Welcome to this week's Friday Fun. Today I'm sharing character connections between my historical fellas. I know there's a chart, but the chart doesn't really go into detail, so I thought it might be fun to tell you a little about how the fellas know each other. If you're not sure which book a fella might be from, just check out the Fellas page. Most of the historical fellas are there with the exception of Bruce & Jace (When Love Walked In) and Jessie & Eli (In His Corner). Okay, here we go. Ready?
Let's start with Hawk. Hawk went to Harvard for a few years before he got kicked out. In that time, he was best friends with a rookie police officer named Bruce Shannon. Hawk was also madly in love with Maxfield Clarence--who is Edward Clarence's cousin. Things ended badly between Hawk and Maxfield. At the time, Edward was in England where he meets and shares a deep bond with a fellow who saves his life. His name was Jacky Valentine. Although there was love and a sexual relationship, the two knew they were better off as friends and have remained that way.
Years later, Edward meets and falls madly in love with Julius Knight, who in his youth worked as a prostitute in the bowery. There he unwittingly helped a fourteen year old Johnnie escape a life of abuse and horror by leaving him a dinner knife one night after one too many nights of hearing Johnnie crying in the room next door. To this day, Johnnie wishes he knew the name of the pretty blond boy who had saved his life. Johnnie is one of the brats who Jacky takes under his wing in Algiers after leaving Edward and joining the French Foreign Legion.
Jacky spent a good deal of his youth in New York where he played with a boy named Joe Applin (the cafe owner in When Love Walked In), who was once in love with a rookie officer named Bruce Shannon, but Bruce came back from the war a changed man and their relationship crumbled. They're still friends. It's through Joe's connection with Jacky
After leaving the bowery, Julius and his friends worked the speakeasies and saloons, performing, and taking men for their money. One of the men he tries to seduce is Harlan Mackay. Harlan is sweet on Julius and warns him off before the saloon is raided by him and Nathan Reily--Harlan's Prohi partner and lover. Nathan was once in love with Danny Brogan before they went of to the war and Danny disappeared. Danny meets and falls for gruff detective John Flynn who grew up in Brooklyn and hung out at a gym where he boxed with his best friend (with benefits), Jessie Dalton. They remained best friends.