Title: Ben & Shiloh (The Belladonna Arms #4)
Author: John Inman
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 10, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, drag queens, treasure hunts
Page Count: 216 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Shiloh Smart is alone and looking for a fresh start. Convinced he’s finished with love forever, he signs a lease at the Belladonna Arms, a tacky, run-down apartment building situated high on a hill in downtown San Diego.
Determined to turn his back on romance, Shiloh works hard at carving out a life for himself where love doesn’t stand a chance and staying single is all that matters.
Then his drag queen landlord’s nephew, Ben Moss, moves in. Thanks to a rumor Ben has heard since childhood of a fifty-year-old crime and a fortune in stolen money, he sets out to find the loot supposedly hidden decades ago in his uncle’s apartment building.
The minute Ben spots a kilted Shiloh toddling off to work at the Scottish restaurant up the street where he waits tables, he falls hard and fast for the aloof young redhead. Even a hidden treasure can’t compete in Ben’s eyes with the beautiful waiter with the fiery copper hair.
But even while he diligently works to break down Shiloh’s defenses, Ben doesn’t give up his quest for buried treasure. Soon, as their friendship deepens, the two young men join forces in a search for the stolen cash.
As the treasure hunt gathers steam and all the tenants get involved, Ben and Shiloh come to realize the greatest treasure isn’t buried in the Belladonna Arms at all. It’s buried far deeper—in each other’s hearts!
I truly love a book with good humor and this book had olenty of that and more. This is actually the first book I have read in this series but it was easily to read as a standalone.
Shiloh is one of the main characters in this book. When he moves to the Belladonna Arms he was not looking for anything but a place to live close to his work and a place to lick his wombsfrom his break up with his ex. Instead he got Author a big hearted drag queen that wears his feelings on his sleeves. Author realizes there is something special about Shiloh from the moment they met. He took him under his wing and made him feel at home, even introducing him to the other tenants in the building.
Shiloh did not expect to move in and find a second family but that is exactly what happened. Everyone that lives at the Belladonna Arms is family. When Ben moves in next door to Shiloh, there is an immediate attraction but Shiloh tries to avoid it because of his past heartache.
Ben is on a quest to win Shiloh’s heart and find the hidden treasure that is rumored to be in his uncle Author’s building. Eventually Ben wears Shiloh down and they start seeing each other. The closer they get the more the hunt for the treasure intensifies and soon all the residents are in on the search.
What Dhiloh and Ben realizes though is that the treasure is not the true win but their love is.
This book was so full of humor and love. It was like a fun adentuture through reading. John Inman is a very talented author. This book could have gone so many different directions but John Inman stayed true to the path of the story and was able to make this story of Ben and Shiloh into something very special.