Bad to be Worthy by Andrew Grey
With a name like this I knew I was in for some fun.
Gerome Meadows is a former Detroit Mobster in Witness Protection down Longboat Key, Florida. He is missing his former exciting life of clubs, men, and money, at least it wasn’t cold Iowa. He and his two best friends were here now, they had broke out of the program to say good bye to Terrance’s mother who died a little bit later, that is how they ended up here, warm, sunny, boring Longboat, Florida. Where they were the top predators in town and nobody knew it.
He used to run the hottest gay nightclubs in Detroit, Richard the man behind the money, he created – as Gerome would later put it – “books that were works of art, and fake as hell.” and Terrence was the muscle that kept everybody else in line. Now he managed a small gift shop, he had never skimmed off the top of anything from that shop. The owner, Betty, had taken a chance on hiring him, and he would never forget that. She was his to protect now. They all kept to the straight and narrow now, Richard was even married with a son. The one thing I would liked to have known was Gerome’s birth name, because that is the name the Marshall’s gave him, though I can understand why it was never mentioned, It was a part of his life that was no more, and Mr. Grey most likely didn’t feel it was relevant to the story (just my curiosity).
Tucker Wells was desperate, when asked to look for a package on the beach by a guy who said he would be paid $300 when he found it, he said yes. But he didn’t find the package, and the guy didn’t believe him. Tucker is living a tent village, homeless, no job, his only friends are Cheryl and her son, Joshie. When the guy from the job comes after him, thinking he is hiding the package, and intending to violence, Gerome is there to stop him. He gets them an apartment across from his (Richard had just moved out and was waiting on the lease to expire) and helps them get jobs. Tucker isn’t sure what to think, but with no where to else to go, they move in.
Paraphrasing from a TV show, “sometimes the best good guys are the bad guys.” A villain can be the best love interest, because a villain will burn down the word to save his love, a hero is bound by ethics. While Gerome is not really a villain, or even a anti-hero, he is a lover who will cross the line to save and protect the ones he loves. And when these men fall in love, oh, they burn up the pages! I loved this book, was hooked from the first sentence, like normal for an Andrew Grey novel. I had a hard time putting it down to get my work down. It is five star read, from beginning to end. I am loving this series, you really need to pick up this book and let the bad boy be worthy of your love.