C.M. McKenna’s compelling voice has earned a devoted audience and multiple awards for her erotic fiction. 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.
“Badger is for fans of twisted love stories, a read that will stay with you long after it’s over, like a bruise you can’t stop pressing because the pain feels so good you don’t want it to end.”
—New York Times bestselling author Megan Hart
"The pacing, the backstory, the main characters, the side characters, the attention to detail exactly when it was needed…pure perfection. Brilliantly written, unique and uncomfortably profound. If you’re in the mood for a raw, gritty yet beautifully written love story, this is it. ★★★★★"
—Maryse's Book Blog
"A masterwork of erotic fiction. Deep, dark and thrilling—easily in my top five of all time."
—Charlotte Stein, author of Never Loved