Title: Black John (Johnnies #4)
Author Name: Amy Lane
Publication Date & Length: January 26, 2015 – 280 pages
John Carey is just out of rehab and dying inside when he gets word that Tory, the guy who loved him and broke him, has removed himself from the world in the most bitter way possible—and left John to clean up his mess.
Forced back to his hometown in Florida, John’s craving a hit with every memory when he meets Tory’s neighbor. Spacey and judgmental, Galen Henderson has been rotting in his crappy apartment since a motorcycle accident robbed him of his mobility, his looks, and his boyfriend all in one mistake. Galen’s been hiding at the bottom of an oxy bottle, but when John shows up, he feels obligated to help wade through the wreckage of Tory’s life.
The last thing John needs is another relationship with an addict, and the last thing Galen wants is a conscience. Both of them are shocked when they find that their battered souls can learn from and heal one another. It doesn’t hurt that they’re both getting a crash course on how growing up and getting past your worst mistakes sure beats the alternative—and that true love is something to fight to keep if your lover is fighting to love you back.
Whew… What a story. Having read numerous other Amy Lane books, I was prepared for some twisted things to come… and boy was there. This was probably one of my favorite in the series as there is a lot that goes on, but never too much. There is heartache, addiction, suicide and so much more that happens.
I love that while a part of the book takes place in another part of the country, we eventually do get to catch up with ALL of the characters from the other books and see how life is going for them.
I have to say that I didn’t particularly care for John in the previous books, but was interested to hear his story and I’m glad I was as the book was a great insight to the man and how he ended up where he was when we first met him in the first book.
The way the various addictions were talked about and approached in this book made me really appreciate the way Amy Lane writes her characters. It was good and normal… and REAL. It was hard, it was ugly and it didn’t always have a happy ending.
Once again Amy Lane left me wanting more from her.
As for the narration, I have to say the change in narrator was a bit of a let down simply because all the other books in the series had been read by Sean Crisden. However, that being said, I loved the job Gomez Pugh did. I’ve listened to a few of his other works and he was just as good as I’ve come to expect from him. Bringing a life to the characters in a way that really helped the listener feel the emotions and situations going on… and boy does he read the sexy scenes HOT.
Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.