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Bad Dad

  

 Bad Dad
 Sloane Howell
December 27th 2017

 

My son is my life. Nothing on earth matters but him.

Soon, I’ll have to send him out into society. The cruel machine that gnashes innocence and spits out the hollowed remains of a child’s imagination. It’s a place I know all too well, considering my past. I’ve worked hard to separate myself from it, but it looms in the back of my mind—waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

My son, Logan, wants to have birthday parties, make friends, play at the park—all the normal things that seven-year olds want to do. All the things I want to do with him.

I’ve put up walls around our life to shield us from danger. Giant barriers to ward off possible threats.

Cora Chapman crashes through them like a wrecking ball. She’s intelligent and hilarious with soft curves and a spark that ignites a flame deep inside of me.

There’s only one problem—she’s Logan’s teacher.

When my past wraps its tentacles around my throat and threatens to strangle the breath from my lungs, I’m given an option—fight for my family’s freedom, or die as they’re stripped away from me.

I can’t lose. I won’t lose.

My name is Landon Lane and I am a warrior.

 

 

 

Once upon a time there was a reviewer that thought she had an interesting plot in her hands. “Bad Dad” by Sloane Howell sounded interesting and it sparked something when I read it. On the surface without looking closer it sounded like a romance between a teacher and a parent. But there were things in that plot that sounded darker. And I like darker – I like darker a lot.

So what’s a girl to do ? well go for the book and read it – right.

 

So imagine my surprise … I found romance … I unfolded before my eyes at a nice and steady pace with interesting and well developed characters. Wondering what happened to my darker I kept reading and with every page I could almost taste that Landon was holding back. He was restrained the force working him almost had it’s own physical presence. And I sensed something … there was a suspense in the air surrounding the plot like the air in the middle of a hurricane. Something that had me waiting for the other shoe to drop. But honestly by the time I had read almost half the book I was at point where I thought “could I be that wrong?”

 

Landon was a great character and he became better and better with every chapter. Cora on the other hand, I am not sure how to say it nicely but I really didn’t like her in that relationship with Landon. She seemed a nice teacher and good with the children but when it came to her character in relationships she did not work out for a guy like Landon. His warrior attitude did not work with her hide and run tendencies in my reading world. And I was wondering from the beginning on that she did not ask the one question that I would assume every woman would ask about Logan. (or did I overlook something ? well I did an almost all-nighter with that book so it might be).

 

Unusual as its storyboard are also the secondary characters. And a reader has to simply mention Joe here. He is just one of a kind. I was having laughing fits at his hilarious dialogues.

 

This book is unusual in many accounts and I liked that it kept me on the edge. There is a certain storyboard that books follow when you check your reading % on your eBook reader. (not going to disclose what I noticed in case it spoilers reading for others) but this book went against everything I learned form this system so far. And I liked it…. The pace picked up when I would have never expected it to happen. And I went in a direction I did not expect (well at least not with these details). And when I thought I had it all figured out… I made a U-Turn and ran over me… I was sitting there with my heart beating wild … which is an interesting reaction to a book I think.

 

The book leaves me satisfied with what the characters achieved yet yearning for more which makes me hope that the author considers a series as I am sure I am not the only person wanting something more for Joe out of all of this …

 

 

 

 

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