• BOYSTOWN SERIES by Jake Biondi

    I first read this story in 2014 and have yet to stop.  Below please find my reviews for each book; the series overview written by Jake Biondi; and his biography with contact information.  

    Please keep in mind Seasons 1-3 were written in 2014/15.


    Season One & Season Two

    Upon starting to read the book, notice two things right from the get get go. If you notice, each book is not Book One and Book Two, but rather Season One and Season Two. There are no Chapters in these books but rather Episodes. 

    As I read, I always have the television on and I know all the lingo they use. So I decided, as I read this book, to see it as a soap opera. So, as far as I am concerned I wasn’t reading books, but screenplays with direction written. I have never read books in this style. Usually books play in my head more like a movie. Please note, although these books are majorly m/m, there are also m/f scenes also. There is one m/f married couple and a complete Bitch who screws everyone. And, there is rape contained in Season One. 


    If you watch soap operas, then these books are definitely something you should read. There is revenge, adultery, action, hospital scenes, tragedy, and of course hot passion. If you have watched soaps (mine were Ryan’s Hope, Days of Our Lives, Another World and Santa Barbara), then I know you will like these books. In fact, in my own opinion, these books should be made into the soap opera I imagine it to be. I know I would watch it. (Any producers out there??)





    Season Three

    Like I said before, this series is more like a screen play than a book. I know there is a crusade to make this series into a television show on a cable channel. I really think that is possible if the right people catch a whiff of it.

    This season of BOYSTOWN, we continue the stories of friends and lovers in Chicago. Love, deceit, tragedy, comedy, and intrigue. All the wonderful components to make any soap opera a hit. Like any soap, there are story lines I love and can’t get enough of, and some that I can’t wait until they resolve so that I can stop hearing about them. If you are a soap addict, read this series!!!!!!




    Season Four
    Ok, you may have noticed that I haven’t read Boystown since 2015.  That is because Jake hasn’t wrote more episodes or that I haven’t enjoyed reading them.  
    You see, I don’t know if you are old enough to remember Dallas’s “Who shot J.R.?” finale, but I sure am.  I watched that season premiere on a four inch screen with the entire block in my TV room in my parents’ home because we had no power due to Hurricane Gloria.  Why do I bring that up?  Because of that storyline and how uncomfortable it was to watch it, I hate cliffhangers.  Now that Jake has put a few more books out, I am “binge watching” Boystown.  
    In this Season, we find out a lot of information.  Secrets are revealed and lives hang in peril.   More sex, more lies, more break ups…..exactly what one would expect from a nighttime drama.


    Season Five

    More secrets revealed, death loss.  This book definitely put a lump in my throat.  I didn’t tear up until Chadwick sung “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables.  That is my favorite Broadway show.
    New characters come into the storyline.  Old ones seen new ways of up heaving the lives in Boystown we have grown to love.
    This season is as nail biting as the last four!
    Who dies, who lives, who finds out what?  Gahhhh now I have to stay up and read the next season. 



    Season Six

    Please be warned, there is rape in this book.

    They say Michael has Nine lives, then Derek my have Twelve!  How he has survived all his injuries, I will never know.

    Seriously, this group of friends/family should never host an event again!  I mean, if I were the entertainers they get for each party/event, I would never take that gig!.

    Don’t know about you, but I get a Carrington/Colby vibe with the Mancini/Ciancio families.  

    Kidnappings, psychos, multiple people admitted to St. Joe’s… just a typical day in Boystown.  




    Season Seven
    Jake, I say this in the most loving way possible.  You are a cruel, cruel man.  It is J.R. all over again!  Did you hear me cursing you out? I
    have read all seven seasons of Boystown in three days.  All have been read back to back.  At the beach, in my bed, at the dinner table, and not to mention the “reading room”.  With every book the author has  kept me engaged, enranged, and at times, deranged!
    As I have previously stated in a past review, I have been a soap fan for a good portion of my life.  Like those, Boystown has embodied storylines that  keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time.  It keeps you guessing and makes you go through a myriad of emtions.  Episode #69 had me in tears as well as the last.  
    Can you believe that I now have to wait til next season to see what happens now?  Jake, I need next Season STAT!!!! 



    The Story BOYSTOWN is the continuing story of several couples living in Chicago’s famed Boystown neighborhood.

    The Mancini brothers — as well as their friends and significant others — are at the core of BOYSTOWN. Emmett Mancini, the youngest of the brothers, is a bright, caring guy whose boyfriend Keith Colgan has a past Emmett knows little about . . . yet. Derek Mancini, and his wife Joyelle, are BOYSTOWN’s straight couple . . . but a recent encounter with hunky Cole O’Brien could have life-altering consequences for Derek. And when Justin Mancini, the oldest brother, arrives in BOYSTOWN, he brings with him a family history that both Emmett and Derek were hoping to forget: a bitter feud with the powerful Ciancio family.

