Published on 23 August 2013
Published by MLR Press
Copy purchased by reviewer
I’ve been hooked on the Boston Boys series by Erica Pike since Adam and Jesse’s story made it’s way into my life. Once I had my hands on Eric’s story in Absolutely Eric, I was a devout Erica Pike fan from that moment on. I could totally fangirl over my love for that book. Eric was EVERYTHING I loved in a book, strong sense of self, trapped by choices, flamboyant gay boy, hard situations, broken boy and the heroes that swoop in and help save the day. Those heroes were in multiple forms but heroes none the less. Absolutely Eric was the first mm romance book I gave a 5 star rating to. It still sits in a place of honor on my favorites list on goodreads. I felt my background and familiarity with Erica Pike’s novels (because I’ve read them all, even the free reads and novellas) and the Boston Boys series was important to note as I will probably gush profusely in this review.
Since it has been awhile since I had read A Life Without You and Absolutely Eric, I decided to skim the books prior to reading Black Hurricane. I knew this book was about Jazz and I wanted to become familiar with him again and his roll in the close knit group of friend who make up the Boston Boys. Who he flirts with (Cal-Al), who he trusts unconditionally (Cal-Al), and who is always there for him, Cal-Al! I honestly thought, why are they not together?! I now know! Jazz’s heart has always belonged to another. <3
What we have in Black Hurricane is the story of Jazz and Dean. (Please read the synopsis here, if I include it this review will be multiple pages long.) They met when Jazz was 14 and Dean 16. Jazz was so enamored with Dean. One summer they spent all their time together talking, writing music, playing guitar and when it exploded into intimacy the aftermath wasn’t quite what either boy expected. They were both hurt in different ways but their memories of that time are truly very different. When the guys come face to face years later, they have to overcome all those past feelings to be able to move on and heal.
This story is truly about accepting, connecting and FIGHTING for that one love. Jazz has every right to be upset and angry at Dean. He has every right to lash out and be hot headed. He also has to realize that by exploding and walking off he is also not giving Dean a chance to make amends. That’s a hard thing to discern when your heart aches as much as Jazz’s does.
Dean. POOR Dean! Rockstar hottie who has it all, or does he? He’s been pushed around and beaten down my his dad, groupies and fans. Not to mention management pressures from the biz. Dude is liable to snap, right?? Yes. When he is outed via video he almost doesn’t recover. Dean is just as vulnerable as Jazz he is just hiding it well behind that rockstar persona.
Because we are reading from Jazz’s viewpoint, we know what Jazz felt and how he was damaged all those years ago but we have to remember that Dean has been as well. I loved the big scene when they finally sit and talk about their memories from High School and how different they were. How in love Dean was and how the memories are high moments in his life. For Jazz, the memories are about being used and left crushed and scarred. I just thought that was so well written because it is true to life. It is how every misunderstanding is, a lack of expression and also not realizing that emotions are different for everyone involved and should be respected.
These boys know angst! Jazz is in full angst mode for most of the book but he is also doubting himself and his emotions. We have a lot of dancing around and fighting off desires. We have a couple feverish make out sessions and some very unique courting moves (by Dean). Eventually Dean wins over Jazz and all is well, or is it??!!?? No there is so much more betrayal by Dean but also a broken promise from Jazz. I have to say I was fractured! Crushed! I had to pull out the tissues! My heart bled for both Jazz and Dean. Erica Pike portrayed all the emotions so strongly it left me feeling hollowed out and shattered. Yeah, she’s that good!
It’s not an Erica Pike book unless we experience the full gamut of emotions so after all the angst, happiness, and heartbreak we do feel so much love at the end and that makes the whole ride worth every word, every minute spent in Jazz and Dean’s world.
I will touch on one more thing in this incredibly long, rambling post, the band! The band members of Black Hurricane are really cool guys. I loved how the Boston Boys and the Hurricane Boys got along so well. They were instant friends and I could picture them all being an extended family. The Boston Boys are so supportive of each other and I felt that same connection with Dean and the band. I have a notion we might see more mingling (or a hook-up) between the boys and the band in future books.
Even though you can read Black Hurricane on its own I recommend going back and reading the other two Boston Boys books at some point you won’t be disappointed! Now I just have to be patient and wait for the next release in the series!
RATING: BAD ASS KNEE HIGH BOOTS WITH SILVER BUCKLES