Monday, February 27, 2017

S.E.X. Review~ After the Fire by Felice Stevens

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.

Felice Stevens is a prolific writer and After the Fire did not disappoint. Jordan and Luke each struggled with their own issues and insecurities. Both attempted the lone wolf characterization, and once they realized two was better than one, they ambled past their problems and filled the gaps of their lives.

Ms. Stevens consumed the pages of the story with angst, anxieties, and tumultuousness, as Jordan and Lucas strove to accept their past and forge into a better future. I liked each character for what he brought to the table and for their desire to make a better place in their respective lives- individually and as a couple.

The secondary characters added depth to the storyline and left unanswered questions, awaiting a book three in the Through Hell & Back series.

As a fan of Ms. Stevens, I’ve enjoyed all her work, and After the Fire reached this reader’s top ten list of the new year.

Definite S.E.X.
A five handcuff review

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2017 ©Evelise Archer All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. All names, characters, locations, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination, or have been used fictionally. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, locales, or events is entirely coincidental. No portion of this work may be transmitted or reproduced in any form, or by any means, without permission in writing from the author.

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