Series: Inch Series
Author: Damon Suede
Length: Novel (350 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (2013)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Some mistakes are worth making.
Reclusive comic book artist Trip Spector spends his life doodling super-square, straitlaced superheroes, hiding from his fans, and crushing on his unattainable boss until he meets the dork of his dreams. Silas Goolsby is a rowdy FX makeup creator with a loveless love life and a secret streak of geek who yearns for unlikely rescues and a truly creative partnership.
Against their better judgment, they fall victim to chemistry, and what starts as infatuation quickly grows tender and terrifying. With Silas’s help, Trip gambles his heart and his art on a rotten plan: sketching out Scratch, a “very graphic novel” that will either make his name or wreck his career. But even a smash can’t save their world if Trip retreats into his mild-mannered rut, leaving Silas to grapple with betrayal and emotions he can’t escape.
What will it take for this dynamic duo to discover that heroes never play it safe?
Product Link: http://www.damonsuede.com/BadIdea.html
Review: This book is written with style and sophistication. I like it when I can read a book and digest it many ways, literally, symbolically, metaphorically, with strong visualization, and I enjoyed this book in all of those ways. The author drew parallels between his comic book characters and the real main characters of the story, and not just in their visual details. The way the MC’s jobs in the creative industry were described, their daily work, the process of finding and getting paid for said work, was very convincing. The evil villains were very easy to hate, and the heroes very easy to fall in love with.
There were moments were I both loved Trip and wanted to slap some sense into him. Moments where I thought he was a narcissistic bastard, times where I had complete sympathy for him, and times where his sexual prowess was supercharged and surprising, in a great way! I loved the families and circle of friends that Trip was associated with. The Stone family was the best! I loved those parents and their very creative child, the interactions Trip had with them were an important and strong part of this story.
Just the names of the main characters alone (Spector, Goolsby, Stone, Bogusz, Staplegun…I mean Stapleton) gave me reason to snicker and smile. The way the words flowed, the way action was described and thoughts spooled out, had the same feel that the body copy of a comic book or “graphic novel” might.
The rich supporting characters of this story had me hooked too, I really want to know the story of Kurt and Ziggy, and they’ve got me captured! But the main gist is, two art geeks bring out the weaknesses and super powers in each other, and learn not to let their weaknesses tear them apart but to strengthen each other to fight the nemesis out in the world that would try to take them down. Their heat and passion are just a small part of this beautiful team. This is a must read book and not just for art geeks, but for anyone with a heart, and an open mind. Great job