Wow…this author surprised me in such a way with this “sweet little gem”. ‘The Bad Ones’ was my first read by this author, but for sure it won’t be my last since I enjoyed her storytelling and her writing very much. This story was definitely my kind of story – dark, f@cked-up, twisted and ohhh…so intense at times. I found this story to be very addictive. I honestly couldn’t put it down. However, I’m not sure this book is for everyone. Keep in mind that contains graphic sex and brutal violence. Stylo Fantome delivered a captivating story that will keep you at the edge of your seat, because trust me, it was entirely something else.
“Maybe, just maybe, their hidden pieces matched.”
Dulcie Travers is from the wrong side of the tracks. She’s quiet, a little odd and seems a little shy. She loves taking pictures and also drawing what she sees through her lenses. Her life is turn upside down when she saves Constantine from a punishment giving him an alibi. Constantine Masters is a senior, the star quarterback, a homecoming king, his father being the mayor. Constantine is…different from any other boy Dulcie met. She just can’t tell he’s more than meets the eye. Even if there is something about him that had always given her the shivers, Dulcie recognize the darkness Constantine seems to have because she knows for sure she has it as well.
”She wanted to go, wanted to corner him somewhere, wanted to kick and scratch and bite until he recognized her for what she really was – his reflection.”
Dulcie sees Constantin for what he really is. She is the only one who sees the REAL golden boy. And Constantine can tell the shy, sweet girl is the perfect match for him.
“What a beautiful darkness we are.”
Dulcie and Constantin’s relationship progresses slowly but surely, they eventually falling for one another. Everything is good between them until Constantine leaves town leaving Dulcie alone and heartbroken. Three years later, Dulcie still lives in the small town this time alone. She never forget Constantine or what they did years ago. Constantine is back in town and all he wants is to be with the one who knows him like no other, with the girl who is exactly like him.
“…she was every bit as dark as him. They were the same animal. She’d just been better at deceiving herself. And now they’d evolved into something else, into a new, higher being.”
This one was one hell of a ride! It was such a page turner. If you are looking for something dark or/and a unconventional love story, look no further. ‘The Bad Ones’ has every element I love in a dark and twisted read – unpredictability, well developed plot and f@cked-up characters. The title should have been ‘The Crazy Ones’. I think it’s more fitting, because trust me these two main characters were batsh*t crazy. I really don’t know which one of them was crazier. Hmm…
Both Dulcie and Constantine (btw. I love the names for these two characters) were fantastically portrayed. They felt real in some crazy way and it crazy as it sounds I liked them, individually and together. Their journey was f@cked-up in every way, I didn’t know what will happen with them as the story progressed. Their relationship was unconventional to say the least. It was weird and intense, but in some way it felt real and their connection was so palpable from the very beginning and fantastically done. Their love for each other was intoxicating and so overwhelming and like me you will root for them.
“It’s only ever us, Dulcie.
Now, yesterday, tomorrow. Whenever.
You get that, right?”
I loved the sex scenes between these two. Of course they were…different and so very hot.
Overall, this was an intriguing, dark and twisted read that I highly recommend if you are looking for something different that will take you out of your comfort zone.
“This is the part where you run away, little girl.”