Saturday, October 14, 2017

AotM: Second to None & A Holiday to Remember by Felice Stevens (Review+Giveaway)

Second to None
The Breakfast Club, Book 3

Second to None
Cover Designer: Reese Dante
Cover Photo: Stock Photo
Release Date: January 28, 2016


Nightclub owner Marcus Feldman never met a man he didn’t love, at least for the night. Although his best friends have all found love, Marcus shuns their advice to commit to one man and settle down. His past has taught him monogamy and marriage is for fools, and Marcus is anything but a fool. 

Tyler Reiss’s dream of dancing professionally is unexpectedly cut short and replaced by a different kind of love. He trades in his ballet slippers for go go boots, and spends his nights dancing at the hottest gay club in the city. Flirting with the customers for tips is easy, but resisting the dark and sexy Marcus is becoming harder to do with each passing day. 

Unforeseen circumstances bring Marcus and Tyler closer and though they give in to their mutual passion, both still struggle to guard their hearts. When crises threaten, Tyler and Marcus find their strength in each other rather than falling apart. Tyler must choose to either run, or stay and fight for the life he wants, while Marcus realizes that love doesn’t mean losing himself and opens his heart, making him a better man in the end.  

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review.***

Marcus has lived his life avoiding relationships, engaging in meaningless one-night stands and sex. His best friends have found love and urge him to commit to someone to no avail, at least until he meets Tyler. From the moment he sees Tyler, he just can't deny the attraction that he feels for the sexy dancer and even when Tyler isn't willing to become another notch on Marcus's bedpost, Marcus can't stop thinking about him.

Tyler had to let go of his dreams of being a dancer in an off-Broadway production after his sister left her daughter, Lillie, to his care and disappeared. He starts working at Sparks, Marcus's club, because the pay is good and it leaves him enough time to care for his niece. What he didn't count on was on his very attractive boss and his resilient pursuit. Still, he refuses to give in, even if it's more difficult everytime, especially when he realizes there's more to Marcus than he thought at first. 

Circumstances throw them together and they finally give into temptation, which slowly grows into something deeper. However, Tyler has to choose between staying with Marcus or running away like he's been doing for a long time and Marcus has to decide if he's ready to become the man his friends have been telling him he is. 

I absolutely adored this book, especially Marcus! *cuddles Marcus* There's just something about an arrogant man like he is showing his vulnerable side that just tugs at my heartstrings. I liked Tyler, although I have to admit that during the first half of the book I wanted to slap some sense into him so he could see Marcus as I saw him. I was cheering up at one scene around the middle of the book when Darius and Antonio actually made Tyler see what had been in front of his face the whole time. From then on, I liked Tyler a whole lot more. 

Zach, Sam, Julian and Nick were amazing and I just loved how they helped move the story along, and Lillie was absolutely adorable, especially her interactions with Marcus!

This was such a fantastic read! Well written and filled with emotion, hot sex and engaging characters in a heartbreaking tale in which love and commitment definitely win over lifelong fear and trust issues! Definitely a must-read! 

Rating: 5 Stars!!! 

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A Holiday to Remember
A Second to None Short Story

With Lillie away at a sleepover, Marcus and Tyler finally have some much needed time alone together. Marcus can't wait to get Tyler into bed. He has plans that involve getting and staying naked. But an innocent question from Lillie has Marcus wondering if he's ready to take that next big step.

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Felice Logo

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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  1. yes but I love the larger stories better

  2. A catch up with my favorite characters is always appreciated.

  3. Yes I do like short stories especially to catch up with my favourite characters.

  4. Yes I do love to catch up.

  5. I love to catch up with chatacters from time to time.

  6. Congrats on AotM, Felice, and thanks for the good review, Mari. That's a good question about short stoies, b/c I usually don't like them much, but if they're about characters I already know, then yeah, I'd like to see shorts on how they're doing. - Purple Reader,
    TheWrote [at] aol dot] com

  7. Yes, I love revisiting characters and seeing what they've been up to.

  8. I do however I prefer the full length novels better