Dana reviews BOYSTOWN Season 7 by Jake Biondi (Published July 7, 2017, 419 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
To read the review for BOYSTOWN Season 1 click here. To read the review for BOYSTOWN Season 2 click here. To read the review for BOYSTOWN Season 3 click here. To read the review for BOYSTOWN Season 4 click here. To read the review for BOYSTOWN Season 5 click here. To read the review for Boystown Season 6 click here.
“Cole struggled to free himself as the fire engulfed the bed around him. He then heard muffled voices and the sound of the front door of the apartment being broken down. ‘Derek, no! It’s a trap!’ Cole yelled as loudly as he could. ‘He has a gun! It’s a trap!’ The flames in the room spread to the carpeting and up the wall as Cole continued to scream. ‘It’s a trap! It’s a trap!’ Filling the room with black smoke, the flames raged over Cole as the sounds of two gunshots in the other room echoed in his ears.” -BOYSTOWN Season Six
The mission to rescue Cole O’Brien from the captivity of a deranged fan takes a tragic turn as several people are rushed to the hospital. At the same time, emergency crews make a desperate attempt to save Gino Ciancio and Justin Mancini who are trapped in their car at the bottom of Lake Michigan. And Dustin Mitchell’s return to Chicago places him at the center of a brutal battle that leaves a dear friend fighting for his life.
Inside their family crypt, Marco Ciancio and Camille Ciancio find themselves forever bound by murder as they unearth a family secret that will forever change the trajectory of the Ciancio-Mancini feud. Meanwhile, a family crisis brings the Mancini brothers together in sorrow, the search for Joyelle Mancini’s daughter takes an unexpected turn, and Jensen Stone struggles to accept life in prison.
The opening gala for the Ciancio-Mancini Youth Center sets the stage for number of live-altering events. Cardinal Franco Armani unleashes a plot to destroy several of his enemies, while the police use the event to lure a criminal out of hiding. The sinister Aiden Carmichael reveals his true motives, which have the potential to destroy several relationships. And the fight for Joyelle Mancini’s heart puts two men in a life-threatening situation. It all culminates in the most shocking deaths in the entire BOYSTOWN series.
There’s no place like BOYSTOWN!
Before I review the story, I need to take a moment to talk about the cover(s). The author just had new covers created for the series and while the old ones were nice to look at, the new ones are just gorgeous. These new covers really create a better picture of what is inside the book. Its an ensemble book with many characters with both gay and straight pairings. Also, it shows that there is a potential for action and danger in each book. The cover of this book in particular had me almost afraid to read the book. The casket is quite ominous.
Okay. So I know I’ve said this in my previous reviews, but I have to say it again. This book reads very much like a soap opera. It doesn’t flow like a romance with two main characters, but shifts from scene to scene and covers many storylines. There are also many cliffhangers at the end of each season. For those who hate cliffhangers, this series might not be up their alley. But if you like a good plot with lots of action and mayhem, this series is for you.
There is no end to the devious characters visiting or living in Boystown. At the end of the last season Marco was revealed to still be alive. His family the Ciancio’s have had a long-standing feud with the Mancini’s. He has always been ruthless but he used to have a bit of family loyalty, but now he is all about himself. His attempts at killing his brother Gino failed. (Thank goodness!) But he has no intention of stopping til everything he wants is his and his alone. Camille, Marco and Gino’s aunt, is pretty wicked but I have gained a bit of respect for her. Rob, who had kidnapped Cole and shot Michael, escapes being caught at the beginning of this book, and his craziness won’t be stopped. Aiden is a new character to the book, but it’s apparent right away that he wants to destroy both the Mancini and Ciancio families. The last big bad of this season is Cardinal Franco Armani. He is an example of total abuse of power. I hate his character for his deeds, but love that the author created a story line where a man of the cloth could be evil without being a pedophile. His reach is long and he has several people in Boystown he wants to punish.
All of Boystown isn’t filled with only bad guys, though. There is Gino, who is tough when it comes to business but doesn’t let it carry out into his personal life. Michael is on the police force. Emmett and Jensen are two examples of nice guys finish last. Emmett, who is the sweetest character in the series, finds out some bad news about his health, and Jensen is found guilty of a murder he didn’t commit. I am really enjoying Ethan’s character as he is the only Transgender and I love seeing that represented in Boystown. Cole is a model who works with Jensen but there is a stalker watching him. Patrick is an ex-priest who still takes care of others as a doctor. Adam and David are also a couple of sweeties, but like Emmett and Jensen, David seems to have a bad run of luck. Honestly I just love these characters but I fear for them all the time.
There are plenty of characters in between whose morals are ambiguous throughout the story. Sometimes I love them, and other times I hate them. With such a large group of characters I could go on all day telling you my feelings on all of them. The stories that all these characters either create or are swept along on are intense. I get happy for one person, worry about a second, and want to scream and punch others. It is a roller coaster of emotions and a guilty pleasure to read. If you can handle mega drama (i.e. cheating, lying, kidnapping, and murder) and don’t hate cliffhangers this is totally the series for you.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
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.
Welcome to BOYSTOWN.