>Title: Black Hurricane (Boston Boys #3)
Author: Erica Pike
Cover Artist: Zathyn Priest
Publisher: MLR Press
Publisher Buy Link: Black Hurricane
Amazon: Buy Link Black Hurricane
Genre: contemporary romance
Length: 80,000 words
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Andrea
Review Summary: A great addition to the Boston Boys series.
Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but at twenty-three Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke on his own vomit.
Twenty-three year old Jasper Jones fell in love with Dean McQueen at fourteen, but after a disastrous relationship, Jazz would like nothing better than to see the rock star choke in his own vomit.
After a catastrophic reunion, Dean seems bent on destroying Jazz’s life. It all started when an impromptu bar performance ended up on YouTube and Jazz became an internet sensation overnight. The name “Jazdean” keeps popping up in headlines and the paparazzi stalk his every move. To make matters worse, Jazz is about to end up on the streets for the second time in his life.
In a desperate attempt to keep his home, Jazz signs a deal with Dean’s band, Black Hurricane, to perform at a couple of concerts. It feels like one of Dean’s feeble attempts to get Jazz back, but painted into a corner like he is, Jazz has no choice.
I adore the Boston Boys and have been eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I was surprised to see it was going to be about Jazz, who I barely remembered from the previous books. I was also surprised to see that there was going to be a rock band twist on this one. That seemed to come out of nowhere, not that I’m going to complain, but I certainly didn’t see that coming. Most of you know of my undying love for a good rocker romance. With that, this had the potential to be my favorite book of the series.
Like I said, I didn’t really remember Jazz. I was basically getting to know him for the first time as I read the book. I liked him. He is an interesting and complicated character. He was a child genius, with a promising future, until he fell in love with Dean as a young teen. He was used, abused, and discarded by Dean, who didn’t seem to spare him a backward glance. That experience turned his life upside down. He fell into a downward spiral of drugs, drinking, and casual sex which eventually led to him being a homeless, high school dropout. It took years, and the help of good friends, to get back on his feet. His tumultuous relationship with Dean left him with a warped view of love and relationships. Dean’s sudden reappearance is both an unwanted and unwelcome reminder of the past he would prefer to ignore.
I was hooked by the first chapter and couldn’t put this book down. There was something so compelling about this book and I can’t exactly put my finger on it. I enjoyed the story, but I wasn’t really buying the wild tale. I really enjoyed Jazz and the Boston boys, but I never felt a connection with Dean. It’s a very good book, but I never hit the point of feeling personally invested in their story. The one thing I can say with absolute certainty is that I had no idea what to expect. I’ve read enough books that I can usually map out where the story is going to go. I may get the small details wrong, but I can usually guess at the major obstacles. It’s not something I consciously do while reading, it just happens. I can honestly say I guessed wrong just about every time while reading Black Hurricane. It was so refreshing to be surprised by a book again. I hadn’t even noticed how much I missed it, so I loved that.
Dean and Jazz had an angsty and frustrating relationship for most of the book. They burned hot and quickly turned cold more times than I could count. It drove me crazy in the best possible way. I just wish that most of their issues had come from something other than a lack of communication. There were so many times I wanted to grab them, shake them, and tell them to just talk to each other for fuck’s sake!
It was an over-the-top tale with an almost too good to be believable type of romance. That would have been a negative for just about any other book, but it wasn’t with this one. This was more like being on a roller-coaster and I could just sit back and enjoy the wild ride. It was fun, I was engrossed in the story, and I loved spending more time with all of the Boston boys. If you like this series, you should definitely read Black Hurricane. If you’re new, don’t worry because you don’t need to have read the previous books in the series to enjoy this book. It wasn’t my favorite of the series, but it was still very good.