Book Reviews

In London Towne (Oliver & Jack 6) by Jackie North at Blue Rain Press

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 07-November-2022

Book Blurb

An orphan and his street thief companion attempt to rebuild their shattered lives amidst the bustling streets of London, where shadows can hold secrets too horrible to describe. This is the love story of Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger.

As Jack recovers from the Chalenheim’s assault, he is unable to express his love for Oliver with any intimacy. Oliver, meanwhile, rescues Finley from Axminster Workhouse, and returns to London full of love for Jack and the desire to do whatever is necessary to help Jack recover his dignity and his passion.

Chalenheim is still on the loose, waiting for another chance at Jack and Finley, which soon comes. Though they escape almost unscathed, Oliver vows to rid the world of the man who would dare lay hands upon his beloved Jack.



First edition published under the author's pseudonym, Christina E. Pilz, at Blue Rain Press, September 2017.


Book Review

“So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday.” ~ Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook


Although it's been weeks, Jack, of 'In London Towne' by Jackie North, is still healing physically and mentally. His respect and love for his beloved Oliver grow more daily. But the threat of Chalenheim catching up with them again is genuine. Jack and Oliver will never be able to be free until someone stops him.


One of Oliver's greatest regrets was leaving their little friend, Finley, at Axminster. Determined to right that wrong, he returns to get him. Oliver poses as a rich man who needs a boy for his employer. With Finley safely in Oliver's care, they return to London. Understandably, Finley is confused and untrusting. When he sees Jack, Finley starts to believe that this time will be different; but their happy reunion doesn't last long. Patrons spot Chalenheim outside the pub where Jack, Oliver, and Finley live. Fearing for Finley's safety, Oliver takes him where he knows Finley will be safe and well cared for - the shop where Oliver apprenticed.


Begrudgingly, they ask Noah for help in getting rid of Chalenheim. Noah comes up with a plan to land Chalenheim in prison, but much to Oliver and Jack's dismay, it involves using Oliver to entrap Chalenheim. With the promise that Oliver won't go to jail they proceed. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned, and Chalenheim almost rapes Oliver before the police arrive to intervene. Unfortunately, the officers arrest both of them.


Eventually, Noah bails Oliver out of prison, but not before he spends hours in a cell with his abuser. Even though he is out of that awful place, it's obvious that Oliver is deeply traumatized. After confronting and threatening Noah for his broken promises, Jack tells Noah he never wants him to come near him or Oliver again.


'In London Towne' was, by far, the most heartrending book in the series. That's saying a lot, considering how dark most previous books have been. I cried through at least half of the story, not seeing how it could end well. Fortunately, Jackie pulled it off. Thanks, Jackie, for giving Jack and Oliver their well-deserved happy ending.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 522 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-September-2022
Price $4.99 ebook, $18.99 paperback
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