Erryn reviews ‘Live Wire (Brooklyn Boys Book 2)’ by E. Davies. This book was released by the author on October 14, 2018 and is about 320 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick J. Russo, released on February 4, 2019 and is 8 hrs and 2 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book:
Erryn – I’m enjoying this series.
I might be into guys. Do you have any idea how terrifying that is? I’ve already run halfway across the country to get away from my abusive parents, and I really want to experiment, but I can’t even hook up without scaring myself away. I might look confident on the outside, but this is tearing me apart.
Then my new roomie wins a trip for two to a gay resort in Hawaii. Darren wants to show his clueless ex that he’s moved on, and I want to help out. Darren deserves way better, and faking being his boyfriend is the perfect chance to figure out my feelings. But then what do I do when the man I really want turns out to be Darren himself?
I escaped the regret-fueled hookups with my ex when I moved out. He’s not the worst guy out there, but now we’re going to be at the same resort for a week, and I want to make it clear that I’m off-limits. My hotheaded, impulsive, but surprisingly sweet new roommate is willing to help with that.
While I pretend to date Adam, I can’t stop imagining what it’d be like for real. I want to be more than Adam’s experiment, and suddenly keeping up appearances is less important than following my heart. I’m going to have to learn to trust all over again for this to work out once this week is over, though. Can we grow strong enough to build something that lasts forever?
Live Wire is book two in the Brooklyn Boys series, where good men find their happily-ever-afters in a hectic metropolis. It has an HEA and no cliffhanger. There will be one king-sized bed, confusingly real kisses, a broken heart healing, a lot of firsts, an awkward plane trip, and the prize of a lifetime: a heart to hold safe.
Adam was a character in Electric Sunshine and I kind of adored him. He was a little klutzy, a little clueless, but also protective of his roommate Kev. When Charlie asked Kev to move in, Kev was concerned about leaving Adam. Then Darren arrived on the scene, needing a place to live, and it all comes together. Like it was meant to be.
The two men get along. Darren is clearly out and proud – his troubles with his ex have been on display for everyone to see. Adam tells himself he’s not sure, even though it’s pretty clear he is on that end of the spectrum. Everything falls into place – or falls apart, depending on your perspective – when Darren wins two tickets to a gay resort in Hawaii. His ex and his new boyfriend are going to be there and there is no way Darren is going to be shown up. His roommate deserves some fun in the sun, so they head on vacation as fake boyfriends.
I love the fake boyfriend trope. When done well it is a humorous romp (although sometimes it’s serious) and lots of ‘ah’ moments as the men go through their ‘ah-ha’ moments.
This book was well done. I loved Adam’s sexual awakening and Darren’s gentle guidance through the process. I also detested Darren’s ex and his new boytoy. As I was meant to.
I got my happy ending – in a very unexpected way. I also really liked that these were blue collar guys doing hard work that wasn’t always recognized. I liked how they found a way to make everything work. And, of course, I have to mention Nick J. Russo’s narration. He did a great job.
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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