Bad Boys Need Love Too, by Christa Tomlinson

Christa Tomlinson has written a very HOT, addicting, and powerful book titled Bad Boys Need Love Too. And, wow…do they ever. This is 400+ pages of excitement with crazed, explosive, and a no holds barred relationship between two men who, under most circumstances, would not fit together. But, these two do fit and they belong together. They bring out the best and the worst in each other. The entire story they will keep you enthralled and you will be cheering them on to make it work.
This book is about pretty boy, Joseph Naderi, and bad boy, Gage Mason. One- a well-dressed, well-versed, college graduate lawyer and the other- a greasy t-shirt, ripped jeans, dirty fingernails, motorcycle mechanic and shop owner. Vinegar and water, right? They meet at Gage’s bike shop when Joseph, owner of a Ducati, has problems with his bike and through a friends recommendation sends him to Gage. They immediately start off on the wrong foot with Joseph being rude not realizing Gage is the owner and not just a grunge worker.
Even with Gage having his hackles raised from this pretty boy, he recognizes his passion and he’s not put off by his attitude. As a matter of fact, he likes that Joseph has a temper lurking behind his fancy business suit. He also notices that Joseph is checking him out and there is a spark definitely simmering there to be poked.
Joseph can’t get Gage out of his mind. His work is suffering by his constant daydreaming and he knows Gage is not someone he needs in his life now, maybe ever. That doesn’t stop him from wanting him and he decides to make a move. Hearing Gage over the phone just cements his curiosity and decision to test the waters. I just hope he can swim because one night out with Gage will make him feel like he is drowning.
Gage has had a pretty rough life. He has experienced death and destruction too many times and it has jaded his personality. He is a playboy going from one bed partner to the next. It doesn’t matter if it’s male or female. Whoever is available to find his release works for him. He wants Joseph, he wants him bad, and he is going to get him. Turning him down for dinner is not even in the equation. Gage just didn’t realize that he would become consumed with Joseph. What was once normal behaviors will not work if he wants a chance with this smart and gorgeous man. Will Gage, the bad boy, be able to hold onto Joseph, the good boy, who is very pretty and in a class of his own?
Gage is a domineering, in your face, alpha male and does not apologize for it. He appears confident and cocky but underneath his brass exterior, he is insecure and carries many years of hurt and guilt over things not his fault. Joseph is a contradiction, as well, because to the folks on the outside looking in, they see an educated, 3 piece designer suit who works lots of hours hoping to make partner one day while moving up the corporate ladder. And, Joseph does love being a lawyer. He put himself through college when his father disowned him for being gay and cut off all ties to the family. For 6 years, he has been on his own and made his own success. He’s worked hard and plans to reap the benefits. However, his true passion is racing motorcycles and Gage can see the difference in Joseph. He lights up and has so much passion when he’s on the track. The lawyer world, Gage doesn’t understand. The motorcycle world…oh yeah, right up his alley. With some help and encouragement, Gage will try to convince Joseph the track is where he belongs.
One date leads to two and so on and Joseph knows he’s getting too deep. He tries to be strong willed when Gage is around but he succumbs to his dominating personality every time. The sex between them is explosive, it’s frequent, it’s raw and dirty, and it is H O T!!!!
Sometimes it seems if they aren’t having sex, they are fighting and arguing. And their fights are just as volatile and rough as their sex life. Joseph is showing Gage than he can have a partner, a love life with only one person, and a happy home. Joseph gives everything to Gage and he only expects one thing in return. Monogamy. Joseph wants to be the only one in Gage’s life, and if he’s not, then he is going to walk…away. Gage doesn’t know if he can make that commitment. He doesn’t want to lose Joseph, but he is who he is for a reason.
“Joseph, calm down and listen to me. I’m not sleeping with anyone else. I’m only with you. I like what we have. Why do we have to put a goddamn label on it? We don’t need to be official, whatever the hell that even means, for us to have fun and great sex. So what if we don’t spend the night together? Let’s just enjoy each other’s company both in bed and out for as long as we want. That’s all a relationship really is anyway, right?”
He has always been a manipulating, jealous, and possessive bastard. Those traits make many appearances throughout this story. That doesn’t bother Joseph and he admits he likes those things about Gage. Joseph, however, wants a relationship with all the attachments like sleeping and staying in the same bed, living together and love. Whether Gage will be able to give him those things, he’s not sure. This is new territory for him being devoted to only person. What Gage doesn’t seem to pick up on is he is already changing and giving those things to Joseph. Admitting it to himself is harder to do than doing the deed itself.
Gage leaned against the wall next to his friend. “So, what do you really think?”
“He’s pretty like you said. I can see why you want to play with him.” Max took a drink of his beer before he continued. “But I don’t think you should.”
“Why not?”
“Open your eyes, Gage. That boy is into you and not just in the way, those hood rats you bang are. Besides, one look at him and it’s obvious he’s not one who’s okay with just playing around. And if that’s all you want to do, you need to let him go.”
As the story continues, both Gage and Joseph will have to cross many hurdles. There will be more fights and disagreements before a truce is made. Gage will have to reach deep within and lay his burdens down, exposing his soul to Joseph. It takes a lot of trust but he feels better for being open and honest. Joseph is a very caring and compassionate man. He will embrace Gage, faults and all, and give all he’s got to save him and help him heal. Sometimes that comes with rough and angry sex resulting in bite marks and nail scrapes but whatever it takes, he’s willing.
gage and joseph BAD BOYSThis is my first time reading a novel by Christa Tomlinson. I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to her other books. The story line is fast paced with a lot of action and drama that will keep you invested from start to finish. She doesn’t shy away from sex scenes that include dirty talk and visual details, which I appreciate. And, they are frequent and plentiful throughout the story. But, even so, they were placed appropriately and advanced the story forward. This was not the case of adding a sex scene for filler and word count. Each time Joseph and Gage had sex it was because their attraction and chemistry was off the charts. Or, because one or the other was hurting and needed that connection.
Ms. Tomlinson has written a very engaging story and I connected immediately to her writing style and to her characters. She writes very descriptive narrative giving you, the reader, a visual of places and events. I felt the execution of the plot was very well done and moved forward seamlessly. I never felt like the story became stagnant or back peddled. There are moments that will have you in tears because you don’t want to see or read the hurts they have been through. But more so, you will laugh and keep a smile on your face because there is humor and the banter between Joseph and Gage is hilarious more often than not. Gage may be a big bad alpha but Joseph has no problem keeping him in line.
Once you start, you will not want to put it down. There is just enough angst to give you the inside scoop but not so much that you feel like you are wiped out by the end. There are many good and exiting things that will take place leaving you with much elation. The author even closes up some past misunderstandings the guys are trying to work through and brings the situation full circle.
A much recommended read in my opinion with more than everything you could want in an erotic, romance m/m story. Trust me when I say the sex is more explosive than C4 and the feels you have when you finish will no doubt leave a big smile across your face.