Author: Elliot Wake, Leah Raeder
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Vlog star Renard Grant has nothing to prove: he’s got a pretty face, chiseled body, and two million adoring video subscribers. Plus the scars on his chest and a prescription for testosterone. Because Ren is transgender: assigned female at birth, living now as male. He films his transition and shares it bravely with the world; his fans love his honesty and positivity.
But Ren has been living a double life.
Off-camera, he’s Cane, the muscle-bound enforcer for social justice vigilante group Black Iris. As Cane, he lets his dark side loose. Hurts those who prey on the disempowered. Indulges in the ugly side of masculinity. And his new partner, Tamsin Baylor, is a girl as rough and relentless as him. Together, they terrorize the trolls into silence.
But when a routine Black Iris job goes south, Ren is put in the crosshairs. Someone is out to ruin his life. He’s a bad boy, they say, guilty of what he punishes others for.
Just like every other guy: at heart, he’s a monster, too.
Now Ren’s got everything to prove. He has to clear his name, and show the world he’s a good man. But that requires facing demons he’s locked away for years. And it might mean discovering he’s not such a good guy after all.
I totally fell in love with Unteachable, and then Black Iris became one of my favorite books. I also love Cam Girl, so I was beyond excited for Bad Boy. While didn’t love it, I did like it a lot!
Ren is an interesting character who is definitely dealing with some fucked up stuff. This falls a bit on the mystery/thriller side with Ren not knowing who to trust. Someone is screwing with his life big time, and it’s messing with him physically, mentally and emotionally. The danger is real, and we’re take on crazy ride of deceit, revenge, and love.
This brings me to how freaking happy I am that character’s I adore from previous books play a major role in Ren’s life! I do have to say though, it didn’t feel quite the same. I don’t know what it is, but I liked them better in their own books.
Anyway, something I appreciate is how much insight we get to Ren’s transition and what he goes through being transgender. It’s honest and doesn’t hold much back.
Overall, I enjoyed Bad Boy and look forward to reading more by Elliot Wake.