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Beyond the Surface: A Second Chance at Love Contemporary Gay Romance (The Breakfast Club Book 1) by [Stevens, Felice]
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A 2015 Rainbow Award Finalist and Honorable Mention for Best Gay Erotic Romance and a Finalist for Best Cover.

"Beautifully written with characters I not only want to be friends with but that I admire; Beyond the Surface is author Felice Stevens best work to date and a great start to a new series."-Slick-Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

About the Author

Felice Stevens is the author of several romance novels, including the Memories series, the Breakfast Club series, and Rescued. Although she practices law, Felice daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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  • File Size: 1569 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517063566
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: August 17, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013JB97QY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazing story by Felice Stevens. 9/11's devastation hurt more than just those who died. Lonely Nick is a firefighter, was trapped under a beam, burned, 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 still hurt that Nick left him, and Nick is still closeted. They kiss, talk, and begin healing their relationship. Nick visits the burn center, because he wants to help kids with burns know there is hope. After all, he survived his burns. Julian goes along to visit the teens, and gets a brilliant idea. His new venture is from the heart, not the fashion industry vanity. There is bullying at the firehouse to deal with, of course Nick must tell his family he's gay, if they want a relationship that includes the ones they love. So, a lot is happening, and through it all Nick finds in Julian what he's always wanted, Julian's love, acceptance, and understanding. The acceptance by family and firefighters is a bit harder to come by. Julian has never wanted anyone but Nick, so his dream may come true. These deep characters are terrific, in this tale with suspense, drama, and surprises. Well done super hot M/M sex, and an interesting plot make this worthwhile.
Highly recommend. E N J O Y !!!.
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I'm a huge second chance romance fan, and I'm also a pretty big M/M fan thanks to the emotional stories the genre produces. Having both in the same story? Yes, please. And just for a teeny, tiny bit more emotional impact...let's add in some leftover 9/11 emotional remnants for one of our lead characters. Oh, while you're at it let's not forget some homophobic characters to really stir up the pot. That's a lot of emotion in one story, which for me results in a pretty fantastic read.

LOVE the characters. Julian has the perfect mix of confidence, loyalty, and devotion, not to mention his perseverance and dedication to his career. Nick is our emotion guy. Very much closeted and brimming with a ton of issues stemming from the events of 9/11 (not to mention the whole in-the-closet thing), you can't help but be sympathetic to his character while silently cheering him on to admit who he really is-not just to everyone around him but also to himself. When the two of them find each other again after going separate ways in high school, everything just starts clicking--but there's still the burden of Nick's deeply-seated issues hanging over them for the two of them to overcome.

From this comes the drama of the story, but the two of them together just spark such passion (in and out of the bedroom) that as a reader I could clearly see that between the two of them, there's nothing they can't overcome if they do it together. There's tension, plenty of drama, and the journey of two people who are so clearly soul mates coming back to each other...along with all the turmoil that comes along with that. It will draw you in and not let you go until the very last page.

There's plenty of amazing secondary characters as well.
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I love getting in on the beginning of a new, exciting series. Beyond the Surface is book #1 of Felice Stevens’ The Breakfast Club. There are three men who meet regularly for breakfast, and in fact have made these meetings a priority in their lives. The first book is about Julian, a menswear fashion designer.
Julian is gay, very out, and a talented clothing designer for men. His goal is to be the number one designer for the rich and famous but when he brings his latest collection to the runway something unexpected happens and he’s suddenly one paying client away from losing his business and being homeless. When things look their worst he runs into the one person he ever loved, although he is still so angry over their parting he doesn’t want to admit it.
Nick is an NYFD firefighter who was badly injured, physically and psychologically, during the collapse of the towers on 9/11. His dreams of climbing the leadership ladder of the fire department were dashed and he is now a trainer. Nick is gay but closeted for a number of reasons. When he sees Julian again after all these years he starts re-evaluating his life and all the decisions that brought him to this place and time.
There are many secondary characters that breathe life into the story, including children who are burn victims, the families of the MCs, people who support Julian and Nick and people who want to see both of them fail. It’s a book of second chances, for love, for future life plans, and for forgiveness. I loved this book and read it start to finish almost without putting it down. This is a book I can recommend without reservation.
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loved this story. will definitely be reading more from this author. the emotional roller coaster a good book creates is always something im looking for, and this book did it. great characters that have you laughing and crying.
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