Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
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.
Felice Stevens is a new author for me. After reading A Walk Through Fire, I will certainly be giving more of her work a shot.
Sometimes reviews come to me with ease. Some books just don’t want to be reviewed. Fire seems firmly ensconced in the latter camp. I am trying to figure out what to tell you, so don’t expect any grand words of wisdom or even a coherent thought process here.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. Okay, now that that is out of the way, let’s see if I can tell you why. A Walk Through Fire is not a terribly easy read. It is well written, but the main character isn’t very likable. Hell, the second MC can barely stand him for much of the book. This is by design. Asher Davis has lived a hard life. He has suffered abandonment by his birth family and abuse at the hands of his foster family. He has guilt eating at him stemming from rescuing himself from that abuse and leaving two boys behind. His way of dealing with his past has been less than healthy. It has also earned him a much-maligned reputation.
In contrast, Drew has grown up with almost every advantage. Including a loving grandmother who took he and his sister in after the death of his parents. He is using his advantages in life to help better the lives of others. To help better the lives of those like Asher once was. He is kind, respectable, and straight. When a mutual friend causes their paths to cross, Drew and Ash do everything in their respective powers to fight their mutual attraction.
It is sweet. It is hot. It is mean. It is immature. It is a roller coaster from beginning to end. Ash and Drew both have to undertake a journey of self-discovery. This journey is not a quick or clear one on either count. I am looking forward to the forthcoming second book in this series. Drew and Ash have more to deal with, but Drew’s friend Jordan needs his happy.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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