Electric Sunshine

Brooklyn Boys, Book 1
By: E. Davies
Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
Series: Brooklyn Boys, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Charlie:

They say time heals all wounds, but it's been five years since my boyfriend died, and I haven't dated since. I threw myself into architecture, and thankfully, there's just no time to wallow or look for love. My friends push me to get back out there, but I'm not ready to be vulnerable again.

Then I meet Kev. He dresses like a catalog model, but he talks like he's got an old soul. He shows me what I'm missing but holds his own heart just out of reach. I can't stop falling for him, and he might be worth taking a risk for. Can I believe in myself enough to win his trust and his heart?

Kev:

My parents kicked me out for being gay when I was only 16. You grow up fast when that happens. You do things you regret just to stay alive. All that's behind me now. I'm 23, moved to Brooklyn, have an annoying roommate, and all I have to do is stay safe and pay the rent.

Sounds easy? Yeah, my options are closing in fast. I don't want to stand on street corners again, but everyone in this city just wants to fix their own loneliness, not mine. And then there's Charlie, who sees the best in me when others only see their own reflection. Can we bare our hearts to each other and build a future together?

Electric Sunshine is audiobook one in the Brooklyn Boys series, where good men find their happily ever afters in a hectic metropolis. It has an HEA and no cliff-hanger. There will be naughty bits doing naughty things, grumpy roomies, opposites attracting, retail hell, hangover specials, and cracked hearts made better than new.

©2018 E. Davies (P)2018 E. Davies

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It was okay

So sometimes it pays to actually read the blurb before picking a book up. Otherwise you might end up like me, believing that the story would go one way and then end up being about something else entirely. For some reason, and please don’t ask me why, because I haven’t got the faintest idea, but I thought this book was going to be about a musician. It’s not, not even close, which is why I was understandably confused in the beginning when we got an architect trying to enter the “meat market” five years after his boyfriend’s death, and a sex-worker trying to earn some extra cash for rent. So yeah, I wasn’t even close. I didn’t mind it, it was just unexpected ;)

Charlie’s been shut down for so long, using work to hide from the world. Finally though, he’s ready for more, ready to dip his toes in the dating pool. At his first night out he’s introduced to Kev, an escort and he realises this might be the start he needs. To have someone guide him through dating again. What he didn’t count on was the attraction to the gorgeous man and it’s not long until he wants more than just platonic dates.

I enjoyed how it was Charlie that decided that he was ready to get out there again. Sure, he had supportive friends and family but they weren’t obtrusive or nagging, just cheering him on. In so many books, and in reality too I imagine, friends and family always push to get the grieving party to move on, to start dating again often before they’re ready. It was refreshing that wasn’t the case here. They were there for sure, but more as company and support being friends and family.

Kev is of two minds in regards to his work. On the one hand, he loves that he decides over his own time, the who and when – and the price. And for the most part he enjoys it. On the other, it’s getting harder to find clients when his profiles keep getting shut down. And with the threat of an arrest and a permanent record is increasing, he’s kind of looking for something new. If he only knew what that was.

Kev and Charlie made sense together. They both were what the other needed - Kev introducing Charlie to the dating world and intimacy again and Charlie giving Kev a push towards something new supporting each other when they faltered. So from that point of view they made sense together. To men though, it felt like they lacked chemistry and their relationship felt kind of forced, not to mention way fast. They’d be great at friends, but should probably stay there.

Nick J. Russo narrates with feeling, adds the appropriate intonations that the current situation calls for; sadness, confusion, passion and even anger. It’s there in his voice and adds that extra flavour that I’m always looking for in my audios. Add in the different voices for the different characters to make the listen effortless and it was a hit for me.

A copy of this book was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review for Love Bytes.

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Substantial continuity errors & Uber rides but a good heart

I think the good narration kept me listening. I probably would have given up otherwise. And probably should have. The story just seemed glitchy, as if Kev had been written one way then fundamentally changed but only partially re-written to accommodate the change. Examples of glitches:
-He’s all brash confidence with good attention to detail & clothing in the beginning, but flounders in uncharacteristic ways when changing career paths.
-When he suddenly worries about some job/school path would mean keeping track of details after multiple instances of him being good at & enjoying keeping track of details.
-He has a lack of formal education, but substantial OJT experience then ditches his high paying escort gig for bottom barrel entry level jobs instead of working in hotel management or being a PA or something that would use his skills. His skill history is mentioned multiple times but never incorporated.
- He starts the story as a sex worker but after dating Charlie for a week or two, is worried about being not being in practice for bottoming. What?
-Kev goes to town confronting abusive customers or friends who snark on his job but when confronted by an abusive waitress is all “I hate confrontation” and gets jittery instead of righteously indignant. It’s a complete 180 that might have been saved by either not having him be jittery or explaining that he only can handle standing up for others, not himself. Except that he stands up for himself all the time up to this point.

Charlie is less glitchy but makes odd choices. And was in an Uber every other scene. He has two work trips planned to Singapore then Dubai. But he plans to “come home for the weekend” (aka for some Netflix & chill time, not tickets to Hamilton) between the two. But NYC to Singapore us one of the longest, most grueling flight sequences in the world. It takes a full day if you’re lucky, days if you’re not. And Dubai is on the return route back. So someone flying NYC-Singapore is NOT coming back to NYC between those destinations for anything but the birth of a child (or Hamilton tix). And did I mention his Uber fetish?

