Title: BOYSTOWN Season Five (Boystown #5)
Author: Jake Biondi
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: April 24th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, Soap opera, Suspense
Length: 10 hrs 42 min
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
It’s a race against time to save those caught in the New Year’s Eve explosion. The survivors may not be the lucky ones as they struggle to restore normalcy to their lives. As the smoke clears, families are torn apart and lives are permanently altered.
Even more dangerous than the bomb, the Mancini-Ciancio feud heats up as family members fight for control and survival. At the same time, Jesse Morgan faces the fallout from his plan to break up his mother and her husband, Keith Colgan works to keep his past from destroying his future, Rachel Carson begins a plan that may have deadly consequences, and the search for the fourth Mancini brother reveals secrets that threaten to tear relationships apart forever.
It all culminates in a fabulous fundraiser like none that anyone in Boystown has ever experienced.
Welcome home to BOYSTOWN!
Man man man…It is the book #5 of an extraordinary soap drama series Boystown, and if you have come so far, if you are still here, then…something keeps you here. If I am still not sure HOW to define the genre and HOW to explain the dependent relationship between myself and this series, and even if I STILL search for a reasonable explanation of my vested interest in the continuation of reading it, one thing I know for sure – it is not a masterful prose, or a first-class writing style that captivates me. But I also think that the author knows it it pretty well: he pursues other aims. Jake Biondi attaches great importance to entertainment ( at any price!) and floods his readers with twists and events entangled in a web of lies, intrigues, conspiracies, machinations and love affairs. The scenes take turns at a breathtaking pace. And the eye-roll-out effect is gathering pace to the extent. (As if it was not already enough!)
The book #5 has even more of all possible (and impossible) attributes of the genre than all previous sequels together. Or, at least, it is the feeling I had reading it. Less is sometimes more?
I got used to all extensions the series brings with, but…this time it was just a little bit OVERdone.
The rapidity with which the characters fall in love and fall out of love is close to the light velocity. I think it was the first sequel where I had problems to remember who was with whom in the very moment. Boystown is a proof how small our world is, it seems that all main (and freshly arrived secondary) characters have at least ONCE
fucked slept already with each other.
The series and its figures reminds me a deck of cards. Only if before the cards were re-shuffled before each book, in the book#5 they are shuffled anew for each Episode! Add MORE exaggerations of EVERY kind, and you’ll get an impression of BOYSTOWN Season Five. This carousel became exhausting, and even an amazing narration didn’t stop me from “WTF-am-I-listening to?!”
Despite all my criticism, I have to say, that the book #5 was though something special for me, because I found a new fantastic narrator that I probably would’t find otherwise.
Jason Frazier did a great job. There are MANY characters in this book – just have a look at the series covers – but Jason Frazier made EVERY character recognizable, it is almost a miracle. Though what surprised me mostly – how he narrated female characters. I have to confess that even my favorite narrators have difficulties to perform female figures authentically. Jason Frazier didn’t just do it VERY GOOD, I simply couldn’t believe it was a MALE VOICE! Even more – I wanted this FEMALE voice to be my own! Very impressive.