TITLE: Beyond the surface
PUBLISHER: Self publishing
COVER ARTIST: Reese Dante
SERIES: The breakfast Club #1
PRICE: $ 4,09 e-book on Amazon
LENGHT: 229 pages
RELEASE DATE: August 17th, 2015
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 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 more 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.
Julian, Zach and Marcus have been friends since college and even though that they now have their own lives, they still meet at least once a month for breakfast.
Though they are the protagonists of this beautiful new series, they are all very different characters.
The first book of the “Breakfast Club” series is about Julian’s love story with Nick Fletcher.
Nick and Julian were friends at school and fell in love, but Nick couldn’t shake off his fear for this different love he felt, so he fled leaving Julian without an explanation.
18 years later they meet again at a charity event organised by Marcus, where Nick is attending with his sister.
Julian Cornell is now a fashion designer who has just experienced the worst day of his career. The show that was to mark his greatest achievement, was a complete failure! And now he have to figure out how to recover and cope with his mounting economic problems.
Nick Fletcher is now a firefighter who experienced one of the most horrific days of our world’s history – the attack on the Twin Towers. In trying to save lives, he suffered very physical and psychological wounds.
Though not an American myself, I remember that day like it was yesterday, the horror and utter helplessness and that’s why reading this story was so involving, it was utter heart wrenching.
Their meeting after so a long time is not the most pleasant to say the least. Their wounds are deep and not easy to shrug off.
Throughout the book, however, they keep on meeting and slowly begin to rebuild their lives and relationship.
Felice Sevens is the Queen of HEA’s and she doesn’t disappoint on this one, although I would suggest you keep a box of tissues handy, you are going to need them!
I fell in love immediately with this book.
First of all, the cover is fantastic, but it is Dante Reese – so it could not be anything else.
The story itself is deep and engaging. I will admit that I have a weakness for firefighters, but this is so much more than a sexy man in uniform.
The author deals with very delicate issues, the trauma of the loss that never heals and physical wounds that fire victims carry with them for the rest of their lives.
If I have to be the devil’s advocate the only part that has not convinced me, was the meeting of Julian with his antagonist Devon Chambers at the end of the book, for me it didn’t add anything to a story, that was perfect the way it is .
A really very good start for a new series that I can’t wait to see how it will continue.
Marcus and Zach are very interesting characters and I’m sure that in future books they will bringing lots of surprises.
Julian was in the kitchen, sitting on one of the stools by the counter. He had a glass in front of him filled with what Nick presumed was vodka, having spied the Grey Goose bottle.
“Would you like a drink? I have beer, wine…anything you’d like.”
Nick shook his head, regret piercing his heart as he watched the hope drain from Julian’s eyes.
“I don’t think so. I’m going to head home. I want you to know how much I appreciate what you did for Jamal tonight.”
Julian stood abruptly, kicking the stool away from his feet.
“Don’t treat me like I’m some fucking stranger, Nicky. You owe me. It’s been eighteen years; you think I’m going to let you walk out on me again like you did before? After what just happened between us? After you fell apart? No fucking way. I’m not that same person and neither are you, obviously.”
Taken aback by Julian’s anger, Nick remained mute.
“What the hell is going on with you? One minute you’re tongue fucking me into the next century and the next you’re freaking out. I know I’m a damn good kisser, but this isn’t about us, is it? It has nothing to do with our past and everything to do with you and the shit that’s floating around in your head.”
Julian stepped closer to him and Nick, who normally couldn’t stand people near him, was rooted to the floor, unable to move.
“Talk to me, Nicky. Tell me what happened to you.”
He was so tired of holding himself together, feeling like at any moment he’d shatter into a million tiny pieces, leaving nothing behind but a pile of dust.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
The words poured out of him, flowing unchecked this time. “It should’ve been me. We all went to the Towers to save them. It was my day off, but I went anyway. I heard and couldn’t stay home; I had a duty to help, you know? But I lived and they all died. Why, Julian? Why did I live and they didn’t?”
“Oh, Nick.” Julian held him close. “I don’t have the answers for you. No one does. But I’m going to be completely selfish and say I’m so thankful you did make it and we’re here together after all these years.”
Unflinching green eyes gazed back at him. Clever, beautiful eyes that Nick could never stop dreaming of. Eyes that at one time had held the promise of forever, until Nick ruined everything with his cowardice and shame. Unable to maintain Julian’s scrutiny, Nick broke away and ran to the elevator, his chest heaving, eyes stinging with tears.
“Let me out. I need to leave here. NOW.”
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.