Title : Hobbled
Authors : John Inman
Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 246 pages (e-book)
Published : June 10, 2013
Thanks to fate and his own lack of good sense, eighteen-year-old Danny Shay is headed into what looks to be the worst summer of his life. It starts with a minor meltdown at work that leaves Danny under house arrest with a cast on one leg and an ankle monitor on the other, courtesy of the San Diego Police Department. On top of that, he’s battling a chronic case of virginity, with no relief in sight.
Oh, and there’s one more little glitch. A serial killer is stalking the city, murdering young men. And when strange sounds are heard in the house behind Danny’s, the neighborhood kids think they’ve found the killer. But not until Danny learns he’s next on the madman’s list do thingsreally begin to get desperate.
Damn! And Danny had plans to come out this summer—maybe even get laid! He doesn’t have time for ankle monitors and serial killers!
Then ginger-haired Luke Jamison moves in next door. Not only does Luke solve a few of Danny’s more urgent problems, he also manages to create a couple more that Danny never saw coming. Gee. If he can survive it, this summer might not be so bad after all.
In John Inman’s Hobbled, we meet Danny Shay, eighteen years old with a broken leg and a run in with the law. He had issues with his employer and ended up with an ankle bracelet and under house arrest for six weeks, but for Danny this isn’t the worst part. Danny had planned on coming out to his Dad that he is gay and had big plans to lose his virginity. It looks like this will just have to wait. Danny’s father has to leave on a business trip for three weeks so Danny must figure out how to spend his time and not get into any more trouble. One of the ways Danny occupies his time is to watch the neighbors from his upstairs bedroom window with binoculars. Although there isn’t much going on in the neighborhood, Danny’s sexy neighbor, Mr. Childers gives him something to think about while he, well he is a horny eighteen year old, I will let you fill in the rest. In the mean time, there are reports of young men found murdered in the San Diego area. Danny doesn’t really pay much attention to this, how could it pertain to him, he can’t even leave the house.
Things are pretty uneventful until one night when he is awakened by sounds next door. Taking up his binoculars Danny sees that the vacant house next door has tenants moving in, a young, good looking tenant. Danny is hopeful that his house arrest may not be so bad after all. Luke Jamison is also eighteen with fair skin, ginger hair and cornflower blue eyes. When they meet it is instant lust on Danny’s part. Fortunately for Danny, Luke feels the same way and at least one part of Danny’s plan is taken care of.
While Danny and Luke fall into a routine, the murders around the city continue. Two neighborhood boys, Bradley and Devon, take it upon themselves to be detectives and decide that one of the neighbors is the killer. They are funny, obnoxious and kind of adorable once you get past the obnoxious part. Luke and Danny dismiss the boys ideas until one night something happens that makes them all wonder if the killer really is right next door.
While reading Hobbled, I was reminded of a thriller/slasher movie I have seen. Hobbled is filled with eccentric characters, horny teens, funny but obnoxious pre-teens, mystery, and some recurring events that give it a bit of comedy. There is a lot of sex and although some of the scenes describing the serial killer and the murders were disturbing, those were not overly graphic.
It took me a bit to warm up to the story. It is written in third person. Once I got used to the voice I really enjoyed it. Luke and Danny are your typical eighteen year olds (lots of sex) and even with the events unfolding around the murders it was nice to see their relationship evolve. I found the story predicable but I think that was part of the fun. I was allowed to be the audience member yelling at the character to not go up the dark creepy stairs, but you knew they were going to do it anyway.
Rated 4 stars by Deb