Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Bad Ones by Stylo Fantome [Review + GIVEAWAY]

Love isn't always bright and shiny.

Sometimes, it's dirty and wrong, buried six feet deep in a secret place where only wild things dare to go. Hidden behind a big black curtain that covers things no one should ever see.

Sometimes it happens between two people who should never be allowed to come together. One who is a match, and the other who just happens to be gasoline.

One strike is all it takes to burn the whole world down, and that's exactly what they plan on doing.

Even if it kills them.

6 Twisted, Dark, Mess-up, I LOVE IT STARS!!!
I loved Stylo Fantome from her debut novel, but The Bad Ones, well she just took my breath away with this one. The Bad Ones is an EPIC romance novel that will leave you shocked, speechless and in awed. The book is like a work of art and it should be cherished and praised because it simply deserves it.

The Bad Ones is not for the faint of heart. It’s for those romance dark junkies like me. I crave these books like mad. You will be instantly drawn from page one and believe me when I say you will need to block off hours of the day to read this one. It’s a non-stop read and I love every bumpy second of it.

The Bad Ones is about two characters. One is rich and popular and the other is poor and an outcast. Both are completely opposites, yet they are completely alike.

The beginning is like a little treat of what’s to come. You get introduced to the two main characters in high school. I really enjoyed the beginning. I loved how we got to know the characters and the history. There’s something so innocent about them that you know something more will happen later.  I love how they are opposites and I love how they are attracted to each other.

Con is the main Hero, he’s full of himself and everyone loves him. Con is a book boyfriend. He’s a man and knows what he wants. He hates his dad and he hates how he has to be the “golden boy” but he does it because that’s what he needs to do.

“His full name was Constantine Masters. It just had an evil ring to it, like a crazy megalomanic.”

Dulcie is the trailer park trash girl. She’s an artist and sticks to herself. She has a wicked crush on Con but she knows nothing more will come of it. Oh Dulcie, she’s so troubled. All she wants is to save enough money so she can leave town, but she runs into Con a few times and things start to happen. I really enjoyed Dulcie’s character. I felt like she has the perfect mixture of damsel in distress and sassy wildfire. She’s so strong and yet she’s weak compared to Con. It’s a yummy combination.

The book shifts a few times and each time it’s like a slap in the face and I’m grinning from ear to ear. I just can’t get enough. Con and Dulcie soon realize how much they can’t get enough of each other, but how bad it would be to be together.  I had a lot of conflicting emotions throughout this book and it was ALL GOOD. Trust me. I loved the tension, I love the steam and I love never knowing where things were going to go.

“…she didn’t want to ‘snuggle’. She wanted someone to take a bite of her. She wanted someone to bleed for her.”

“I’d kill anyone who hurt you… And that’s one of the things I find particularly attractive about you.”

The Bad Ones is Con and Dulcie’s explosive and troubled relationship. It’s about two people doing wrong, but feeling good together. It’s very taboo, yet you can’t look away. The best part of this book is that from page one the book never stops. It’s a fast pace book with so much happening. I can’t gush enough how good this story is.

“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.”

When I finished, I wanted to read it again.

Bravo Stylo Fantome. Bravo.

An ARC was provided
Con finally unlocked the doors and she hefted herself into the massive vehicle. They sat in silence for a while, their breath fogging up the glass. Then he opened his mouth.
“Did he touch you?”
Dulcie knew he wasn't asking about the homeless man.
“Not in any way that counts,” she replied, turning to look at him. His hands had moved to grip the steering wheel.
“So he has touched you.”
“Jared was just an experiment, I wanted to see if -”
“You let him fucking touch you.”
“You fucking left me!” she was suddenly screaming. He didn't even flinch, just gripped the steering wheel harder. “You fucking left me in this fucking town, without a goddamn goodbye! Without a goddamn word! God, you have no idea what it's been like. That fucking camera, all those drawings. And there's all these people, and talking, and feeling this way, and all the blackness, and I don't even know what's wrong with me, and nothing. You come back, and it's like nothing to you. Oh hey, Dulcie. Where's your sketchbook, Dulcie. Come to a party, Dulcie. Let me just fuck this chick in the woods, Dulcie. So you know what? Yeah, he fucking touched me. I let him fucking touch me. And I hated every minute of it, and I would pretend it was you, and I would hate you, and I would hate myself, and I just let it happen.”
Con lunged across the seat, and absurdly, her first thought was “wow, he's really fast” before his fingers wrapped around her throat. She wasn't fazed, though, and she pushed right back, slapping him across the face. This only caused him to clench both hands around her neck and he yanked her forward, dragging her to him so their faces were only inches apart.
“Stupid little Dulcie,” he whispered, his breath hot against her lips. She held onto his wrists and glared at him, but didn't try to pull away. His fingers got tighter. “So scared of the big bad wolf.”
“I'm not … scared of you,” she managed to gasp out, but then his grip grew so tight he completely cut off her oxygen.
“Of course you aren't scared of me. I'm not the wolf. You are.”
So that's what was hiding behind the curtain. I wish you'd told me sooner, Con. We could've reveled in our darkness together.
It felt like a weight was lifted off her back. She'd been pretending for so long, and she hadn't even realized it. Had conditioned herself to do it. It was easier to believe Con was the darkness, and she was simply drawn to it. Basking in his wake. But it was all a lie – 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.
Her lungs were throbbing, screaming for oxygen. She could feel her pulse pounding behind her face. Her mouth was open, but she couldn't make a sound. Black spots danced in front of her eyes, yet still they stared at each other. Recognizing each other, maybe for the first time ever.
Maybe for the last time.
What a way to die, looking into the face of this beautiful boy. What a gift.

 • Secret – The Pierces
• Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
• Little Red Riding Hood – Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
• Can't Get You Outta My Head – Kylie Minogue
• People Are Strange – The Doors
• Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
• Suicide Blonde – INXS
• I Touch Myself – Divinyls
• Bad Things – by Jace Everett
• Song 2 – Blur
• SAIL – Awolnation
• Animal – Chase Holfelder (Neon Trees cover)
• My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark – Fall Out Boy
• Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
• Kokomo – The Beach Boys


Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ..., forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.
Other Books by Stylo Fantome

The Kane Trilogy

Degradation #1 REVIEW | AMAZON
Separation #2 REVIEW | AMAZON
Reparation #3 AMAZON


Stylo Fantome's THE BAD ONES Release Day Blitz

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