Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Walk Through Fire by Felice Stevens

Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still 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 both 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.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

A Walk Through Fire is the first book that I have read by Felice Stevens and it will not be my last.  I loved Drew and Ash’s story.  I loved how these two men came together.  There was a lot of drama, angst and back and forth between these two men but I loved it all. 

Asher is a high powered lawyer who had a horrible childhood.  He managed to escape the nightmare that was his life and make something of himself.  But he still carries the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind.  He is a love ‘em and leave ‘em kind of guy.  He never has any emotional attachment to the men he is with and that has everything to do with his past.  He has a hard time opening up to anyone, both about it past as well as his heart.  But then he meets Drew and things change for Ash. 

Drew is a plastic surgeon who is going through a rough time right now.   He has always seemed to live his life to please others instead of living to make himself happy.  He is in the process of opening up a clinic for abused children.  Asher, who happens to be his ex wife’s lawyer offers to help out with the clinic.  Drew is aware of Asher’s reputation as a playboy and at first doesn’t accept his offer.  But in time these two form a friendship and Drew realizes that there is more to Ash than his playboy ways. 

The attraction between the two of them is there but they both deny any feelings that they may have for each other.  At times Drew may not understand his attraction to this man but he doesn’t necessarily fear it either.  He wants him and is willing to see what happens when they cross the line of friendship.  Asher wants Drew like he has never wanted anyone before.  The man has him all wound up.  But he knows that Drew deserves better than someone who can’t give him more than a physical relationship.  It seems each time these two get closer one starts to pull away.  It takes some time for them to both realize how deep their feelings are and that no matter how much they push they find a way back to each other. 

I loved the push and pull between the two of them but at times wanted to just shake the two of them and make them see how happy they were when they were with each other.  What I did love was when these two were finally all in they did not care what other people thought.  Drew had been attracted to women his whole life but he accepted his feelings for Ash and they made it work.  It was so genuine and so real.  They had a great friendship with flirty banter that I adored. And I loved how Ash was finally able to open up to someone about his past.  It made you understand a lot about who he was.   I felt the connection and passion between these two men.  And I think they were perect for each other.

Ash had a special relationship wth one of the teens that came to the clinic and I loved seeing that side of him.  He was able to relate to these children on so many levels but seeing how much he cared for Stevie and wanted to help him just made my heart happy.  Beneath the hard exterior he has a heart and I loved watching him open that heart up.  I cannot write this review without mentioning Drew’s grandmother.  That woman I think was a major part in this story.  She loved Drew and his sister but she also loved the people in their lives as if they were her own.  From the moment she met Ash she knew there was this sadness to him.  She knew there was past that he was trying to move on from.   And I loved the bond that these two formed. 

A Walk Through Fire deals with some tough issues but I think the author did an amazing job with touching upon those issues.  The twist in the end completely took me by surprise.  I was not expecting that at all.  It was one of those moments where you had to re read it because you weren’t sure it was happening, only to find out that it really did.  I loved Drew and Ash’s story and while they got the happily ever after Ms. Stevens left the door open for more.  I cannot wait for the next book in this series.  And I am hoping that at some point we get Stevie’s story.  See him as an adult and finding love because he deserves it.  A great job by Felice Stevens.

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