Book Review: A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens

Synopsis:

Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still inwardly struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control. He takes whatever and whoever he wants.

Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew decides to leave his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help.

Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he’s done with every other man. However, Drew’s sweet and caring nature and unexpected passion stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right to any happiness at all. And when Ash befriends an abused young man who unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.

Denise’s Review:

I’ll start this review by saying, this was my first book from
Ms. Stevens and I will definitely be going back and reading Rescued. And
I will reread this one for sure. 

After I finished this book, I immediately messaged Felice Stevens and said “you broke my heart!”  She knew what I meant (and you will too when you read this amazing book). She did put it back together but I had quite the ugly cry going up to that point. The kind of cry where you are sitting alone on the stairs, bawling, but also happy because no one is home to see you.

How do I describe this fantastic book? At the beginning, you really don’t want to like Ash. You almost want to smack him up the side of the head, because he’s kind of a jerk. But you learn the further along you go that his reasons are his own for acting as he does. He volunteers at the clinic because he feels the need to help those that were in his similar situation, but other than that wants no other connection to his feelings. Yet somehow, over time Drew is able to break through those strong walls he had built up with not just bricks but solid steel.

Meanwhile, Drew…the nice guy, nobody wants him hurt, everybody loves him. Yet he’s lonely and wants to be loved. He tries the straight thing, and yet finds that Ash draws him in, slowly, but completely. They take their time, learn more about one another, and don’t rush into anything. They find, though, that they are drawn back to each other, like magnets, unable to stay away.

There is a tough ugly cry scene towards the end, which honestly, I had to put my kindle down and walk away from for a little while. However, this story is one about love and loss, and about hope found. 

**Side note…there are little nuggets of a possible future book in there if you look hard enough. 🙂

This book was such an amazing ride for two very different men. Finding their world together. Loving each other not just despite their faults, but honoring how those faults came to be.

My first book with Felice Stevens-who I found out during this process is honestly a beautiful person as well as a great author-and I definitely do not want it to be my last.

Final determination for A Walk Through Fire is a strong 4.5 pieces of eye candy. I cannot wait to read more from this new author.

 Check out this awesome graphic by @oorjanie. 🙂

Felice Stevens’ Purchase Links:

A Walk Through Fire 

Rescued

Synopsis: 

Ryder Daniels has spent the last year recovering from rejection. His parents rejected him because of his sexuality and his lover decided drugs were more important than his love. The only bright light in his life is his younger brother and his rescued pit bull, But now his mother’s punishment for the lifestyle she doesn’t approve of has cut him off from his brother he loves so desperately. Devastated, he throws himself into the work of the Pit Bull Foundation he and his friends started. 

Jason Mallory can no longer hide the dissatisfaction of his relationship with his longtime girlfriend. Her ultimatum to get married pushes him to break off their relationship and he’s determined not to jump into the dating scene. When a group of injured pit bulls are found on his construction site, he calls the neighborhood rescue for help. 

After adopting one of the dogs, Jason finds he can’t forget Ryder, and the two become fast friends. Then one night, Ryder lets down his guard and Jason recognizes his desire. After Jason devises a plan to bring Ryder and his brother together, they can no longer deny the passion between them. Will family differences and ugly prejudices keep them apart, or can they fight to prove that love is precious, no matter the gender?

Author Bio:

I have always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, I always hope there is a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.

But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoy a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. And once I picked up my first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew she wanted to write her own.
 I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although i practice law, I daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.

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Comments

  1. Hi Denise and thank you so much for having me! This is a series and there are three books planned. Every one will get their Happily Ever Afters!