Title: Betting on Forever
Author: Felice Stevens
Series: The Breakfast Club #2
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Cover Design: Reese DanteSummary:
A weekend fling in Atlantic City couldn’t be more out of socially shy Zach Cohen’s comfort zone, but a bet with his best friends forces him to put aside the humiliation he’s hidden for years, stepping away from behind his computer screens and on line world. When he meets Sam Stein, despite their spark, Zach expects nothing more than a night of passion and a kiss goodbye. Yet weeks later, he can’t keep the man out of his head.
After a split second decision with tragic results ends his twenty year police career at the same time his relationship falls apart, Sam Stein is drifting through life. At his best friend’s urging he agrees to a trip to Atlantic City to clear his head. What Sam doesn’t plan on is meeting Zach Cohen, whose sweet nature and honesty has him thinking maybe he could move forward, until Zach leaves him without explanation, reinforcing Sam’s belief that people can’t be trusted.
Well-meaning friends refuse to let Zach and Sam hide from each other, forcing them to realize their weekend is much more than a one night stand. Before that can happen, Zach must come to terms with his past and stand up for his own independence, while Sam has to learn to take a chance and believe in himself and people again. All bets are off when dreams become reality and forever doesn’t seem to be long enough.
“I always wanted to take a walk along the beach at night.” Sam stopped by the steps leading down to the sand and shoreline. “Want to come with me?”
He extended his hand and without hesitation Zach took it, their palms sliding, fingers naturally lacing together. There was neither the desire nor inclination to speak as they advanced to the edge where the tide rushed in and pulled back.
Zach let go of Sam’s hand, took off his shoes and rolled up his pant legs. Sam did the same; then once again they held hands, still silent, and walked along the coastline, letting the cold water lap at their ankles and toes. A few other people had the same idea as them; Zach spotted several couples entwined on the sand, but he barely paid them any attention. How could he, when every nerve ending in his body was zeroed in on the touch of his fingers with Sam’s?
Always the romantic; Zach held firm to the belief it was possible to find that true love and happy ending, though life made it more elusive for some than others. It wasn’t the Lifetime movies Marcus teased him about watching that he could point to for proof—he knew the real thing when he saw it happening before his eyes. Julian and Nick reunited after all these years, finally able to show the world how much they loved each other, was like a fantasy turned to life, and he was thrilled for his friends.
Not to say he didn’t have his own fantasies; he may not be the wildest guy, but he wasn’t dead yet either. This right here was at the top of his list: to walk along a moonlit beach with a handsome man and be kissed. Zach had the moonlight, the beach, and the handsome man. Now he needed that kiss.
Beyond the Surface #1
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.
Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. While life is tough, she believes there is a happy ending for everyone. She started reading traditional historical romances as a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn't until she picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth's court that her interest in romance novels was renewed.
But somewhere along the way, her reading shifted to stories of men falling in love. Once she picked up her first gay romance, she became so enamored of the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion there was no turning back.
Felice lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Her day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass or two of red wine. Although she practices law, she daydreams of a time when she can sit by a beach and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there is bound to be some angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
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