Title: One Step Further
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: June 29, 2015
Alex Stern has it all; good looks, charm, a job he loves and everyone calls him a friend. He lives life to the fullest at a breakneck pace, in the city that never sleeps. But Alex is also a master pretender; not even his best friend sees the pain that Alex hides so well. Alex himself isn’t sure who he is or what he’s searching for, he only knows that he hasn’t found it yet.
As a veterinarian, Rafe Hazelton loves each animal that crosses his path; they don’t care if he stutters a bit or that prefers men. Their love is unconditional, but his life is still empty; they can only give him so much. New friendships convince him it’s time to break the wall of loneliness he’s hidden behind since childhood and discover what he's been missing.
Alex and Rafe forge a friendship that turns physical, and they both swear that the relationship will last only as long as the fun does. But when old heartaches come to light and secrets hidden for years are revealed, Alex and Rafe discover if they accept what’s in their hearts and take it one step further, the greatest reward is waiting for them in the end.
5 out of 5 stars
So in the last year I discovered a handful of super awesome authors. Among those is Felice Stevens, who like Cardeno C., has some of the best character driven romances in the m/m genre at this time. Felice Steven's books will bring you to your proverbial knees and either make you cry over the heartbreak her characters have lived through or want to hug them and piece them back together again. That's not to say the entire book is angst driven, she tends to toss in a good dose of levity either with the secondary characters or our favorite furry companions.
With each new book from this author, I fall deeper into her addictive writing style. Her characters are top notch in so many ways, and with each book I say I loved this set more than the last. Again.. I utterly adored Rafe and Alex in this story. Rafe's own self-esteem issues, stemming from having a stutter he has never overcome, and Alex's way of covering his emotions and need to keep everyone at arms length sucked me into this pair of main characters.
Discovering why Alex is the way he is will make you want give him hugs and banish the distance in his eyes. Rafe's recounting his childhood and things his mother said to him, will make you want to erase all the years of pain and hurt and loneliness from his life and hug him till he squeaks. Add into the mix one precocious dog from the previous book, and many other dogs and a cute bunny from Rafe's clinic and you have a lethal mix of book addiction. Well, at least for this reader anyway.
I know the moment I start reading a book from Felice Stevens that I'm guaranteed one hell of a story with strong characters who are willing to fight for love, and will end up with a Happily Ever After. I know that shouldn't be a requirement for a book, but I want to know that the couple I've invested my reading enjoyment in, is more than just a passing fling. I love the utter escape that this author's books provide me even if I sniffle or tear up a bit on the journey. At the end of each of her books as I finish reading them, I'm sad that the story is over. For me that's the mark of a good book, and an excellent author.
I can't recommend her books enough and as always I look forward to the next book(s) she'll write and share with her very addicted readers.
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.