Monday, October 10, 2016

Release Day Review ~ Ben and Shiloh (The Belladonna Arms: Book 4) by John Inman

Release Day Review ~ Ben and Shiloh (The Belladonna Arms: Book 4) by John Inman

Title: Ben and Shiloh
Series: The Belladonna Arms: Book 4
Author: John Inman
Release Date: October 10, 2016
Category: Contemporary, Humor
Pages: 204

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Shiloh Smart is alone and looking for a fresh start. Convinced he’s finished with love forever, he signs a lease at the Belladonna Arms, a tacky, run-down apartment building situated high on a hill in downtown San Diego.

Determined to turn his back on romance, Shiloh works hard at carving out a life for himself where love doesn’t stand a chance and staying single is all that matters.

Then his drag queen landlord’s nephew, Ben Moss, moves in. Thanks to a rumor Ben has heard since childhood of a fifty-year-old crime and a fortune in stolen money, he sets out to find the loot supposedly hidden decades ago in his uncle’s apartment building.

The minute Ben spots a kilted Shiloh toddling off to work at the Scottish restaurant up the street where he waits tables, he falls hard and fast for the aloof young redhead. Even a hidden treasure can’t compete in Ben’s eyes with the beautiful waiter with the fiery copper hair.

But even while he diligently works to break down Shiloh’s defenses, Ben doesn’t give up his quest for buried treasure. Soon, as their friendship deepens, the two young men join forces in a search for the stolen cash.

As the treasure hunt gathers steam and all the tenants get involved, Ben and Shiloh come to realize the greatest treasure isn’t buried in the Belladonna Arms at all. It’s buried far deeper—in each other’s hearts!

Shiloh Smart decides to move into the eccentric Belladonna Arms after his boyfriend kicks him to the curb in order for his new boyfriend to move in. Intrigued by the colorful tenants and the flamboyant drag queen landlord, he embraces the independence he is destined to find in his run-down apartment. Now that he's refusing to fall in love again, he can focus on himself. 

Ben Moss is the landlord's nephew. Although the two haven't seen each other in years, Arthur is excited to have him move in.  Immediately Ben and Shiloh find themselves attracted to one another. Unfortunately, Shiloh is a bit reluctant and Ben is on a mission to find out if the old story of hidden cash is true. 

Together the two form a friendship and work together to solve the mystery. Along the way, with a little help from the "Love Pollen" and these two might find themselves a love match. 

***A copy of this book was provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange for an honest and fair review***

This is my first book in the Belladonna Arms' series but I think I will definitely want to go back and read the others in the series.  Ben and Shiloh is hilarious and I found myself laughing out loud. I particularly loved the interactions with the landlord Arthur, he was probably my favorite character other than Shiloh and Ben. 

The writing was definitely well-done and I found myself completely lost in the world he created. I was able to vividly picture the apartment building with its many different residents. I could see Shiloh in his kilt walking up the stairs as Arthur watched. It was fun!

I definitely recommend Ben and Shiloh. 

4.5 Stars!

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