Loose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys #1) by Sidney Bell
This is book one in what is set to be a very intriguing series.There are three main characters whose stories will be told, Church, Ghost, and Tobias.
This is Church’s story.
Edgar-Allen Church is 18 when he is transferred to Woodbury Residential Treatment Center after committing an assault a year earlier.This is where he meets Ghost and Tobias, hence The Woodbury Boys.
Four years later and he’s set to be released, one of the stipulations being that he must stay with someone who will have a ‘grounding influence’ on him. Church didn’t have much of an upbringing and turned to crime at a young age but now he’s released he’s determined to be a better man.
Fresh out of options he has no choice but to contact the one person he didn’t want to and has had no contact with for five years.
Miller(now 30), never expected to hear from Church again but finds himself unable to refuse his request and agrees to let Church stay with him for the required time.Without going into detail, these men have history but gradually they start a tentative friendship again.
Miller had a very strict upbringing and it was drummed into him from a young age that being Gay was wrong.I wouldn’t say he was in the closet because he’s in complete denial about his sexuality.He’s been with women(there is an MF sex scene which was necessary for understanding him) but it’s definitely not something he really enjoyed.All that changes when Church re-enters his life.To say he’s terrified and confused by his increasing attraction to Church is an understatement.
Interwoven with the relationship there is a plot which I’m still not sure I fully understood-probably because it’s not fully explained/resolved (I’m guessing this will continue in the next book).
I enjoyed the story, overall, but I didn’t really warm to Miller until quite late in the story and the inner monologs got a bit boring at times.
A huge plus for two very well developed, likable, if a bit mysterious characters in Ghost and Tobias.I’m more than a bit fascinated by them, especially Ghost.He wears tiny boy shorts, eye liner, has long blonde hair and looks like an innocent angel…..but looks can be deceiving….
A good start to the series that I would recommend.