Title: Betting on Forever
Author: Felice Stevens
Series: The Breakfast Club
Release Date: 11/17/2015
Genre(s): Male/Male Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 240
Reviewed by: JLoves2Read
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
A weekend fling in Atlantic City couldn’t be more out of socially shy Zach Cohen’s comfort zone, but a bet with his best friends forces him to put aside the humiliation he’s hidden for years, stepping away from his computer screens and on-line world. When he meets Sam Stein, despite their spark, Zach expects nothing more than a night of passion and a kiss goodbye. Yet weeks later, he can’t keep the man out of his head.
After a split second decision with tragic results ends his twenty year police career at the same time his relationship falls apart, Sam Stein is drifting through life. At his best friend’s urging he agrees to a trip to Atlantic City to clear his head. What Sam doesn’t plan on is meeting Zach Cohen, whose sweet nature and honesty has him thinking maybe he could move forward, until Zach leaves him without explanation, reinforcing Sam’s belief that people can’t be trusted.
Well-meaning friends refuse to let Zach and Sam hide from each other, forcing them to realize their weekend is much more than a one night stand. Before that can happen, Zach must come to terms with his past and stand up for his own independence, while Sam has to learn to take a chance and believe in himself and people again. All bets are off when dreams become reality and forever doesn’t seem to be long enough.
Imagine taking a bet on a whim. A bet you never really were going to follow thru on, that is until you meet the other half to your soul at a random conference in Atlantic City. This is the opening to Zach and Sam’s story. Neither of them realize that from their first walk along a darkened beach they were starting a journey of Betting on Forever.
Where to begin, Felice Stevens has quickly become one of my favorite authors of the gay romance genre. She masterfully weaves tales of lost and slightly damaged men finding each other in unique situations and starting their journeys to happiness together. Her stories are realistic,something you would expect a friend to tell you how they met their significant other. Her stories are loving and tender, yet they are hot and sexy in all the right places. The perfect combination and I have not read one yet that I don’t utterly love!
Betting on Forever is the latest in 5 star stories from The Breakfast Club Series and it lives up to book one with flying colors! I just can’t tell you enough how much I loved this book, this series, these characters!
In this story we follow Sam and Zach. Zach is a member of a group of friends who have a routine breakfast date once a month, The Breakfast Club, this group of guys is one we have read about before when we read Julian and Nick’s story and it is a group we will catch up with at least once more when we read Marcus’ story. All of the guys in this little group have been friends so long it’s as If they are related -they love, understand, and accept each other -faults and all. So as you see Felice has set up the perfect little family and she is telling each of their stories separately – but don’t fear, she isn’t afraid to bring past characters forward into new books and let us catch up on their lives.
Back to our main characters in this story. Sam, he is pretty much an introverted damaged man who feels his self worth is pretty much at the bottom of the line. His best friend has decided enough is enough and brings him along to a business convention in Atlantic City with the hopes he will let loose and have a good time. Enter Zach. Zach is a homebody and a hopeless romantic; he has though all but given up on finding his happily ever after and is content living vicariously through his friends. When these two meet sparks fly and passion takes over as they both decide to have a weekend to remember. Ah, but remember our author? Yes, she isn’t about to let these two throw away a passion and connection so intense – no, Zach and Sam may not know it at this point but they are bound together from that first night. The story of getting them to their forever is one you don’t want to miss!!
I highly recommend this book. Whether you are new to Felice Stevens or even new to the male/male genre — this is a must read.