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review 2017-10-04 15:03
All or Nothing (Together #3) by Felice Stevens
All or Nothing - Felice Stevens
All or Nothing is the third book in the Together series, and we focus on Gideon's business partner, Rico. Now, Rico is a hard person to pin down, but Adam keeps on trying. For reasons of his own, Rico doesn't get involved with anyone. He scratches an itch occasionally, but that's it. The reasons for that become clear, and you will sympathise with him as he continues to hide part of who he is. Adam is out, both at home and at work, and although he had some rocky moments, it's all good now. Adam and Rico get together for a night, but can it ever be more?

Where to start? I love Felice Stevens' books, they are all heartfelt, with an amazing storyline that pulls you in and refuses to let go until you've finished the story. This isn't a book with a good guy and a bad guy. This is a book where you are rooting for both of them, where you understand the issues, and your heart breaks for both of them whilst you continue to cheer them on and hope for the best. Gideon and Jonah's story also continues, and I'm pleased to report that all is good for them.

Adam and Rico are a couple of guys that will keep your interest. The 'bedroom' scenes are hot, but it is more than that. It is the connection they have, how they are there for each other when others might not bother, and how they just don't give up. All or Nothing will pull on your heartstrings as you desperately turn the pages to find out what happens next.

There were no editing or grammatical errors that disrupted my reading flow, and the pacing was smooth. This is a long book, but it never drags. With characters old and new, and an intriguing story, I have no hesitation in highly recommending this book and series.
 
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/10/blog-tour-review-all-or-nothing.html
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review 2017-09-09 08:30
Decisions
Rescued - Felice Stevens

Ryder & Jason meet and have immediate attraction.  Among the shared interests, are the cute puppies who need love.  Ryder no longer has the patience for someone who is really not into him.  His last relationship was enough.

 

Jason cannot help how he feels.  He also feels like he never tell anyone how he really feels.  Every time he thinks he can, he chickens out.  Is what he feels for Ryder enough to give him the strength?

 

This story was very entertaining.  It also had moments where it felt kind of slow.  The family aspect was amazing and I hope we see more of this in later series books.  The characters were an interesting mix and felt like opposites attract.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-08-16 18:49
BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - Under the Boardwalk (Landmarks #1) by Felice Stevens
Under the Boardwalk - Felice Stevens
Under the Boardwalk is the latest book by Felice Stevens, an author that I have long admired. It's starts with last summer, as our two main characters first lay eyes on each other and want more. The timing isn't right though, so a year goes by. Now we are at this summer.
 
Alexi is an American, with Russian ancestry. He works for his father at the local custard stand, and dreams of travelling the world. Cam is the busker that Alexi dreams about. He has travelled the world, and found that there was no place like home (sorry, couldn't resist!). These two finally connect, and BOOM!!! We're off.
 
I love Felice Stevens' way of writing. She wraps you up, and immerses you in the story. This is one of her 'sweeter' books, I would say, although there is some low-level angst in here. One thing I will always be grateful for, is the explanation given to Cam about what the difference is between ice-cream and custard. As someone who grew up in England, custard is a hot, sweet, liquid that goes on top of treacle tart, or jam roly-poly. Not in a cone! I was thankful when the explanation was given as I then understood what everyone was eating!
Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/08/blog-tour-review-under-boardwalk.html
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review 2017-04-26 00:00
One Call Away
One Call Away - Felice Stevens One Call Away - Felice Stevens Noah Strauss use to be a popular model but he gave it up after he suffered a tragic ordeal. Now older, Noah is a psychiatrist and a radio host of a gay advice segment. He spends his day and night helping others.

Oren Levitt is lawyer who specializes in estate and trusts. He’s also an orthodox Jew. When he’s coerced into calling into Noah’s radio show as a prank, he feels quite bad. Needing to make it up to Noah, he calls back after the show ends.

From the first time Noah talked to Oren on air, he’s felt invested in helping the man who never identified himself by name, but when Oren suddenly ends the call he doesn’t think he’ll ever hear from the caller again. Then Oren calls after the show ends and apologizes. Noah offers to be a friend to Oren. The two get to know each other but as their association grows, Oren is assuaged with guilt about the truth behind his first call to Noah’s show. When he confesses the truth, Oren thinks he’s ruined everything. Nothing about these two are simple but together they might just be able to come to terms with the issues that plague them.

This was a slow burn romance. There were times I found the story just dragged and it kind of became a little boring. I don’t mean to disparage anyone or to discourage readers from reading this but it just didn’t hold my attention very well. I ended up breaking the reading up into three days (something I don’t usually do).

I liked that the author included orthodox Jews in this story. I didn’t know much about the culture and their norms except for whatever I learned via tv which isn’t a lot. I liked getting to know the characters and gathering their back stories and where they were at the moment in their life. Their interaction with family and the support they received. I liked that the author made a distinction between perception (what we perceive as the truth) and reality (what is truth) when it came to how family and friends felt about each other. I have to say I was curious about Blake and Jeremy’s situation and I would like to read their story. I was also a tiny bit curious about Harlan and if he would turn over a new leaf.

This is only the second story I've read by this author and I think I'll need to check out more of her stories.

A free copy was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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review 2017-03-25 18:01
RELEASE BLITZ, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Embrace the Fire (Through Hell and Back #3) by Felice Stevens
Embrace the Fire - Felice Stevens
Embrace the Fire is the third book in the Through Hell and Back series, and we finally find out what has happened to Brandon. Through fate, friends, and maybe a dash of serendipity, Brandon finds himself at the shelter that was set up after Keith was murdered. Brandon is so close to meeting Ash and Luke, and yet Felice Stevens keeps us on tenterhooks until the perfect time. There is lots of closure needed for Brandon, Ash, and Luke, especially when Brandon's fears come to light. Luke also has to learn that Brandon is now an adult, and is perfectly capable of making his own decisions, whilst Brandon has to learn to accept the love in which advice is given to him. Tash has his own battles to fight, with his fears and vulnerabilities excellently described. His sister also has her say, which causes its own problems. I think that Tash and Brandon's relationship is sometimes overshadowed by Brandon and his brothers, but this is only temporary, and is necessary to the story.
 
This is fantastically written, and certainly pulls at your heartstrings in Felice's inimitable style. With no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this book is a perfect end to the foster brothers' stories. Love all of these stories, and Felice Stevens goes from strength to strength. Definitely recommended by me.
 
*A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2017/03/release-blitz-review-giveaway-embrace.html
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