The Bad Guy by Celia Aaron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“Let me guess. You need to return some videotapes?”
Re-read via audiobook
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 🤭😮🥰
The heroine: Sebastian Lindstrom – CEO of an international forestry company, owned by his father. Sebastian is a true psychopath who grew up with a father similar to Dexter’s. Except not one that gave him rules on who he could safely kill, but one that he could talk to about his lack of emotions and who taught him how to act like a normal human being by reading the faces of others.
The Hero: Camille Briarlane – high school biology teacher with a boyfriend, Link who works for Sebastian. Link keeps trying to get Camille to move in with him in the city, since she teaches at a prep school two hours away.
The Story: Sebastian finally feels something when he meets Camille, but she already has a boyfriend so he decides to just kidnap her. He is pretty funny and actually not a bad guy for a psychopath. I liked him and loved this book.
“I had to let her go, even though murdering Link and tossing her over my shoulder seemed like the more expedient option. My father and the rest of the attendees would likely frown on my behavior.”
The story was told in multiple points of view and the narration was done by Lance Greenfield, Stephen Dexter and Erin Mallon. Erin has an intelligent and soft spoken voice that worked well for Camille. Lance Greenfield has a deep gravelly voice that was absolutely perfect for Sebastian.
I like the fact that Camille kept calling Sebastian a robot because it is so obvious he has never felt emotions before. He is confused by her and is used to mimicking the facial reactions of others in order to appear human, despite the fact that he doesn’t understand what people feel. He has no compunction about breaking laws to get what he wants at work and with Camille.
Sebastian is an extremely intelligent man, but it is funny how he just doesn’t get some things and/or doesn’t care about certain things because he doesn’t understand feelings. Not only that but he doesn’t care about right and wrong because he doesn’t understand what it is to care. He just wants what he wants and goes after it.
I also thought it was pretty funny how Sebastian swore he would never hurt Camille and he thinks that holding her captive is for her own good. I like to see how his mind works and I like the fact that he does think she is precious and doesn’t want to see her physically hurt.