Slick’s Review – Under the Boardwalk by Felice Stevens

Sometimes it is the life lessons and the journey that make being together special and Ms. Stevens gave readers a very realistic view of these things in Under The Boardwalk. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures 


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Under the Boardwalk
by Felice Stevens
Publication Date: August 10th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

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.

Under the Boardwalk by Felice Stevens is a New Adult coming of age story set in Coney Island, New York. Two young men with very different upbringings spent one summer noticing the other and hoping to make contact and the next summer actually acting on the attraction. I enjoyed this book a lot, but given it was a novella at times I felt the story was a bit rushed and would have liked more time for these two characters to really get to know one another as their relationship went from zero to sixty in the flash of an eye. It was however, well written with interesting characters, and realistic actions for the ages of these two young men.

For an entire summer while working at his family’s custard stand on the Boardwalk Alexi listened to the Boardwalk singer and dreamed of meeting the man with the voice like an angel, it didn’t hurt that the glimpses he got of the man made him wish for more, but firmly in the closet Alexi just dreamed not knowing that Cameron (Cam) the singer was checking out Alexi in the stand every chance he got.

For Alexi who has spent his whole life in Brooklyn and living and working with his family, Alexi has dreamed of traveling the world and being able to be out and proud. A strict Russian upbringing has taught him to be fearful of coming out, but when he is approached by Cam he longs for more and the more time he spends with him the more he dreams of a different life.

I enjoyed this story, the fact that these two young men not only came from very different upbringings, but were worlds apart in their life experience made this book both interesting and enjoyable. Where I got frustrated was with their lack of communication especially for the secrets that Cam took so long to share. I did appreciate that when Alexi got an opportunity to live out his dream, Cameron encouraged him to do it and didn’t hold him back. I also loved that Cam and his parents gave Alexi the encouragement and support he needed to be honest about who he is with his family despite the consequences he might face. Both of these young men faced challenges, giving this book a realistic feel and while I was happy for them to be together to me the relationship seemed rushed (and I’m not talking the sex, they are young, impulsive and let’s face it horny that happens), however I was pleased with the ending.

Sometimes it is the life lessons and the journey that make being together special and Ms. Stevens gave readers a very realistic view of these things in Under The Boardwalk.

Review copy provided for a voluntary review.

3.5 stars

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About Felice:

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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One thought on “Slick’s Review – Under the Boardwalk by Felice Stevens

  1. Thank you for the review. I am looking forward to reading this book. I love Felice Stevens books.

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