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Bad Things by [Krylov, Varian]
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Length: 399 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Xavier makes a lot of people nervous. The rest, he flat-out scares. More than his hulking, tattooed body, it's his predator's gaze that makes people feel vulnerable, as if he had the power to read their thoughts and see their soul. For his lovers, it's Xavier's ravenous appetite for all things carnal—for the taste of flesh under his tongue and the feel of a trembling body under his control, for whispered pleas and muffled cries—that makes him dangerous.

But recently, driven by a festering rage against the men who attacked his sister a decade ago, Xavier has developed a taste for a different kind of hunt and conquest: stalking men who do truly bad things and punishing the predators he sniffs out. The problem with vigilante justice, though, is sometimes the man in your trap is innocent.

Carson suspects he's playing a risky game with dangerous men. But the lies are convincing, especially when they're slipped to him among hundred dollar bills. He never guessed how big and dark the secret hidden under all the lies and money could be. And he has no idea he's not the predator, but the prey, until it's too late.

And you can't beg for mercy when there's a gag in your mouth.

But when Carson escapes from Xavier's trap, he's forced to accept that Xavier is far from his most dangerous enemy. Xavier may even hold the key to overcoming the painful past that has kept Carson prisoner for almost two decades.

WARNING: Although this is a story about two people falling in love, there are extended, explicit sex scenes, including some BDSM and m/m/m scenes as well as scenes of dubious consent and references to sexual violence which may be a trigger for some readers, although there is no graphic depiction of rape in the book.

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“Some parts are so touching that I was tearing up. Reading the story of Xavier and Carson was a spiritual experience for me... I give this book 5 deep stars and recommend you read it. In the words of Xavier, 'Go on. Be hungry. Be selfish. Be greedy. Revel in it.'”
-Fan Girl Moments and My Two Cents

 *****5 Huge Stars***** Varian's writing is perfection...By the end of the book I loved Xavi so bad! Bad Things is an intense book on every level imaginable... the intensity of Xavier and Carson’s relationship is indescribable. It’s not your usual romance... It’s an emotional, intense story of two people trying to find themselves through each other. Two people not afraid to hurt and get hurt if the emptiness inside them will be filled again in the end. Did I mention the sex in the book is off-the-charts hot?
-Teodora Kostova Review Blog

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 399 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MW6UA9G
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,317 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Aussiemum TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 November 2015
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I hated Xavier in 'dangerously happy' - an amazing love story where I thought Xavier came between the 2 MC I loved so much. But in this book I fell in love with him and understood what his place was in their lives. I love that the author showed where Aiden and Dario were in their relationship that was so solid despite being unconventional. I needed that to be able to love Xavier.
His relationship with Carson is complex and twisted but well worth the struggle. The journey from captor/hostage to falling in love was an emotional ride I wasn't really sure if they would get a HEA or not but the ending was lovely. Some dark subject matter but highly recommended if you loved dangerously happy.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 71 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and raw 20 October 2014
By RM_MM_reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow...what to say about this book. It was an extreme change from Dario and Aiden in Dangerously Happy, in both good and bad ways. The good way is that the characters, Xavier and Carson are living and viable, unique to themselves. Perfect in their imperfection. The bad thing...the moral line is not as clear. Below may be a spoiler, but I consider it a warning to readers interested in this book, and it's important.

I've read dubious consent books before, but nothing like this. In my honest opinion, Carson was raped. Nothing dubious about it. The line was crossed. I hated the Xavier I had come to love in Dangerously Happy.

That's the reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of five. Regardless of Xavier's hidden gentle kindness, he committed a crime I consider to be inexcusable.

That aside, this book was well developed and well-written, aside from minor editing issues. Dario and Aiden return in a way that only made me adore them more than ever. Carson is relatable, and I loved him every minute. He grows before your eyes exponentially, as Xavier sees and accurately portrays in the story. And Xavier, as awful as he acted, was the hero he needed to be in the later half of the book.

