Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Embrace the Fire
Author: Felice Stevens
Series: Through Hell and Back #3
Heroes: Brandon & Sebastian
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 390 pages
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 24, 2017
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Brandon Gilbert has spent years in hiding, but he’s finally accomplished his dream of working as a public school teacher. When offered the chance to help bullied children, there was no way he could say no. Not to mention that meeting Dr. Tash Weber, the psychiatrist who helps them, a sad yet sexy older man, ignited a spark inside Brandon he’d never had before.
Though five years have passed since the death of his lover, Dr. Sebastian “Tash” Weber has no interest in relationships or love. But young, enigmatic Brandon awakens his heart and his desire. Despite Tash’s best efforts to push him away, Brandon unlocks the passion for life Tash thought he’d lost forever.
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan for either Brandon or Tash, but neither family disapproval nor self-doubts can stop them from embracing the fire that burns between them. And when Brandon returns home to fight for a future he never imagined possible, he and Tash discover that the one thing worth fighting for has been with them all along.
This is a re-release of the original book published in 2015. It has been completely revised and re-edited with over 10,000 words of additional content added.
This was, by far, my favorite of the all three books. That is taking nothing away from Ash or Lucas story, as they were all amazing in their own rights, however, having the three brothers finally reconcile was what I really wanted to read and was worth the wait. I whizzed through this book because I could not wait for that reconciliation to finally occur. I just wish that I hadn’t rushed passed the build up between Tash and Brandon so quickly because I totally fell in love with Tash in the previous book.
Brandon is the youngest foster brother of Ash and Lucas, and as the baby, he was the last to leave the nest…of vipers. Their life in the Munson family home was nothing short of criminal and evil. As much as I’d wanted Brandon to find his way back to his brothers…especially for Asher’s sake, I also wanted to find out why Tash was such an accomplished, but sad and lonely man. I will say that Tash’s sister was a real Debbie Downer for me. I almost wish her negativity and intrusiveness in her brothers life was a little muted. She was quite annoying, even if it was from a place of love and concern.
Even though the title of this series spells it out clearly, the hardness of these guy’s lives was never understated nor glossed over. One really has to have a thick skin to get through them unscathed. But rest assured, they are all in a good place now, and with the epilogue giving us brief pictures into each of the couple’s lives, I ended this series feeling like it was worth all the heartache in the end. Highly recommended.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*