    Interracial couple Logan Pryce and Max Taylor have been together have survived the ups and downs that are common in most long-term relationships; however, they must now face a crisis that neither of them ever expected. A chance encounter with an old flame sends Max on a mission to discover a secret buried long ago . . . and tests the strength of his commitment to Logan.

    One of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in the country, Chicago’s Boystown has something for everyone. So it’s no wonder that roommates Jesse Morgan and Cole O’Brien chose to live there upon graduating from college. Ready to begin the next phase of their
    lives in an exciting new city, Jesse and Cole quickly find themselves at the center of the drama and intrigue that makes up this adult playground. Against the backdrop of the vibrant Chicago skyline, some couples are brought together while others are torn apart, once-buried family vendettas are resurrected, and friends unite to face the challenges that life throws their way.

    Family. Love. Deception. Romance. Power. Revenge. Passion. Betrayal.
    Welcome to BOYSTOWN!

    The History BOYSTOWN has a very interesting history. In Spring of 2013, I started to toss around in my head the idea of writing a continuing drama that focused on gay characters. I considered some ideas for characters and storylines. Then I finally began actually writing BOYSTOWN in June of 2013 as an online story and intended to release one “episode” online per month, each ending in a cliffhanger. The story became so popular — and the online reading audience grew so quickly — that people from all over the country began to email me
    demanding to know what happened to their favorite characters and wanting the episodes to be released faster. They also had suggestions for future storylines! I was surprised and excited by the readers’ response to BOYSTOWN and began to write and release installments more quickly. By November, 2013, I had released 10 episodes and the reading audience had expanded well beyond the borders of America.

    Because of BOYSTOWN’s huge success online and the serialized nature of my writing, readers from all over the globe were able to correspond with me and influence the storylines of the BOYSTOWN saga as I wrote it. It is really exciting to interact with fans in this way.

    I think it’s something very unique to BOYSTOWN.

    Readers also suggested that I publish the first ten episodes as a book rather than leaving them online. I took their advice — and BOYSTOWN Season One was published in late November, 2013. The book sold well and I continued to write additional episodes. Episodes 11 – 20 were released in July, 2014 as BOYSTOWN Season Two. BOYSTOWN Season Three was released on May 1, 2015, BOYSTOWN Season Four was released on November 13, 2015, BOYSTOWN Season Five was released on June 1, 2016, BOYSTOWN Season Six was released on December 16, 2016, and BOYSTOWN Season Seven was released on July 7, 2017.

    The Future – I think readers really like that BOYSTOWN is written like a TV series. It moves quickly and keeps people on the edges of their seats! And now the BOYSTOWN team is working to bring BOYSTOWN to television. Interest in the series is high — the future of BOYSTOWN, both in print and on screen, will surely be a bright one.

    Author Biography

    JAKE BIONDI Author of the popular BOYSTOWN series Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Jake Biondi fell in love with “The Windy City” at an early age. He left the Chicago area for four years to attend the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated with degrees in English and Business. He was awarded the university’s prestigious William Mitchell Award for Playwriting. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Biondi returned to Chicago where he attended and graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He has been living in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood for over 20 years.

    While studying literature, Biondi became a huge fan of Charles Dickens whose novels were originally released in installments, each ending in a cliffhanger to keep readers coming back for more. Because of his love of those novels as well as television dramas such as Dynasty, Knots Landing, Dallas, and Revenge, Jake Biondi decided to create a serialized saga for contemporary audiences. Thus, the BOYSTOWN series was born.

    Biondi began BOYSTOWN in June of 2013 as an online story and intended to release one “episode” online per month, each ending in a cliffhanger. The story became so popular — and the online reading audience grew so quickly — that people from all over the country began to email him demanding to know what happened to their favorite characters and wanting the episodes to be released faster. They also had suggestions for future storylines. Excited by and grateful for his readers’ responses to BOYSTOWN, Biondi began to write and release installments more quickly.

    In November of 2013, Biondi moved BOYSTOWN offline and published the first ten installments in book form as BOYSTOWN Season One. The book became an international hit, with fans all over the globe clamoring for more. BOYSTOWN Season Two was published in July of 2014. Season Three was released on May 1, 2015, Season Four was released on November 13, 2015, Season Five was released on June 1, 2016, Season Six was released on December 16, 2016, and Season Seven was released on July 7, 2017. 

    Because of the popularity of the book series, fans have suggested that BOYSTOWN be turned into a television series. Biondi recently completed the TV scripts for the first season of BOYSTOWN and hopes to bring the series to television in the very near future.


