Some people can make being bad seem so very good. Lee Hayes, the critically acclaimed author of Passion Marks, A Deeper Blue: Passion Marks 2, and The Messiah, returns with a delightfully wicked spin on what constitutes a “bad seed.”
The wildly entertaining duo of novellas are sure to intrigue and titillate readers with their exploration of risqué themes. “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” is about a cosmetically beautiful but emotionally damaged young man who marries a wealthy older man to go from rags to riches. After beginning an illicit affair with his husband’s attorney, he decides that he would rather enjoy the amenities of limitless money minus the husband. He will stop at nothing to see his husband six feet under so that he can dance on his grave, toasting with expensive champagne. In “Crazy in Love,” a hyper-sexual seventeen-year-old high school boy develops a fatalistic crush on his reclusive high school English teacher. When the teacher rebuffs the boy’s advances, all hell breaks loose—and the upstanding teacher’s life is put on the line. Hell hath no fury…
With this novella pairing, Hayes (Flesh to Flesh) returns with more melodramatic tales of deranged, obsessed lovers involved in steamy sex, betrayals, and murder. In "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues," a young Blues Carmichael desperately needs to be loved, which pushes him to kill his friend and confused male lover, Jabari ("What we doin' ain't normal. My family would never accept this in me"). A decade later, Blues is planning the murder of his wealthy D.C. husband, Robert, even as he continues an affair with Robert's lawyer, Nigel. When Robert's estranged daughter, Ashleigh, shows up, however, Blues's scheme begins to unravel. "Crazy in Love" introduces young Brandon Heart, a popular, athletic high school student with a crush on his teacher, a successful novelist. Brandon is as deranged as Blues and his crush turns just as violent. Hayes's latest is a page-turner bursting with the genre's standard themes, attitude, and clearly defined if sometimes suspect motivations. Though the characters often express themselves in ways that betray their utilitarian origins, they manage to feel lifelike. But both offerings are so plagued by implausibility that it's impossible to suspend disbelief.
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A must read
The bad seed was one of the best books I have read in years. He take you in and out ,then up and down. I loved every page in the book. I would read it twice and tell all my friends about it. If you don't have this book you are truly missing out.
I have to admit that I lost my passion for reading years ago. Getting a new iPad made me want to get back into it. Reading this reminded me of the E. Lynn Harris books that made me pick up reading in the first place. Will definitely read another title from this author.
Good read, didn't know what was going to happen next which is always a plus! At times more details than needed, but only because you are trying to get past the details to see what's going to happen next.