So, kudos, Varian. I look forward to the next story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars disgust, hatred 20 October 2014
By Cathy L - Published on Amazon.com
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I will have a book hang over in the morning, because I could not put this book down. This book made me feel the wide spectrum of emotions. Anger, disgust, hatred, love, pain, lust, frustration, joy, love, sadness, tenderness, and yes, again, love. I cried with Carson, and cried for Xavier. It is hard to tell which one was the ocean, and which one is the rock which is steady and strong enough to withstand the powerful wave of emotions that they hammer against each other. All I know, is that I am the swimmer, who got swept away, and pulled under the tide of emotions that this book made me feel. Yes, Xavier does very bad things, but he is so full of love for Carson, that you can't help but want to hug him, and hold him to you. I love this book, and I thank you, Varian Krylov for writing such a moving story.
Five out of five stars (more like 100 out of 5 stars if I could rate it that way). Give this book your time and attention. You will be glad you did.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story 23 July 2015
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I first read Dangerously Happy and met Xavier. He was such an interesting but frightening character. Here we see all the sides of this man who is as complicated as it gets. He tries to help his sister get information about a prostitution ring and meets a quiet bartender. Carson gets involved with the ring innocently and Xavier takes advantage of this. There are some very dark scenes and it's easy to see Xavier as a bad person. But he looks out for Carson and has his stay with his friends who share their love with him. Carson and Xavier are lovers but the indignities done to Carson by his family and the guilt Xavier has over his sister come between them.
What is so painful is all of these characters all have suffered pain. It ties them together. But they need each other for the healing. Nothing in this story comes across as too outrageous or contrived. It reads as real as life can be.
5.0 out of 5 stars Where do you want it?” “I want you to put it where you want to see it when you look at me 27 September 2016
By Pat Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Bad Things Varian Krylov

Xavier and Carson their story .

I started this book knowing of Xavier this tattoo business and his penchant for all things carnal .

Carson is a quiet guy who roughly knows his sexual orientation but ... that has had an awful degrading past.

Their story starts with Xavier controlling Carson as Xavier knew from the start is feelings were for Carson .
I terrific story runs side by side with Helena who is Xavier's sister and the police department.
Varian writes with much boldness also with a description of people and places no one can match..
I could see and smell everything I mean everything!

Xavier gains Carson's trust and his love which is written is such a way its breathtaking .

Then its Carson's turn to make Xavier bare himself to himself to see HIM ...

Such an outstanding book ...
I really can't praise this book enough --- very dark with so much that will change -- love this so very much .

Written as Pat Jay
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book...I am a moron... 11 October 2014
By Elysa - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me explain...I had previously read Dangerously Happy by this author and while it was a story a bit out of my comfort zone so to speak I really enjoyed it...there was one character in particular, Xavier, that was a bit rough around the edges to say the least, yet for some reason I found myself thoroughly and inexplicably drawn to him...so much so that when I finished Dangerously Happy I wished/hoped that the author would write a book and have Xavier as the main character...a few days later I see a teaser for Bad Things and I think I must have this book...then I see the cover and I know I must have this book...I get the book and I start reading it and I think that this author must really like the name Xavier b/c the main character has that name just like the guy in Dangerously Happy...then around the 23% mark the term "The Loft Stalker" was used and the character name Dario was mentioned, both from the book Dangerously Happy...OMGOMGOMG...the author had granted my silent wish and fulfulled my hope of writing a book around this character I could not seem to get enough of...and that is when I realized that I was a moron...while his description in the first book wasn't as detailed as it was in Bad Things there was enough there and I should have made the connection...not to mention he had the same name and the same kind of crazy...Anyway Bad Things is about a guy, Xavier, who couldn't protect his sister from being raped years ago and seems to be on a mission to help anyone and everyone he meets fight their demons in some very unorthodox ways to make up for failing his sister...he ends up going undercover at a strip club to help his sister (she doesn't know he is helping her), who works for the FBI, to uncover a human trafficking/prostitution ring...there is this bartender Carson who may or may not be gay who ends being held hostage by Xavier in his basement and this where Krylov's masterful writing really takes off and you see how their relationship begins to evolve and grow...as the reader you also get to see that Xavier isn't as crazy or sadistic as he would like everyone to think and that maybe he needs someone to help him slay some of his demons...The character development is fantastic and the story is superb...the sex scenes are intense and there is a lot of BDSM happeing along with a few threesomes thrown in so just be prepared...again not my usual read, but I really loved this book and Xavier has my heart...I look forward to future books from this author...I suggest everyone get both books and enjoy them and not be a moron like me...:)