#NewRelease — Loose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys) #1 by Sidney Bell — Review & Giveaway
Title: Loose Cannon
Series: The Woodbury Boys #1
Author: Sidney Bell
Length: 327 Pages
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: April 3, 2017
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.
"An edge-of-your-seat tale of suspense paired with a heart-stopping romance. Sidney Bell does it again, rescuing indelible characters from a tricky situation. Love blooms amid the gritty realism of Sidney Bell's harrowing plot." —Sarina Bowen, USA TODAY bestselling coauthor of Him
This is my first time reading anything by Sidney Bell—even though I have Bad Judgment on my Kindle waiting patiently for me—and I was immediately pulled into the writing and story-line created with these two damaged and flawed characters. It's the type of story that gets its claws in you and won't let you go because it's compelling, gripping, and riveting and you must see it through until the very end.
Edgar-Allen Church—who prefers to go by Church—has been in the system for five years and he wants to be a better man than the one that went in. He wants to practice what he learned and put to use his skills of keeping his anger at bay, thinking before reacting, because he does not want to be like his father.
He has no one to turn to when he gets out other than Miller Quinn, the one man that probably hates his guts... still—to this day—after the stunt he pulled, but he’s his only friend and he needs someone responsible and upstanding, and Miller—just like always—is there for him.
Miller Quinn admits, only to himself, that he has missed Church more than he ever thought imaginable. He was his best friend and even though there is an age difference they understood each other, they made each other laugh, and his absence has sucked the life out of Miller.
When he receives his phone call asking for a place to stay, he more than willingly agrees to lend his couch, even with his sister giving him the evil eye. He needs to do this for himself, as well as Church, because he knows—in his heart—that there were more reasons to their fight than he’s willing to admit and he is just as much to blame.
Loose Cannon is an incredible story of second chances and redemption. Watching Church and Miller skirt around their issues was heartbreaking... but at the same time, seeing Miller acknowledge his truth was so uplifting and rewarding.
There is a colorful cast of secondary characters who I hope we get their story, especially Ghost. Wow... does he have a story to tell. And then there is Tobias—love his heart. These two boys were in the system with Church and they are so special.
And then there's Miller’s sister. GAH! I really disliked her, found very little qualities about her redeeming but she did come around towards the end and showed that she was a better person that what she first appeared. A little too late for me to like her, but she may be tolerable since she's family.
This story has quite a bit of suspense and mystery and there were a couple of times it even became very hair-raising in the scary department because Church gets mixed up with a bad crowd, but there are a lot of elements at play, key players with important stories, but overall a very enthralling read that does have a great ending. Highly recommended.
* I was provided a copy through Carina Press in exchange for an honest review *
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about the author
Sidney Bell lives in the drizzly Pacific Northwest with her amazingly supportive husband. She received her MFA degree in Creative Writing in 2010, considered aiming for the Great American Novel, and then promptly started writing fanfiction instead. Eventually more realistic grown-ups convinced her to try writing something more fiscally responsible, which is how we ended up here.
When she’s not writing, she’s playing violent video games, yelling at the television during hockey games, or supporting her local library by turning books in late. Find her on Twitter or at www.sidneybell.com