C. M. McKenna’s compelling voice has earned a devoted audience and multiple awards for her erotic fiction. Her page-turning literary debut, Badger, disturbs and titillates with the story of a recovering pill addict whose compulsive fascination with a Boston antihero spirals out of control.
Nearly twelve months sober, Adrian Birch feels like a nobody. But when her wrist is broken in a hit-and-run accident, she’s avenged by the Badger, a secretive street vigilante. Instantly obsessed, Adrian takes to staging suicide and constructing chance meetings to get his attention. Their resulting affair is harsh and needy, wrought with McKenna’s signature dark eroticism—until the connection gets out of hand and ignites the violent passions of the city.
Hailed for her “evocative,” “intense,” “realistic,” and “engrossing” stories by reviewers at Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today, and Romantic Times, McKenna now establishes herself as a rising star in neo-noir. Badger challenges the reader to imagine how an impulsive young man is killed, offering only the perspective of the fascinating and unreliable Adrian Birch.
"BADGER is for fans of twisted love stories, a read that will stay with you long after it's over, like a bruise you can't stop pressing because the pain feels so good you don't want it to end."
--Megan Hart, New York Times bestselling author of TEAR YOU APART
Crazy & Addictive
I'm still processing this one, and I think I will be for a while. This story is delicious, crazy, disturbing, addictive, funny, bold, really disturbing, confusing...a little repetitive near the end...and then so, so emotionally wrecking. I couldn't put this down, even when I wanted to. McKenna is one of the most ballsy writers I've ever read. My one complaint about the writing that almost made me four-star this is that Adrian's arc and her scenes with Badger started to feel repetitive and circuitous towards the end, but maybe that was the point. And anyway, I will likely read other books I feel are smoother in the moment, and feel less devastated by at the end, but it's doubtful they will be burned into my brain as strongly as this has. For better or worse.