Rating: 4.75 stars
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In the aftermath of the warehouse shootings, sirens blare through Boystown as ambulances race toward St. Joseph Hospital. Life will be forever changed and relationships altered as the victims work to put the tragic event behind them. What they don’t know is that there is a larger plan for revenge aimed in their direction.
Twins Marco and Gino Ciancio are gorgeous, powerful players in their father’s business. They are very close as they like to share their bed and their women. Years of bad blood between the Ciancio and Mancini families have them scheming to make their father proud.
Keith is still looking to make amends with Emmett and get him back. Detective Michael is trying to get Keith to look his way, but ominous phone calls and a stranger from the past still plague Keith.
Ben continues with his plan for Jacqueline and will inevitably have to meet her son, Jesse, who is still obsessed with Logan. From Boystown, to Las Vegas, to Napa Valley and back again, all events lead up to an explosive New Year’s Eve engagement party as the new year is ushered in with a bang.
Season Two of Boystown, here we go. This is definitely the book you want to read after Season One as most events are intertwined and connect back to the first season.
Episode One opens directly after the warehouse shootings and we learn quickly who is injured, who survived, and who didn’t. The episodes continue to play out like your favorite nighttime drama and the writing once again takes center stage. The transitions from one scene to the next as characters fade out and new ones emerge was seamless in Season One. Biondi has actually managed to make these shifts even tighter in Season Two. It’s amazing that there are so many characters and plot lines continuing at the same time and there is absolutely no issue knowing exactly what is happening, who is speaking, or whose head we are in. Biondi is even able to write an erotic dream sequence that works just as well as all of the rest of the scenes. The visual quality of the writing and how the characters come across as being on screen is really commendable.
A lot of the focus remains on the Mancini family and we learn more about eldest brother, Justin, and the family business. Of course nothing is completely spelled out and there are secrets, mystery, and intrigue surrounding everyone.
As with most ensemble stories, there are some plot lines and characters that will be favorites. I particularly enjoyed the addition of twins Marco and Gino. Their introductory scene is hot and we get a glimpse of their close relationship. I was also a fan of Gino’s connection with Justin. I certainly could have used more time spent with them and will be looking forward to more scenes with all of them in future episodes.
On the flip side, with so many characters, some do get a bit lost with less time devoted to them, and some characters are harder to relate to. Jesse was one such character with his immediate possessiveness of Logan, his dealings with Max, and how he handles the situation with Ben. I certainly get his animosity towards Ben (because who really likes Ben) and what the set up was leading to, but he was just kind of bratty, did not talk to anyone about anything that was going on, and was planning elaborate schemes that just scream backfire from the first word. But most good dramas do tend to have a headstrong younger character that does not directly confront anyone and tends to make monumentally wrong choices. This is certainly one storyline where a connection to real life has to be overlooked for the dramatic aspect it is going for.
There is a different type of connection to TV characters as there is to book characters, and many of you will understand that. Here, even though I am reading a book, the connection is similar to TV, due to the quick pace and ensemble style of the story. A lot of the intimate scenes between steady couples lacks a special intimate connection, while the fast-paced style of the casual sex scenes was the primary focus. The sex scenes continue to be hard hitting, with a mark your territory feel, and lots of bed hopping and multiple partners. Some of the intimate dialog remained repetitive with similar talk from several characters wanting to, “Pack their cum,” into each other.
With this book, the characters, and the plot lines, we are not looking for reality. We have dramatic scenarios with characters passing each other on the elevator, being on opposite sides of a crowded room, lurking outside doorways for effect, and many other larger dealings that we just have to go with for the sake of the episodic dramatic format. While there is not a lot of new material or situations that we have not seen before, what is presented is presented exceptionally well. The flow, timing, and movement of the story all leads to an incredibly intense finale that captures all of the characters in an extremely visual manner.
The ending, yep, you got it, major cliffhanger that well exceeds the cliffhanger of the first season, which will have you checking on when Season Three will be released. If you enjoyed Season One, this is a must read. It’s a really clever way to get your fill of the crazy, intense, hot, cheating, lying, manipulating, revenge seeking characters of Boystown.
The rating, as in Season One, I have rounded up. Whether the characters or the ensemble style of the story with the over the top plot lines is to your liking, is of course a personal choice. Again, it’s the overall writing itself and how the author pull this all together that truly deserves the applause.
If you want to really see what your favorite (or not so favorite) characters look like, check out Biondi’s website to view the winners of his Boystown character photo contest.