Fellow reader I hope you are as excited as I. My today’s blog post is about Felice Steven’s Under the Boardwalk, the second book in the The Landmarks series. The first novella by Kade Boeheme, Ferry-Tale, was reviewed by me here. :3
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*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
Fast and cute, these are two of the terms I would use to describe this book.
Felice Stevens know how to write a captivating story and although Alexi and Camden know each other only from occasionally glances when Alexi is working in his father’s sales cart, delivering custard and Cam is playing his guitar and let his voice flow over the beach.
Both guys are attracted to each other, and after two summer, they have their first encounter.
The way how Felice Stevens creates a story you totally fall into is something she handle with a special finesse. This story seems first fast in the way how Alexi an Camden meet each other, develope feelings for each other. But behind it, there is so much more. And both have dealing with burdens.
Alexi is living in a kinda conservative Russian family, his partens, mostly his father, have certain expectation how he live his life, and being gay isn’t something Alexi would easy confess to them. I really liked the flow the story had and although the aspect with Alexi’s family is one major thing it had an interesting turn of events and the way how Felice let their character act and confront them with several prejudices was well displayed and pleasantly solved. I really enjoyed the way Alexi grew within the book. His character really got a development and insecurities were dulled a bit.
Camden is dealing with something from his past, and he believes a summer fling is something nice but nothing which leads into a future. But he hasn’t expected to feel more for Alexi, the charming young man. Camden seems a bit restless, he is doing the singing because he loves it, but his great burden is something which is revealed later in the book and touches you enormously. When Alexi get this information it is pretty sweet but kinda naive how he reacts, on the other hand it shows Alexi’s compassion.
Another thing I liked about the two was the instant connection. It may be unbelievable for some reader but the way Felice Stevens created this story made is totally realistic that two young guys learn to like and love each other, even if both haven’t had contact before and only shared glances over the distance.
The book has some nice and slight steamy sex scenes, but the focus is on the relationship, on the growing intimacy, Alexi’s and Camden’s own problems and how these things are sometimes smaller and bigger obstacles to overcome.
A little shoutout I’ve to do for Alexi’s family, especially Alexi’s mother, the grandmother and Dmitri, Alexi’s cousin and co-worker. These people show really great love to Alexi and it’s so heartwarming how they interact. Though having a few bit bumpy parts with Dmitri, he supports his cousin also wholeheartedly.
Felice Stevens is one of my most beloved authors and it’s no wonder I was touched by this story too. It contains cultural diversity with Alexi’s Russian family, and a slight angst with Camden’s past and other events in the book. Although all obstacles a HEA is guaranteed.
Sweet, emotional and with so charming character. A truly super A+ quality book by Felice Stevens.
Title: Under the Boardwalk
Author: Felice Stevens
Series: The Landmarks # 2
[Note: Kade Boehme’s Ferry-Tale is # 1]
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: August 10, 2017
Cover Design: Reese Dante
Photography: Eric McKinney
Lenght: 119 pages
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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 the 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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“I didn’t mean to shut you out before.” Cam faced him and held him around the waist. Their bodies meshed perfectly, and Alexi felt the weight of Cam’s chest and thighs press into his body.
“I hate talking about the past. You can’t change it, so what’s the point of rehashing things? I’m all about the present and the future.”
Cam’s mouth covered his, and Alexi held on to Cam’s hips as their tongues played against each other. He lost touch with the sound of the ocean; all he could hear was the furious pounding of his heart and Cam’s heavy breathing.
“All the time I watched you this summer, thinking you were cute and fun, never once imagining how much I’d like you.”
“I thought about you all summer too.” No longer shy about admitting it, Alexi nuzzled into the crook of Cam’s neck. “I guess it was a good thing we finally decided to say hello.”
“A good thing?” Cam took his face between the palms of his hands, and Alexi’s heart burst with happiness; he tried not to smile but failed.
“I think so, don’t you?”
“Yeah. The best.”
Author bio – Felice Stevens
I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
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