Monthly Archives: August 2014

BOYSTOWN, Season Two (Jake Biondi)







GENRE: Erotic fiction, contemporary gay lit, gay romance


“As the others scrambled, two more gunshots were fired, echoing throughout the room. Blood splattered on the wall and floor as three bodies fell to the ground.” –BOYSTOWN Season One

In the aftermath of the warehouse shootings, lives are forever changed and relationships are forever altered. As the families of the victims work to put the horrific event behind them, they find themselves at the center of an even larger plan for revenge.

Ciancio twins Marco and Gino are as handsome as they are powerful — and they arrive in Boystown with a scheme rooted in the bad history between the Ciancio and Mancini families.

At the same time, Keith Colgan seems hell-bent on getting back the boyfriend he believes was stolen from him, Ben Donovan continues with his plan for Jacqueline Morgan and her son Jesse, and a stranger from the past threatens the future.

It all leads up to a spectacular New Year’s Eve engagement party that no one will ever forget.

Welcome back to BOYSTOWN!


BOYSTOWN, Season Two picks up after the horrific events/cliffhanger in the grandest mini-series/season finale fashion with ambulances rushing to the hospital, as gradually we learn the full extent of the tragedy.

The author continues to shake this ‘Verse, turning it upside down and inside out, and unfortunately for this reviewer, it’s to the point where anything I say would be a monumental spoiler and if you want to find out what happens… Well, you know what to do.

Meanwhile, back at the editing desk, let’s talk about a few quibbles: scenes of affection (always my favorites and about which I tend to be quite picky) head the list. There are plenty, oddles, but but but…

They’ve become mechanized, rote, linear, repetitive and so devoid of emotional context that this reviewer could easily have done without them—and in fact I skimmed most of them because, well… been there, done that. Script-wise that’s fine. The director gets to position the cameras, he choreographs the shot, optimizing, slicing and dicing edit-wise, to either push the FCC envelop or stay within cable TV protocols.

This is nominally a novel—that pared down, strictly-by-the-numbers treatment does not float my boat when it comes to this type of scene.

With some characters there’s more tell than show (Jesse comes to mind) and that leaves questions about motivations and how/why this character is doing this and not that.

There are also some new players on the scene (Marco and Gino) with links to Justin. They ramp up the stakes considerably although at points their backstory threatened to derail the narrative arc.

With a cast this large, it is quite difficult to avoid whiplash, confusing voices and motivations, and burying the plot which now includes the addition of a substantial element of mystery and suspense.

That said, this author had me clicking pages, staying up all night, shouting No, Wait, Are you effing kidding me! My cat was not amused. The thematic elements established at the beginning of each scene conclude with a wry observation, sometimes served with a side of snark and often poetic.

No relationship is safe, nothing is set in stone, and the season finale, which takes place at a celebration, ends explosively… Beyond that, dear readers, there be spoilers.

Be prepared to hate the one you loved, love the one you hate and wonder about the rest. Dagnabbit, this stuff is addicting.

BOYSTOWN is officially a guilty pleasure and as with all such beasts, the need for instant gratification implores Mr. Biondi to write faster.

Five Stars.





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