By Felice Stevens
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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 and takes whatever and whomever 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 leaves 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.
A Walk through Fire is an Enemies to Lovers Gay Contemporary Romance with a Happily Ever After. If you love broken alpha males with a heart of gold, you’ll love Ash and Drew’s story.
This is a re-edited version of the original book published in 2014. Over 12,000 words of new content have been added
Wow, this was an intense, character-driven, and multi-plot book! Author Felice Stevens is a magnificently gifted writer who can seductively draw the reader in to the point of no return. Each member of the storyline chips away until he’s rooted firmly in the reader’s psyche, and regardless of whether the character is a so-called good or bad guy, each one fits the story perfectly, the reader can’t help but care about him/her (sometimes egotistical or frustrating attitude and all), and it all seems to be taking place in real-time right alongside us.
Stevens has a mesmerizing way of conveying complex and multi-dimensional emotions, settings, and internal battles like very few other authors can do. I was completely gripped by the evolution of Ash’s and Drew’s story from start to finish, and even as others continued to question the reality of what existed between them, the innate and internal pull was too strong to be severed. What exists between Ash and Drew is very special, and never does the reader doubt they’ll eventually find their way, even when unhealed vulnerabilities, long-time fears, and guilt keep threatening them.
The emotional tidal waves are gut-churning, the true flame of love expressed in multiple ways – Drew and Ash, Keith and Jordan, Esther, Mike and Rachel, and the tragedy, sadness, and vulnerabilities illustrated poignantly in various sub-plots threaded seamlessly through the book. Ash has survived unspeakable horrors, just as Esther has witnessed inexcusable atrocities; Jordan is experiencing crushing loss; and Drew continues to blame himself for others’ grief and loss, ranging from his parents’ death to Keith’s fatal injury. But the story also shares the promise of hope, too – we’re where we’re supposed to be when the time comes, and was a bad choice/decision really actually bad if it delivers you where – and with whom – you’re meant to be?
This book is about so much more than two people finding one another in the face of tragedy; it’s about so much more than a straight man realizing he’s not as straight as he thought; and about so much more than a gay man learning to work through his past nightmares to find love, peace, and acceptance. It’s about more than sex, loss, and endless searching. It’s about learning to live, discover, love, accept, forgive, and grow.
Another thing I know is that I can’t wait to read books two and three.
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on May 20, 2017.