After the Fire

Through Hell and Back, #2

After the fire is the second book in the Through Hell and Back series by Felice Stevens. This book is best read as part of the series, to get the best understanding of the characters.

Dr. Jordan Peterson is still mourning the death of his lost love. He is spiraling out of control, including a dependency on prescription drug use. The only thing keeping him sane is pure will at this point. When he meets Lucas Conover, who is in charge of helping create the dream that Jordan’s lost love wanted. Lucas sees that Jordan needs help and seems determined to help him. The closer they get the more the both fall for the other but each struggle with the past.

The beginning of the story leaves you wanting to know more. By the end of the first chapter, I could not wait to finish the book. The author did a good job of drawing the reader in to her world. She did a great job of making it very realistic. The pace of the story was a bit slow in the beginning and seemed to pick up the pace as the story goes along. The main characters and the secondary characters were stimulating and realistic. I loved that both Jordan and Lucas had faults that they each had to battle as they come together making them realistic.

The point of view alternated between Jordan and Lucas, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict of the story keeps the story moving along and is a perfect level. Any more and it would overwhelm the story. The characters fit the story line and the conflict. The dialogue between the characters was genuine and distinctive. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but the author takes the reader on a wonderful journey. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future.

Book Blurb for After the Fire

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 couldn’t free him of the nightmare of his former life; it reinforced 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.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2015 4.50