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The Dubai trip is probably set up the wrongety wrong way it is so Charlie can bail on the Dubai project. I fully support the decision to not work in that country and the right *reasons* are given but the *reasoning* is…off. As id the timing. Dubai was enough riskier for him to travel to than Singapore that they are NOT interchangeable, equal risk. And the increased risk crossed a line. He eventually loses his job for backing out (oddly not a major plot point) after we’re repeatedly assured that he’s not being pressured. If you can’t safely say no, then saying yes isn’t consent. If he couldn’t turn the job down without losing his job, then he has tremendous pressure to agree. Yet we were assured that wasn’t the situation. And losing the job for taking it then backing out isn’t as unreasonable, but that’s not the reason given. Add to this he only expresses dissatisfaction with his job twice - once when he refers to it as “boring” stuff to do on the Singapore trip then again when he quits in lieu of being fired. Which was stupid because he couldn’t get unemployment compensation if he quit. And firing an employee for being too gay to travel somewhere he could be killed? Might actually happen but it’s mighty strange in a sex positive gay romance. And when it seems he has a job he likes for 80% of the timeline? Then he doesn’t tell Kev he lost his job when they are in a relationship. Huh? Glitchy.
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There were also several instances where the main characters casually referred to things the other one “always did” when they’d been on 2 or 3 dates in a couple weeks. Minor phrasing changes would have prevented these observations from coming off as glitchy. They should have been touching moments of understanding, but weren’t and yanked me completely out of the narrative all 4 times. So they glitch, then they take an Uber to the next scene.

At times, it felt like generic character placeholders got shuffled in. Like once, Charlie was thinking about taking Kev’s underwear off for sex, but as far as the readers have been informed, Kev doesn’t wear underwear. The sex scenes are completely unmemorable otherwise.

The secondary characters were well fleshed out & consistent (except Charlie’s boss). The places they frequented were well done, but the overall Brooklyn vibe glitched on & off.

I could go on with the glitches but why? I *wanted* to like Charlie & Kev. The first few chapters were well done and drew me in. But the characters started glitching and the Matrix went all weird and the plot went nowhere. I stuck with it to the end but by then their characters were such a jumble and their decision making so odd that I was no longer invested in their success. Or their Uber destinations.

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Loved it

Awesome start to a new series by E. Davies. I couldn't wait to start this new adventure and just based on the awesome cover I was excited for more knowing I was going to love it. These characters are so well written, have depth and make you open yourself up to new ideas and views about people. First Audio book for me that's narrated by Nick J. Russo and I was very happy with the results. The chapters flowed into one another and I felt drawn into the story by the amazing voice being these characters to life. Can't wait for the next.

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Electric is right

E. Davies is one of my favorite authors and Nick Russo is definitely climbing the ranks of my favorite narrators.

In this story, we have Kev and Charlie, one who is just trying to not fall back on his past choices and another that is alone after losing his love. As the two circle each other and give into their chemistry, there is still the sweetness that I adore from this author. With Brooklyn and NYC as the backdrop to the story, you have so many images in mind that you simply have to keep listening to find out what happens.

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The narrator, Nick J. Russo really did a great job

I have read this book and now i have gotten to listen to it and what a treat that was. The narrator, Nick J. Russo really did a great job of bring these men to life for me. Highly Recommend!

What a great book. I absolutely loved this book and all the characters.

Every once in a great while a story comes along that checks every single item on my "what makes a book awesome" list. This steamy, poignant, soul mending, sweet, heartwarming, snarky, gentle romance hits all the feels!

Treat yourself and one click this wonderful story!

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Loving it!!!

I just love Kev and Charlie relationship and how they just couldn't help but be attracted to each other. This is just an amazing story by E. Davies. So sweet and the chemistry is amazing. Then to have it great Nick J. Russo brings these characters to life just makes it even more. I couldn't stop listening and I just love it!!

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Love connection

How fun it was to see the connection that Charlie and Kev share. They have instant chemistry and it is really fun to see that connection grow and change. They are absolutely adorable together and they support each other no matter the circumstances. I love that neither one judges the other in any of their choices or personality traits. I thought the narrator did an amazing job with these guys and bringing their story to life.

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Love can come unexpected places.

Loved it. I really liked the interaction between the MCs, it had it's serious moments and it's playful time. chronological age and life experience could put two people on the same wavelength.

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Love This Story!

Love this start to a new series! Charlie and Kev are just spectacular together and extremely hot. I love their chemistry and the way their relationship builds slowly. I was extremely happy with Charlie's attitude and understanding towards Kev' career when they meet and of course of how supportive he is when Kev wants to start a new one. They are great together and I can't wait to get the next ones in this series. The narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story to life. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Nick Russo makes an already great book even better

I read this book when it first came out and wrote a review then but hearing it in audio made this book even better for me. I didn't think I could enjoy the book more but Nick Russo really brought Kev and Charlie to life for me, excellent job. I'm going to put my original review below as well. If you haven't started this series then do yourself a favor and go start it right now! E. Davies has done it again!

Original Review: So many good things I can say about this first book in a new series....I laughed, I smiled, I got choked up, I hugged myself....I couldn't put this book down. Kev and Charlie are two people that I absolutely NEED in my life. I loved these characters and their story. I do suggest reading the short story 'Wind Tunnel' that was a prequel to this series although it was about a different couple but will help you to appreciate their cameo in this story even more. One of my favorite things about this story was how Kev's original line of work was handled, the fact that none of the main characters shamed him for it (his roomie gave him a hard time but it was out of love) and that he didn't beat up himself about it either. The way that Charlie goes above and beyond to not only understand Kev but to help him figure out and achieve his own goals rather than just "pretty woman" him, that's true love and their relationship has a stronger foundation for it. I can't wait to read more in this series and see all of the characters grow and find their very own HEA!

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