  • Release Day Blitz

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    Bama Girl Blues by Gracen Miller
    Contemporary Rocker Romance


    It was supposed to be one night of passion…

    Winston “Keys” Cornell is the guitarist for Hot Wired, the hottest band around. With hard work and dedication his band has become a household name. He’s no stranger to a high profile life. Being the heir to a New York fortune meant he was nurtured beneath the scrutiny of the public eye. The paparazzi have been kind, dubbing him the gentleman rocker, a man that plucks the heart strings of women everywhere.

    …an agreement between friends, nothing more.

    Nessa Hayes is a woman on a mission. She’s outspoken, foul-mouthed, and has her life mapped out. Determined no one will sidetrack her dreams, she’s surprised by her attraction to her childhood friend, Keys. Engaging in an affair with no-strings seemed like a great idea at the time, but falling in love might be the least of her heartache.

    But scandals never sleep and…

    When their different worlds collide, can they overcome their diversity for a chance at romance? Or will they be broken hearted, left to sing a sad and lonely tune?


    …this one might leave Keys singing the Bama Girl Blues!

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    GRACEN MILLER is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a “normal” person in southern society. When not writing, she’s a full-time lacrosse mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband of over twenty years. She has an unusual relationship with her muse, Dom, but credits all her creative success to his brilliant mind. She’s addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels, horror movies, Alabama football, and coffee… addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She’s convinced coffee is nectar from the gods and when blending coffee and writing together it generates the perfect creative merger. Many of her creative worlds are spawned from coffee highs and Dom’s aggressive demands. Gracen writes in multiple genres—paranormal romance, paranormal erotic romance, rock star contemporary romance, and dystopian romance. To learn more about Gracen or to leave her a comment, visit her website at www.gracen-miller.com.
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  • Rescuing Miami by Elle Boon

    Jules is one brave chick!!  I don’t think I could ever have done what she did.

    Ando toot what Ren ssaid and turned it into something very positive.  I give him stellar props for overcomming a majorly messed up situation.

    Did Jules rescue Miami or did Miami rescue Jules?  You need to decide.


    ALL HOPE IS GONE…Ando thought his life was over when his fiancée dies before  they had ever had a chance to live the life they planned. After the devastation of her loss, he swears he will never risk his heart again.

    HIS SAVING GRACE…Years later he finds a woman who makes him believe that life might be worth living again. In turn, Jules finds the one man who makes her feel things she never felt before.

    CAN LOVE SURVIVE…When a cult targets Jules, will Ando finally realize that love is the most important thing in the world before it is too late?


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    “You’re awfully quiet. Are you sure you’re okay?” Jules asked as the sign for the hospital came into view.

    He nodded, taking a deep breath. “I’m fine, just thinking.” Turning to see how she was reacting to the situation, Ando decided to be honest with her, or at least marginally. “I lost my fiancée in a boating accident. She fell overboard, hitting her head. I held her while she…anyway, I don’t think this little scratch is going to do me in.” He touched the bandage, his fingers came away with a red stain.

    “I’m so sorry. I can’t imagine losing someone you love like that.” She pressed trembling lips together.

    Ando saw her eyes glitter with tears. Holy shit, this woman who didn’t know him or anything about his past was ready to cry for his loss. Without thinking he put his hand on her thigh. “It was a long time ago.” No longer did his heart squeeze at the words. No longer did he want to go back to the past and shake Melanie, demanding answers. No, only a sense of grief for the loss of life, hers and the child even though it wasn’t his, hit him.

    Jules swallowed audibly. “I’m still sorry. Losing a loved one, no matter how long ago, hurts.”

    He wondered who she’d lost and if it was a lover. His thoughts were cut off as she pulled into the ER entrance. “I can drop you at the doors and park, or park and we can go in together?” she asked.

    Realizing his hand was still on her thigh, he pulled back. “Park and we’ll walk in together. I’m not an invalid even though I seem to be bleeding like a stuck pig.”

    She laughed, easing the tension. “You really are, aren’t you?”

    They found a spot in the front as another vehicle pulled out. “Eureka,” Jules said while they waited for the SUV to move. “This must be our lucky night.” She then looked at his bloody bandage, then grimaced. “Or not,” she corrected.

    “Come on, woman, let’s get me stitched up so I don’t need to get a transfusion,” he joked, or at least hoped he wouldn’t need one. Hell, he honestly had no clue if he’d lost enough blood to need one.

    “Nah, you won’t need one of those. It only seems like you’ve lost a shitton of the stuff.” She reached for the door handle. “You ready?”

    “You bet. Let’s get this over with. I might need to hold your hand when they stitch me up.” He grinned.

    Hopping down she met him in the front of the pickup, engaging the alarm with a press of the keyfob. “I highly doubt that, but I’ll stick by your side just in case you pass out.”

    Ando couldn’t believe how easy it was to talk and joke with Jules, a woman he’d just met. Although it could be the knock to his head. However, he doubted that had anything to do with it.

