Bad Dogs, Dirty Strays, Book 1 By: Riley Nash Narrated by: Devon Ryder, Bryant Walker

"A slow start to an emotional story." Lesetiger listened to Bad Dogs, the first book in the Dirty Strays series.

From the blurb:

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

We’re lost boys, wild and forgotten. Born into a world of poverty and crime, my two best friends and I
have nothing to rely on except each other. But I have a plan: if I can film viral BDSM porn, I might rake in enough cash to get us out of this trailer park before we become another gang-violence statistic. Kink is a rich man’s game—high-end clubs, dungeons full of toys—but maybe two dirt-poor boys with homemade gear can still compete.

First, I need a sub. I’m looking for someone perfect and obedient—until the new boy moves into town. He’s huge, silent, and skittish, broken down by pain and loneliness. But when he’s cornered, he fights like an animal. An animal who desperately wants to be tamed. When I look into his eyes, the flash of submission I see there has me obsessed. When he kneels for me, both our broken worlds become whole.

Nobody believes that trailer park boys deserve a better life, that we can find happiness and build our own family. But we’re fighters, and together, the four of us will find a way to be free.

An 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 on the Kindle page for a content advisory.

Lesetiger's Review:

The Riley Nash stories I've read so far have been very emotional and it's the same here with Bad Dogs. Roman is a traumatized boy who continues to be taken advantage of, even abused, by his not very nice brother. Just so Roman can have a roof over his head. I think you should notice the trigger warning at the beginning.

Then there's Scout and his friends, who grow up in abject poverty and dream of a better life. But to do that you need money and so Scout gets the idea to make videos in which he is the Dom and now he is looking for a sub. He happens to meet the tall, quiet boy Roman.

What I really liked was Scout's handling of the fact that Roman mostly doesn't talk. He took it in stride and didn't push him to speak. On the contrary, he and his friends Dallas and Beck were really sweet and even learned sign language.

Scout wants to be a Dom and I can understand the reasons why Roman wants to drop. But somehow, while listening, I felt like their BDSM relationship didn't really work. Sure, you can make mistakes when you start your career as a Dom, but this wasn't it. Maybe it was because Roman was so traumatized.

I also unfortunately had trouble connecting with the protagonists and can't even put my finger on exactly what it was.

This is no ordinary love story and at first it takes time for the plot to pick up and for me to get into the story. But from the middle of the book on, more happens and it gets exciting.

I didn't know the two narrators Devon Ryder and Bryant Walker before, but I will remember them. They both have very pleasant voices, emphasize in the right places and brought the story to life. I enjoyed the performance of both of them.

This book is an interesting start to a series and I am already looking forward to Beck and Dallas' stories.

­čÄžAudiobook Review­čÄž
Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️️
Performance: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Story: ⭐️⭐️⭐️(⭐️)️

Bad Dogs is available to buy from Audible and is Whispersynced.