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Beyond the Surface [PDF / Epub] ☉ Beyond the Surface By Felice Stevens – On 911 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 aro On 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 foreverFor fashion designer Julian Cornell appearances mean everything Beyond the Epub / 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 to life than being seen at the best parties and what designer labels to wearWhen 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.

10 thoughts on “Beyond the Surface

  1. Gigi Gigi says:

    Firefighters and hurlhealingcomfort? Sign me upNick Fletcher and Julian Cornell were once lovers long ago in high school They were experimenting with each other and what is was like being gay and were in love But Nick comes from a long line a macho firefighters and tried to pretend he wasn't gay When he broke things off with Julian it broke both of their hearts but neither looked backFast forward almost two decades and Julian is a new very successful man He is a popular clothing designer on the fast track to making the big time He doesn't have time for relationships but eases his loneliness by having sex with young hot male models He is happy and content He has great friends a thriving business and no strings sex whenever he wantsNick has since become a firefighter He is haunted by the events of 911 where he lost many firefighting brothers and sisters Being a probie at the time he was ordered out of the towers just before they fell on his friends He was badly wounded and burned and spent months and months in the hospital healing physically He has been living a uiet lonely guilt ridden life since then He volunteers his time at a children's burn unit in an effort to ease his guilt and make a difference in these kid's lives He is determined to give them a better life and recovery than he had A chance meeting at a bar with Nick's sister and her girlfriend who is Julian's assistant sets these two in each others paths again Things do not go well There is still a lot of resentment from Julian over the fact that Nick broke his heart so many years ago And by this time Nick has given up on sex and relationships because he doesn't feel worthy and attractiveThe first half of this book deals with how Julian and Nick meet again and how they handle their anger and then eventually a friendship over the children in the burn unit where Julian has started to visit on a regular basis There is no passionate connection from their early love affair This was a bit of a let down for me I usually prefer some amped up sexual tensionattraction during the anger and friendship stages but these two just didn't have that spark of former lovers And while Nick was this big buff beautiful hero in name and actions he was so depressed that it was sad to readBut the second half? These two find finally realize that old spark is still there and start a hot and heavy sexual relationship once again There were a few bumps to go over including the fact that Nick is still deeply deeply in the closet with everyone and Julian refuses to go back in the closet for anyoneBy the end all is well and they get a fabulous HEA with each other and Julian's business that will make you want to jump for joy Things may have started out rough but these are two honest generous men who see through all the crap and finally realizes that nothing is as important as being together and in loveI was going to give this one 5 stars but the first half of the book was just too frustrating for a perfect score But FIREFIGHTERS and Hurthealingcomfort go uite a long way with meRecommended PS The Breakfast Club is a group of three gay men Julian bar owner Marcus and nerdy and sweet Zach I'm pretty excited to see who gets the next book This review has been crossed posted to Jessewave

  2. Meep Meep says:

    Struggled through this it felt very high school and clumsy The dialogue was pretty bad; often a collection of speeches911 was such a huge event even with the time passed the horror feels fresh It's not insensitively portrayed here but it did feel a needless point of comparison It could have been a fictional fire rather than drawing on emotions of a real eventReunited lovers is hitmiss with me after so many years people change and to be so in love after meeting someone you knew at sixteenhmmThere's uite the criticism of fashion designers; Julian was made to seeing what a petty person he then given the chance to prove his worth helping pretty little burn victims Nick undergoes one therapy session and is cured of years of PTSD While for all his claims of support Julian pushes and pushes at Nick to come outStory would have had some impact if we'd seen Julian build his new show and interact with his new models plenty of missed potential there for feels Burns victims need fashion well as long as they're young and have beautiful unmarred faces Not sure what becomes of them if they happen to be old fat spotty or their face is burnt which negates the feel good aspect to a gimmickSide characters frustrated me We're told Marcus is a slut every time his name is mentioned sometimes than once a page And how sweet and shy Zach is My attention span is not thatooooh shinyThen there's the compulsory homophobe and his awkwardly introduced issues yes that originate with 911 and suddenly he picks now to jeopardise his livelihood with unsafe behaviourBut low and behold by the end everyone apologies and shakes hands under a sparkly rainbow flowers bloom birds sing For my next trick world peace

