Beneath the famous Brooklyn landmark, love is hidden but not denied:
All his life, Alexi Kharpov has dreamed of traveling to unknown exciting places instead of working at his family's frozen custard stand on the famous Coney Island boardwalk. Every year is the same until a gorgeous man picks a spot in front of his stand to sing, captivating him with his beautiful voice. After two summers of listening, it might finally be time for him to cross that boardwalk and take a chance.
Opera singer Cameron Maxwell has traveled the world, but the sight of the beautiful man serving custard to tourists touches his heart like nothing ever has before. A summer fling might be exactly what he needs to put his problems out of his mind, but the last thing Cam expects is to want the summer to last forever.
It's a season of discovery for both men who learn to dig deep within their heads and hearts to decide whether secrets old and new should remain buried, or if love is too important to keep hidden under the boardwalk.
This is a 37,000 word novella
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About the Author
I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Alexi Kharpov dreams of seeing the world but instead spends his time working his family's frozen custard stand at Coney Island. Cameron Maxwell sees the world as an opera singer but is enthralled with a frozen custard stand server. When these two begin a summer fling, will life ever be the same? I haven't read all of Felice Stevens' work yet but she is one of my 1-click authors and Under the Boardwalk is another example of why and how she made that list. Alexi's want to see the world tugs at most of our heartstrings, lets face it most of us want to see more than our own backyard but most of us also don't have the opportunity to do so. Cam has seen the world and for that most of us envy him for it but constant travel doesn't exactly live up to what most of us dream about. When these two meet, everything is wonderful, okay maybe not wonderful as it takes two summers for them to actually approach each other but its still gratifying. Summer fling turns into something more, who doesn't love that? Yes, it might seem a bit insta-love but for me that's A-Okay because it fits the story and the characters and definitely the setting. Now having said that, don't think Under the Boardwalk is a cakewalk and that all the bells and whistles come without drama and angst for Cam and Alexi. They both have some outside issues that need dealing with if they are going to be happy but I loved discovering every one of those factors and I think you will too, especially if you are a fan of love. I could go into detail what those issues are but I won't because I loved discovering them with each new page and I don't want to ruin that level of anticipation for you. Some might find it a bit rushed as this is a novella and the length doesn't always allow for as much detail as a reader wants but in this case, Boardwalk was perfect because it is a summer fling(and yes they both want more) and by definition they are short-lived so a novella is the perfect venue for this one. I look forward to further stories in Felice Stevens' new Landmarks series and all the possibilities.
Under the Boardwalk is the latest book by Felice Stevens, an author that I have long admired. It's starts with last summer, as our two main characters first lay eyes on each other and want more. The timing isn't right though, so a year goes by. Now we are at this summer. Alexi is an American, with Russian ancestry. He works for his father at the local custard stand, and dreams of travelling the world. Cam is the busker that Alexi dreams about. He has travelled the world, and found that there was no place like home (sorry, couldn't resist!). These two finally connect, and BOOM!!! We're off. I love Felice Stevens' way of writing. She wraps you up, and immerses you in the story. This is one of her 'sweeter' books, I would say, although there is some low-level angst in here. One thing I will always be grateful for, is the explanation given to Cam about what the difference is between ice-cream and custard. As someone who grew up in England, custard is a hot, sweet, liquid that goes on top of treacle tart, or jam roly-poly. Not in a cone! I was thankful when the explanation was given as I then understood what everyone was eating! I don't think there were any editing or grammatical errors, but if there were, I missed them as I was so engrossed with the story. I love the epilogue, and love these two together. I am seriously hoping for more in this series, and also hope that we get to see a cameo from these two, just so I can find out if they're still okay. Absolutely recommended by me, just be warned that you may lose time when you start reading this book! * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
5 Stars!!! Alexi comes from a very conservative Russian family and works at their frozen custard stand in Coney Island's boardwalk. He's gay, but he dreads his family finding out for fear of their reactions. He's been crushing on the handsome man that sings in front of his stand for the last two summers, but he doesn't think he stands a chance with him. Cam has been eyeing the gorgeous blond guy at the ice-cream stand and when they finally start talking, sparks fly between them. They grow closer as the summer advances, however, Alexi is not out and Cameron is fighting his own issues with his health and anyway, this was only supposed to be a fling, wasn't it? I'm going to be perfectly honest here. I wasn't too sure I was going to like this book at first. It was too sweet and instalove, but Cam and Alexi won me over. They were adorable and hot and their chemistry and love was palpable, this was no fling at all, even if they were kind of fooling themselves. It felt natural, despite how fast it happened and frankly, I couldn't get enough of how perfect they were for each other. Cam gave Alexi the strength to finally stand up for himself, to overcome his shyness and his fear and it was amazing to see him grow and be the man he wanted to be. And similarly, Alexi gave Cam the support he needed when he found out he needed surgery again. I have to say I adored Alexi's mom and his Babushka, they were just amazing and I was in tears during a highly emotional scene with them. Cam's parents were awesome as well. I wasn't too sure about Dmitri, Alexi's cousin, or Alexi's father (who I really wanted to slap silly) but they came around in the end. Overall, this was a fabulous read. It's short, but it packed quite the punch. I laughed, I cried, I awwww'd and melted with the fantastic characters and story that Felice Stevens wove together. Under the Boardwalk is definitely a must read for me! *** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***