Title: Memories of the Heart
Author Name: Felice Stevens
Publication Date : February 2015
Ruthless, Controlling, A Loner. All words used to describe Dr. Micah Steinberg by the hospital staff for their next head of surgery. When a letter arrives from his grandmother’s friend at the assisted living facility, his orderly world tilts dangerously out of control.
Josh Rosen had everything until it was revealed much of his world was a lie. Forced to re-evaluate his life, Josh gives up his career and returns home to New York City to care for his beloved grandmother. What Josh didn’t figure on was an attraction to a man who on the surface, appears to be exactly like the life Josh chose to leave behind.
As Micah struggles with the reality of his grandmother’s illness, the bond these two share deepens, as Josh helps Micah heal, then open his heart. Micah discovers there is more to life than work, control and success. Josh is in deep but has yet to tell Micah who he really is.
When the fight for the hospital’s head of surgery turns ugly, Josh’s past and present collide. Micah must let go of the past and accept who he is, if his life is going to move forward.
Life is full of surprises, and as both Micah and Josh learn, love can happen whether you plan for it or not.
Ruthless, Controlling, A Loner. All words used to describe Dr. Micah Steinberg.
Josh Rosen had everything until it was revealed much of his world was a lie. Josh gives up his career and returns home.
The first meeting between Micah and Josh doesn’t go so well… nor does the 2nd time. By the 3rd time you are gnashing your teeth hoping these two get their sh*t together and put aside their egos!!! Dr. Steinberg is still a brute, but he has a history of being abandoned and that makes him skittish. He may have been abandoned by his parents, but he had a very caring and sweet grandmother. Josh was cheated on. He doesn’t want to get involved easily, but he also doesn’t really believe in one-night stands. Until he sees Micah one night and he seems really lost and needing more than a friend. Against his better judgement, Josh throws away his own fears and goes home with Micah.
This story was sometimes difficult to relate to. I found myself more frustrated with both male characters. I found Dr. Steinberg, and yes, I think of him as Dr. Steinberg not Micah because I found him too cold. He was gruff and arrogant and then too sappy and because of that I didn’t find myself feeling empathy towards him. And Josh, well, he was working in his ex bf’s sister’s coffee shop (I knew just by reading that, there would be some drama, and I was right, which I didn’t want to be). There were frequent situations where they assumed things and stomped off in a huff, instead of talking and I found that unappealing, considering their ages (late 30s). Josh was too yoyo’ish. Too much insecure inner dialogue and then it all goes out the window. I mean if you are going to be insecure then at least stick to your guns or … shut up. I didn’t feel like I could relate to either male leads, just didn’t resonate any warm or fuzzy feelings.
The one part that I did feel some sympathy towards, was Dr. Steinberg’s grandmother and the early signs of dementia. There were some scenes however, that I found were a bit much. The grandmother’s repeated digs at her own grandson for not being a good grandson, and her constant reminder to him about not visiting the grandmother for various derogatory reasons. Not that I can criticize, as I have never been in this situation, but when you want people to read your stories and sympathize with your characters, chastising someone repeatedly isn’t really the way to do it.
The author does a pretty good job of describing the intimate moments between the characters, but even with the amount of sex they had, I still didn’t feel a connection.
I get why it was called Memories of the Heart, but this story didn’t get in to my heart like I thought it would.Kimberley
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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.
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