Title: Second to None (The Breakfast Club #2)
Author Name: Felice Stevens
Publication Date & Length: January 28, 2016 – 248 pgs
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.
You can read this as a standalone but if you read the series in order it gives you backstory and gives you the full picture. I have been waiting for Marcus’ story; you had to know that when he fell, he was going to fall hard. We all know Marcus will do anything for his friends and we also learn that he will do that for his employees as well, butt, of course he goes above and beyond for Tyler. I don’t want to give too much away because if I bring up one element it will ruin the story line. Let’s just say that there is more to Marcus than we all think and I fell in love with him so hard! This is a great series and this book just made my heart melt.
I really enjoyed this story. I thought that Tyler and Marcus made a great couple. When you throw in Lillie, it just got even better.
Marcus goes through quite a transformation in this story – he opens himself tolove, living and genuine feelings again. It was so sad to hear about his childhood – how unloved he felt. But, he was even able to over come this with the help of Tyler.
Then you have Tyler. I really enjoyed him – he was spunky and loving, protective and gentle all wrapped in to a pretty dancer.
His commitment to Lillie is unparalleled and I loved how he was able to see the bigger picture. That despite his dreams changing, he was not giving up – his views just had to change a little.
Stevens did a great job at creating some angst without going overboard and allowed the reader some breathing room when you couldn’t know for sure if one of the men was going to mess it up.
You can read this as a stand alone because each book in this series features a different couple. But you do see the previous characters in this series in this story and you might be a little lost so I would suggest reading the previous books in this series first before this one.
So I do I have to be honest and this is where I am going to say this was not my favorite book in the series which pains me to say because I have loved this series. But please do not get me wrong I still really liked this book. The reason behind this book not being my favorite is it took me a really long time into this story before I liked Tyler’s character. He just came off so rude to me and it took me a while to understand why he acted the way he did. Once I did understand him more I ended up really liking his character by the end of this book.
You get steam and angst in this book, you also do see the characters from the previous books in this series in this story too which I loved! I thought the way this author wrote these characters, especially Marcus’s was awesome! I am not usually a huge fan of the player in a romance book but the way Felice Steven’s wrote his character was just so good! I got why Marcus was the way he was and I loved how he was with Tyler.
So I will leave this review with… I really liked this book and would recommend this series!
“This wasn’t a permanent arrangement; you knew that.” Tyler leaned against the wall. “I can’t impose on you any longer. I’m sure you want your bedroom and your life back.”
“I didn’t mind it last night.” He walked over to Tyler and placed a hand on his neck, stroking him. This he could do. He had no qualms about seducing Tyler to stay with him. The troubling reason why he wanted him there so badly, Marcus pushed to the side for now. Instead, he pulled Tyler close, settling their hips in line, and his cock thickened in his pants. “I’d tell you if I did. Please, come with me to brunch, and we can talk.”
Doubt clouded Tyler’s eyes. “I don’t belong there. Those are your friends, the people you’re closest with.”
“I had my dick inside you twice last night, Tyler. How much closer could we get?”
It took Marcus many minutes of deep, persuasive kisses to rid Tyler of his confusion.
When he pulled away though, the ground under his feet reeled, and Marcus needed a moment to compose himself.
They remained standing close; Tyler’s hands rested on his shoulders while he clasped Tyler around his hips. He nuzzled Tyler’s ear, then pleaded with him.
“Come on; you have to help me out here. They’re all coupled up, and the last thing I want is to listen to them be all disgustingly loving and happy.”
An amused glint lit Taylor’s eyes. “And you hate that, huh?”
“Bet that sweet ass of yours I do.” He gave Tyler’s ass a squeeze for effect, and the light in Tyler’s eyes smoldered.
“If you want me to come, you’d better get your hands off my ass.”
Marcus’s lips curved up in a grin as he popped open the button of Tyler’s jeans and drew them down.
“I definitely want you to come; in every way possible,” he said, and sank to his knees, uncaring of how late he might be to meet Zach and Julian.
Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that her interest in romance novels was renewed.
But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back.
Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.