Book Review: M/M ~ Betting On Forever by Felice Stevens ~ (5 Star ARC Review)
Book: Betting On Forever
Series: The Breakfast Club #2
Author: Felice Stevens
Release Date: November 17, 2015
A weekend fling in Atlantic City couldn’t be more out of socially shy Zach Cohen’s comfort zone, but a bet with his best friends forces him to put aside the humiliation he’s hidden for years, stepping away from his computer screens and on-line world. When he meets Sam Stein, despite their spark, Zach expects nothing more than a night of passion and a kiss goodbye. Yet weeks later, he can’t keep the man out of his head.
After a split second decision with tragic results ends his twenty year police career at the same time his relationship falls apart, Sam Stein is drifting through life. At his best friend’s urging he agrees to a trip to Atlantic City to clear his head. What Sam doesn’t plan on is meeting Zach Cohen, whose sweet nature and honesty has him thinking maybe he could move forward, until Zach leaves him without explanation, reinforcing Sam’s belief that people can’t be trusted.
Well-meaning friends refuse to let Zach and Sam hide from each other, forcing them to realize their weekend is much more than a one night stand. Before that can happen, Zach must come to terms with his past and stand up for his own independence, while Sam has to learn to take a chance and believe in himself and people again. All bets are off when dreams become reality and forever doesn’t seem to be long enough.
*copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
I couldn't wait to get to Zach's story. He was quiet and shy, in Julian and Nick's book, and I couldn't wait to get to know him. Felice didn't disappoint. I loved Zach and Sam.
Zach is shy and geeky. Hurt in the past he hides from everyone in the basement of his mother's house. Spending his days and nights in front of the computer building app's and beta testing others.
Sam, a retired cop, forced out of the force after an incident, he has spent the last six months hiding away with tv and takeout, after his early retirement and the breakup of his last relationship.
Zach and Sam meet and share a steamy night in Atlantic City.
I loved this story and I loved Zach and Sam. Both are lovable characters that have to deal with past hurts to move on to the future with each other. Felice as usual knocked this out of the park. I haven't read a book by her yet, that I haven't loved, and I have read them all.
Zach and Sam had chemistry and shared some smoking hot sex. The story is well written and set on one of my favorite settings, NYC. It is well paced. I loved getting to see Nick and Julian again, as well as Marcus. I can't wait to get to his story, and unravel the mystery that is Marcus!
Meet Julian and Nick
On 9/11, firefighter Nick Fletcher’s world changed forever. He's unable to rid himself of survivor’s guilt, made worse by the secret he hides from his family and co-workers. Nick's life is centered around helping burn victims, until he is reunited with the man he’d once loved but pushed away. Now he has a second chance at a love he thought lost forever.
For fashion designer Julian Cornell, appearances mean everything. His love affairs are strictly casual, and the only thing he cares about is making his clothing line a success. A chance encounter with the man he loved long ago has Julian thinking for the first time in years there may be more to life than being seen at the best parties and what designer labels to wear.
When Julian’s world takes an unexpected turn, it's Nick who helps him regain perspective on what matters most in life. Julian, in turn, helps Nick accept who he is and understand he isn’t responsible for tragedies he couldn't prevent. Lost love found can be even sweeter the second time around and after all the years apart, both men learn to look beyond the surface to find the men they are inside.
About the author:
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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