  3. Amanda Amanda says:

    5 'second chance MM' starsSuch a heartwarming and meaningful readWe've been given a second chance Some people never even get a firstNick Fletcher is the closet gay firefighterJulian Cornell is the stereotypical gay fashion designerJulian was in love with Nick since they were sixteen but due to Nick's inability to come out they both separated from each other with bruised heartsDecades later Nick's working as a trainer for new firefighter recruits and dealing with the survival guilt from the 911 incident While Julian's career came crashing down after his unsuccessful runway showWhen these two men meet again Nick and Julian started to reevaluate what they really want in their life and finding happiness amidst the prejudice Is it normal to live a lie because you're too scared to tell the truth?Most of the MM romance tends to deal with closet gay and Beyond the Surface is the same Nick is the one having the hard time to acknowledge who he is and feeling sorry for surviving 911 while his comrades were sacrificed He had always envied Julian's ability to held his head high and proud of his own sexualityJulian had been enjoying his fabulous life in the fashion arena up until the day his reputation was in tattered After being confronted by Nick of his vanity and meeting the burnt survivor Julian found a new purpose for his fashion again and for a better cause Your entire focus is caught up in appearances and what others think of you There are people out there who are hurting with real issueWhat I love about Nick and Julian's relationship is that they both bring out the best in each other Nick's journey to self acceptance and his coming out to his family and colleagues is something to be admire Also hats off to the author for acknowledging the burnt victim survivor I wonder can Julian's idea works in real lifeNot to forget Julian's two fabulous bff Marcus and Zach Their routine breakfast get together reminds me of the ladies in Sex and the City I simply adore both the manwhore Marcus and the introvert Zach I'm sure Felice plans to write about the guys later Although the ending feels a bit too neat I will enjoy it as it is I'd thrown myself into a world where no one looks beyond the surface They live mediocre lives content to judge people by the visual rather than forging friendship based on true character

  4. Lelyana Lelyana says:

    5 SECOND CHANCE LOVE STARS I'm not a believer of love at second chance been there and well I had failed miserablyLOLMy bad luck I guessBut definitely loved the idea of love at second chance in my books especially this is written by one of my favorite author Felice StevensNICKFIREMAN HOTTIEJULIANDESIGNERNick and Julian both were still 'kids' both 16 in love but Nick was scare about his sexuality so he denied 'them' he denied that he was gay and it hurt Julian and made him leavingLong story short 18 years later the boys not boys any met and the spark say love? was still there Whatever it was seeing Nick again had ignited something inside Julian that had been dead for years He’d had many lovers some he’d been fond of and maybe if he’d allowed himself he might have loved one of them But no one had led him to that place where he might miss them when they were gone I'm glad they're both not jumping into bed and declared their undying love right away after the first met I liked the process to find what they're missing all this years Dried leaves picked up by the wind swirled around their feet coming to rest and lie strewn upon the sidewalk like the little broken pieces of his heart scattered along the ground With all Nick's struggling about his sexuality and his traumatic past mingled with Julian's problem in his world of fashion the two lovers faced life hand in hand “We’ve been given a second chance Some people never even get a first Do you know how lucky we are?” It was sweet and low angst but that's what I like in Felice's books the sweetness not giving me diabetes It was just a good portion wink I loved Julian's best friends Marcus and Zach both has opposite personality and I'm eager to read about them in the futureGlad that Felice in our earlier chattold me that Zach story will be next Just loved Zach already with his sweetness and shyness It's better be this good or even Felice I'm counting on you Recommended read ARC was given by Felice because she knows I can't access KU right now It was blessing in disguise really Thanks a bunch Felice Then A new series ? Yeas yes yes

  5. Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read** Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read** says:

    35 StarsI enjoyed this one but sadly nothing really wowed me As is expected we get Felice Stevens' signature of sweet and steamy with a touching story and a saccharine induced happily every after but with the exception of incorporating the events and emotions of 911 not much really stands out Julian and Nick were endearing characters but their transformations were a little too perfect for my tastes Especially Nick It just didn't ring true that he'd be able to change his perspective as uickly as he did on so many of the things he'd been struggling withOverall the story was heartwarming even if predictable and the characters were endearing even if a little too perfect by the end The author does a great job of setting up the rest of the series and I'm definitely interested in seeing what's in store with Julian's breakfast buddies Zach and Marcus

