Saturday, February 6, 2016

Second to None by Felice Stevens

Second to None
The Breakfast Club, Book 3
Felice Stevens
M/M Romance
Second to None
Cover Designer: Reese Dante
Cover Photo: Stock Photo
Release Date: January 28, 2016
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.  
“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.  
The Breakfast Club Series
Beyond the Surface, Book 1
Betting on Forever, Book 2
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Betting on Forever
4 Stars

Zach is quite and shy preferring to be in the background rather than the forefront where a guy who has used his smarts to hit it big in the app world should want to be. But what he's tired of is being invisible, and when a trip to Atlantic City spurs a bet between his friends, he decides to see if can changes things up a bit. What he wasn't expecting was Sam.

Sam just wants to become a couch potato and wallow in his misery, but his best friend refuses to let it happen, even pulling him into a convention in Atlantic City. He was just gonna sit in his room and hide out, until he sees Zach and becomes determined to get to know the puzzling guy.

The spark between them is sizzling and you can sees it searing off the pages, but these also have shy and stubborn down to an art form that could ruin them before they even get started, but with the help of friends can they both see what they want in each other?

Zach is a sweetie. He might prefer to hide away, but when his friends need him he is always there. I loved the interaction between him, Julian, and Marcus and who it show that friends really can be there for life.

Sam is a protector and when life threw him some loops it took a big jolt to help him find his way again. Once he sees what he wants he won't let go and is determined to do what it takes when he realizes just how amazing thing can be between him and Julian.

These two both have pasts that make it difficulty for them to trust, but I loved how they worked through it and learned together.

Second to None
4 Stars

Marcus. The eternal playboy never would you think he'd settle down! With his 3 months of forced celibacy almost over he is determined to get back to enjoying a different flavor every night, and at the top of the list is the newest dancer at his club, Tyler. So what happens when the man he wants say no? He fight of course! But this is one rabbit hole he never realized going down would change so much for him.

Tyler has had it rough. Having money to throw away is something he knows nothing about, and Marcus trying to throw money at him constantly only serves to piss him off. Life at home is hard, but when he is forced to lean on Marcus for help will it only make things harder? Or if he gives it a chance could it prove to be the beginning of something truly amazing?

Marcus is a total flirt, but he puts up a mask. Once you see behind it though what you see is amazing. He is there for his friends and his employees willing to help even when they don't realize it, he though he tries to be tough you see just how much of a sweetie he can be.

Tyler is guarded, and for good reason. He has his priorities and principles set and is unwilling to waver in his life and make things easier by putting those aside. He is honorable and would do anything for family.

These two both have issues to work through, and while Marcus is the one we've gotten to know in the previous books in the series, we learn just as much about Tyler. I enjoyed seeing behind the mask of Marcus and learning more about him, and then seeing how much he grew throughout the story. Tyler had his own set of issues, but for him too I loved seeing as he let his walls down.
These two were so sweet together and I enjoyed going on the ride with them, as they found their own bit of happiness!

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