About the Books:
Boystown, Season One
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.
Boystown, Season Two
In the aftermath of the warehouse shootings, lives are forever changed and relationships are forever altered. As the families of the victims work to put the horrific event behind them, they find themselves at the center of an even larger plan for revenge.
Ciancio twins Marco and Gino are as handsome as they are powerful — and they arrive in Boystown with a scheme rooted in the bad history between the Ciancio and Mancini families.
At the same time, Keith Colgan seems hell-bent on getting back the boyfriend he believes was stolen from him, Ben Donovan continues with his plan for Jacqueline Morgan and her son Jesse, and a stranger from the past threatens the future.
It all leads up to a spectacular New Year’s Eve engagement party that no one will ever forget.
Welcome back to BOYSTOWN!
Boystown is an exciting, fast-paced serial complete with secrets and lies. Jake Biondi presents a colorful cast of characters set against the backdrop of Chicago’s lively Boystown neighborhood. Written in a style reminiscent of soap operas, Biondi does indeed give us the kind of drama that leaves you hanging and thirsty for more. As each scene closes and bleeds into the next, he builds an implicit, overlapping chronology. The reader no longer views the story in a linear fashion, but rather with the complexity and texture Biondi breathes into it.
Many people have mentioned having favorite couples or pairings, and at this point I’m not sure I do. I’m so torn with all that’s happening, and I feel like everyone has too much on their plate. Relationships end and the ties linger resulting in some minor emotional fallout. Max especially has a lot to sort out; his outbursts give me whiplash. So many times I wanted to scream, “YOU CAN’T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!” I guess that’s a point where his character has room to grow and mature, and believe me, he’s not the only one. If fact if I step back and look at the facts, I have to acknowledge that any story that elicits that type of reaction already has me emotionally invested on many levels.
Are there parts of Boystown that seem a bit far-fetched and unrealistic? Sure, but that’s part of what makes it fun and entertaining. It’s like having the best of an action/suspense drama mixed with romance. I still swear by Biondi’s delivery; without it, this just becomes another melodramatic read. He adds anticipation and tension to what’s happening, and it makes all the difference. Can’t wait for season 3!
SEASON ONE RATING: ONE SNEAKER, ONE BAD ASS BOOT
SEASON TWO RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!