BOYSTOWN is the continuing story of several couples living in Chicago's famed Boystown neighborhood.
The Mancini brothers -- as well as their friends and significant others -- are at the core of BOYSTOWN. Emmett Mancini, the youngest of the brothers, is a bright, caring guy whose boyfriend Keith Colgan has a past Emmett knows little about . . . yet. Derek Mancini, and his wife Joyelle, are BOYSTOWN's straight couple . . . but a recent encounter with hunky Cole O'Brien could have life-altering consequences for Derek. And when Justin Mancini, the oldest brother, arrives in BOYSTOWN, he brings with him a family history that both Emmett and Derek were hoping to forget: a bitter feud with the powerful Ciancio family.
Interracial couple Logan Pryce and Max Taylor have been together have survived the ups and downs that are common in most long-term relationships; however, they must now face a crisis that neither of them ever expected. A chance encounter with an old flame sends Max on a mission to discover a secret buried long ago . . . and tests the strength of his commitment to Logan.
One of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in the country, Chicago's Boystown has something for everyone. So it's no wonder that roommates Jesse Morgan and Cole O'Brien chose to live there upon graduating from college. Ready to begin the next phase of their lives in an exciting new city, Jesse and Cole quickly find themselves at the center of the drama and intrigue that makes up this adult playground. Against the backdrop of the vibrant Chicago skyline, some couples are brought together while others are torn apart, once-buried family vendettas are resurrected, and friends unite to face the challenges that life throws their way.
Family. Love. Deception. Romance. Power. Revenge. Passion. Betrayal.
Welcome to BOYSTOWN!
BOYSTOWN has a very interesting history. In Spring of 2013, I started to toss around in my head the idea of writing a continuing drama that focused on gay characters. I considered some ideas for characters and storylines. Then I finally began actually writing BOYSTOWN in June of 2013 as an online story and intended to release one "episode" online per month, each ending in a cliffhanger.
The story became so popular -- and the online reading audience grew so quickly -- that people from all over the country began to email me demanding to know what happened to their favorite characters and wanting the episodes to be released faster. They also had suggestions for future storylines! I was surprised and excited by the readers' response to BOYSTOWN and began to write and release installments more quickly. By November, 2013, I had released 10 episodes and the reading audience had expanded well beyond the borders of America.
Because of BOYSTOWN's huge success online and the serialized nature of my writing, readers from all over the globe were able to correspond with me and influence the storylines of the BOYSTOWN saga as I wrote it. It is really exciting to interact with fans in this way. I think it's something very unique to BOYSTOWN. Readers also suggested that I publish the first ten episodes as a book rather than leaving them online. I took their advice -- and BOYSTOWN Season One was published in late November, 2013.
The book sold well and I continued to write additional episodes. Episodes 11 - 20 were released in July, 2014 as BOYSTOWN Season Two. BOYSTOWN Season Three was released on May 1, 2015, BOYSTOWN Season Four was released on November 13, 2015, BOYSTOWN Season Five was released on June 1, 2016, BOYSTOWN Season Six was released on December 16, 2016, and BOYSTOWN Season Seven was released on July 7, 2017.
Derek Mancini is one of the book’s most interesting, complicated, and sexy characters. An attorney who lives in Chicago, Derek is “happily” married to a Joyelle, a nurse at a Chicago hospital. However, Derek is known to secretly “hook up” with guys while traveling on business trips.
It is during his business trip to Boston that he meets and sleeps with Cole O’Brien, who immediately falls for Derek. Something about Cole sticks with Derek as well. They spend the weekend together in Boston and, when rushing out of the hotel room to catch his flight home to Chicago on the day of his wedding anniversary, Derek leaves his wedding ring behind. Cole finds it and keeps it, hoping to one day be with Derek again. Will Cole and Derek end up together as Cole hopes? Or will Derek manage to keep his secret and his wife? Keep turning the pages of BOYSTOWN to find out.
Cole O’Brien is one of the book’s most interesting, complicated, and sexy characters. A senior graduating early from the University of Notre Dame, Cole flies to Boston to interview at the headquarters of a company that has offices in Chicago, where Cole ultimately wants to live. While in Boston, Cole hooks up with a very attractive man, slightly older than Cole, named Derek Mancini.
Cole immediately falls for Derek and something about Cole sticks with Derek as well. They spend the weekend together in Boston and, when rushing out of the hotel room to catch his flight home to Chicago on the day of his wedding anniversary, Derek leaves his wedding ring behind. Cole finds it and keeps it, hoping to one day be with Derek again. Will Cole and Derek end up together as Cole hopes? Or will Derek manage to keep his secret and his wife? Keep on reading!
Joyelle Mancini is one of the reading audience’s favorite characters. A nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, Joyelle is a sexy, bright, compassionate woman.
Derek Mancini, an attorney, is “happily” married to a Joyelle. However, Derek is known to secretly “hook up” with guys while traveling on business trips. It is during his business trip to Boston that he meets and sleeps with Cole O’Brien, who immediately falls for Derek. Something about Cole sticks with Derek as well.
