Title: A Walk Through Fire
Author: Felice Stevens
Series: Through Hell and Back #1
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 11-08-2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance, M/M Gay-For-You
Page Count: 287
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 and takes whatever and whomever 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 leaves 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 is a re-edited version of the original book published in 2014. Over 12,000 words have been added
Why has it taken me so long to read this book?! I really enjoyed it and just could not put it down!
Well to be honest although the blurb read differently to some of Felice’s other books I was concerned it would be just another fluffy love story and I think that’s why I put it on my ‘to-read shelf and prioritised others. HOWEVER, yes this was fluffy at times but it was so much more than that. The characters had me hooked right from the beginning and I instantly fell in love with them all and all their baggage, it’s well written and kept me interested.
I’m not going to go into the plot as I don’t want to spoil it. A brief overview – Dr. Drew is a sweet friendly guy going through a divorce and Asher Davis is his ex-wife’s lawyer. Through a mutual friend Ash learns of Drew’s plans to set up a centre for vulnerable teens and Asher agrees to help. Despite Asher arrogant facade they become firm friends and then more. The secondary characters are brilliant in this book, really well developed and I found myself as invested in them as I was the MCs and Drew’s grandma is just fabulous – I love a sassy independent grandma in a book!
The love between Drew and Ash is so goddamn sweet!
“You gave me your passion, your secrets and your heart. You gave me everything and took my breath away. How could I not fall in love with you forever?”
And the passion and chemistry was off the charts but believable throughout. Reading them dealing with their own and each other’s baggage also added to the realism.
“His life had been a walk through fire before he met Drew. It had burned him, leaving scars and nothing but scorched earth behind. Only by meeting and falling in love with Drew had he learned every day was a gift never to be taken for granted.”
I don’t even know what to say about the ending as I really don’t want to spoil it but its very high drama and angst! Just a couple of issues I had and the reason I only gave 4 stars to such a fantastic book. Jordan came across really badly in this book I understand where his concerns come from but he needed to just let it go and be happy for his friend I hope he comes across better in book 2. Secondly, there were a few issues that I felt were left unresolved such as Ash’s foster brothers, I assume this will be covered in the next book.
Overall a fantastic book that must be read to be fully appreciated. Cannot wait to read book 2.