RELEASE DATE: June 30th
BLURB: 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.
Felice Stevens, for me is a guarantee. I read everything she wrote in the past year and I like her books very much, they are all wonderful and this one is no exception. I start by saying that the cover is beautiful, perhaps the best one so far. We had already met the protagonists in the first book of the series. Alex is Micah’s best friend from the time of the school of medicine, he had appeared in the previous book as a lightweight character, always ready to joke and be sociable, but appearances are often deceiving. In this book, Mrs Stevens gives him a thickness and a very troubled history that we never imagined. Rafe is a veterinarian friend of Micah’s husband, Josh, a man reserved and shy with a stuttering problem, when he’s nervous. At first he can not believe that Alex is interested in someone like him, but throughout history we find that they are more similar than it appears. Alex has to learn to open up and show his true self while Rafe, after years in which he has been marginalized and betrayed by the people, must learn to trust in others. Both have very bad family relationships which have created deep wounds in them. Rafe’s parents, even if they did not appear directly, are odious, we would be screaming at them and Alex’s father, is one of the most evil and unpleasant characters that has ever existed. It’s inconceivable that you would treat your own son that way, although unfortunately it happens all too often. The story is well constructed, the characters and dynamics, are absolutely credible. The relationship that develops between Alex and Rafe is beautiful, made of moments of sweetness and moments of very hotness. More than once in the course of reading this book, I felt butterflies in my stomach, and this is one of the things I love about Ms Stevens, she manages to make you feel the emotions like you were really living them.
***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reviewing this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book***