Title: One Step Further
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Romance
Release Date: June 29, 2015
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.
This was my first Felice Stevens book and I am sure it won't be my last. Alex and Rafe are characters that will stick with you though and through. I didn't realize that this was a second book in a series. I found out that it could easily be read as a standalone, but I wish that I had read the first book as it had quite a bit of character information that might have helped me initally get into the book. I had a hard time getting the ball rolling per say, but once I got going, it was worth the wait.
Alex and Rafe are both characters that have a very difficult past. Neither one was brought up to think that they were worth much, and once their parents found out they were gay it was pretty much the ending point in their relationships.
I always get asked after a M/M book why I read them. I have to say that you won't be asking that after reading this. The characters are well written with in depth problems that you love to watch them fight to overcome. Rafe has always hidden behind his job as a vet to overcome his feelings while Alex is like me and likes to put a little humor into his life.
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.