Reviewed by Susan65
Title: A Walk Through Fire
Author: Felice Stevens
Narrator: Kale Williams
Series: Through Hell and Back #1
Heroes: Asher Davis/Drew Klein
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 10 Hours, 6 Minutes
Publisher: Felice Stevens
Release Date: March 6, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Years after running away from an abusive foster family, Asher Davis still struggles with the guilt of leaving his foster brothers behind. He’s climbed to unimaginable heights as a ruthless, high-powered attorney, creating a life of power and control and takes whatever and whomever he wants.
Blaming himself for the death of his parents, Dr. Drew Klein retreats into a shell of loneliness, merely going through the motions of life. After a disastrous, short-lived marriage, Drew leaves his lucrative medical practice to set up a clinic for abused young men and women. The decision has more repercussions than Drew could ever imagine when the dark and sensual Ash Davis volunteers to help.
Although Drew isn’t gay, Ash is inexplicably drawn to him. He vows to simply bed him and forget him like he’s done with every other man. However, Drew’s sweet and caring nature and unexpected passion both stun and frighten Ash, who questions his right to any happiness at all. And when Ash befriends an abused young man who unwittingly draws the clinic into danger, threatening Drew’s safety and that of his beloved grandmother, Ash discovers that there is nothing he won’t sacrifice to protect the love he never thought he’d find.
Review: Angst galore well performed by Kale Williams. I kind of felt bad for the narrator and I have zero doubt that he needed a stiff drink, and maybe, a little therapy after this ordeal. I am a reader who loves to watch my protagonists suffer because it normally makes the ending that much better. That was, sort of, the case here for Drew and Asher, but poor Jordan. Jordan is a prominent secondary character, who stars in the next book, who had the wind knocked out his sails, and the poor narrator will be pushed through the wringer once again, no question.
But first, let’s deal with one ride through hell first before we pile it on poor Jordan, shall we? Asher, a high powered attorney, is seen as a player, man-whore, you name it, it is not pretty. However, Asher also has a horrific childhood laden with sexual abuse and fear, and a healthy dose of guilt piled on for good measure. The guilt stems from the foster brothers he left behind when he fled his heinous “family” home. There is a big story here that will continue in the coming books.
Drew is straight, a doctor, with a heart of gold, who is stuck in the middle of a divorce with a selfish and intolerable socialite, and very lonely. He is also always viewed as weak. His well-intentioned family and friends treat him like he’s an idiot who can’t think or make personal decisions for himself. So what if he has made a few awful choices, it is his life, right? Anyway, Drew is well protected by his friends and those protections extends to Asher. Asher is not near good enough for Drew and many people let them both know it. Makes trying to have a relationship a bit difficult.
Now at first, Drew is a little shocked that he is attracted to Asher, but maybe that explains so much about his life. But these two men have mountains to climb, secrets to reveal, others to convince, and heartache to overcome before they have half a chance to get some semblance of a normal relationship. It is work, no question about that, and the narrator, Kale Williams, does a tip-top job bringing this drama to life. I was not kidding when I said this man was probably traumatized from this performance, and will perhaps have nightmares, as well. But, since he is the narrator for the next book, I am heading in that direction now. Stay tuned.
Highly recommend this audiobook, this narrator, and the author.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*