Advanced Book Review by Rita: Loose Cannon, by Sidney Bell

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Loose Cannon, by Sidney Bell
Series: The Woodbury Boys, Book 1
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: April 3, 2017

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


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.


M/M Pairing
Gay & Bisexual Characters
Suspense Thriller
Second Chances
Business Owner
Organized Crime

Violence, Revenge, Kidnapping/Hostage Situation

Book Review by Rita

I’m really excited to talk about Loose Cannon today and genuinely all things Sidney Bell because I feel fortunate to have discovered this new-to-me author. She’s fairly new herself having only just released her first novel Bad Judgment in September of last year but she writes like a veteran. When I needed to decide on my next book to review this one caught my eye and after reading the blurb I figured I’d give it a shot. Fast forward to me being halfway into the book and loving every minute of it when all of a sudden I started noticing friends raving about the first book. Needless to say when I saw it was on sale I snatched it right up and if I love it as much as Loose Cannon, then Miss Bell is going straight to the top of my list of favorites.

What can I say? I just really like her style. She writes flawed characters that I can relate to because aside from those imperfections, or maybe with them, they feel like real people. People I know in my own life. So add that to the incredible storytelling and you’ve got me hook, line and sinker. I was rooting for Church and Miller from the word Go and since I’m a total sucker for the friends-to-lovers trope, seeing them joke around and listen to each other and do all the things that true friends do made me so happy. When I could clearly see the affection they had for one another turn into romantic love I was a goner.

In addition to the interesting people Bell introduced me to, the story itself kept taking me by surprise. I couldn’t help but feel time and time again that it was going to go the way of the cliché but it never happened. I don’t know if it’s just my cynical self or the mood I was in at the time when I read it but I was skeptical. I worried that what I thought was a pretty great start was ultimately going to disappoint me but it stayed fresh all the way through to the end and the suspense kept me awake until I finished. I was engrossed to the point of not wanting to put the book down and when it was over I wanted more.

Speaking of more, I am dying to know if Ghost and Tobias will get their own story. I adore Tobias and I would love nothing more than to see that kid get his happily ever after. Ghost on the other hand is one of the most unique characters I’ve read in a long time. I definitely want to see him happy too but I’m fascinated by him and I need to know much more before he goes walking off into the sunset.

So if you couldn’t tell already, I really REALLY liked this book and I’m already impatient for the next in The Woodbury Boys series. I highly recommend giving this author a try if you haven’t yet. She can write the pants off of a story – and come to think of it – the MCs too! 😉


Author, Sidney BellSidney 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.

Follow Sidney: Website / Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook

You can purchase LOOSE CANNON from:
Google Play
Barnes & Noble

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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