m normally a spoiler happy kind of gal). So when I discovered that this book was completely CRAZY, it came as a shock. It was after I finished the book and read the synopsis that I went “oh yeah, those warnings would have been handy” LMAO!
So this is my warning: This is a dark book with unconventional heroes. If you are the least bit squeamish, this book isn’t for you. So be warned!
The Bad Ones is about Dulcie and Con, a girl and a boy from a small town with one thing in common: they’re sociopaths. When they were in high school they felt a connection between them, but Con left Dulcie behind in a horrible and simple town after a night that they will never forget. Years later he returns and the two are thick as thieves, wreaking havoc wherever they can.
“I want to know,” he breathed, his tongue moving between her breasts.
“When do we get to be bad again?” She smiled big.
“Baby, I thought you’d never ask.”
My favorite part of this book was the way it was written. Having never read a Fantome book before, I was enraptured by her writing style and way with words. The books I’ve been reading recently left me bored, but this one had my attention until the very end and this means a lot to me as a reader. I wasn’t once bored and I wanted to keep reading. She’s an extremely compelling writer.
So why not a higher rating than 3.5 stars? Well…. I didn’t really like the characters. Anti-heroes really aren’t my thing unless there is something redeemable in them. And I really didn’t care for Con and Dulcie. Sure they were interesting and a new kind of MC, but ultimately I did not want to know what happened to them in the end. I couldn’t root for them and I need to be able to do that with my book couples.
Overall I enjoyed reading this book, but I wouldn’t reread it. I think fans of dark books and Tarryn Fisher novels would really enjoy the feel of this book.
“So much darkness. Falling in love with this chick would be easy, but surviving each other … that’s an entirely different story.”
Copy received in a giveaway from Night Owl Reviews. Thank you Bex!!! xoxo