Sidney Bell’s first in the Woodbury Boys series, Loose Cannon, blew me away!
I want to re-read Loose Cannon again so soon after finishing it the first time. The characters were imperfect, yet so relatable. They were heart-breaking and so fleshed out. I wanted so badly for these boys to find peace and happiness. Church and Miller stole my heart!
Loose Cannon is about a boy who has had to become a man through difficult circumstances.
A bad choice has led him to have to spend many years in a detention center, where he meets life long friends, Ghost and Tobias. Once he’s served his years, Edgar-Allen Church is struggling to find some place to stay, so he has no choice but to turn to an old friend/mentor, Miller Quinn. The last time these two saw each other they ended on very bad terms, which leads to some tension in the beginning.
The last time Miller saw Church, he was just a gangly boy, but when he sees him again, he is all man. This leads to chemistry between Church and Miller which was just electric. It was such a beautiful transformation from friends to lovers. Honest to God, it made me swoon so hard. Miller is a lot older than Church, but all he wants to do is take care of him and help him. He never abuses his age over Church. He is pretty much Church’s #1 cheerleader. Even when dealing with Church’s anger issues, which is the reason for him having to go to a detention center, he fully supports and believes in Church.
“People were imperfect and messy, and you either had to learn to love the whole wide sprawl of someone, or give up on the concept entirely.”
Miller is such a sweetheart.
In Loose Cannon, Miller took Church in when he could have just washed him of his hands. But he is such a good soul and has the warmest heart so it was painful to read about his anguish with coming to terms with his feelings for Church. I just wanted to shake him and tell him it was all going to be okay!! His entire life he has heard from his religious family that being gay is sinful. These constrictions make it difficult for him to realize what he really feels and what he wants, but Miller does his best to follow his heart, regardless of his fear and nerves.
Sidney Bell does sexual tension really well. The writing made my palms sweaty, seriously. It was so raw and passionate and filled with heat and heart.
“Miller could smell him, sunshine and clean sweat and skin, and he couldn’t let go, not when Church was against him like this.”
I loved all the side characters, especially Miller’s sister, and niece.
They were adorable and funny as hell. I was so glad Miller had them. Church’s friends were also so interesting, in particular, Ghost. He was an enigma. I’m really hoping the second book will be about him and a certain somebody else. I feel like that will be really interesting to read.
“You’re practically a demonstration of the role of mock aggression in homoerotic male relationships.”
There was a mystery side plot which I thought was pretty good, although not the utmost necessary thing for the story. I think it was mostly helpful to set up a future Ghost novel. But I liked how it factored into Church’s guilt and his development into becoming a stronger person.
To conclude, this story is fabulous. You’ll enjoy reading it. Trust me.
(ARC was provided kindly by Netgalley and publishers: release date 3rd April 2017)