TITLE: Dilly and Boz
AUTHOR: John Inman
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Nov 19, 2019
It’s funny how love nails you when you least expect it.
Dilly Jones has pretty much given up on romance ever finding him. Boz Jenkins, his neighbor, is recently out of a bad relationship but has definitely noticed the cutie across the street. When Dilly drops a bag of donuts on the sidewalk, it sets a chain of events into motion. And suddenly both men’s hearts are lost.
But Boz’s ex is still hanging around, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get Boz back.With a brand-new romance gearing up to knock their socks off, the last thing Dilly and Boz expect is to get tangled up in a stranger’s murder. Or to find themselves fighting for their lives.
Just as they finally find happiness, their love for each other becomes the thing that threatens them the most.
Dilly and Boz is a standalone book by John Inman. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, but it won’t be the last. I read the blurb and knew that I had to read it. And I’m so glad that I did because I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Dilly and Boz. I loved the author’s writing style and how he developed his characters. His characters were real to life and had everyday issues and relationship problems that were very relatable. My emotions were on a rollercoaster as I read through the book, and I love it when the author can get me that invested in their books. I started reading this book early in the morning and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it. I especially liked how the book was told from so many points of view, not just the points of view from the two main characters.
Dilbert “Dilly” Jones has pretty much given up on romance ever finding him. He has a job at a Retro Record Shoppe owned by his aging hippy boss, Puffer Moran. His boss got his nickname because he always had a joint in his mouth, puffing away. Dilly has a great relationship with his boss. Dilly doesn’t make a lot of money, just enough to pay for groceries and the rent on his dump of a studio apartment. He would like to find a guy to have a relationship with and come home to besides his cat, Grace. Dilly is a bit of a loner, and besides his love for his cat, he also loves books. He’s short, slim built, nerdy, wears glasses, and is incredibly klutzy. I loved that he puts his cat in a harness and takes her for walks.
Bosley “Boz” Jenkins is recently out of a bad relationship, but he’s definitely noticed the cutie across the street. Boz is incredibly shy though, and he hasn’t worked up the courage to talk to Dilly. He’s been halfheartedly stalking him trying to build up his courage, though. Dilly is the complete opposite of his ex. Dilly and Boz have a lot in common. They are both poor, both animal owners (Boz has a Yorkie named Leon), both short and slim built, and both nerds and loners. Boz thinks that with so many things in common between them that they would be a great match. One of my favorite scenes is when Boz is out at three in the morning, fixing the uneven concrete that Dilly has tripped over more than once.
But Boz’s ex, Bobby, is still hanging around, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get Boz back. I liked getting to see inside of Bobby’s mind and why he did the things that he did. How he treated Angel (the guy Bobby’s sleeping with while trying to get Boz back) broke my heart. And getting to see how Angel felt about him broke it even further.
This book had a lot of twists and turns, some I saw coming and some that I didn’t. I was also surprised that there weren’t any detailed sex scenes. They would start making out, and then it would fade to black and come back after they had climaxed and were at the cuddling stage. So if you are looking for a book that isn’t all about the sex, then this book is for you.
I can’t wait to read more books by John Inman.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Review edited by : Laura McNellis