Rogue (Jericho's Boys Book 2) by Onley James

The Jericho Boys are back causing trouble and serving justice to their community in their own way. Rogue has Levi's life being turned upside down and thrust into saving the twink who may not be all he seems.

From the blurb:

Levi Akira
’s existence is far from ideal. His mother's addiction consumes their lives, his academic standing is crumbling, and the convenience store he works at is a constant target for ruthless robberies. But amidst the chaos, Levi finds solace in only three things: his tight-knit group of friends, protecting his neighborhood as one of Jericho’s Boys, and streaming his favorite video game, where he assumes the role of Rogue—a hero who will break the rules for the greater good.

Shiloh Mizrahi’s hope has all but dwindled. With one brother unjustly imprisoned, and the other a sadistic puppeteer, he endures daily torment at the hands of the latter. And his latest demand? Get close to Levi at any cost.

In the midst of another ordinary night shift, Levi's world is upended when a captivating and terrified stranger appears, brandishing a weapon and claiming he has been forced to kill Levi by his own brother. Levi, torn between self-preservation and an instinctive aversion to harming the vulnerable boy, takes a bold leap—he kisses him. And then, just like that, the boy disappears into the night, leaving Levi haunted by his memory.

Driven by an unshakeable connection, Levi's path crosses with Shiloh's once more, igniting a passionate bond that refuses to be extinguished. However, Shiloh harbors a labyrinth of secrets, torn between loyalty and desire. With his brother's freedom dangling in the balance, can Levi and Shiloh navigate the treacherous path to be together, or will Levi forever remain a hero confined to the online realm?

Molly Otto's review:

Onley has a way of giving you meet cutes you were not expecting, but they just work. We are back with Jerichos Boys, and this time Levi finds his match in Shiloh, a shy broken boy who grew up under the thumb of his brother.

Together with the help of the Mulvaneys, they are not only able to help set Shiloh free but his big brother Malachi too. Let's just add Malachi. I can't wait to read more from your point of view. You are a beautifully unique treasure. We meet enough new people that set up for some new interesting dynamics for future books from this combined universe. A fun intriguing read overall. Just some parts in the middle were a little slow for me, so it wasn't as all-encompassing as past reads have been for me. Once it did pick up, it kept me pulled in til the end and wanting more.

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