After the Fire by Felice Stevens ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

fs_afterthefire Title: After the Fire

Author: Felice Stevens

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

A single bullet destroyed the dreams of Dr. Jordan Peterson. With his lover dead, Jordan descends into an endless spiral of self-destruction that nearly costs him his friends, his career and his life. When Jordan finds himself working closely with the aloof Lucas Conover, the investment banker’s mysterious past and unexpected kindness shocks him back into a life and emotions he’d thought lost forever.

The betrayal by the foster brother he’d worshiped, taught Lucas Conover never to trust or believe in anyone. Living a solitary life couldn’t free him of the nightmare of his former life; it reinforced his belief that he would never fall in love. When the death of one of his clients forces him to work closely with Dr. Jordan Peterson, he meets a person whose suffering exceeds his own. Though Jordan rejects his effort to help, something within Luke pushes him discover more about the first man to ever get under his skin.

As Luke lets down his guard and Jordan lets go of his pain, desire takes control. Each man must come to terms with past struggles if they are to create a future together. And learning to trust in themselves and love again after tragedy and a lifetime of pain, may be the only thing that saves them in the end.

Brandilyn’s View:

If ever there was a secondary character that needed his happily ever after, it is Jordan , best friend to Drew from Felice Steven’s A Walk Through Fire. I have been looking forward to After the Fire since I finished ATWF.

If you have read A Walk Through Fire, you know why Jordan needs his happy. If you haven’t, the blurb will tell you why. He lost his world in a senseless act of violence. After the Fire does not pick up right where Walk leaves off. We have about nine months of grief in between. When we pick up Jordan’s story, he is at a pretty low point. He is drinking too much and dependent on prescription medication to get through the day. He has lost his world and is pushing is friends and family away.

Enter Lucas Conover, who may just happen to have some unknown ties to Jordan’s world. He also may just be the man Jordan needs to pull himself up from the depths of despair. It is not an easy process. It isn’t a quick process either. For one thing, Lucas has his own demons to fight. While they aren’t the front burner story, they will have to be resolved as well before he and Jordan can ride off into the sunset.

This story is not insta-love. It is barely insta-attraction and certainly not insta-lust. Both men are too deep in their own issues to see what is in front of them. It takes a few encounters, much time, fighting each other and themselves, and the encouragement of well-meaning friends and family for either man to risk their heart.

One thing I appreciate in every story I have read from Felice Stevens is that they are not sugary sweet. These are “real” men making real mistakes. They are assholes to each other. They are assholes to their friends and family. They do the wrong thing. They have to own up to there problems. Not everything is wrapped up in pretty bows. There are some problems that are fully resolved, but for the most part they are still works in progress. We know they have their futures ahead of them and we have a good feeling they will make it, but they aren’t rotting our teeth out with their sweetness.

However, she doesn’t leave us hanging. As is popular to say, Jordan and Lucas have to work for their happily ever after… which just makes it all that much sweeter in the end.

So… now I need Brandon’s story… and I think Sebastian may just be the man for him. Just saying…

Buy Links

Loose Id
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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