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review 2018-03-15 15:16
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, yeah...
Under the Boardwalk - Felice Stevens,Nick J. Russo

On a blanket with my baby is where I'll be...


Alexi Kharpov works at his family’s frozen custard stand on Coney Island, but he dreams of travel and a world that he’s never seen until the day he sees a gorgeous man standing in front of his family’s stand sinding like an angel. Than his dreams start to include the beautiful man who’s captivated Alexi’s attention and his heart.


Cameron Maxwell travelled the world as an opera singer and nothing has captivated him like the beautiful young man serving custard.


When Cam starts a summer fling with the attractive young man. Neither of them is counting on their feelings lasting beyond the warmth of the summer sun but when summer ends both men realize that their feelings have gotten stronger and their lives more complicated…


Alexi has been given the chance of a lifetime to travel and live abroad. To see a world, he’s only dreamed about, but can he do this when his heart wants something different and if he doesn’t how badly will he come to regret it and even scarier is Alexi’s desire to live a life that’s true and honest…a life that could cost him his family.


Cam knows that Alexi needs to make the most of what’s been offered to him and he doesn’t want to lose him, but he’s determined not to hold him back and Cam’s got his own issue to deal with the condition that ended his opera career is back and he needs to take care of himself. It’s not going to be easy, but Alexi and Cam need to find a way to follow their dreams and protect their love.


‘Under the Boardwalk’ is one of the sweetest NA, coming out stories that I’ve read in a long time. I loved both Alexi and Cameron. These two were so perfect for each other. At not quite 4 hours of listening time this wasn’t a long story and thankfully the author kept the focus to the relationship between Alexi and Cam. There were other life issues for both Alexi and Cam as individuals and as a couple but none of it ever overwhelmed the romance and was easily woven into the story. Whether it was Alexi’s coming out to his family or Cam dealing with his health issue it was all part of Alexi and Cam’s growing relationship.


I loved the secondary characters in this story from Cam’s parents who were loving and supportive to Alexi’s family which was such a mixed bag…his cousin who at first seemed homophobic but was really more misinformed and uninformed than anything and wanted to be supportive and there for his cousin…so not perfect but none of us are and what mattered most is that he loved his cousin and was willing to change his thinking to be open to the fact that whether Alexi was gay or straight he was still his cousin and still the same cousin that he’d been the day before. Then there was Alexi’s dad…not a total write off but he’s got a ways to go before he earns forgiveness for his behavior and more importantly there’s Alexi’s mom and his babushka (grandmother) these two women were AMAZING!!! Seriously for them alone this story was worthwhile.


And last but not least we have the ending…ok, I loved the ending seriously it worked for me and was definitely what flipped this story from a 3.5, precarious 4 stars to a solid 4 stars and sorry no, I’m not giving away the ending because that would just be wrong.


One of my other favorite things about this one was that it was narrated by Nick J. Russo…yep, still a fave of mine and as always, he did not fail me. I loved his voices but especially Alexi’s and that his accent varied becoming stronger during more emotional times and less noticeable at other times while it could be disconcerting it was also a realistic reflection of what happens when someone whose native tongue isn’t English finds themselves in an environment where they’re speaking English as much or more than their native tongue. I’ve known people who were Scottish, Russian, Australian, Belgium and various other ethnicities and while it doesn’t happen to everyone many of them when we were speaking while they never fully lost their accent if they became really emotional about something whether happy or agitated their accents generally became much stronger and more noticeable so for me Alexi’s accent and how it occasionally varied seemed natural and realistic but it also kept me on my toes as a listener.


‘Under the Boardwalk’ is only my second listening experience with a Felice Stevens novel and while I definitely enjoyed this story more than the previous one, I really can’t find fault with the choice of narrator for either story and I’m looking forward to seeing what else this author has written that I can enjoy on audio and who knows I may even slide an e-book or two onto the reading pile as well.


This was a sweet story about coming out, finding love and having dreams come true…so all in all there’s a lot of good feelz here…definitely recommended.





An audio book of ‘Under the Boardwalk’ was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2018-03-06 18:45
Sean Crisden saved the day on this one...
Memories of the Heart - Felice Stevens,Sean Crisden

I'm getting reviewed out here and truthfully I listened to this one because I felt like it and for no other reason...thank you once again Audible.com Romance Package. So I'm going to try and keep this one short and sweet.


First off there are already some really good reviews out there for this book both for and against so to speak. Truthfully for me the story was maybe 2 or 2.5 stars with the rest of the stars that make up my 3 stars rating being for Sean Crisden and the awesome job that he did on the narration of this one.