Will Joyelle discover her husband's hidden secrets?
Logan is one of BOYSTOWN’s core characters. Very handsome and professionally successful, Logan has low self-esteem and finds it difficult to love himself.
Logan and his boyfriend Max Taylor have been together for a very long time. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their problems. Always feeling inferior to Max, Logan seeks confidence and self-esteem from liquor. In spite of Max’s many attempts to help Logan address and deal with his abuse of alcohol, Logan continues to drink, causing a great strain on their relationship. In the meantime, Max’s feelings for his long-time friend Emmett Mancini are beginning to grow. Can Max and Logan survive their issues? Or are they destined to fall apart?
Max Taylor is one of the book’s “good guys.” Tall, dark, and handsome, Max has a kind, gentle nature, unless provoked. He puts his boyfriend’s needs above all others and takes care of his friends and family.
Max and his boyfriend Logan Pryce have been together for a very long time. Of course, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have their problems. Always feeling inferior to Max, Logan seeks confidence and self-esteem from liquor. In spite of Max’s many attempts to help Logan address and deal with his abuse of alcohol, Logan continues to drink, causing a great strain on their relationship. In the meantime, Max’s feelings for his long-time friend Emmett Mancini are beginning to grow. Can Max and Logan survive their issues? Or are they destined to fall apart?
Emmett Mancini is one of BOYSTOWN’s heroes. Kind, loving and generous, Emmett is the youngest of the three Mancini brothers. He is the family’s voice of reason, compassion, and support.
Emmett and his boyfriend Keith Colgan have been together for about five years, almost as long as his other brother Derek and his wife Joyelle. No one enjoys the Christmas season more than Emmett, and Keith thinks the holiday season is the perfect time of year to “pop the question” to Emmett. A few of their friends are in on the exciting surprise, but Emmett is clueless about his boyfriend’s intentions. And Emmett is clueless about something else as well…Keith’s past. Will Emmett say “yes” to Keith’s proposal? Will Keith’s past put an end to their happiness? Keep turning the pages to find out!
Keith Colgan is one of BOYSTOWN’s central characters. Handsome and sexy, Keith has a tendency to put his foot in his mouth and gives off a bit of “attitude” to those he doesn’t know well.
Keith and his boyfriend Emmett Mancini have been together for about five years and Keith is ready to take their relationship to the next level. No one enjoys the Christmas season more than Emmett, and Keith thinks the holiday season is the perfect time of year to “pop the question” to Emmett. A few of their friends are in on the exciting surprise, but Emmett is clueless about his Keith’s intentions. And Emmett is clueless about something else as well…Keith’s past. Will Emmett say “yes” to Keith’s proposal? Will Keith’s past put an end to their happiness? Keep reading to find out!
Jacqueline Morgan is one of BOYSTOWN's most exciting and complex characters. Beautiful and bright, Jacqueline is Jesse Morgan's mother.
Never revealing the identity of Jesse's father to him, Jacqueline raised Jesse entirely on her own. She was a fantastic mother -- generous and loving. But Jesse still longed to have a relationship with his father.
Little does Jacqueline know that her life is about to be turned upside down when a mysterious stranger named Ben Donovan enters her life.
Jesse is one of the book’s hottest and most complex characters. A senior graduating early from the University of Notre Dame, Jesse receives a job offer from Logan Pryce, a man Jesse immediately becomes attracted to. The only problem is that Logan already has a partner.
Jesse accepts the job and, along with his college roommate Cole O’Brien, moves to Chicago. Excited to begin their lives in Chicago, Jesse and Cole find an apartment in the heart of Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood and soon find themselves at the center of the novel’s action.
Having grown up not knowing his father, Jesse prays for the day when his mother will finally tell him who is father is so that he can attempt to build a relationship with him. In the meantime, a chance encounter brings Jesse and his new boss Logan closer than Jesse ever thought possible.
Justin is the oldest of the three Mancini brothers and one of the book’s darkest characters. Although he doesn’t appear in the book until Episode 9, Justin immediately figures into the book’s main storylines.
Harboring a dark history with his brothers Derek and Emmett, Justin arrives in Chicago to supposedly make amends with his brothers. But Derek and Emmett are suspicious about Justin’s arrival in Chicago – and they should be. Justin has a plan all his own and what he is after could destroy the entire Mancini family!
Ben is one of the novel’s most intriguing characters – but not necessarily in a good way. A groundskeeper at the University of Notre Dame, Ben meets and falls in love with Jesse Morgan. While Ben begins to plan for the future with Jesse, Jesse has no interest in a relationship with Ben and accepts a job in Chicago.
When Jesse refuses to reconsider his job offer and stay with Ben, Ben puts together an elaborate and sick plan for revenge. Jesse has no idea what Ben has in store for him!
