Title: Beyond the Surface
Series: The Breakfast Club #1
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: August 17, 2015
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.
Where to start with this book I have no idea? This book sucks you in from the very first page. It tugs at your heart strings and makes you feel everything. You’ll remember this story well after the last page. It’s that good.
Maybe all you need is a second chance at happiness. It’s been a long eighteen years since they were in high school. Then Nick was confused and denied who he was while Julian knew exactly who he was and wanted. A lot can and has changed in those years.
Julian is still open about his sexuality but he is a hardened man now, but then again heartbreak will do that to you. Nick still denies himself happiness trying to conform to a society that doesn’t accept gay men; still living a lie and staying so far in the closet. He also has scars; scars so deep he doesn’t feel he should have happiness.
Together these two take a journey of finding themselves and learning that there is so much more when you look beyond the surface. The scars of your past don’t define you but what you do does. Helping others does.
I loved that this story was a gentle slow progression. They didn’t reunite only to fall back into bed like everything was forgotten and perfect. Felice Stevens knows how to write a beautifully written emotional story. I laughed, I cried and at times I was pissed. She made you feel all the emotions these two characters were feeling.
I imagine every day gay men just like Nick and Julian go through the same scenarios of this story. Sometimes there are good people and then there are some who are mean bigots. But together with the love of each other they learned to move past society’s conform and give themselves the second chance they deserved.
This was my first book from Felice and will not be my last. I look forward to more from this series and hopefully more of Nick & Julian.
You must one click this if you enjoy a great m/m and want the feels.
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.