Author: Felice Stevens
Title: "All or nothing"
Book 3 in series Together
Main characters: Adam Barton and Rico Estevez
A past he couldn’t forget
Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town, but a tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. He decides New York City is the perfect place to start a new life and joins the FDNY, living and loving his own way—no strings and nothing personal. Until he catches sight of Rico Estevez, the sexy chef with the mysterious smile who rocks his world. After one explosive night together, Adam craves another….And then another. The more he and Rico are together, the more Adam wants him.
A future he never imagined
Rico Estevez is living a lie. For years he’s hidden his sexuality, afraid to hurt the career of his politically ambitious father. He’s the perfect American―the best schools, top of his class and most importantly, to his father, a successful businessman. Who needs a boyfriend when sex is so easy to find? Starting a torrid love affair with Adam Barton isn’t a problem; neither one is looking toward forever. But Rico’s father is about to get the chance of a lifetime and Rico feels forced to play by his rules.
Rules are made to be broken
Adam proves more unforgettable than Rico ever imagines, but he gives in to family pressures above personal desire. When a fire reunites them, both men discover their passion for each other hasn’t died; rather it’s stronger than ever. Want turns to need and something more dangerous to their hearts—love. Adam and Rico know if they want to have it all, they can let no one and nothing stand in their way of a life together.
Our main couple, Adam and Rico, couldn't be more different ;) Adam is a firefighter and an openly gay man... after some bumps at the beginning, he has a supportive parents behind him and even though there are some very dark moments in his past... *sighs* I so cried when he was telling that particular story even though I sort of knew it was gonna be something like that but don't worry, #NoSpoilers for you :) he feels pretty good in his own skin :) Rico on the other hand... my heart went out to him... he's definitely in the closet... he keeps to himself, going from one one-night-stand hookup to another and never looking for a relationship, because of his father... he's in politics and knows nothing about Rico's sexuality... and since he's the only close family he has now, after his mother passed away years ago, he don't want to jeopardize their relationship by telling him about being gay... it's of course a much more complex situation that what I am describing, but you're gonna have to read the book for more details :) from the beginning of this book you can tell that there were some small interactions between them in that previous story, but nothing that will ruin your experience right now if you haven't read it :) there's definitely a spark there, that's for sure :) which very quickly turns into a full blown fire ;) but since neither of them is looking for anything serious, they decide to just... well... become friends with benefits of sorts ;) of course over time both of them start to feel more for each other and... you just gonna have to read the book to see that beautiful story :)
I gave this book 5 stars... :) I definitely enjoyed the previous one by this author, but this one was even better... :) there is just something about her writing style... she hits me in all the feels... I laughed and cried and thoroughly enjoyed myself :) there is no magical resolutions to some real and serious problems / issues our main characters face in this story... yes, we get a happy ending... and oh how lovely that epilogue was... :) but there are definitely still things we know will take time to fully be resolved... and that's amazing :) because it's so honest and real... :) like I mentioned before, we do get several appearances of the couple from that previous stories and they definitely made me want to read more about them :) after loving yet another book from this author I am generally in the mood to read more of her work :) so I definitely highly recommend you guys to check her out :) start here or with another one of her stories, but definitely don't miss out on her wonderful work :)
I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.