Bad Dogs (Dirty Strays Book 1) by Riley Nash

Bad Dogs is a gritty start to a new series from Riley Nash. Roman is living with his abusive brother when Scout sees something in the angry silent boy that makes him take a risk. Their harsh living conditions as they are trying to scrap by is something that they can possibly overcome together. 

From the blurb:

I see you, Roman. You want to fight me, and then you want to be so good for me.

Kink is a rich man’s game—high-end clubs, dungeons full of toys. I’m a dirt-poor trailer park boy who makes all his own gear. But I have a plan. If I can film viral BDSM porn, I can rake in enough cash to get my friends and I out of here before we become another gang violence statistic.

First, I need a sub, someone beautiful and obedient
Anyone but the new boy that just moved into town.

He’s huge and feral and angry, he never speaks, and he’s living in the same house as a cop. He couldn’t be a worse choice. But when I look into his eyes, the flash of submission I see there has me obsessed.

I want him. And I, Scout Moreno, always get what I want.

In intense, emotional story about, resilience and trauma, kink, hurt/comfort, a smaller dom/larger sub, and found family. Contains some dark and difficult subject matter, please look inside the front of the book for a content advisory.

SNik's Review:

First in series (Dirty Strays). BDSM. Hurt/comfort. Found family. Dual POV. 

When Scout first sees the new guy in town, a gorgeous boy full of rage, he feels an instant connection and wants to possess the boy. Luckily, Roman feels the same way about Scout after spending time with the man who becomes his Dom and as Scout seems to be able to see deeper than the surface and calms the anger and frustration in Roman’s head. 

Compelling main characters as well as the strong friendship and loyalty of the friends that become Roman’s found family. 

The poverty, the abuse, the acceptance, the yearning for something better and the hope that it can be found with another that shares the same dire circumstances as they struggle for survival and love. 

I do wish there was more time spent with Roman and Scout learning about each other’s histories and backgrounds, but both characters were possessive and needy for each other which I really enjoyed. 

Bad Dogs is really beautifully written, heart wrenching as Roman and Scout quickly become important and meaningful to each other with trust and love building quickly.

Rating: 4.25 Stars

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