Beyond the Surface (The Breakfast Club #1) by Felice Stevens

My Review

I am the wife of a Police Officer who was there on 9/11.  That fact made this book a little more emotional for me.  This is a story of learning to embrace yourself; not letting people dictate your life; and second chances.

Julian lost his best friend and first love a long time ago.  Now, with the help of a mole, his designs were stolen and his show was deemed a disaster.  Just when he thought his life couldn’t get any worse.  He come face to face with the love of his life.  He let him go once, and he refuses to let him go again.

Nick loved Julian, however fear of what others would think of him made him run from Julian.  Then the unthinkable happened and all of his friends died in 9/11 while injuring himself.  Survivor’s guilt is part of his reality.  He is now teaching instead of doing and he finds himself alone.  When his sister drags him to a club, he comes face to face with his biggest regret.  Not that he regretted loving Julian, but that he didn’t love him enough to stay with him.  

Such a touching story about loss, love, and second chances.  I had tears in my eyes through a few points of this story.  Most touching was when Nick spoke about 9/11.  It brought to mind my husband’s story and my heart just ached for him.  A beautiful story and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

 
 
Synopsis 
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.
 
 

About the Author

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.
 


 
  
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