    The emergency room was bustling with activity. Jules seemed to know several of the workers and was immediately recognized. If they’d been in Miami, he’d have been whisked back to a private area in minutes. Now, he sat in a chair filling out paperwork while the woman who’d brought him in chatted with a man who looked old enough to be her damn uncle, or dad, and Ando didn’t like it one damn bit.

    He finished the last of the paperwork, then got up to turn it into the nurse at the front. She glanced up, smiled then he was taken back to a small room marked triage made up of glass enclosures. Jules was still locked in a conversation with the older man and another had joined them. So much for her sticking next to him.

    “Your blood pressure is a little high,” the nurse said making notes.

    Taking a deep breath, he looked away from Jules and the spectacle she was making. He smiled at the middle-aged nurse wearing the red scrubs, thinking it was a truly poor choice in color choice. “Sorry, try it again. I was a bit nervous.” He steadied his breathing and thought of nothing in particular.

    “Much better.” She made the correction, then led him into another room down the hall after getting all his vitals. “Alright, the ER Doc will be with you shortly. I’d offer you something to drink, but just in case you need surgery, which I don’t think you will, we can’t just yet.” She winked. “Now, if you need anything just press this here button. My name is Louise.” The woman left as quickly as she ushered him in.

    He looked at the bed and the lone chair in the small cubicle they called a room, then decided the bed looked like the best option since he’d have to sit there when the doctor came in anyway. Pulling his cellphone out of his pocket, he decided to text his sister a pic of himself with the wound. If nothing else, she’d get a kick out of his predicament.

    Gia’s immediate response brought a smile to his lips. Only a sister would tell her brother it was an improvement to his regular ugly mug, followed by a ‘how you doin’ meme.

    He let her know he was fine, and would update on the number of stiches afterwards. Of course, she wants all the details, which he’d gloss over as best he could when he got home.

    The sound of the curtain being pulled open had him looking up from his phone to find Jules there.

    “Hey there,” Jules said.

  • Love Heals All Release

    Love Heals All
    Series: Once Broken
    Author: Alison Mello
    Genre: Military Romance

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    I’m not the same man I once was.
    The things I’ve seen, the things I’ve done, haunt me every day…and every night. It never leaves, always scratching and clawing at the surface of my mind, driving me insane.
    When I close my eyes, the images are there. I can’t forget the pain, the fear. I don’t think anyone could.
    And then there’s Brooke, the girl I left behind years ago because of my deployment. But I’m back now, and she’s still the woman I want. The connection we shared in the past is still there, as if I had never left.
    The only problem is I need to find a way to heal and get rid of the demons I carry around inside, and I need to do it before it destroys me.
    Before it destroys her.


    |About the Author|
    Alison has been writing for over a year now. Her debut book Finding Love (October 2015) was published by Siren Publishing. Her following books Needing Your Love (November 2015), Found My Love (December 2015), and Fighting for Love (January 2016) were also published with Siren to finish the Learning to Love series.
    Her desire to see her books on shelves led to her next work Chasing Dreams (April 2015) She submitted it for publication with Limitless Publishing and was thrilled that it was quickly accepted. Excited to reach that goal, she moved on to the next series she had in mind and wrote Saved By a Soldier (June 2016), My Broken Soldier (July 2016), Forever My Soldier (August 2016), and A Soldier for Bella (September 2016).
    Alison enjoyed reading as a child and found her passion for it again in 2011 when E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey was released. Her love of reading was re-ignited and she continued reading other books in the same genre. In the summer of 2015, she decided to give writing a try and two weeks later Finding Love was born. As soon as she finished the first book, she began writing the second book in the series. Her third book was finished by the time Finding Love had been accepted for publication. Alison discovered she has a passion for writing and has spent the last year meeting new readers and sharing the love she has for writing. 
    Married to her own real life hero, Alison lives with her amazing family in Massachusetts where she was born and raised. She loves having her own personal inspiration right at home and when she’s not writing she enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and football with her son.
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  • Jilted by Sawyer Bennett


    Oscar…check.  Diamond on her finger….check.  More fame than one could want…check.  Happiness and love…..  You would think Eden had it all.  Professionally she did, but personally she was lonely and sad.  When her fiancee is exposed as a cheat, she seeks solace in the one place she could think of.  Home.

    I love how Eden is not automatically welcome home.  It shows how sheltered she really is as a celebrity.  Luckily, Coop is there for her and straightens everything out.

    When you are young with your whole life ahead of you, sometimes love is just not enough.  You have to find out who you are before you can share you life with a person and I think that is what had to happen for Coop and Eden.  I love how they “play” together.  It is hot yet sweet.

    I cried during the epilogue.


    Hollywood hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this fun, flirty second-chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, an aspiring starlet reconnects with her first love.

    “Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver heroes I fall hard for and heroines I adore.”—Violet Duke

    Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind.

    Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be.



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    Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.

    A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.

    Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.