Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Random Review: Under the Boardwalk by Felice Stevens #Review #Giveaway

Author: Felice Stevens
Book: Under the Boardwalk
Series: The Landmark Series
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Photographer: Eric McKinney
Publication date: August 7, 2017
Length: 119 pages

Reviewed by Michael


Beneath the famous Brooklyn landmark, love is hidden but not denied:

All his life, Alexi Kharpov has dreamed of traveling to unknown exciting places instead of working at his family’s frozen custard stand on the famous Coney Island boardwalk. Every year is the same until a gorgeous man picks a spot in front of his stand to sing, captivating him with his beautiful voice. After two summers of listening, it might finally be time for him to cross that boardwalk and take a chance.

Opera singer Cameron Maxwell has traveled the world, but the sight of the beautiful man serving custard to tourists touches his heart like nothing ever has before. A summer fling might be exactly what he needs to put his problems out of his mind, but the last thing Cam expects is to want the summer to last forever.

It’s a season of discovery for both men who learn to dig deep within their heads and hearts to decide whether secrets old and new should remain buried, or if love is too important to keep hidden under the boardwalk.

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The Landmarks Series is shaping up to be one of the best on the market.  The series, co-written by Kade Boehme and Felice Stevens, centers around well known New York City landmarks, and the lives and loves of the men that frequent these places.  Each book is a stand-alone.  You don’t need to read each one in order to get the full scope of the story, and they can be read in any order.

Felice populates all of her books with real people, and “Under the Boardwalk” is no exception. 

Alexi is the son of Russian immigrants, stuck in old-world values.  Somewhat na├»ve, he hasn’t come out to his family for fear that those old-world values would force his family to reject him.  Stuck working at his families custard stand on The Boardwalk, he has dreamed of leaving New York and traveling the world, but the crushing sense of responsibility to his family has kept him where he is. 

Cam is just the opposite.  A musician by training, he spends his summer days singing on The Boardwalk. His parents not only know of his sexuality, but are fully supportive of him.  Giving up the fast-paced lifestyle of the city, his parents have instead moved to a remote cabin.  Cam himself is a world traveler.  Don’t be fooled, however.  Cam has had his share of setbacks, including a medical scare.

Alexi and Cam are truly sweet together, each recognizing in the other qualities that, when put together, have the potential to create a truly dynamic couple.  The differences the two create the perfect environment for not only conflict but also mutual support.  Alexi’s wanderlust and Cam’s medical condition can either serve to bring the couple closer together, or tear them apart.

This book is an perfect addition to the series!


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1 comment:

  1. One of my favourite LGBTQ+ series is The Firsts and Forever series by Alexa Land