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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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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?

Minor Spoiler:
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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I love hearing Charlie and Kev brought to life.

I loved this book the first time I read it. E. Davies did a fantastic job telling us the story of Kev moving to the big city and doing what he needs to do in order to survive. Then in walks Charlie and Kev has no idea what hits him.

Nick Russo did an amazing job voicing these two men and it was fantastic to hear their story come to life by the amazing Nick Russo.

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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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A brand new series, Davies's style in Brooklyn.

Nick Russo is amazing as always and really does justice to Ed Davies great characters, Kev and Charlie.

I love the setting of this new series, NYC is always a great background.
Kev and Charlie... I loved that, even though they try at the beginning, they cannot help being drawn together.
I also loved their integrity, that they refuse to go against their principles to please others.
Looking forward to more of these guys!

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Fall Like Someone Will Always Catch You

E. Davies has done it again. this beautiful story about a heart weary architect and a sex worker trying to find his way is rendered amazingly well.

This line sums up so much about both characters. The philosophy was beautiful to me: an object that had been put back together was seen as more beautiful than something shiny and new. I’d always hoped someone would see me the same way.

We all want to be seen as beautiful for all our flaws and these incredible men find that in each other. Not without misunderstanding or challenge but when they break faith in each other is what puts them back together. Such a lovely story beautifully performed by Nick J. Russo.

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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 is Vulnerable

“Love is Vulnerable.” A perfect summary of this story! Charlie is an architect in New York. Charlie’s boyfriend passed away 5 years ago and he hasn’t had a relationship since. Kev was kicked out of his home at the age of 16. After moving to New York, he found a way to make ends meet, including trolling Grindr & local gay clubs to find men. The two meet and Charlie ends up paying Kev for his companionship. What Charlie doesn’t expect is to start to develop feelings for Kev.
This book is one that is out of my norm as I generally do not enjoy stories with “rent boys”. However, due to the way that Kev was written, a man who is just trying to stay safe and make his rent, I was able to look past that. I enjoyed the storyline, and the development of feelings between Charlie and Kev. It was nice to see Charlie going through some stages of grief still 5 years later.
It will be nice to see where he goes with the series! Great job!