Beyond the Surface

On 9 11, firefighter Nick Fletcher s world changed forever He s unable to rid himself of survivor s guilt, made worse by the secret he hides from his family and co workers Nick s life is centered around helping burn victims, until he is reunited with the man he d once loved but pushed away Now he has a second chance at a love he thought lost forever.For fashion designerOn 9 11, firefighter Nick Fletcher s world changed forever He s unable to rid himself of survivor s guilt, made worse by the secret he hides from his family and co workers Nick s life is centered around helping burn victims, until he is reunited with the man he d once loved but pushed away Now he has a second chance at a love he thought lost forever.For fashion designer Julian Cornell, appearances mean everything His love affairs are strictly casual, and the only thing he cares about is making his clothing line a success A chance encounter with the man he loved long ago has Julian thinking for the first time in years there may be to life than being seen at the best parties and what designer labels to wear.When Julian s world takes an unexpected turn, it s Nick who helps him regain perspective on what matters most in life Julian, in turn, helps Nick accept who he is and understand he isn t responsible for tragedies he couldn t prevent Lost love found can be even sweeter the second time around and after all the years apart, both men learn to look beyond the surface to find the men they are inside.
Beyond the Surface On firefighter Nick Fletcher s world changed forever He s unable to rid himself of survivor s guilt made worse by the secret he hides from his family and co workers Nick s life is centered arou

  • Title: Beyond the Surface
  • Author: Felice Stevens
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 295
  • Format: ebook
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    1. Firefighters and hurl/healing/comfort? Sign me up!Nick Fletcher and Julian Cornell were once lovers, long ago in high school. They were experimenting with each other and what is was like being gay and were in love. But Nick comes from a long line a macho firefighters and tried to pretend he wasn't gay. When he broke things off with Julian, it broke both of their hearts but neither looked back.Fast forward almost two decades and Julian is a new, very successful man. He is a popular clothing desig [...]

    2. Struggled through this, it felt very high-school and clumsy. The dialogue was pretty bad; often a collection of speeches.9/11 was such a huge event, even with the time passed the horror feels fresh. It's not insensitively portrayed here, but it did feel a needless point of comparison. It could have been a fictional fire rather than drawing on emotions of a real event.Reunited lovers is hit/miss with me, after so many years people change and to be so in love after meeting someone you knew at sixt [...]

    3. 5 'second chance M/M' starsSuch a heartwarming and meaningful read."We've been given a second chance. Some people never even get a first."Nick Fletcher is the closet gay firefighter.Julian Cornell is the stereotypical gay fashion designer.Julian was in love with Nick since they were sixteen, but due to Nick's inability to come out, they both separated from each other with bruised heartsDecades later, Nick's working as a trainer for new firefighter recruits and dealing with the survival guilt fro [...]

    4. *** 5 SECOND CHANCE LOVE STARS !*** I'm not a believer of love at second chance, been there, and well, I had failed miserably.LOL.My bad luck I guess.But definitely loved the idea of love at second chance in my books, especially, this is written by one of my favorite author Felice Stevens.*NICK/FIREMAN HOTTIE**JULIAN/DESIGNER*Nick and Julian both were still 'kids' (both 16), in love, but Nick was scare about his sexuality, so he denied 'them', he denied that he was gay, and it hurt Julian and ma [...]

    5. ***3.5 Stars***I enjoyed this one, but sadly nothing really wowed me. As is expected, we get Felice Stevens' signature of sweet and steamy with a touching story and a saccharine induced happily every after, but with the exception of incorporating the events and emotions of 9/11, not much really stands out. Julian and Nick were endearing characters, but their transformations were a little too perfect for my tastes. Especially Nick. It just didn't ring true that he'd be able to change his perspect [...]

