Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/25/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Brandon Gilbert has spent years in hiding, but finally he’s accomplished his dream of working as a public school teacher. When offered the chance to help bullied children, there was no way he could say no. Not to mention that meeting Dr. Tash Weber, the psychiatrist who helps them, a sad yet sexy older man, ignited a spark inside Brandon he’d never had before.
Though five years have passed since the death of his lover, Dr. Sebastian “Tash” Weber has no interest in relationships or love. But young, enigmatic Brandon awakens his heart and his desire. Despite Tash’s best efforts to push him away, Brandon unlocks the passion for life Tash thought he’d lost forever.
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan for either Brandon or Tash, but neither family disapproval nor self-doubts can stop them from embracing the fire that burns between them. And when Brandon returns home to fight for a future he never imagined possible, he and Tash discover that the one thing worth fighting for has been with them all along.
Okay, bear with me, please. I read Embrace the Fire on 9 June 2015. If you follow me on Facebook, you know that date is sandwiched between two rounds of major surgery. My plan had been to get the review written BEFORE surgery (i.e. before I was back on pain killers), but I ran out of time. So I am going to give it my best shot here.
The bottom line is this. If you have read the first book or two in Felice Stevens Through Hell and Back series, you need this book in your life.
Embrace the Fire is Brandon’s story. If you remember from book one, Brandon is the third and youngest foster brother in the abusive home from which Asher Davis (from A Walk Through Fire) fled as a teen. Book two (After the Fire) saw Asher and middle brother, Luke, reunited.
We knew book three had to bring the foster brothers full circle. However, in a city as large as New York City, it could be a stretch to do so without the meeting feeling contrived. Stevens managed to make both Brandon’s absence from and reappearance to Luke and Asher’s lives feel organic. There is much work that has to be done to understand and repair the hurts of the past, and, as with book two, they are dealt with head-on by all involved. Brandon has a support system before he even encounters his brothers, and that support system just grows stronger with each page.
The other story, of course, is Brandon’s relationship with Tash. Fire is a bit of an age gap romance. You know how much I love those. Tash is good for Brandon because he can empathize with his past while helping him move forward. We don’t know a lot about Tash before book three though he was introduced briefly in earlier installments. However, we get to know both men as they get to know each other and fall in love.
I loved how the ending took us through not only where Tash and Brandon ended up, but we got a glimpse into the HEAs of Asher and Drew as well as Luke and Jordan.
If you haven’t started this series, I recommend you do. If you have started the Through Hell and Back series, you will not be disappointed in Stevens’ resolution.
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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