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Ricky

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.

Cedar

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.

©2019 E. Davies (P)2019 E. Davies

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Narration and story exceeded my expectations!!

Narration and story exceeded my expectations!! I have a new cozy place in my heart where Ricky and Cedar live! Sweet, affirming, romantic and beautiful romance. I really enjoyed how this story developed from friendship, to lovers and soul-mates. Both men have challenges and i loved how they were there for each other. I loved the flow of the story and the development of their connection was so real.

Beautifully written and engaging story-line kept me reading all afternoon. I so enjoyed all the wonderful supporting characters that really help make this wonderful story.

Ricky and Cedar grow and change and become more of their true selves as you read about them falling in love. Reinventing yourself, finding yourself and accepting yourself are all very challenging endeavors. I loved their connection and the really special moments of awareness in this story.

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Another amazing story!

One of my favorite things about E. Davies books is they always make me happy and I fall in love with them everytime! Ricky and Cedar is no different. I just love their story. Then Nick J. Russo does an amazing job in bring these characters to life. I just fall in love all over again!

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Excellent narration!

I had previously read this book but hearing it narrated by Nick J Russo just made me wish I could add more stars to my review. He does a wonderful job acting out the feelings that Ricky and Cedar go through and all the different voices are awesome. A good narration like this takes a story to a whole new level. I felt like I was hearing the story for the first time. I really like how E Davies gives us a diverse set of characters in his books, always giving us a good story that warms the heart.

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This was another wonderful story in the Brooklyn Boys series. E. Davies does a wonderful job of incorporating so many different aspects of life into the stories. Ricky and Cedar will steal your heart right from the beginning and kept stealing it until the very end. Ricky has such a big heart and as he opens it up to Cedar you see him grow from an insecure individual to a more take charge and knows what he wants man. Cedar does his own growing in this story and learns that being a door mat is not what he wants out of life. It was great getting to see all of our Brooklyn friends and seeing Ricky and Cedar become a part of the regulars table. I can't wait for the next installment in this series because I know it will be great!

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Another wonderful novel in the Brooklyn Boys serie

Ed Davies has the uncanny ability to write marvelous characters. Men with a lot whole of insecurities, hang-ups, past and present hurt or life difficulties, but that manage to be strong and be themselves and live their best lives nonetheless.
This is the case for Cedar and Ricky, too.
Cedar, with a physical disability and and ex boyfriend and current co-worker who has latched onto it to control Cedar.
Ricky, the closeted cook who is afraid to rock his life by coming out to his family and friend.
When the two men meet, they seem to draw strength from the other to stand up for themselves and live up to their own expectations.
Nick J. Russo's narration is always a pleasure and adds another level of greatness to an already amazing book.

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Such an excellent book and narration

Another great addition to the Brooklyn Boys series. We met Ricky in book 2 when there was a failed hook up attempt and subsequent friendship with Adam. I was glad we got to see him again and come to terms with who he is. It was so hard for him to acknowledge his feelings, but Meeting Cedar and realizing that he is stronger than he thinks finds him happiness that he didn’t think possible. I loved watching Ricky navigate his orientation and Cedar break away from his awful ex. It was awesome connecting with all of the characters from the last 2 books as well.

I continue to love everything that E. Davies writes. The stories are so great and hopeful, and the writing is really lovely.

I read this a second time by listening to the audiobook, and it was awesome. Nick J. Russo's voice brought the characters life, and I found myself more invested in them listening to the passion and inflection in the voices. Fabulous book with an excellent narration.

I am voluntarily reviewing an ARC provided by the author

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Can't wait for the next.

Another great add to the series. Ricky and Cedar are so perfect and pull at the heart strings. Ricky is struggling with a lot and knows the next step is a big one that could change everything. Cedar doesn't think he is worth anything and a ex who is part of that thinking. Nick J. Russo narration is perfect for these characters, each feels different and their personalities pop. Sexy, sweet and full of self discovery that each reader can feel inspired by. Can't wait to hear more from him.

