Title: A Walk Through Fire
Author Name: Felice Stevens
Publication Date & Length: November 25, 2014 – 239 pgs
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. He takes whatever and whoever 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 decides to leave 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.
What a wonderful book! Two fabulously complex men and an exciting, intriguing storyline with a beautifully written cast of supporting characters makes for an excellent read.
Asher Davis grew up in care and had to fight hard to turn his life around. When we meet him, he runs a law firm bequeathed to him by a long term mentor. Even though the adult Asher has money and professional prestige, he still carries the scars of his abusive childhood. He has a reputation as an egotistical playboy, but behind the expensive suits, Asher is lonely and afraid.
Dr. Drew Klein has just divorced his wife after only six months of marriage. He is a highly skilled plastic surgeon, but he wants to use his skills to help teenagers suffering from abuse and neglect. Drew is still grieving his parents‘ death. Surrounded by a tight group of friends and family, he is finally realising his dream of opening a clinic for abused teens.
The men meet while finalising Drew’s divorce, but Asher is quickly drawn into Drew’s plans for the clinic. As the clinic becomes a reality, the men find themselves interacting more frequently. And the attraction is instant. But Drew is straight and Asher doesn’t do relationships.
I loved this. The relationship between the two men is tenderly and sensually written. Asher’s unlikely relationship with Drew’s grandmother is also beautiful to read. Drew’s friends and family are colourful and fully developed. Even the clients at the clinic are sketched carefully and accurately.
Stevens doesn’t shy away from grief and pain and she never suggest easy answers for any of the problems she presents. As a result, this isn’t a simple romance, it is a story of lives entangling and families expanding.
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.