Author: Felice Stevens
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/17/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
A weekend fling in Atlantic City couldn’t be more out of socially shy Zach Cohen’s comfort zone, but a bet with his best friends forces him to put aside the humiliation he’s hidden for years and step away from behind his computer screens and online world. When he meets Sam Stein, despite their spark, Zach expects nothing more than a night of passion and a kiss good-bye. Yet weeks later, he can’t keep the man out of his head.
After a split-second decision with tragic results ends his twenty-year police career at the same time as his relationship falls apart, Sam Stein is drifting through life. At his best friend’s urging, he agrees to a trip to Atlantic City to clear his head. What Sam doesn’t plan on is meeting Zach Cohen, whose sweet nature and honesty has him thinking maybe he could move forward, until Zach leaves him without explanation, reinforcing Sam’s belief that people can’t be trusted.
Well-meaning friends refuse to let Zach and Sam hide from each other, forcing them to realize their weekend was much more than a one-night stand. Before that can happen, Zach must come to terms with his past and stand up for his own independence, while Sam has to learn to take a chance and believe in himself and people again. All bets are off when dreams become reality, and forever doesn’t seem to be long enough.
I have sat on this review for a while. Part of me adored these characters and wanted nothing but the best for them. Part of me wanted more from this story. More angst? maybe More conflict? Probably. Just more.
I have been waiting a little while for Zach’s story. I knew from the beginning of Beyond the Surface that he had a story to tell. He is the quite one. The observer. The one who doesn’t feel like he is good enough for anyone or anything. He has something in his past that makes him gunshy.
Sam, for his part, is a new character. So I had no preconceived expectations for him. He has his own demons to battle.
As many demons as were between these two characters, they really didn’t have much to fight. They were very adult and mature about the whole thing. They tended to talk rather than hold back. They made adult decisions to further their relationship. Great in practice, but doesn’t always make for the most compelling fiction.
All that said, I really did love these two characters. This isn’t an angsty book. There are no asshole main characters in this one. Sadly, there are no pets, either. However, what there is a great comfort read about two men who deserve nothing but the best in life. Who deserve each other to love and cherish. Who have a great support system in place.
Speaking of support systems, I enjoyed catching up with Julian and Nick. I will be awaiting Marcus’ story.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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