By Felice Stevens
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Brandon Gilbert has spent years in hiding, but he’s finally accomplished his dream of working as a public school teacher. When offered the chance to help bullied children, there was no way he could say no. Not to mention that meeting Dr. Tash Weber, the psychiatrist who helps them, a sad yet sexy older man, ignited a spark inside Brandon he’d never had before.
Though five years have passed since the death of his lover, Dr. Sebastian “Tash” Weber has no interest in relationships or love. But young, enigmatic Brandon awakens his heart and his desire. Despite Tash’s best efforts to push him away, Brandon unlocks the passion for life Tash thought he’d lost forever.
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan for either Brandon or Tash, but neither family disapproval nor self-doubts can stop them from embracing the fire that burns between them. And when Brandon returns home to fight for a future he never imagined possible, he and Tash discover that the one thing worth fighting for has been with them all along.
This is a re-release of the original book published in 2015. It has been completely revised and re-edited with over 10,000 words of additional content added.
Author Felice Stevens delivers another brilliantly written love story in Embrace the Fire, the third and final installment in the Through Hell and Back series.
This is another sexy, hot, endearing, and romantic love story. It’s hard to put down, and one of those books that can make your gut churn, your eyes tear up, and your heart ache. But it’s also one that makes your chest warm, your heart skip a beat, and your stomach flutter.
Many of the same characters return in their respective roles in “Embrace”, and it’s so right in a comforting and familiar way, like a real-life experience. The reader can certainly read, understand, and enjoy it without having read the previous two books in the series, but those who have will be rewarded. They’ll witness and appreciate the evolution of the characters, seemingly experience the emotional roller coaster when Brandon “meets” his brothers, and follow along as the rest of the journey unfolds.
Brandon may have been the youngest and the one protected and sheltered as much as possible by his older brothers, but his strength, wisdom, resolve, and resilience are formidable. He meets Tash, and the attraction is undeniable. Age difference? Who cares, especially when two people who obviously belong together find one another. Two people who have been broken and damaged, and suffered immeasurable loss and pain, discover acceptance with one another, healing, both coming out complete and stronger on the other side, together.
This third book in the series also offered two additional insights:
- Getting to know more about the real Luke – he harbors a different edge than I realized, though it originates from a good place.
- Ash continues to amaze me – he’s much stronger than one initially may have thought in the beginning of the series. Coupling his strength with Drew’s, in addition to their mutual goodness of heart and deeply committed true love for one another, is so mesmerizing. Their love is just amazing, and it only continues to grow.
I loved, with a capital “L”, this series. I simply hate for this series to end, and it almost feels like I’m losing something, if it wasn’t that it leads to the promise that Stevens will pen another series that will undoubtedly be just as good, just as poignant, and just as satisfyingly fulfilling. I can’t wait.
Thank you, Felice Stevens, for sharing them and their story with us!
Review originally posted on Amazon and Goodreads on May 20, 2017.