A single bullet destroyed the dreams of Dr. Jordan Peterson. With his lover dead, Jordan descends into an endless spiral of self-destruction that nearly costs him his friends, his career and his life. When Jordan finds himself working closely with the aloof Lucas Conover, the investment banker's mysterious past and unexpected kindness shocks him back into a life and emotions he'd thought lost forever.
The betrayal by the foster brother he'd worshiped taught Lucas Conover never to trust or believe in anyone. Living a solitary life doesn't free him of the nightmare of his youth; it reinforces his belief that he would never fall in love. When the death of one of his clients forces him to work closely with Dr. Jordan Peterson, he meets a person whose suffering exceeds his own. Though Jordan rejects his effort to help, something within Luke pushes him discover more about the first man to ever get under his skin. As Luke lets down his guard and Jordan lets go of his pain, desire takes control. Each man must come to terms with past struggles if they are to create a future together. And learning to trust in themselves and love again after tragedy and a lifetime of pain, may be the only thing that saves them in the end.
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Love this story!
- Christina Wade
After the Fire
After the Fire is book 2 in Felice Stevens' Hell and Back series. I really think these books, or audio books, should be read/listened to in the appropriate order to get full enjoyment from the series. After the Fire is the story of Jordan, who we met in book 1, and Lucas. In the first book, Jordan suffered a terrible loss and in this story, we get the aftermath of him almost a year later trying to pick up the pieces. In the first book, Jordan wasn't the most likable character. He was arrogant, rude, judgmental, cocky, brash, bossy and unwilling to budge on his thoughts. In this story, we meet a completely different Jordan. Don't get me wrong, he's still rude and cocky, but he also has a weakness that's made him reevaluate himself.
Technically, Luke was a new character in this series, but we already had knowledge of his existence due to Ash. I wasn't a big fan of Luke's at the beginning. I knew that his childhood couldn't have been easy after learning Ash's story, but he put himself on a pedestal of judgment over everyone. When Jordan needed support, he offered judgment until he walked away. And his behavior towards Ash was horrible. I completely understand and empathize with Luke and what he suffered. But, now that he's an adult, I question why at some point he didn't stop and consider that Ash left when he was still a teen and that maybe there was a reason he had to leave. Luke was very short-sighted, and though he felt Ash and Jordan were selfish, I thought it was a strong trait in himself. But, that's not to say I didn't come to like Luke, just like I did Jordan, but he had to work for it.
The narrator of this book was Kale Williams. For the most part, I think the narrator did a great job with a very emotional story. My one complaint would be the character voices not being different. Some voices were so similar that I couldn't differentiate them, so it didn't allow me to sink into the story because I was trying to figure out who was speaking. Otherwise, I think the narration was good, with a good pace.
This is an emotional story with a lot of difficult topics handled within the pages. It has two imperfect, broken men finding love and family when they've both given up on having it. Though the characters can be difficult to like, they really do redeem themselves and make this story (and series) one you really should read, or listen to. And, maybe listening to the audio on my way to work wasn't always the best idea when I found myself crying at what was happening in the story. I highly recommend you check out this series, in whichever format you prefer!
Overall: 4.5 Stars
Performance: 4 Stars
Story: 5 Stars
- H. Martin