Title: Embrace the Fire
Author: Felice Stevens
Series: Through Hell and Back #3
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: 5/25/2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 300
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Brandon Gilbert has spent years in hiding, but he’s finally accomplished his dream of working as a public school teacher. When offered the chance to help bullied children, there was no way he could say no. Not to mention that meeting Dr. Tash Weber, the psychiatrist who helps them, a sad yet sexy older man, ignited a spark inside Brandon he’d never had before.
Though five years have passed since the death of his lover, Dr. Sebastian “Tash” Weber has no interest in relationships or love. But young, enigmatic Brandon awakens his heart and his desire. Despite Tash’s best efforts to push him away, Brandon unlocks the passion for life Tash thought he’d lost forever.
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan for either Brandon or Tash, but neither family disapproval nor self-doubts can stop them from embracing the fire that burns between them. And when Brandon returns home to fight for a future he never imagined possible, he and Tash discover that the one thing worth fighting for has been with them all along.
Book three in the Through Hell and Back series. This is Brandon and Tash’s story.
From living on the streets to a successful teacher Brandon is proud of his achievements and when a fellow teacher Gage encourages him to get involved with mentoring vulnerable children he jumps at the chance. Which is where he meets psychiatrist Dr Tash Weber.
We get to witness the reunion between Ash, Luke and Brandon in this book and it is lovely to read. We know from the previous books that the three of them ended up separated after years of abuse at the hands of their foster father Munson.
‘The three brothers proved sometimes good things happen. It might’ve been a journey through hell for them, but through sheer determination and a strong will never to give up, these three men had survived, though each had to go through a very different personal hell to reach the point where they were today.’
Tash and Brandon are instantly attracted to each other but Tash is nervous of their age gap and after a couple of family members express their unease at the age group and the fast progression of their relationship this causes cracks to form in their relationship and leads them to decide whether to fight for their relationship or give up and move on. Tash’s own reservations are also based on a previous relationship with Danny who was addicted to drugs and subsequently died leaving Tash feeling guilty and like he could have done more to save Danny.
“I won’t fail you,” he whispered, kissing Brandon’s cheek. “This time I’ll do it right.”
Their chemistry is great and I love how sweet they are with each other, I did start to get annoyed with everyone calling Brandon to young and meddling in their relationship but I was glad when Tash started to stand up for their love.
‘I like his smile. I always want to be the one to put a smile on his face and keep it there.’
The ending of this book was brilliant but I am a little sad that it read like the final book in a series!