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Beyond the Surface: A Second Chance at Love Contemporary Gay Romance (The Breakfast Club Book 1) by [Stevens, Felice]
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On 9/11, 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 forever.

For fashion designer Julian Cornell, appearances mean everything. 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 more to life than being seen at the best parties and what designer labels to wear.

When 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.

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  • File Size: 1569 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517063566
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013JB97QY
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Well written, but plot predictable, leading men unbelievable sexual superstars. Silly in the extreme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great M/M drama/romance !!! 27 August 2015
By D.Hart, RCIS - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazing story by Felice Stevens. 9/11's devastation hurt more than just those who died. Lonely Nick is a firefighter, was trapped under a beam, burned, rescued and spent months recovering and in therapy for survivor's guilt. He still feels guilty to be alive. In their teens, Nick and Julian loved each other, but Nick ran. Equally lonely Julian is now a world famous menswear designer, who has had his latest fashions stolen, and his business ruined. He and Nick find each other, and sparks fly. Julian's still hurt that Nick left him, and Nick is still closeted. They kiss, talk, and begin healing their relationship. Nick visits the burn center, because he wants to help kids with burns know there is hope. After all, he survived his burns. Julian goes along to visit the teens, and gets a brilliant idea. His new venture is from the heart, not the fashion industry vanity. There is bullying at the firehouse to deal with, of course Nick must tell his family he's gay, if they want a relationship that includes the ones they love. So, a lot is happening, and through it all Nick finds in Julian what he's always wanted, Julian's love, acceptance, and understanding. The acceptance by family and firefighters is a bit harder to come by. Julian has never wanted anyone but Nick, so his dream may come true. These deep characters are terrific, in this tale with suspense, drama, and surprises. Well done super hot M/M sex, and an interesting plot make this worthwhile.
Highly recommend. E N J O Y !!!.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 September 2015
By Jaime_Alpha Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
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Julian & Nick's story is heart wrenching good! A second chance love story where these two decide after almost 20 years if what they gave up before is worth pursuing now..can they get past all the obstacles and get their HEA?

I love Felice Stevens, her books are the type that connect with your soul, if your not laughing and crying in this book then something is wrong. This story calls to your emotions on the most basic level, the need to be lived that all humans crave & require for survival. This is not just a romance story, it is so much more and deals with multiple human emotions and needs.

Grab this book and enjoy Julian & Nick's story as they find out if the second time around will be their forever. Meet the rest of the "Breakfast Club" Marcus & Zach who I am sure we will see again!

5 stars all the way! Excellent book and Excellent start of a new series!!

Reviewed by J.Loves2Read from Alpha Book Club
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Words! 11 September 2015
By Babs0214 aka Barb Ingram - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read a few of Felice Stevens books but I have to say this one blew me away! Nick and Julian's story is one of second chances, admitting not only to yourself but family and friends who you really are, and in the end regaining that love with each other. Nick's experiences with the tragedy of 9/11 and Julian's learning the true meaning of Beyond the Surface made this a heartwarming and wonderful story. I absolutely LOVED all of the secondary characters and hoping for a story about Marcus?? Ms. Stevens are you up for that challenge?
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Chance romance 24 January 2017
By Julie Maguda - Published on Amazon.com
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3.5 stars

I've had this one hanging around on my Kindle for a long time, and I've been trying to tackle my TBR/Backlist, so I tried out this one. This is the first book in The Breakfast Club series. All of the books in the series can be read as a stand alone. I actually already read the 2nd book in the series, so I decided to grab this one because I was curious about these two characters. While these books are stand alones, there are 3 best friends and each gets their one book for their love story.

I love a good second chance romance and this one definitely falls into that category. Nick is a closeted gay firefighter with PTSD. I really loved Julian's character. He was really sweet and had a big heart. I thought the chemistry developed a little weird between the two of them but once they really decided to give it a go, it was great. They had some great steamy moments.

There were a couple things that bothered me, like: how everything was just a little TOO neat and happy at the end. The homophobe magically has a change of heart and apologizes, alone with Julian's nemesis. Also, Nick's dad gets over his issues with his son being gay almost instantly. I DID like how things ended in the book with Nick and Julian. It was super cute.

I also have book #3 in this series, so I'm really excited to read about Marcus' story!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a New Series 2 November 2015
By Bo - Published on Amazon.com
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These two MC's are well researched and well developed, a feat that Felice Stevens manages to pull off in every one of her books. The fact that the somewhat serendipitous reunion of Nick and Julian happens in a couple of unlikely places might throw a few people off but those who live and work in new York City shouldn't be all that surprised.

When Nick comes back into Julian's suddenly near ruined and disgraced life there is enough anger and fear and guilt for both of them to throw at and suffocate each other. But the whole plot needs to hinge on one life-changing moment for each of them--and thankfully Ms. Stevens provides them both, with light bulbs and lightning a blazing.

It is obvious this series will focus on Julian and his best friends Marcus and Zach, the latter of whom gets his say in the next installment. But for me, the love story in this first one is going to be difficult to top--though I must admit, Felice Stevens has a way of doing that each time she releases a new tome.

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