Title: After the Fire
Series: Through Hell and Back #2
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: Adult, Gay Romance
Release Date: February 24, 2015
A single bullet destroyed the dreams of Dr. Jordan Peterson. With the man he loved dead, Jordan descends into an endless spiral of pain that nearly costs him his friends, his career and his life. When Jordan meets the aloof Lucas Conover, the investment banker’s mysterious past and unexpected kindness shocks Jordan back to a life he thought was lost forever.
Betrayal and abandonment by the foster brother he’d worshiped as a child taught Lucas Conover never to trust or believe in anyone. Living a solitary life did little to free him of the nightmare of his past; it reinforces his belief he wasn’t meant to fall in love. Working closely with Dr. Jordan Peterson forces him to meet another person whose suffering equals his own and Lucas can’t shake the unexpected the first man to ever get under his skin.
Mutual respect and rising desire bring Jordan and Luke closer than they ever imagined, and each man must come to terms with their past as they struggle to create a future together. And learning to trust in themselves and love again after tragedy and a lifetime of pain, may be the only thing that saves them in the end.
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.
When Keith died Jordan thought his life was over too. For 9 months hes lived a half life barely living zoned out on Vodka and no will to keep going, until he receives a letter.
Unwilling to continue to wait for the fiance of his friend Keith to take the reigns on a charity project he was left in charge of Lucas sent Jordan a letter telling him he was going to the board to remove him as president. What it did was kick Jordan into gear and start helping out and in the process the two men began to get to know each other. In that time Lucas sees Jordan's pain and something about the man cracks the shield around his heart and opens him to the possibility of something he never thought possible. Love.
The both have their share of secrets though and if either of them really want a chance at happiness and the ability to live their lives their going to have to open up to each other...before those secrets rip them apart.
Jordan is an arrogant smart mouthed doctor, who had his life shattered by the loss of his love. He has been living behind a mask never thinking anyone could ever get behind it ever again.
Lucas has lived behind a mask much longer and knows how to look beyond it and see the real Jordan. He might think he can't let love into his life but you see how much he really wants it.
The two have had their share of pain and I loved seeing them come together and open up to one another. Their story has heartache and sorrow, but it also shows the happiness that comes if you just allow yourself to let someone in.
I'm loving this series and can't wait to see who gets their story told next.