    6. Full review originally posted at SinfullyAddicted to All Male Romance3.5 starsFirefighter Nick Fletcher is struggling with survivor’s guilt years after 9/11, a day that scarred him both physically and emotionally. He’s still an emotional mess even after years of therapy. On top of that he has a lot of guilt and self-loathing attached to the sexuality he refuses to acknowledge beyond furtive, anonymous hook ups and the way he treated the only man he ever loved. Living in an apartment attached [...]

    7. This book was everything I wanted it to be!It was on my tbr for a while, but I never got around to it. I was looking for a good hurt/comfort and then I saw this and it ticked all my boxes.I loved watching Julian and Nick reconnect after years apart. I was glad these two were able to work through their differences because I was rooting for them as a couple. They were hot together and also sweet at times.Marcus and Zach were great friends. And I can't wait to read their books. Zach's especially be [...]

    8. OTT and too good to be true resolution to issues. Just too easy. I think it's supposed to be a romance with angst, but it felt more like an after school special with a moral to the story. A fable! That's a better description. Could just be me.

    9. This was a nice read, but for some reason it didn't wow me. Probably a case of " it's not the book's me" 3,5 stars from me

    10. 4.5 out of 5 StarsI’m a huge fan of second chance stories. When life knocks you down, you either stay down or you pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and fight on. Easier said than done, easier still with a good support system behind you.Nick was just a rookie when 9/11 happened, but he couldn’t sit on the sidelines just because he didn’t have the experience. He barely survived, but so many others died. Years later, the survivor’s guilt is a weight he thinks he’ll never be rid of. He [...]

    11. Wow. How do I click more than 5 stars? Absolutely freaking loved Nick and Julian!Do you believe in second chances? Well if you don't, you will after reading about Nick and Julian. Felice Stevens puts together a truly beautiful, heart-aching yet loving story together. Not only do you feel emotional about the men, she adds another emotional element of the 9/11 tragedy. You root for Nick to be able to heal from that tragedy and to move on to believing in himself that he is one of the heroes we all [...]

    12. While I liked Julian and his friends together, some of the other interactions were just a bit too over the top for me. I wish I hadn't been told (over & over) what a man-whore Marcus is. And yet, I wanted to know more about Zach.I like that Julian and Nick save each other, I really do. I just struggle with how easy it all seemed. Nick's father changes his mind very quickly, as do other characters.Two and half stars rounded up.

    13. A nice story, but nothing outstanding and in the last chapters everything went definitely too smooth. Nevertheless I'll read the next two books of the series, since I have them already on my kindle and I'm honestly a little bit curious about Zach's and especially Marcus's story. 3,5 stars

    14. 4.5 StarsNick and Julian went to high school together and learned who they were together, the difference between them though was that Julian was ok showing everyone around him who he was while Nick was terrified of what would happen and what everyone would think if the truth came out. At 16 it tore them apart and both moved on with their lives although neither forgot the other.Nearly 2 decades later their paths cross in the most unlikely places and it's time for them to finally find peace with w [...]

    15. 4.1 StarsOoof. This one packed a pretty emotional punchd as much as I'd love all their stories told, I'm kind of glad that 9/11 isn't an overused plot device in MM Romance. I'm not sure I could handle too many of them, and I worry that the pain, loss & survival wouldn't be consistently told welld I worry about exploitation of a what is considered a national tragedy.Thankfully, Felice does a great job with her character's story as it applies to that day. It's not meant to be a blanket explana [...]

    16. Amazing story by Felice Stevens. 9/11's devastation hurt more than just those who died. Lonely Nick is a firefighter and trapped under a beam, rescued and spent months recovering and in therapy for survivor's guilt. He still feels guilty to be alive. In their teens, Nick and Julian loved each other, but Nick ran. Equally lonely Julian is now a world famous menswear designer, who has had his latest fashions stolen, and his business ruined. He and Nick find each other, and sparks fly. Julian's sti [...]

