Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Loose Cannon
Author: Sidney Bell
Series: The Woodbury Boys #1
Heroes: Edgar-Allen Church/Miller Quinn
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 327 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 3, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Released after five years in the system for assault, streetwise Edgar-Allen Church is ready to leave the past behind and finally look to his future. In need of a place to crash, he’s leaning on Miller Quinn. A patient, solidly masculine pillar of strength and support, Miller has always been there for him—except in the one way Church has wanted the most.
With his staunchly conservative upbringing, Miller has been playing it straight his whole life. Now with Church so close again, it’s getting harder to keep his denial intact. As they fumble their way back to friendship after so many years apart, Miller struggles to find the courage to accept who he really is. What he has with Church could be more than desire—it could be love. But it could also mean trouble.
Church’s criminal connections are closing in on the both of them, and more than their hearts are at risk. This time, their very lives are on the line.
Review: Church has some major anger issues, which is what landed him in trouble in the first place. He had a rough start as a kid, and it was a failed theft attempt which brought him and Miller together when Miller sort of took him in and gave him a safe place to go. Their friendship grew from there until that day when Church took things too far. Now, it is time for his release and Miller is the only one he can count on again.
Miller is a sweet guy who runs the hardware store his father left him and his sister. His father was strict and pretty religious which played a big factor in Miller repressing any ideas of acting on his feelings for other men. When Church calls needing a place to stay, Miller doesn’t hesitate, the same feelings he had all those years ago towards Church (being there for him, helping him out, trying to make his life a little easier to navigate) still remained.
Church has had feelings for Miller since they met all those years ago, and even more so now that he’s grown up. But it is clear that Miller is genuinely confused and struggling with it all. He is a bit confused but cannot deny his reaction to Church. Church treads carefully, even as Miller sends mixed signals. All Church wants to do is stay on the straight and narrow and help Miller any way he can to repay him for everything he has done.
Church made two friends while serving his time – his cellmate, Tobias, and the mysterious Ghost. I was as interested in this threesome friendship as I was with Church and Miller, as they help him navigate life back in the real world just as much as Miller. Once they are all out, it is Ghost who hooks Church up with a job, but this is where the story takes a turn. The owner of the shop has ties to the Russian mafia, and it doesn’t take long before that places a major roadblock in Church’s path. Church tries really hard to do the right thing and to protect Miller, but there is only so much he can do.
Add to that Church’s guilt over what he did that landed him into trouble in the first place, confronting that in order to put a stop to things that have been happening. So, there are really three (or maybe more) major things going on in this story. We get some closure here and there, but more doors are opened and lots of questions remain.
I loved watching Church and Miller together as they became more than friends. I just wanted them to be able to work through it all without all the added stress, but in the end, that made them even stronger. While it seemed as though there was a bit too much going on at times, I found this to be exciting and engaging, keeping me on the edge of my seat to the end. Ms. Bell does very well at bringing out the feels in this one, and the writing is fast-paced and solid. I really cannot wait for the next installment to see where things will go next. I sure hope we get more answers about Ghost, because he is a mystery I wanted to solve from the moment we met him.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*