"A wonderful entry in the Johnnies series. This one is best read in order, because the events from the other books weave through here, creating poignancy and depth as we see them now through new eyes. Familiar moments happen alongside the painful, lovely, complicated, growing relationship of Reg and Bobby. Reg in particular half-broke my heart as a simple man who is doing the very best he can to keep his word, to care for the mentally-ill sister who was his lifeline as a child, and to understand what falling in love looks like. Bobby has his own issues to work through, before he can be the man Reg so desperately deserves to find. The value of chosen family is a golden thread keeping Bobby and Reg going, through all the angst and difficulties on the way to love."
Johnnies: Book Five
Vern Roberts couldn’t wait to turn eighteen and get the hell out of Dogpatch, California. But city living is expensive, and he’s damned desperate when Dex from Johnnies spots him bussing tables.
As “Bobby,” he’s a natural at gay porn. Soon he’s surrounded by hot guys and sex for the taking, but it’s not just his girlfriend back in Dogpatch—or her blackmailing brother—that keeps him from taking it. It’s the sweet guy who held the lights for his first solo scene, who showed him decency, kindness, and a smile.
Reg Williams likes to think he’s too stupid to realize what a shitty hand life dealt him, but Bobby knows better. What Reg lacks in family, opportunity, education, and money, he makes up for in heart. One fumbling step at a time, they connect, not just in their hearts but in their bodies, where sex that’s not on camera, casual, or meaningless, becomes the most important thing in the world.
But Reg is hampered by an inescapable family burden, and he and Bobby will never fly unless he can find a way to manage it. Can he break the painful link to his unrealized childhood and grow into the love Bobby wants to give?
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