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Entertaining, but be prepared for lots of schmaltz

I'd give this a 3.5, rounded up to 4. I liked the plot, the characters, the addressing of ableism, Cedar's disability and the difficulties with being less severely disabled, but still having to exist in an ableist world, and the narration for the audio. I found the complications with Cedar's ex to be suspenseful, even though some might find it melodramatic, (but I like melodrama). It was good to see characters from the previous books, though not all of them did make an appearance. There were also a couple new side characters who were endearing as well. I also liked that Cedar was pretty clearly described, so far as his appearance. Davies sometimes seems to forget to describe characters beyond their build. (I can't say I had a truly clear impression of what Ricky looked like though.)

What didn't do it for me was what seemed like overdone, repetitive inner monologuing & OTP schmaltz. Nobody can think that much in between sentences in a conversation or during sex. Some of it was good, but some seemed to be just a bit too much. The dialogue between characters was often entertaining, but toward the end seemed, again, a bit too schmaltzy for my cold, jaded heart. They also fell head over heels in a short period of time that could've been extended by several weeks with more dates without the plot needing further alteration. With some of the inner monologuing cut down, it could've even stayed the same length.

That being said, if Davies ever extended the series or had a spin-off with the few characters mentioned who were not paired off, I would definitely continue with it.

As for the narration, Russo did a great job of differentiating characters, expressing emotion, etc. He did pronounce a few words incorrectly, (like cerebral palsy), but his performance otherwise made up for it.

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I love THE BROOKLYN BOYS!

Boiling Point
MMy Thoughts and Review:

So, what do a closeted short order chef and an out charities fundraiser have in common? That is easy… bad taste in partners and significant others, and a meet-cute over limp bacon.

Ricky and Cedar are as different as night and day, and that is what gives them so much charm as a couple. As someone who has a disability that isn’t seen at first glance, I was able to relate to Cedar and as this character faced his trials I faced them with him. I felt his injustices with him, but I also rejoiced in his happiness with him. It was wonderful.

I adored Ricky the more the story developed, and he and Cedar got to know each other. Their relationship was so sweet to me and I absolutely absorbed all the emotions as they floated out of the book and into my heart.

Russo as always did a wonderful job breathing life into Davies’ characters. Davies is already a one-click author for me, and even if I have read their eBooks, I STILL get the audios when they are released, because reliving those stories is always a joy, and the 2nd time around I get human voices instead of humanoid through TTS, and that RAWKS! 🎧📚🎧

This series has been great, so do not miss it!! You will love, “The Brooklyn Boys!” 👨🏼‍🤝‍👨🏻🌈👨🏼‍🤝‍👨🏻


The Story: 5.00 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Narration: 4.50🌟🌟🌟🌟. ✨
Overall: 4.75 🌟🌟🌟🌟. ✨

Sharonica Logic: 4.75 i-want-you-just-the-way-you-are 🌟🌟🌟🌟. ✨

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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Great way to end the series

This book was my favorite of the series when I read it, so hearing it was amazing. As much as I loved all the characters, except for Nathan, there was something about Cedar that really called to me. Hearing Nick Russo bring him to life just made it that much better. Boiling Point cam be read as a standalone, but is so much better if the entire series is read.

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Ricky and Cedar's Brooklyn Love Story

This third book in the 'Brooklyn Boys' series by E Davies features Ricky, a cook at a diner called Bubbles, and Cedar, who runs a charity. I requested a free review copy of this audiobook and am leaving a voluntary review.

Ricky is closeted, but is realizing that he can no longer hide his sexuality and be happy. He's attempted hook-ups with men but they've all failed so far. When he meets Cedar, the spark between them is instant. Cedar is having insecurities of his own. His ex-boyfriend has emotionally and verbally abused him to the point that his confidence in himself is nearly zero. Can these two men overcome these issues to build a trusting, supportive relationship?

