One of the most diverse and lively neighborhoods in the country, Chicago's BOYSTOWN has something for everyone.
So it's no wonder that 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 a new group of friends.
Joyelle and Derek Mancini have been happily married for years, but Derek is harboring a secret that could tear them apart.
Derek's brother Emmett is about to discover that his boyfriend Keith Colgan has a past that will haunt them both.
Long time couple Logan Pryce and Max Taylor must face a crisis that neither of them expected.
And, before they realize it, Jesse and Cole find themselves at the center of it all in the adult playground known as BOYSTOWN.
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What can you tell us about Cole O’Brien?
BOYSTOWN is the continuing story of several couples living in Chicago's famed Boystown neighborhood. And it was a honor for me to be able to feature my good friend Aaron Savvy on the book's cover.
Aaron and I have been friends for about four years now -- and have worked together in a variety of contexts. He is an outstanding guy -- bright, talented, kind, witty -- and, of course, great looking. When I began writing BOYSTOWN back in June, I wrote one character in particular with him in mind; however, I didn't share that fact with him right away. Instead, I finished the book and then shared it with Aaron to get his thoughts. Not only did he like the book, he said he "connected most" with the character of Cole O'Brien -- the very character that I had written for him! Great minds think alike, I guess.
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 (another of BOYSTOWN’s core characters).
Derek, an attorney who lives in Chicago, 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, 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. After missing his flight and arriving late for his anniversary dinner with Joyelle, Derek explains away the loss of his wedding and distracts his wife with a romantic anniversary evening.
As luck would have it, Cole gets the job in the company’s Chicago office and moves to Chicago with his best friend Jesse Morgan upon graduation. Jesse knows that Cole has fallen for Derek and notices that Cole wears the wedding ring on a chain around his neck. They get an apartment in Boystown and begin their new post-college life. However, a series of events lands Cole in the emergency room of the hospital where Joyelle works. Will she see the ring around Cole’s neck and eventually discover her husband’s secret? And will Cole and Derek end up together as Cole hopes? Keep turning the pages of BOYSTOWN to find out.
I actually wrote the character of Cole for my dear friend Aaron Savvy, who is a model and actor living in Los Angeles. Aaron is featured on the cover of the book as well. Aaron would be a perfect fit for the role of Cole O’Brien, because Aaron is a great performer who would bring to the character the sexiness and intensity essential to making the character believable. And Aaron himself possesses the same brains, charm, wit, and determination that Cole has. It’s no wonder they are such a match — after all, I wrote the character for Aaron.
Aaron would be a perfect fit for the role of Cole O'Brien. Aaron is a great performer who brings to the character the sexiness and intensity essential to making the character believable. And Aaron himself possesses the same brains, charm, wit, and determination that Cole has. It's no wonder they are such a match -- after all, I wrote the character for Aaron.
Aaron and I continue to work together to promote BOYSTOWN to studios and producers in the hope of having it brought to life on the screen in the very near future.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Jake Biondi fell in love with "The Windy City" at an early age. He left the Chicago area for four years to attend the University of Notre Dame and, upon graduation, returned to Chicago. He has been living in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood for over 20 years.
A huge fan of Charles Dickens' novels as well as television shows such asDynasty, Knots Landing, Dallas and Revenge, Jake Biondi has created a serialized saga for contemporary audiences.
Because of BOYSTOWN's huge success online and the serialized nature of Biondi's writing, readers from all over the globe have been able to correspond with Biondi and influence the storylines of the BOYSTOWN saga as Biondi writes it.
Now, the first ten episodes of BOYSTOWN are available in book form.
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