Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Boystown: Season One
Author: Jake Biondi
Series: Boystown #1
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 316 Pages
Publisher: Jake Biondi
Release Date: November 8, 2013
Available at: Jake Biondi, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: One of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in the country, Chicago’s BOYSTOWN has something for everyone. So it’s no wonder that Jesse Morgan and Cole O’Brien chose to live there upon graduating from college. Ready to begin the next phase of their lives in an exciting new city, Jesse and Cole quickly find themselves at the center of a new group of friends. Joyelle and Derek Mancini have been happily married for years, but Derek is harboring a secret that could tear them apart. Derek’s brother Emmett is about to discover that his boyfriend Keith Colgan has a past that will haunt them both. Long time couple Logan Pryce and Max Taylor must face a crisis that neither of them expected. And, before they realize it, Jesse and Cole find themselves at the center of it all in the adult playground known as BOYSTOWN.
Review: Where to start on this drama-filled rollercoaster thrill ride…I wasn’t totally sure what to expect here. It isn’t something that would normally interest me, but I decided to give it a shot. If you’re looking for something a bit different, this is quite a unique story. If you are a soap opera fan, or a fan of the Melrose Place type shows, you will love this, as it pretty much reads like a script – there are episodes, which I understand are how this was originally written, and the scenes flow from one into the next. This takes a bit of getting used to as you’re reading about one couple, meanwhile, in the same sentence, another couple is doing something else and the story switches to them. This is definitely different, but it flowed very well and moved the story along nicely. I found it to be one of the things I enjoyed about it.
The characters – there are quite a few of them, which, again, took me some time keeping straight. But they draw you in rather quickly. The first main couple is Derek and Joyelle, but we quickly begin to see a pattern here that takes place pretty much throughout the story. At least to me, if felt as though just about everyone in this story was cheating. They all have issues, and by the middle of this, I was begging for there to be one “healthy” couple in the bunch. Sadly, it was quite the opposite, as things become even more twisted and crazy. These are supposed to all be friends and are all connected in some way or another. You know how in long-running soap operas some characters seem to have been in a relationship with everyone over the span of the years? Well, this has that same feel, only it is crammed into a much shorter time period. Out of the other “couples,” there are some to like and some (ok, most) to not like so much.
So, aside from all of the cheating, this story really does pull you in. It reads very fast, and by the end, you do care about many of the characters involved. Some you want to hug, some you want to kill. Wanting to see them get to better places kept me turning pages as fast as I could. One niggling issue I had were repeated phrases (mostly regarding the sex). And, this ends on a pretty big cliffhanger.
All in all, I was riveted to the craziness and need to read Season Two STAT to find out what happens and how that affects each of these characters. There are quite a few storylines that left me growling to see their conclusion, so I’m hoping for more and maybe even some happy endings for some of these guys as well.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*