Title: Under the Boardwalk
Author: Felice Stevens and Nick J. Russo (Narrator)
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 13th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
This was actually just a really sweet, low angst (surprisingly) romance.
Sure, there’s a bit of emotion that’s kicked up by Alexi coming out to his family once he falls for Cam, but I was really happy that Felice Stevens didn’t drown out the romance aspect of this.
Because this is such a short story, the narration was less than 4 hours, it needed to focus on the romance and it did. This is helped by both Cam and Alexi providing their POV. Sure, it’s insta-love and everything happens very quickly, but I felt like Nick J. Russo sold it and made their romance believable for me.
Nick’s got great timing and pacing, and uses distinctive character voices. I loved his Russian accents!
My only note about the accents is there were a few times when Russo dropped Alexi’s accent and I was unclear if it was Alexi or Cam speaking for a moment, but Russo’d pick up the accent again pretty quickly. However, the consistency of the character voices was otherwise good.