Book Name: Beyond the Surface
Series: The Breakfast Club #1
Author's Name: Felice Stevens
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Nick and Julian
Release Date: August 2015
Reviewed by: Wendy
My Rating: 4 Stars
Blurb: On 9/11, firefighter Nick Fletcher’s world changed forever. He's unable to rid himself of survivor’s guilt, made worse by the secret he hides from his family and co-workers. Nick's life is centered around helping burn victims, until he is reunited with the man he’d once loved but pushed away. Now he has a second chance at a love he thought lost forever.
For fashion designer Julian Cornell, appearances mean everything. His love affairs are strictly casual, and the only thing he cares about is making his clothing line a success. A chance encounter with the man he loved long ago has Julian thinking for the first time in years there may be more to life than being seen at the best parties and what designer labels to wear.
When Julian’s world takes an unexpected turn, it's Nick who helps him regain perspective on what matters most in life. Julian, in turn, helps Nick accept who he is and understand he isn’t responsible for tragedies he couldn't prevent. Lost love found can be even sweeter the second time around and after all the years apart, both men learn to look beyond the surface to find the men they are inside.
Review: When you are given a second chance on your first true love, take it, run with it, do anything you can to grab it and hold on tight. That is exactly what Julian did when Nick came back into his life many years later. Being young men and not knowing what they were feeling for each other, Nick panicked and pushed Julian away. Now grown men with extremely different careers and lives, they find out how they truly feel about each other while trying not to let other people's judgments ruin what they are building together.
I think what I liked about this book is the author made it more about these two men coming to terms with their love for each other without highlighting the tragedy of 9/11. It was an even balance with how she wrote so much love between Nick and Julian with the horrible tragedy of that day and how scared Julian was for Nick.