Title: The Bad Ones
Author: Stylo Fantome
Genre: Dark Romantic Thriller
POV: Third Person
Constantine (Con) Masters was the town’s golden boy. Athletic, smart and devastatingly good looking, the Mayor’s son had a bright future that could take him far. But his darkness constantly surfaced and in need of an outlet for release.
Dulcie Travers was the invisible girl. The shy, quiet loner preferred to spend her time taking pictures and sketching than being friendly with others. No one else but Con could see she was hiding something sinister behind the meek facade and he was determined to let her true self out.
It’s hard for me to resist when it comes to dark and fucked up books especially when written by one of my favorite author. This one was not exactly what I imagined it to be, but definitely charming in a non conventional way haha!
“I don’t care how many people you’ve slept with, Dulcie,” he breathed out her name as he yanked her up onto her toes. “It’s still my property they’re fucking.”
Con was unapologetic about his dark side. He embraced it and displayed it to the world.
Dulcie on the other hand, cloaked her true self behind a persona. Never baring her teeth unless necessary.
While she sobbed and whimpered and writhed against him, he just gripped stronger, dug in deeper, and pounded harder. He was fucking the last pieces of the old Dulcie right out of her, and by the time he came, that girl was long gone.
Con and Dulcie were explosive together – in every sense of the word. They were two peas in a sociopathic pod. What they did to/for each other worked for them and that was technically quite romantic. And the sex scenes were scorching – intense and raw.
When it comes to the story, I love the premise, but I felt like it lacked a special something. I didn’t feel like I knew the characters enough because their background and their psyche barely scratched the surface.
“We’re going to kill each other, aren’t we?” she whispered. “Baby …” he sighed, his eyes fluttering shut as he moved to rest his forehead against her. “What a beautiful thing to say.”
I also didn’t find the book to be as dark as I thought it would be. There were graphic violence scenes that made me cringed, so the book is more of physical than psychological dark (which is something I prefer when it comes to dark books). I supposed, I was hoping for something more sinister than gore.
The Bad Ones is a tale of two kindred spirits who found each other and thrive amidst the chaos that surround them.
This review is also available on Goodreads.