Erryn reviews ‘Electric Sunshine (Brooklyn Boys Book 1)’ by E. Davies. This book was released by the author on September 18, 2018 and is about 328 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick J. Russo, released on December 26, 2018 and is 8 hrs and 9 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book:
Erryn – I always enjoy E. Davies books.
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?
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.
I know nothing about Brooklyn, so this series was fun. I loved the diner Bubbles and the gay nightclub Friction. I liked how there was a wide variety of characters who spanned all ages and relationship statuses. There were some established couples in the background, and some single men front and center.
Enter Charlie. His boyfriend died suddenly five years ago and he’s been mired in grief ever since. He’s close to his boyfriend’s parents and has a few friends, including ones who drag him out sometimes. And he needs to step away from his high-pressure architecture job to just chill. And one night, while chilling, he meets Kev.
Now Kev has a more tragic backstory. His family booted him out at sixteen for being gay. He landed at a ranch where he learned some skills but then he left with his friend Adam and they made their way to Brooklyn. They are living in a shoddy two-bedroom apartment (well, one along with a hastily constructed wall so the landlord can call it a two-bedroom and get more rent). Adam works a number of odd jobs to make his rent while Kev does…less safe things. He takes a risk every time he sets up a new Grindr profile and not just because the site would shut him down if they knew he was selling himself.
He and Charlie hit it off and Kev realizes it’s time to walk away from that old life. His one foray into retail is a disaster and he despairs of ever finding a career. Or even a job. He’ll take just about anything at this point. Of course Charlie, witnessing this, wants to step in and help. Hell, he’d take over given half a chance. But he also understands Kev needs to do this himself. To prove to himself that he can stand on his own two feet.
I loved how these two characters came together. Two wounded souls. Two men deserving of a second chance. I also liked how Charlie had to own up to how his career was a detriment to him and Kev had to find something that would really fill his soul.
This book was low-angst and I enjoyed that. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit and read a book with great characters and a happily ever after. Of course I have to mention Nick J. Russo’s narration. He was perfect for this book and brought the characters to life. Needless to say, I’m happy to recommend the book.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
E. Davies was proficient in real estate ad shorthand (the old-fashioned newspaper kind) by the age of nine. Growing up moving constantly taught him what people have in common, the ways relationships are formed, and the dangers of “miscellaneous” boxes.
As a teen, he tore through a stack of found romance novels, wishing someone had written similar for M/M, though he could never find anything at Chapters or the library. Just after graduating university in 2013, semi-out and clutching his English B.A. for dear life, he stumbled on an Amazon M/M short story. It was a whole new… phrase he dares not repeat for fear of lawyers. It shone and shimmered splendidly, though.
After failing forty times to avoid crafting happily-ever-after endings for steamy short stories, he plunged into romance novels and hasn’t looked back. As a young gay author whose formative gay fictional role models were characters punished for their sexuality, Ed prefers his stories lightly dramatic, full of optimism and hope.
Now out and proud, he writes full-time, goes on long nature walks, tries to fill his passport, drinks piña coladas on the beach, flees from cute guys, coos over fuzzy animals (especially bees), and is liable to tilt his head and click his tongue if you don’t use your turn signal.
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