Loose Cannon (Steph’s Review)

Title: Loose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys #1)
Authors: Sidney Bell
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 3, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 327
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.88 stars out of 5

Don’t miss this brand-new male/male romance series from Sidney Bell, author of Bad Judgment

Released after five years in the system for assault, streetwise Edgar-Allen Church is ready to leave the past behind and finally look to his future. In need of a place to crash, he’s leaning on Miller Quinn. A patient, solidly masculine pillar of strength and support, Miller has always been there for him—except in the one way Church has wanted the most.

With his staunchly conservative upbringing, Miller has been playing it straight his whole life. Now with Church so close again, it’s getting harder to keep his denial intact. As they fumble their way back to friendship after so many years apart, Miller struggles to find the courage to accept who he really is. What he has with Church could be more than desire—it could be love. But it could also mean trouble.

Church’s criminal connections are closing in on the both of them, and more than their hearts are at risk. This time, their very lives are on the line.

WTF are you doing?!? Right now you should be getting your finger ready to……….one click 😉 I know what you were thinking you dirty, dirty thang….

On a more serious note, go buy this frickin book now! If you are having performance problems, I will spell it out for you. This book is really that good! Have you ever read that one book that just wowed you; like really wowed you? That you knew that every book thereafter, at least for a good while, would pale in comparison. Because this is that book for me.

To be honest with you, the blurb did nothing for me. However, what did catch my eye was the author, Sidney Bell. See, I tried her first début book Bad Judgement and fell in love. I vowed to try her next book no matter what. Well, two things happened. First, I actually followed through on something I said. Second, I was pleasantly surprised by this story. Please take my word, and try this book even if the blurb doesn’t catch your eye as well. Seriously, there is more to this book than what is in that tiny promotional piece. Really, it’s that good!

Sidney Bell really has a knack for telling a story. I’m not just talking about putting words together. I’m talking about how in every sentence she writes she brings emotion and depth into each line and therefore into each character. In fact, in Miller and Church’s first penetration scene, how she orchestrates the scene is just breathtaking. Yet, there is so much more to their story. The emotional development that Miller and Church go through, you cannot help but feel for them. First you have Church who has had a rough life and thinks very low himself; doesn’t think that he’s worth anyone’s time, yet Miller thinks the world of him. Then you have Miller trying to live up to his father’s ideals. What a man is and should be. Therefore, he too doesn’t think he is worth anything, much less deserve love, at least the type of love that he wants, all because of his father. However, Church is willing to accept any part of Miller that he is willing to offer; just wanting to be worthy of his love.

What starts off as a boy and young man from opposite sides, turns into a friendship that is suddenly separated due to bad choices and miscommunication. However, life has a way of bringing these two men back together where everything seems to fall back into place. And it is beautiful. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that Miller doesn’t piss me off every time he runs away, because he does. However, it was nice that the author didn’t keep them apart for long because there is so much more going on it would have been overkill. She really does have a way with finding balancing within the story. To read such a story that mimics life, and doesn’t always fix itself right away was wonderful. Because life is messy and I like how her writing demonstrates just that. This is truly an amazing story that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Fast forward four months later, and the epilogue gives us hope going forward of Miller and Church’s relationship. Still healing, Miller is coming to terms with his feelings and how the world perceives him with Church by his side. As for Church, he is home where he belongs with Miller. Working everyday to make things easier for Miller while he’s healing and trying to better himself for their future. I’m not going to lie, it would be nice if we are given a small novella in the future to get an update on these two. Regardless, I am happy with the realistic ending that the author delivered. It is true to the storyline, and I can admire and appreciate that.

Even though I wouldn’t say this book ends in a cliffhanger of sorts, it does. There a lot of unanswered questions.

  • What is going on between Yelena Krayeva and Ghost?
  • What was in the folder that Yelena had on Ghost?
  • What is going on within the syndicate that Yelena belongs too?
  • Will anything ever come of Tobias and Ghost?
  • Tobias is very fragile compared to the other boys. So, I am wondering what will happen to him now that Church is with Miller and Ghost has basically disappeared?

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Galley copy of Loose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys #1) provided by NetGalley via Carina Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.


  • Hi Steph,
    Just pre-ordered this from Amazon. It will be out on the 4/3. Looking forward to it. Carina press does a great job and they are priced right!

    Thanks again!

    • Awesome! This really looks to be a very amazing series. It doesn’t hurt that Sidney Bell is really knocking them out of the park . I would really like to know what you think about the book when you finish it 🙂 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


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