I needed the story to be a little tighter...which translates to a bit shorter to get rid of some of what felt like repetitive thoughts/ideas/conversations. I needed Micah to just generally be different...not as whiny, with a more believable transition to being the kind, courteous person that he became.


I needed the 2 hospital administrators who were such huge dicks to just generally not exist because along with just generally being a**holes, they were TSTL!!!


And let's not even discuss Josh's ex and his sister who owned/ran the coffee shop where Josh worked because truthfully I'm not sure which one of these two idiots I liked less and then we have Micah's best friend Alex and Rafe the vet who took care of the dog that Josh found...seriously I probably liked these two characters the most and we saw them the least.


So, quick summary I loved the narration on this because Sean Crisden...he's another fave of mine, the story was good in theory and fell short in execution and book #2 'One Step Further' and #3 'The Greatest Gift' are both centered around Alex and Rafe...so bizarre as it seems because I really liked these two men, I'm probably going to at least give 'One Step Further' a chance to see how it goes and then we'll see if there's a book #3 in my future.

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review 2018-03-04 04:21
Review: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal - Fisher Stevens,Christopher Moore

This was a hoot.  I mean it's the best Gospel I've ever read/heard.  It's kind of like what you  imagine the Bible would have read like if the powers-that-be actually cared to tell the truth rather than whatever version they thought would give them power over people.  But I digress.


This was funny and at the same time beautifully sad.  It tells about the love and loyalty that Biff had for his dear friend Joshua (a.k.a. Jesus).  Biff gets brought back to life two thousands years into the future to write his own Gospel, because the "official" ones are seriously lacking in details about Jesus' full life (which, shady if you ask me). And those exploits are pure comedy gold!


Josh decided that he to seek out help in order to learn how to be a Messiah, and of course Biff went along to protect him from his kind and trusting nature.  He basically made sure Josh didn't get hurt because of his unwillingness to be even a slight bit deceitful.  Over the course of seventeen years they learned from Magi who sought immortality, Buddhist Monks, and Yogis, inadvertently released and then banished a human eating demon.  They befriend the very last of the Yeti, Biff had lots of sex--purely for research purposes, and saved children from being sacrificed to Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction.  There was lot of healing of the sick and some serious trial and error raising the dead.  And along the way they invent things like cappuccino and sarcasm.


And in the end it is sad, whether you follow the bible/religion or not.  Josh knew he had to die for the good of all the world not just the Jews.  It was something known to him for a very long while, and while he knew and had accepted it, he still struggled with it.  The fact that Josh had accepted his impending death didn't stop Biff and Maggie from trying to prevent it--from begging him not to allow it to happen.  I mean, who would want their bestie to die even if it were for the greater good?!


All-in-all it was a good story.  It's definitely worth the read; maybe even a re-read.


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review 2018-03-03 17:04
The Sirens of Griffin Bay – Breakwater by Errin Stevens @errinstevens
Breakwater - Errin Stevens


All right, I’m back with the mer gang in Breakwater by Errin Stevens…and loving every minute of it.


And another fabulous cover!


Breakwater (The Mer Chronicles, #2)

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 Breakwater, is Book II of The Mer Chronicles by Errin Stevens, so I want to be careful and not spoil any of this wonderful story of mers and humans that I fell so in love with, that as soon as I finished Updrift, Book I, I began Breakwater.
The loss of one of their own brings a runaway back to the fold and causes an upheaval at the palace. The mer world has many of the same issues of the human world, and, of course, the mers have rebellious ones, quite like us humans.
More and more mers are becoming curious about humans and land life. Changes are coming.
I haven’t read a mermaid story where humans and mers interact so intimately and I am loving every minute of it. The more I read, the more I become engrossed in the story. I highly recommend all of you mermaid and siren lovers out there to grab this series and enter a fantasy world that will let your imagination run wild.
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Breakwater by Errin Stevens.

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review 2018-02-28 06:05
Perfect - Felice Stevens

This is book #4 in the Soulmates series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend reading this series in order.


Blake cannot believe someone so good looking could care for him.  He has secrets that he needs to talk about.  Will he still have the trust if he tells the truth?


Jeremy has waited for someone as great as Blake.  He is finally seeing his hard work pay off.  Now he just needs someone to share it with.  Has he found his future?


Such an intense and amazingly sweet love story.  I was rooting for this couple from page one.  I loved the heat and banter.  This book has a steady pace, and this story fits perfect with the Soulmates series.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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