Book Reviews

Star-Spangled Showdown (A Williamsville Inn Story) by Hank Edwards at Startled Monkeys Media

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Age Gap / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 16-July-2021

Book Blurb

A fireworks salesman intent on making his mark in his family’s business.

A twice divorced father in desperate need of a sale and a new love life.

A week-long town celebration that sparks their competitive natures.

Owen Gillespie is no stranger to competition. But his plan to spend Independence Day week at the Williamsville Inn before pitching his fireworks proposal is derailed when he meets a handsome and snarky man in the elevator.


Dom Mitchell has two marriages behind him and three kids he’s supporting. His bisexual awakening has opened him up to dating men for the first time, but he isn’t looking for a serious relationship; he’s in town to sell a fireworks package.


When both men realize they’re vying for the same business, they decide to turn it into a competition. But things slip out of their control when the mayor learns of their agreement and proposes some challenges of her own. These two corporate rivals will need to work together even as they’re competing against each other to woo the mayor and other city officials, all while keeping their mutual attraction a secret and their hearts in check.


At the end of the week, only one of them will be leaving town with a signed contract, but the sparks between them are undeniable, and their love life might just be the most dazzling display of all.


Book Review

"What was important wasn't the fireworks, it was that we were together this evening, together in this place, looking up into the sky at the same time." ~ Banana Yoshimoto


Dom Mitchell and Owen Gillespie, of ‘Star-Spangled Showdown’ by Hank Edwards, have the same goal in mind when they go to the Fourth of July celebration in Williamsville, New York: get a contract for their celebration next year. When they end up with reservations in the Williamsville Inn, they aren’t aware of its reputation for bringing lovers together. If they had, perhaps they would not have been so surprised when it happened to them.


At first, Dom and Owen aren’t aware that they are competitors. There is an instant attraction between them they relish from the beginning. Over dinner, they joke about being fans of rival baseball teams, enjoy the immediate connection, and look forward to spending time together. When Owen brings up the reason for being there, Dom is afraid it will influence their newfound friendship, but instead of hiding it, he tells Owen right away he is here for the same reason. Rather than letting the situation create a barrier between them, they decide to make a competition out of the complication. They take a “may the best man win” attitude.


Things get interesting when the mayor of Williamsville picks up on it and challenges them to compete in the games involved in the week-long celebration, everything from catching water balloons to sack races. Also, since Dom and Owen have become lovers, they make “obscene” bets of their own with a “the winner takes all” prize that takes their competitive spirit to an even higher level, raising the temperature in bed to a scorching level. Their compatibility in bed is better than it has been with any of their other lovers. Their friendship is amicable and genuine. Both men wonder if their affair is more than lust but fear that the reality of their situation outweighs the fantasy. Is it possible that they could have something more?


‘Star-Spangled Showdown’ reads like an X-rated Hallmark movie. Dom and Owen’s relationship is fun. Their banter goes from funny to obscene, with lots of in-between. The sex is frequent and steamy, with a bit of kink thrown in for good measure and, of course, there’s a happy ending. Thanks, Hank, for the Fourth of July celebration story.




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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 224 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-June-2021
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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