Reviewed by Kimberley
SERIES: Boystown #5
AUTHOR: Jake Biondi
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 559 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2016
“They’re in the air. Everything went smoothly. After what I did to that plane, none of them will make it to California alive.’ Ben smiled as he turned around to look back toward the jet, now far away on the horizon. The passengers on board celebrated two upcoming weddings, completely unaware that their rejoicing would be cut short from the doom Ben had unleashed on them. Stars twinkled in the night sky as if welcoming the plane into heaven. The moon cast an eerie glow over the beautiful city beneath it.” -BOYSTOWN Season Four As rescue crews search for survivors at the site of the fiery plane crash, Logan Pryce is rushed to the hospital in an attempt to save his life. At the same time, Dr. Mateo Martinez works to save the lives of two men and Joyelle Mancini copes with the shocking results of her baby’s paternity test. While the Mancini and Ciancio families mourn the loss of family members, the past and present collide with the arrival of Camille Ciancio, a woman bent on revenge who wastes no time implementing her plan to destroy to the Mancini family once and for all. The loss of loved ones also brings former lovers together and tears others apart. Plus, the arrival of a stranger to Boystown impacts several residents in ways that alter their lives forever. Summer in Chicago sizzles with Pride celebrations, the excitement of Market Days, a memorable ground-breaking ceremony, and an unforeseen engagement. It all leads up to a double-wedding event that brings evil schemes to light and plunges the lives of many Boystown residents into peril. There’s no place like BOYSTOWN!
*Cue Soap Opera music*
Well, on this season of The Young and Messy aka Boystown, the situations are getting even more unbelievably outrageous, if that’s even possible. As usual, the story picks up perfectly and exactly where it left off in season four.
There’s the aftermath of the plane crash. Of course, there was some slow singing and flower bringing. Tragedy ensued and some lives were lost. But not the ones I was hoping for.
*Sidebar: How bad of a person does it make me to be upset that there was a plane crash and all the characters I hate survived? I need to check on that…*
Where was I.. oh yes. The crash. Lives were lost and I only mourned the loss of one.
I know, that probably makes me a whack job and I will get that checked out. Later.
So, as always, there’s so much that goes on in this series. The action is fast paced, non-stop, exciting, and absolutely glorious. It’s absolutely necessary to read these books in chronological order; they are definitely not standalone. There are so many characters and so much going on that you will be absolutely lost if you don’t read the previous books in the series.
As usual, I’m going to have to break it down by character/couples. So let’s get to it:
Emmett/Max: I detest these two, always have from the first book. Their good guy façade has finally cracked—at least for Max. Max’s slip is showing in this season while Emmett is still managing to retain his the poor-good-guy-who-always-gets-his-heart-broken façade. Max on the other hand, his doggy ways have been exposed. He’s a hound dog. Deputy dog, Snoop doggy-dog, dog. No, scratch that as it’s an insult to canines. Max is an a$$hole. I still say that he was a contributing factor to the problem behind Logan’s drinking problem. I strongly believe that he (Max) and Emmett were having an affair prior to them ‘officially’—yeah right—getting together and Logan suspected it and THAT was the main source of his drinking within that relationship. But alas, that’s water under the bridge. I am SO glad that Emmett has gotten a taste of Max’s negative ways and now EVERYONE sees him for the jerk he truly is.
Camille: She’s a new character, Marco and Gino’s ain’t. I like her because she can give Rachel a run for her money. Rachel’s a barracuda but Camille’s a shark.
Rachel: I despise her. She is a super whore who uses her body to manipulate men to do her dirty work. And believe me, this shameless skank is spread like mustard. This trifling thing is an HIV case waiting to happen. I really wish a pack of wild dogs would come in and eat her alive. The cliff hanger left me with a glimmer of hope…
Marco: He’s still a maniac.
Gino/Jason: I am truly rooting for this couple. Jason wasn’t as bad as everyone made him out to be. He just needed someone to love him and bring out the best him. And he’s found that in Gino.
Joyelle: Maury paternity show. That’s it.
Jacqueline: Poor thing…
Logan/Jesse: This is another couple that I am rooting for. I truly see that Jesse loves Logan dearly. But of course, Max, being the a$$hole that he is, is trying to ruin that relationship. I really hope Jesse kicks his butt.
Michael/Keith: Another couple I’m rooting for. Keith lost his mind for a hot minute in reference to Emmett but he regains control of his senses.
Derek/Cole: Derek is still an ass. Cole is still a fool over him.
Well, that’s about it as far as my take on the characters. You are really really going to be pleased with this season! There are as always exciting twists, turns, surprises, break ups, shake ups, rebound booty calls, drag in drop weddings in this story that you will literally be unable to put this book down once you pick it up. Jake Biondi has a way of writing a story that sucks you in from the first word on the page to the last word on the last one. I would put his writing abilities against any screenwriter of any soap opera that’s on TV today and still call him the best. His characters are extremely engaging, his storylines are superb, and the cliffhangers—which I despise in any story I read—will leave you breathless and waiting in eager anticipation to see what happens next. It’s says a LOT that I will stick with a series with cliffhangers. This series is not just a good read, it’s an amazing read and one that I would highly recommend.