  6. Trisha Harrington Trisha Harrington says:

    This book was everything I wanted it to beIt was on my tbr for a while but I never got around to it I was looking for a good hurtcomfort and then I saw this and it ticked all my boxesI loved watching Julian and Nick reconnect after years apart I was glad these two were able to work through their differences because I was rooting for them as a couple They were hot together and also sweet at timesMarcus and Zach were great friends And I can't wait to read their books Zach's especially because he was such a likable character

  7. Diana Diana says:

    Actual rating 3 12 stars

  8. Jilrene Jilrene says:

    OTT and too good to be true resolution to issues Just too easy I think it's supposed to be a romance with angst but it felt like an after school special with a moral to the story A fable That's a better description Could just be me

  9. Debra Debra says:

    Full review originally posted at SinfullyAddicted to All Male Romance 35 starsFirefighter Nick Fletcher is struggling with survivor’s guilt years after 911 a day that scarred him both physically and emotionally He’s still an emotional mess even after years of therapy On top of that he has a lot of guilt and self loathing attached to the sexuality he refuses to acknowledge beyond furtive anonymous hook ups and the way he treated the only man he ever loved Living in an apartment attached to his parents’ home he moves through life on automatic pilot other than the times where he volunteers at the hospital’s burn unit working with and comforting the kids and teens thereJulian Cornell lives his life proud of the man he is and is on the cusp of reaching his goal to be an internationally successful men’s fashion designer When his latest showing goes horribly in a likely act of sabotage he finds himself uickly struggling to maintain his business The last thing he expects is the man who broke his heart twenty years ago to return The one man he never got over and has compared all others to sinceI’m a big fan of second chance at love stories where the MC’s were first together when they were young It’s always interesting to see how they change from the teens them remember to the reality of the adults they are now In this instance though I had a very hard time warming up to Nick and that made the first part of the story a struggle for me It’s hard to fault a character for actions they took at 16 years old but as an adult almost twenty years later Nick is still like a scared kid He has no intention of coming out either at home or on the job and when he realized Julian was likely in the same bar he was he was content to add to his guilt and let Julian slip away yet again without ever revealing himself When they do meet up face to face again Nick has no problem shaming Julian’s chosen career path and assuming he is a shallow stuck up person in direct contradiction to the loving caring person he knew Julian to be all those years ago As much as Nick can admit to himself that he always loved Julian and made a big mistake when they were kids he can’t bring himself to do anything to changeJulian on the other hand I liked from the start He is immediately sensitive to Nick’s issues and protective of him He knows the man underneath the scars and has never stopped loving him Regardless of how Nick’s actions when they were younger colored his future interactions with men Julian easily admits that it will be hard to resist falling for him again but begins to forge a new friendship with him He worries about Nick’s state of mind and will do anything to help him even as Nick continues to run hot and cold towards him but he’s also going to try his best to keep from getting pulled in only to once again be left behindAlthough Nick has a big supporter in his sister Katie Julian is the one person that can get through to Nick and when he finally does an emotional tidal wave is unleashed and Nick uickly begins to take back the life he put on hold so long ago He throws himself into a sexual relationship with Julian and vows to work on coming out It’s not easy with potential roadblocks that arise both personally and professionally in the form of bigotry and fear mostly stemming from Nick’s father and one particularly offensive co worker There is a lot of drama and issues that are raised and dealt with in the second part of the book but the story does not get overly angsty There were a few things about Nick’s emotional recovery that seemed to resolve themselves a bit uickly merely by having Julian present but overall I liked seeing Nick finally embrace the man he was always meant to be Julian also grows during the story and finds a new rewarding purpose for his talents Felice Stevens is a good storyteller and I understood and respected the lingering effects of Nick’s PTSD resulting from 911 and he did come through in big way in the end for Julian and a trainee firefighter who was having a difficult time but my inability to otherwise connect with him until late in the story frustrated me enough to keep me from giving the book a higher ratingJulian has a great group of friends and Zach and Marcus the two men who became his closest friends in college and make up the rest of the “breakfast club” were standout characters Unwaveringly honest supportive and loyal they help keep Julian together when everything seems to be falling apart and their scenes were fun and touching The men have distinct personalities and I’m looking forward to both of their stories especially that of the secretive uiet Zach

  10. Kade Boehme Kade Boehme says:

    Felice can do no wrong for me This was such a sweet wonderful read

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