Erryn reviews ‘Boiling Point (Brooklyn Boys Book 3)’ by E. Davies. This book was released by the author on January 27, 2019 and is about 328 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Nick J. Russo, released on May 1, 2019 and is 8 hrs and 40 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book:
Erryn – I’m enjoying this series.
My double life is crumbling around me. Denying who I am isn’t fair on anyone: the girls I tried so hard to date, the guys I’m too afraid to flirt with, or my family who don’t know the truth. I’m afraid of coming out to my mom – but if I don’t, I’ll remain in fear that she’ll find out from someone else. I’m torn between expectation and truth, and I’m not sure I can keep hiding behind a cocky grin.
I’m not ready for the gorgeous guy who challenges me in my own diner. His every word turns me on, and I’m drawn to him like a moth to flame, but if I get so close that anyone finds out, we’re both going to end up burned.
I’m too clumsy to hold onto anything good. Everything I touch breaks, and now I’m dependent on my ex’s good graces. He runs our urban gardening charity, and his dad pays my rent. I do the dirty work, which is all I’m good for: I dig holes and plant seeds. Standing up for myself feels impossible, so I start easy. At least, it was supposed to be.
The cocky cook who couldn’t crisp up my bacon sure crisped up my sausage. Everyone knows closeted guys are a risk, and I’m great at scaring people away. But Ricky gives me the strength to be me, and I can’t stop falling for him. Not even chipped Brooklyn sidewalks can stop true love blooming.
Boiling Point is book three 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 awkward first times, cops at the door, hiding in thrift store racks, a trouble-making bouquet, a mama’s boy coming home, and an uncontrolled flame.
I love books where I learn something. In the synopsis, Cedar says he’s clumsy. Well, there’s a reason for that. He has ataxic cerebral palsy. Of course I’ve heard of cerebral palsy, but only more common types. Types that are more serious. Not to say ataxic isn’t serious – but Cedar is able to pass as someone who is clumsy. Sure cops accuse him of being drunk because of his lack of coordination and sure his ex-boyfriend would make fun of him, but he could pass. Then he meets Ricky and its no longer enough to pass. He’s willing to put himself on the line – to share who he really is.
Ricky has been in previous Brooklyn Boys books so I wasn’t surprised to see him finally get his own story. He almost hooked up with someone else but I liked how he was able to realize he wasn’t ready. And maybe he would have stayed not ready if not for Cedar. And the limp bacon incident.
This book brought me joy. There was a little more angst than the previous two books, but not by much. Cedar’s ex is a piece of work, and I wondered how that plotline was going to resolve itself. I needn’t have worried. In the end, the men got their happy ending.
To round out, I’ll say Nick J. Russo’s narration for the books was great. He suited the stories and I was a series I thoroughly enjoyed.
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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