Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Betting on Forever
Author: Felice Stevens
Series: The Breakfast Club #2
Heroes: Zach Cohen/Sam Stein
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 246 Pages
Publisher: Felice Stevens
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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 and step away from behind his computer screens and online world. When he meets Sam Stein, despite their spark, Zach expects nothing more than a night of passion and a kiss good-bye. 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 as 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 was 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.
Review: Zach was the shy, introverted, brilliant, self made millionaire we met in Julian’s book. He was one of the triad of the close friendship between him, Julian and Marcus. I was immediately intrigued, knowing that each friend from the breakfast club would get his own book, but a little surprised that Zach’s story would come before Marcus. Zach seemed uninspiring and boring compared to the rascally and highly sexualized Marcus. But, Zach is not boring so much as he is hiding deep, dark secrets from his friends, and it will take a special man to get him to confront those secrets and more forwards.
Sam is an ex-cop whose friend/boss is dead set on getting him laid. Sam also has a history that needs to be handled with kid gloves and you just know that Zach is the man who can get him to take a chance. Unfortunately, their brilliant beginning ends in an emotionally devastating way that only convinces Sam that he was not intended to have a happy ending. He didn’t get to meet the real Zach and sometimes first impressions, though wrong, still linger and refuse to believe they were could be mistaken.
Zach and Sam need each other desperately, and with the help of their friends, find a way to get past the perceived betrayal and injustice and take a chance on each other. That chance required Zach to confront his mom. It was beautiful the way Zach handled his needy mother, and having her support her son unconditionally did wonders to ease my mind. I am not sure how Zach would survive without her support. There is something insanely awesome about a momma’s boy, but there is also a fine line between love and enabling dependency. This issue was handled with grace.
Now we get to wait to see how Marcus deals with his hidden pain and see who will be his knight in shining armor…the one who puts an end to Marcus’s slut puppy noncommittal ways. I’m totally looking forward to it.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*