Monday, April 3, 2017

Loose Cannon by Sidney Bell

Title: Loose Cannon
Author: Sidney Bell
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: The Woodbury Boys #1
Main Characters: Church and Miller
Release Date: April 2017
Publisher:  Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
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.
My Review:
This book...OMG, it was so, so good!!! As far as I know, this is only Sidney Bell's second release and I think she just officially hit my auto-buy author list. I loved this book so much. And I just SQUEE about the fact that it's available in print!! I get to buy it for my keeper shelf!! for this book. Church and Miller have been friends ever since Church was a punk kid who tried to rob Miller's apartment. Miller took him under his wing and helped to "somewhat" protect him as he went through his teen years. But when Church was 17, he had a night go to hell, and then spent the next five years in a juvenile detention center. When he gets out, he has to live with someone approved by the courts. Miller is the only person he can call. 

Church is gay. Miller is not. The problem is Church has been in love with Miller for years. But they're friends first...good friends despite everything that happened that night five years ago that endangered their friendship. Despite the feelings that have been there so long, this romance is a slow build. While Miller has always accepted Church as gay, he doesn't have that kind of understanding for his own self. His struggle is such a palpable thing in this book. Reading so many of those scenes was so emotional. He's hurting himself, but he's also hurting Church. But that's where the level of their friendship aids them as they struggle. 

There's so much that's good about this book. You know this is a romance, so obviously straight Miller...isn't quite. But beyond all that confusion, there's the mess that is Church's life. Obviously he screwed up five years ago when anger and confusion got the better of him. But he's more than paid for that and wants to stay on the straight and narrow now. He has absolutely no desire to get mixed up in anything that could get him into any trouble. My heart hurts so hard for him when everything starts going south. Seriously, this guy can't catch a break. 

Then on the other side of the story are his two friends from Woodbury who are also trying to stay on the right side of the law, Ghost and Tobias. OMG, I can't wait to see what the author does with their stories. There's so much pain and angst to come. This was just the start, but I'll tell you right now...Sidney Bell set the bar VERY high with this first book in the series. It was fabulous!! I highly, HIGHLY recommend it.

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