Title: Bobby Green (Johnnies #5)
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Genre(s): Erotic Romance
Page Count: 371 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 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.
This was the first book in the “Johnnies” series that I have read but I have to say if any of the other books are half as good as this one then I have been missing out and need to go back and read them. Amy Lane completely blew me away with this book. There is no way that this could have been an easy book to write because in all honesty it is a very emotional read. The subject matter of mental illness is very hard to relate to people and I think that Amy Lane did an incredible job of portraying just how bad things can be when living with someone with mental illness.
Reg is such an incredible person. He does not view himself as smart but I think that is exactly what he is. He is so focused on taking care of his sister “V” that it does not leave room for much else in his life other then work at Johnnies. Reg does not give himself enough credit. The things that he has endured while trying to take care of V makes him so much of an even better person. Reg does not see himself as strong but I believe he is so much stronger then he will ever realize. Most would not and could not do the things he has done. Reg deserves so much happiness and has very little of that. Or at least he did not until Bobby came into his life.
Bobby knew that Reg was different then most people from the moment he met him. The more time he spent with Reg, the more he realized just how special of a person he really is. Bobby sees that Reg spends so much of his time taking care of V that he has never really taken care of himself, so that’s what Bobby plans to do once he finally gets his head out of his butt.
The only thing that really stands in the way of Reg and Bobby making a true go of their relationship is V and her illness. Can these two men figure out how to navigate a relationship and still take care of V at the same time? Or will it all become too much and one or both call an end to what is going on between them?
Amy Lane really did blow me away with this book. If I could give more then 5 stars for this book, I would have and it would have been truly deserved. As I said this could not have been an easy book to write and Amy wrote this book in a way that blew me away. I can’t wait to read the other books in this series.