What can I say about this book, it was dark, fucked up, sexy, it was all of those things and more but if you like a love story with a whole lot of crazy and twisted, then you need to pick this up and read it. I seriously adored this book, I couldn’t put it down for a second and by the end my eyes were bulging out of my head waiting to see what was going to happen next, I was constantly second guessing everything that was happening. My heart was thumping out of my chest!
The Bad Ones follows two people from very different backgrounds from High School to their early twenties, two dark souls who have found each other in their madness.
Popular high school star Quarterback Con Masters has been watching quiet little Dulcie Travers for a long time, biding his time for when he will make his move – he sees the dark and morbid pictures she draws in her notebook, and knows deep in his soul that she is the same as him.
Dulcie is trailer trash, with a junkie mother and a sicko for a brother, all she wants to do is get out of their small minded town of Fuller and leave it all behind. Her life is thrown off course however when the golden boy at school, the son of the town’s respected Mayor, one destined for a successful future – the complete opposite of her; steps into her path and sees into her mind and soul in a way that nobody, not even herself, has ever seen.
“What a beautiful darkness we are.”
This was the start of a relationship which is explosive, in more ways than one, but they are a perfectly matched pair of psychopaths that I couldn’t help but fall in love with, all I wanted was for them to be together in their madness.
I could not fault one moment of this story, I devoured every word and every beautiful depraved page. Days later I am still thinking about it and I know that it will be one of those books that will be etched into my soul, I honestly loved it that much.
It’s only ever us, Dulcie.
Now, yesterday, tomorrow. Whenever.
You get that, right?”
Amongst all the wicked thoughts, there was a beautiful love story and although it wasn’t healthy or normal, it was true and I believed in them. In my opinion, this is Stylo’s best work so far, and I would love for her to write more dark romance because this book worked so well and I truly hope many others fall in love with it as much as I did.
The Bad Ones is a standalone dark romance, told in alternating in third person POV’s.
Releasing April 12th, 2016
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review