Monday, December 12, 2016

Bad Boy by Elliot Wake: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway

Blurb:

Vlog star Renard Grant has nothing to prove: he’s got a pretty face, chiseled body, and two million adoring video subscribers. Plus the scars on his chest and a prescription for testosterone. Because Ren is transgender: assigned female at birth, living now as male. He films his transition and shares it bravely with the world; his fans love his honesty and positivity.

But Ren has been living a double life.

Off-camera, he’s Cane, the muscle-bound enforcer for social justice vigilante group Black Iris. As Cane, he lets his dark side loose. Hurts those who prey on the disempowered. Indulges in the ugly side of masculinity. And his new partner, Tamsin Baylor, is a girl as rough and relentless as him. Together, they terrorize the trolls into silence.

But when a routine Black Iris job goes south, Ren is put in the crosshairs. Someone is out to ruin his life. He’s a bad boy, they say, guilty of what he punishes others for.

Just like every other guy: at heart, he’s a monster, too.

Now Ren’s got everything to prove. He has to clear his name, and show the world he’s a good man. But that requires facing demons he’s locked away for years. And it might mean discovering he’s not such a good guy after all. 
 

About the Author:

Elliot Wake Elliot Wake (formerly known as Leah Raeder) is a transgender author of four novels: Unteachable, Black Iris, Cam Girl, and Bad Boy. Aside from reading his brains out, Elliot enjoys video games, weightlifting, and perfecting his dapper style. He lives with his partner in Chicago.
 
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Review by Michelle:

Every time I finish an Elliot Wake/Leah Raeder book, I can't help thinking, "man that boy can write!" Never am I so thoroughly enthralled, so completely consumed, and so transported by a story as I am by one of his books. Never am I left so speechless, so spellbound, and so contemplative than after an Elliot Wake work. And one of my favorite things about his books is that, no matter how knowledgeable, how cultured, how liberal, how supportive and understanding you may be or think that you are, Elliot Wake and Bad Boy will open your eyes to something. That something may be as simple as a new piece of information, it may be a new opinion, possibly a whole new way of thinking, or perhaps even a whole new world, but in the end, you will be changed in some way. All this while telling an absolutely mesmerizing and utterly addicting story.

Bad Boy is mind gripping, heart clenching, palm sweating, and soul squeezing. You feel every word and live the story right along with Ren. More than just your average suspenseful romance, readers are given impactful insight and awareness into the life of a trans man. Insight that is powerful and poignant, striking and breathtaking, enlightening and significant, unprecedented and innovative.

Here I thought I was a pretty open minded person with a good idea of human sexuality and gender identity and fluidity, it turns out one can't even begin to know the prison that can be gender and sexuality and social constructs and expectations. Along with Ren you will sob in desperation, you will marvel at the transformation, you will feel in way over your head as your mind is clouded with a million different possibilities, and you may even find peace and redemption in the lessons learned.

So mysterious and suspenseful, each time there is a new piece to grasp at there's still never quite enough to fit together so everything is completely unexpected and you cannot possibly predict where this story will go. With compelling evidence around every turn, so much suspicion, so many secrets and lies everywhere you look, you really are uncertain of who to trust and which way things will play out right until the very last second.

Bottom line, you can never go wrong with an Elliot Wake book. If you are looking for a compelling story that will enlighten you, open your eyes, and make you view the world around you just a little bit differently while gripping you, teasing you, and shocking you, Bad Boy will be both your enjoyment and your education.

*complimentary copy provided by publisher for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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