Officer Michael Martinez is one of the audience’s favorite characters, even though he doesn’t first appear until Episode 9. A handsome, intelligent, witty member of the Chicago Police Department, Michael first joins the main characters as an outsider assisting them with a situation; however, he quickly becomes a member of the core group.
When his father, a policeman, was killed by a drunk driver, young Michael decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. Now as a grown man, Michael serves and protects those in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. But things are about to become very personal for Michael…
Keith Colgan's ex, Nick Carson is a man with a sordid past. Bent on revenge, he intends to settle the score with several of Boystown's main residents.
Rachel is BOYSTOWN'S woman of mystery. With a past connected to several of the book's main characters, Rachel arrives in Boystown with a plan -- and she's willing to do whatever it takes to execute it.
The men of BOYSTOWN have no idea what Rachel has in store for them. And when she's done with them, their lives will never be the same!
Gino and Marco Ciancio
Gino and Marco Ciancio are the most eligible bachelors in the Napa Valley. Handsome, powerful, bright, and rich, they are used to getting what -- and who -- they want.
The Ciancio - Mancini family rivalry brings Gino and Marco to Chicago, where they quickly find themselves at the center of the storm. They both have strict orders from their father, Carlo Ciancio, but their relationships with some of BOYSTOWN'S other characters may force them to choose between family loyalty and affairs of the heart.
The father of Gino and Marco Ciancio, Carlo shares a scandalous past with the Mancini family. Driven by anger and hate, Carlo intends to end the Ciancio-Mancini feud...in his own deadly way.
A handsome, bright personal trainer and physical therapist, David Young joins the BOYSTOWN storyline as he attempts to help on of the survivors of the wareshouse shootings.
The relationships he builds with his client -- and others around him -- will entrap him in a web thick with love, lies, and liaisons.
And a family secret that even David himself is not aware of may change him forever.
Tyler Bennett is the newest member of St. Joseph Hospital's nursing staff. Handsome and compassionate, Tyler is assigned to work with Joyelle Mancini. Quickly, the two become friends as well as co-workers.
Before he realizes it, Tyler becomes a part of all the Mancini family drama -- but he has a plan all his own as well.
A handsome redhead, Jensen Stone is a young man with several secrets. Stumbling upon Emmett and Max's new restaurant turns out to be a life-altering moment for Jensen, whose life quickly becomes intertwined with the lives of several other BOYSTOWN characters.
Handsome and quiet, Dustin Alexander seems too good to be true. Upon his arrival in BOYSTOWN, he quickly finds himself connected to several of the series' main characters. But everyone has a past. What is he really after?
Mateo Martinez, M.D.
Brother of Michael Martinez, Mateo arrives in Chicago to begin his new position as Chief of Staff at St. Joseph Hospital. A traumatic event quickly places Mateo at the enter of the lives of many Boystown residents. Handsome and single, Mateo quickly becomes a pawn in someone's deadly scheme.
Teenage son of Mateo Martinez, Hugo is a total hunk. Having just moved to Chicago because of his father's new job, Hugo struggles to find his place in the Boystown neighborhood. Recruited to play football for the University of Notre Dame, Hugo plans to simply bide his time until school begins in the fall; however, he soon finds himself wrapped up in the middle of two relationships that pull him in opposite directions -- one with deadly consequences.
The ex-boyfriend of Dustin Alexander, Adam Miranda travels from Seattle to Boystown hoping to win back the love of his life. The timing of his arrival couldn't be worse as he unknowingly places himself at the center of a web of deceit and startling revelations.
A relative of attorneys Sam and Vincent Provenzano, Dr. Patrick Provenzano arrives in Chicago to head several new initiatives at St. Joseph Hospital. He is quick connected with one of BOYSTOWN's main characters who needs his assistance coping with the demons of his past. However, Patrick himself is grappling with his own demons, which threaten to destroy his new life in Chicago.
Sister of Carlo Ciancio, Camille re-asserts herself into the Ciancio family business with a sinister plan all her own. Conniving and crooked, Camille will stop at nothing to take from her nephews Gino and Marco what she believes to be hers.
An acquaintance of Patrick Provenzano, Franco arrives in Chicago late in BOYSTOWN Season Five with a special message for Patrick, one that will uproot Patrick's life and expose his past to his new friends.
Head of Public Relations for Ciancio International, Ethan Anderson quickly becomes connected to several of BOYSTOWN's main characters; however, few people know much about him. Maybe that's because he has a past he wants no one to uncover...
A detective in the Chicago Police Department, Jack Kramer works closely with Michael Martinez...and has his eyes set on the lovely Joyelle Mancini.
Bent on revenge, this mysterious stranger arrives in Boystown to wreak havoc on the Mancnini and Ciancio families.
Gino Ciancio's ex, Victor let Gino slip away once. Now he's back in Chicago with his eyes on a reunion with Gino...and a lot more!
A mysterious and ruthless business tycoon, Massoud has ties to many of BOYSTOWN's characters. He has profits and vengeance on his mind; the lives he touches will never be the same.