Davies has written a strong character growth story with 'Boiling Point'. Both men are struggling with identity issues at the beginning of the story. Throughout the book, each man grows into themselves with the loving support the other offers. The plot is well-thought-out and progresses in a logical, believable way. These guys are REAL. I have to say, it's my favorite in the 'Brooklyn Boys' series.

Narrator Nick J Russo's performance is brilliant. There's a lot of emotion conveyed in his voice. Every scene with Ricky and Cedar alone together overflows with feelings of love.

Highly recommended. The adorableness of these guys will have you smiling throughout the entire story.

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  • 11-16-20

A great addition

I liked this story a lot! Like the others in the series the characters were fun, creative and endearing. We got to learn so much about them, see their connection build, their chemistry spark and fall in love throughout the story. The plot was excellent, and I was anxious for the ending and to know what was next. The narration was excellent as with the other stories in the series. Russo brings the characters he reads to life, and gives them individuality that I enjoy!

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  • choccygrl
  • 10-27-20

Ricky's story

Another excellent addition to this series. This time it was Ricky, the apparently straight line cook at Bubbles, and his turn to find himself, his truth and love. I adored the romance and the inclusion of all the previous guys. Why not 5 stars for story? The addition of the embezzlement plot twist was telegraphed way to obviously and even as he sat in those meetings with the accountant from the beginning I was annoyed with Cedar for not taking his role seriously.
Another excellent job on the narration.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 10-03-20

Two special men

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.

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  • XG
  • 09-26-20

OMG! the best in this series so far!

I'd been enjoying this amazing series too much so saying this book Is the best so far It Is because I didn't find another way to expréss how much more I enjoyed this book when compared with the previous two. I think Rick as a character Is one of the most complete because all the emotions involved and when he finally accepted himself completely Is a blast. Cedar Is his perfect complement because together they found the strenght to love and after that everything settled just fine. I cried and laughed and sighed so much that I am just starting over the book just to hear their dialogues again. Of course Mr Russo's narration was just the cherry on top. Loved It!

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  • Rebekah
  • 09-25-20

Brill

This is a brilliant book and it’s fun to follow Ricky as he meets Cedar they both have struggles to overcome which they help each other and makes them closer.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 09-25-20

My favorite of the series

E. Davies always finds such interesting careers for his characters and here we have two winners in the diner and the urban garden charity. I love the way in all Davies' series we get to learn about the characters careers and they always fit perfectly into the romantic plot. Watching Cedar let Ricky come to terms with who he really is and be there for him when he does was lovely. Nick J. Russo captured Ricky's uncertainty and Cedar's insecurity perfectly, as well as the heat they generate when they are together.

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  • Magnus
  • 09-25-20

As good as the first

E Davis does not disappoint in the next installment of Brooklyn Boys. Cedar and Rickey has a unique and enjoyable story. Nick J Russo was great in bringing the story to life. The whole series is amazing.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 09-15-20

Awesome

I loved this audiobook.
It was a great way to wrap up this series.
This whole series is so great.
I will be listening to these audiobooks over and over.

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  • PL
  • 09-10-20

Enjoyed it

My second book favourite in the series.

Ricky is deep in the closet but one guy makes him want more and to question everything. Cedar was sweet but his disability made him insecure. These two help each other overcome their insecurities.

Narrator was excellent and made the characters come alive.

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  • KBR
  • 09-08-20

Boiling Point - best of the series

I really liked this story, and as always, Nick did an amazing job of narrating it. E. Davies is becoming one of my go-to authors.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 06-14-21

A juicy romance with some psycho exes!

Ricky, the Bubbles Café chef, has a gruff exterior, a controlling ex-girlfriend, and a secret attraction to guys. When regular customer, Cedar, complains about Ricky’s limp bacon, sparks fly in the kitchen. Once again, E Davies has created two fully formed MCs who you want to cheer for, especially Cedar, who faces some physical challenges due to cerebral palsy. The plot was juicy, involving coming out, psycho exes, and charity work, and believing in yourself. I’m not a fan of instalove so this didn’t hit the spot quite as much as the first two books, but was still great. As always, Nick J Russo’s audio narration was great!