My First Book of 2016

by C.M. McKenna

Paperback, 513 pages
Published August 31st 2015 by Brain Mill Press

Hello and happy new year!

My First Book of the Year 2016.

I have been reading a lot of blogs where everyone posts a list of their favorite reads from 2015. I took special note of the books that made several of the lists. This book, Badger... I'd never even heard of the book prior to now, and it was published in August! Yet, here it was. Ranked highly among several people's "My Favorite Book of 2015." Intrigued, I bought it, and I'm currently reading it. It is very good and I'm enjoying it tremendously. Frankly, I don't know how this one flew beneath the radar for so long.

About Badger: C.M. McKenna’s compelling voice has earned a devoted audience and multiple awards for her erotic fiction (as Cara McKenna.) Her page-turning literary debut, Badger, disturbs and titillates with the story of a recovering pill addict whose compulsive fascination with a Boston antihero spirals out of control.

Nearly twelve months sober, Adrian Birch feels like a nobody. But when her wrist is broken in a hit-and-run accident, she’s avenged by the Badger, a secretive street vigilante. Instantly obsessed, Adrian takes to staging suicide and constructing chance meetings to get his attention. Their resulting affair is harsh and needy, wrought with McKenna’s signature dark eroticism—until the connection gets out of hand and ignites the violent passions of the city.

Hailed for her “evocative,” “intense,” “deftly drawn,” and “engrossing” stories by reviewers at Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and Jezebel, McKenna now establishes herself as a rising star in neo-noir. Badger challenges the reader to imagine how an impulsive young man is killed, offering only the perspective of the fascinating and unreliable Adrian Birch.

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Lori L. Clark

Lori L. Clark currently resides in Hazelwood, MO with three rescue dogs. When Lori isn't listening to the voices in her head, waiting for the next creative inspiration to strike, she also loves to read, run, paint pet portraits and save dogs. Email Lori at

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