Title: A Walk Through Fire
Author Name: Felice Stevens
Publication Date & Length: November 25, 2014 – 239 pgs
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.
This book deals with issues of physical abuse and sexual abuse. If that bother’s you, do not read this story.
Ash is drifting through life trying not to feel anything. He has made something of himself and despite his success, his demons follow him wherever he goes. Drew is trying to find his place – he wants to no longer be lonely. When these two meet, despite their initial attraction, both are trying to fight their attraction.
This story was more about family – finding it, savoring it, accepting it. Even though the two main characters come from very different backgrounds, their struggles allow them to find out what being a real family is all about. I really enjoyed Nana – she was a ball buster, who took names and didn’t care what other’s thought. Jordan was an OK character, but I really disliked him for a good portion of the book. Rachel was a good character, but I thought her portion was not really that integral, she was a very minor character, even though I think she was supposed to be more important.
I really enjoyed the story, however, there were quotations instead of apostrophe’s in my copy, which was slightly distracting – especially when I tried to listen to my Kindle. Also, the chapter breaks were somewhat choppy. While I did enjoy how long the book spanned (in months), it did jump quite a bit. Also, I felt like the book left a lot of unanswered questions, which was both frustrating and kept me wanting more – the ending felt abrupt.
I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.
But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.