Reviewed by Kimberley
TITLE: BOYSTOWN Season three
SERIES: Boystown #3
AUTHOR: Jake Biondi
PUBLISHER: Amazon Digital Services
LENGTH: 268 pages
“As the bomb exploded, it filled the area with thick, black smoke and flaming debris. It would be a while before the smoke cleared and hotel security could see the extent of the damage. Everyone hoped it would be the best new year ever.” -BOYSTOWN Season Two
It’s a race against time to save those caught in the New Year’s Eve explosion. The survivors may not be the lucky ones as they struggle to restore normalcy to their lives. As the smoke clears, families are torn apart and lives are permanently altered.
Even more dangerous than the bomb, the Mancini-Ciancio feud heats up as family members fight for control and survival. At the same time, Jesse Morgan faces the fallout from his plan to break up his mother and her husband, Keith Colgan works to keep his past from destroying his future, Rachel Carson begins a plan that may have deadly consequences, and the search for the fourth Mancini brother reveals secrets that threaten to tear relationships apart forever.
It all culminates in a fabulous fundraiser like none that anyone in Boystown has ever experienced.
Welcome home to BOYSTOWN!
This book is two hundred, sixty eight pages of fabulously salacious, drama filled, yummy goodness. This book is definitely made for television or at least as a web series. The lives of this particular group of people is filled with so much drama, it’s crazy ridiculous but oh so divine. There is so much that goes on in this book, I didn’t know where to start so to make it easier, I’ll just serve you small bites at a time.
Let’s start with Emmet and Max. These two seem to be the ‘focus couple’ of the story as all the drama seems to center around them. These are two of my least favorite characters; I couldn’t stand them in the first two books, either. I am not buying these two as good guys, Emmett’s sweetness and light image is the biggest facade. Emmett and Max are sneaky, their whole ‘friends to lovers’ story complete lie. These two were more than just friends and their former fiancées knew it.
This brings me to Logan and Keith. Max’s and Emmet’s exes, respectively, weren’t as blindsided by the so called budding relationship between the two. Logan is just one of the cast of characters who I feel deserves a HEA. Keith, I can smack on the back of the head.
Then there’s Joyelle and Derek. Joyelle is sweet as pie if a bit naive at times. I like her. I would run Derek down with my car.
I adore Michael Marinez, the sweet and tough detective. He’s too good for his new boyfriend. Gino Ciancio is a sweetheart as well despite his family being maniacs. It took me a little while to warm up to his character. Justin, like this brother Derek, is an ass. But unlike Derek, I feel that he can be redeemed.
Marco Ciancio is a bastard as is Rachel. These two psychos deserve each other along with another psycho, Ben, aka Shawn and Jessee. The situation between Ben aka Shawn, Jessee, Jacqueline, Jessee’s mother is just plain NASTY. But oh, so soap opera deliciously EVIL. I just want to burn those three at the stake.
I could go on but it would take me a great deal of time to go through the entire cast of these wonderfully written cast of characters. Biondi does a superb job of blending them together. This story has so many levels to it, you never ever get tired of reading it. You are drawn in from word one and remain mesmerized by the various shenanigans until the last page. I received the ARC Thursday evening and finished reading it by its Friday morning May 1st release date. It was just that damned fantastic. This is by far THE most addicting series that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. This story is written like a soap opera script. There are no chapters and they’re divided by episodes which makes it that much more interesting to read. This story is fast paced with characters being added here and there but you never lose track of the plot or storyline! That is another thing that’s so amazing with this series. How in the world is he able to maintain these complex and lively and characters is mind boggling. Jake Biondi did more than write an MM book, he wrote a fantastic script for the perfect LGBT soap opera. HE does it better than what is currently on daytime television now. As the World Turns needs him to write the script for their LGBT characters. If they did, I guarantee the ratings would go through the roof. If there was ever a book in the LGBT writing genre that needs to be on television, this is it.
Take a bow, Mr. Biondi. You’re definitely receiving a standing ovation for this.