Author: Celia Aaron
Title: The Bad Guy
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: 21st May, 2017
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.
Emma-Louise’s 5 ★ review on behalf of #KFF
The Bad Guy, a book about the “Antihero” the villain as Sebastian sees himself.
“Ever 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”.
I am new to Celia Aaron and am also new to Dark Romance. Not knowing where to start in a genre that has interested me, but I was never sure which book to dip my toe into the genre with. The Bad Guy was a great place to start.
This book is told from multiple view points; Camille, Sebastian, and Link (Camille’s white knight). For a diagnosed psychopath Sebastian is highly functioning. Appearing normal to the outside world, only his father and closest friends know his dark secret. From the moment Sebastian is introduced to Camille he becomes obsessed, committing highly questionable acts to get to know who Camille is.
“She makes me feel.
Your tears, they should make me sad, right? They don’t. I see you upset and I think ‘I don’t want you to be unhappy’ but I don’t feel your sadness. But her’—
When she cries, when she laughs; I feel it in here”.
She makes him feel, something he felt he would never do in his life.
“The fissure in my chest opened again, lava surrounding my heart and charring edges. No amount of antacids could cure the feelings she brought to my surface. Though I couldn’t be sure, I suspected the feeling was a mix of rage and pain”.
“I clenched my eyes shut. She appeared behind my lids, her eyes glittering as she laughed and turned to run. I chased her. Would never stop chasing her”.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, it was almost impossible to put it down and walk away even for a little while. Sebastian has the kind of sense of humour that I relate heavily to, as he often has dark macabre thoughts. Some of his thoughts are so reprehensible a normal person would not be having them.
“A vision of him with a knife protruding from his neck made me smile”.
This review has been the hardest to date. Not because I don’t know what to say, but what I can’t say about this book without giving away spoilers. This book struck a cord with me, one that I still can’t shake. Sebastian’s personality and the nuances that made him, him, have left me with so many thoughts racing through my mind, I’m sure I’ll never do this book justice. To me, Sebastian wasn’t the bad guy, he may not have been the good guy either but to me he’ll always be the Black Knight, as he’s far too hot/raw to be a White Knight.
If you’ve never given a dark romance a go, this is the one to jump in with. It isn’t heavy, but it is dipping its toe into the dark pool.
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Celia Aaron is a recovering attorney who loves romance and erotic fiction. Dark to light, angsty to funny, real to fantasy—if it’s hot and strikes her fancy, she writes it. Thanks for reading.