Title: Loose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys #1)
Author: Sidney Bell
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 3rd 2017
Page Count: 327
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.
“He lowered his head to nibble on Miller’s collarbone, surprised by the strength of the craving, by how badly he wanted to leave fingerprints on Miller’s skin, to leave marks that would last, to have proof that this was his for keeps.”
Stunning. Captivating. Intriguing. Beautiful.My first book by Sidney Bell was all that and so much more.
What I loved:
?-?Friends to lovers theme, executed perfectly. And what made this even more special was that the author chose to narrate Miller and Church’s history in flashbacks. That’s not something I usually care about, but here it was done very well, giving substance and depth to the MC’s relationship.
–The characters. So flawed, well crafted and multi dimensional. So human. Characters that grow up and evolve by the end of this story. You might get frustrated with Miller, but the simplicity and the reality of his voice took my breath away.
“He wasn’t sure, but he thought it might’ve been Church in his dream. Church touching him, Church making him want something he had no business wanting, Church burning him up.
“It’s tragic, but they’ll burn.”
–The writing is magnificent. Bell is a very talented storyteller. I LOVED the banter.
“They’ll murder us,” he told the pillowcase.
“They’ll use us to fuel the barbecues.”
“They aren’t going to set anyone on fire.”
“Clearly you know nothing about Catholics,” Miller snapped.”
–The Woodbury boys. I fell in love with this mismatched group of friends, and I can’t wait to read everyone’s story.
-Ghost. Yes, I know I already said the Woodbury boys, but trust me on this; Ghost is a category of his own.
-The mafia subplot. Having read some pretty harsh mafia MM stories, I can tell you that this was the real thing. It didn’t took over the story or overshadow the romance. It’s more like an ongoing theme in the series, that we ‘ll probably see in the books to come. Lena’s POV here and there was a very nice touch.
Bottom line, I found this story refreshing and very well narrated. I’m definitely hooked! 4.5 stars and highly recommended!