Title: Bobby Green (Johnnies #5)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 6th 2018
Page Count: 350
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Vern Roberts couldn’t wait to turn eighteen and get the hell out of Dogpatch, California. But city living is expensive, and he’s damned desperate when Dex from Johnnies spots him bussing tables.
As “Bobby,” he’s a natural at gay porn. Soon he’s surrounded by hot guys and sex for the taking, but it’s not just his girlfriend back in Dogpatch—or her blackmailing brother—that keeps him from taking it. It’s the sweet guy who held the lights for his first solo scene, who showed him decency, kindness, and a smile.
Reg Williams likes to think he’s too stupid to realize what a shitty hand life dealt him, but Bobby knows better. What Reg lacks in family, opportunity, education, and money, he makes up for in heart. One fumbling step at a time, they connect, not just in their hearts but in their bodies, where sex that’s not on camera, casual, or meaningless, becomes the most important thing in the world.
But Reg is hampered by an inescapable family burden, and he and Bobby will never fly unless he can find a way to manage it. Can he break the painful link to his unrealized childhood and grow into the love Bobby wants to give?
Chase in Shadow is the very first Amy Lane book I ‘ve read. Since then, some of the author’s books worked for me, some others didn’t. Some books I loved, some others not so much…But The Johnnies…The Johnnies guys have a very special place on my reading shelves.
Bobby Green falls into the “good old Amy Lane” category. There’s comfort and the feel-good vibe but most of al there’s ANGST. Not the Beneath the Stain angst that makes you want to stay under the covers and cry, but the kind that cuts you deep in the most sneaky way. Because the heroes really, really suffer in a way that makes the reader empathize with them.
All the books in the series kind of overlap, so I would strongly recommend against reading this as a standalone. You can maybe skip Black John but it’s best that you read the others (which really isn’t a hardship).
I you have read the previous books, you might remember Reg (the sweet, kind hearted guy) and Bobby (the new kid). Although they weren’t mentioned too often, I did remember them both (ok fine I remembered them mostly because Bobby has a ten inch dick).
The angst and the conflict comes from multiple places. Trying to take care of Reg’s schizophrenic sister (or just try to avoid getting killed by her) is hanging like a stone around Reg’s neck. Bobby has unfinished bussiness back in his hometown, what with trying to bring his mom in Sacramento with him and his “ex” blackmailing him.
BUT against all odds and just like that, Reg and Bobby make a connection. An honest to God deep, meaningful, romantic connection. Everyone likes Reg, but he’ll soon become Bobby’s boy. Because although they both sleep with other guys for the camera, they won’t sleep with each other unless it means something. Bobby will accept Reg with all his baggage and he’ll fix his house. And then he’ll fix his life too, but not without going through hell first. And Reg will be the first one to stand up for Bobby.
Another thing that I love about this series (and is very prevalent in all books) is the sense of family among the guys. The Johnnies always have each other’s back. Always.
I don’t know if this is the last book in the series, but I sure hope not. There are so many people in here that deserve a HEA of their own.