Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: A Walk Through Fire
AUTHOR: Felice Stevens
PUBLISHER: Loose Id
LENGTH: 239 pages
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. He takes whatever and whoever 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 decides to leave 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.
Holy SHOCKER ending, Batman!!!! I don’t even know what to say other than….WHAT????
So, let me preface this review by saying that I had absolutely no idea this was going to be a series. None. After I read the final word, I went to Goodreads to see if anyone else felt as rebuffed as I. Lo and behold, this is supposedly going to be a series. THANK GOD!!! I have so many questions that I need the answers to. If this was a standalone, with no follow up, then my review wouldn’t be all that great because the story was really good! Engaging, exciting, gut wrenching, heart breaking, sweet and powerful but then it ends and we as the reader are left with ALL THESE QUESTIONS. My biggest question is, what the frick happened with the foster brothers? I need, need, NEED to know….but, I digress. Let’s rewind….
Asher Davis is a cutthroat family law attorney. He has risen to the astronomical heights in New York City which is pretty surprising considering his childhood is anything but rosy. Asher spent the majority of his childhood in foster homes after having been given up by a mother who he never knew. The last foster home he was in was the worst, by far. He had 2 younger foster brothers who he was really close to. His foster father, however, repeatedly physically and sexually assaulted him many times. After one horrific incident Asher runs away and doesn’t look back. Asher is plagued with horrible guilt for having left his younger foster brothers in the hands of their monster foster father. So, what he ends up doing is working harder, smarter, and better than everyone else to become incredibly successful so he never has to need anyone again. And he does just that.
Dr. Drew Klein is a big hearted sweet man who is taken advantage of a lot due to his kind nature. He is going through a nasty divorce from a wife who cheated on him after 6 months of marriage. Asher happens to be Drew’s wife’s attorney and they meet while finalizing the divorce proceedings.
Asher is immediately attracted to Drew. You can say it seems like love at first site for him but Asher fights hard to deny his feelings.
Drew decides to pull Asher into a business he is trying to start up to help protect and care for the youth of New York who have been “thrown away” by their families.
They work side by side daily and they fight their attraction hard. Especially since, Drew is in fact, straight…or so we think.
This is a deliciously angsty book. Asher and Drew are the epitome of drama queens when it comes to trying to fight their connection.
What transpires is a lot of push pull, it is super hot when they come together and I loved watching Asher give in to his desires for Drew. It was so good.
There’s a lot of action, violence, some really horrendous stories of abuse by the teens in the story and a shocking ending but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the story is really good. This book is really well written, the characters are colorful and well thought out. I honestly couldn’t put the book down, it was really good and I highly recommend.