    17. DNF at 85%After witnessing Nick's homophobic father, congratulating Julian for giving physical comfort to his son, only 30 mins after finding out that Nick was gay -and wanting to throw Julian outside the house for 'turning' his son gay- I was done with it. Besides, I was completely bored after the first 30% anyway.It started with some angst and drama, but it quickly moved into sugarland territory. Too sweet, too perfect, too flat. I couldn't care less about what happens next, but I'm sure Julia [...]

    18. 3,5 stars.I read this in one sitting which shows that it grabbed me enough to keep me going. Julian and Nick are nice characters, and the plot is fine, I really rooted for the fire fighter meets fashion designer. ButI can't help that there are a few things not ringing true for me.Nick has had year long issues, including survivor's guilt and being deeply closeted, not to mention his self-doubts and fears of coming out and living a 'normal' life. Yet, a few weeks with Julian and he declares himsel [...]

    19. ExcellentJulian & Nick's story is heart wrenching good! A second chance love story where these two decide after almost 20 years if what they gave up before is worth pursuing now.n they get past all the obstacles and get their HEA? I love Felice Stevens, her books are the type that connect with your soul, if your not laughing and crying in this book then something is wrong. This story calls to your emotions on the most basic level, the need to be lived that all humans crave & require for [...]

    20. DNF at 50%. Meh. Not for me. These MCs don't act like 36 year-old men, in my opinion. It feels like they are still stuck in high school. The drama feels a little manufactured. I didn't grow to care about either of them, or whether they end up together or not. I was basically forcing myself to continue. I know this book has great reviews but it didn't work for me.

    21. I liked this book but it wasn't as great as a lot of the reviews I read. I liked the idea of reunited lovers but when they reunite in the book it felt awkward for me more than anything else. I don't know but I think the book would have benefited from more flashbacks of when they were together the first time. I know I would have been invested in the relationship if I could see more of the love they had before. I really liked it but i didn't love it. 3.75 stars.

    22. I like sweet stories. If well written they can even garner four stars from me (I am not the generous type giving away my five star ratings like candies at a kids party)BUT I need my stories to be somewhat realistic.Sweet and realistic is ok right ?(Careful some spoilers ahead)So here I was, after the first two chapters each introduced one of the main characters, thinking that I was about to read a sweet if maybe cheesy second-chance romance. I already knew from the semi-caricatural introductions [...]

    23. *ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest reviewThis is the first book in a new series The Breakfast Club which focuses on three friends Julian, Marcus and Zach who meet weekly for breakfast and catch up with each other. This book is Julian’s story.Nick and Julian were once teenage sweethearts but when Nick could not acknowledge he was gay he walked away from Julian. How could he be gay coming from a traditional family with a hard headed firefighter father? So leaving Julian broken [...]

    24. Beyond the Surface - Felice Stevens5 starsI was given this book for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.I loved Julian's character. He was so vibrant, outgoing and even when his world was crumbling, he was always worrying about his friends - his family. Stevens did a great job at setting this story up. With the sneak peek the reader was given to understand their backstory, it helped to shape each of these men.Julian's friends were something else. I really hope that Zach gets his story. I act [...]

    25. Beyond the SurfaceSeries: The Breakfast Club, Book 1Author: Felice StevensGenre: M/M Romance, Second ChanceJulian & Nick's story is heart wrenching good! A second chance love story where these two decide after almost 20 years if what they gave up before is worth pursuing now.n they get past all the obstacles and get their HEA? I love Felice Stevens, her books are the type that connect with your soul, if you're not laughing and crying in this book then something is wrong. This story calls to [...]

    26. Leather. Fucking. PANTS!!! Can we just start off with saying this book is crazy HOTTT!!! Pretty sure this is the hottest thing Miss Felice has written to date. Not to say there isn't an amazing story to go along with said hotness. Both these guys are dealing with a past, Nick more so than Julian. They help each other look into the future and dig out of the past that keeps wanting to pull them down and keep them down. The transformation of both of these men was beautiful to watch. There were mome [...]

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