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A past he couldn’t forget Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town, but a tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. He decides New York City is the perfect place to start a new life and joins the FDNY, living and loving his own way—no strings and nothing personal. Until he catches sight of Rico Estevez, the sexy chef with the A past he couldn’t forget Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town, but a tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. He decides New York City is the perfect place to start a new life and joins the FDNY, living and loving his own way—no strings and nothing personal. Until he catches sight of Rico Estevez, the sexy chef with the mysterious smile who rocks his world. After one explosive night together, Adam craves another….And then another. The more he and Rico are together, the more Adam wants him. A future he never imagined Rico Estevez is living a lie. For years he’s hidden his sexuality, afraid to hurt the career of his politically ambitious father. He’s the perfect American―the best schools, top of his class and most importantly, to his father, a successful businessman. Who needs a boyfriend when sex is so easy to find? Starting a torrid love affair with Adam Barton isn’t a problem; neither one is looking toward forever. But Rico’s father is about to get the chance of a lifetime and Rico feels forced to play by his rules. Rules are made to be broken Adam proves more unforgettable than Rico ever imagines, but he gives in to family pressures above personal desire. When a fire reunites them, both men discover their passion for each other hasn’t died; rather it’s stronger than ever. Want turns to need and something more dangerous to their hearts—love. Adam and Rico know if they want to have it all, they can let no one and nothing stand in their way of a life together.


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A past he couldn’t forget Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town, but a tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. He decides New York City is the perfect place to start a new life and joins the FDNY, living and loving his own way—no strings and nothing personal. Until he catches sight of Rico Estevez, the sexy chef with the A past he couldn’t forget Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town, but a tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. He decides New York City is the perfect place to start a new life and joins the FDNY, living and loving his own way—no strings and nothing personal. Until he catches sight of Rico Estevez, the sexy chef with the mysterious smile who rocks his world. After one explosive night together, Adam craves another….And then another. The more he and Rico are together, the more Adam wants him. A future he never imagined Rico Estevez is living a lie. For years he’s hidden his sexuality, afraid to hurt the career of his politically ambitious father. He’s the perfect American―the best schools, top of his class and most importantly, to his father, a successful businessman. Who needs a boyfriend when sex is so easy to find? Starting a torrid love affair with Adam Barton isn’t a problem; neither one is looking toward forever. But Rico’s father is about to get the chance of a lifetime and Rico feels forced to play by his rules. Rules are made to be broken Adam proves more unforgettable than Rico ever imagines, but he gives in to family pressures above personal desire. When a fire reunites them, both men discover their passion for each other hasn’t died; rather it’s stronger than ever. Want turns to need and something more dangerous to their hearts—love. Adam and Rico know if they want to have it all, they can let no one and nothing stand in their way of a life together.

30 review for All or Nothing

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cadiva

    3.5* When I first started reading this I was thinking I'd be ending up in the Box of Shame because I really wasn't feeling the love. Rico was an arse and I loved Adam and was getting all irritated about how he was being treated. This went on for some time but then, around the halfway mark, things started to change and Rico slowly started to worm his way into my affections. He was still being an arse but his rationale for being so started to become more sympathetic. Fortunately, it also happened ar 3.5* When I first started reading this I was thinking I'd be ending up in the Box of Shame because I really wasn't feeling the love. Rico was an arse and I loved Adam and was getting all irritated about how he was being treated. This went on for some time but then, around the halfway mark, things started to change and Rico slowly started to worm his way into my affections. He was still being an arse but his rationale for being so started to become more sympathetic. Fortunately, it also happened around the same time Adam decided enough was enough and if Rico was going to keep pushing him away, then maybe he should fight harder to get past those barriers because he was sure the Cuban chef was "the one" for him. Sex was, as expected, incredibly hot, the beginning few scenes between Rico and Adam are scorching, fast, explosive, full of desperation and lust. But then the feelings start to change, even though Rico fights it, and emotions take over, instead of sex they make love. Felice Stevens has an incredible way of setting you firmly into a location with her stories and this one is no different. I could sense the vibe of New York's neighbourhoods, hear the sounds of the people rushing by, smell the food coming from Rico and Gideon's store and feel the excitement of the crew at the firehouse. I think what stopped this being a 5* for me was the speed with which Rico's conflict with his father was resolved and the quickness with which he switched around in his feelings for Adam and coming out. Gorgeous cover from Reese Dante and (photographer) Golden Czermak of FuriousFotog works well to represent the story inside. #ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

  2. 5 out of 5

    Len Evans Jr

    I am slowly reading my way through all the books that Ms. Stevens has written and she has yet to disappoint. I was particularly looking forward to reading this book since "Learning to Love", Gideon and Jonah's story was the first book of her's that I read and definitely one of her best. I loved Rico from that book and couldn't wait to read his story, especially after it had been hinted at in the 2nd part of this series "The Way to His Heart". All I can say is "Well Done Ms. Stevens... Very Very I am slowly reading my way through all the books that Ms. Stevens has written and she has yet to disappoint. I was particularly looking forward to reading this book since "Learning to Love", Gideon and Jonah's story was the first book of her's that I read and definitely one of her best. I loved Rico from that book and couldn't wait to read his story, especially after it had been hinted at in the 2nd part of this series "The Way to His Heart". All I can say is "Well Done Ms. Stevens... Very Very Well Done". As I noted in my update at 80% I was a bawling mess by then and the last chapter put me right back there again. Ms. Stevens is awesomely talented not just at telling a story but also creates characters who feel so real you expect them to walk in the door at any moment. I once said in another review that Ms. Stevens was fast becoming one of my favorite m/m romance authors... as I continue to read more of her books I have to amend that to say she is fast becoming my favorite. This book delivers in every way imaginable... hot love scenes, humor, drama and front an center a beautiful love story between two amazing men! I highly recommend this book to any fan of gay romance!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Felice Stevens really surprised me with this wonderful story. I was impressed with how she brought Rico around. Even more impressed with Adam and the way he embraced who he was. But, thrilled with how they both came to terms with their problems and found out that it’s easier to stand together than fight their feelings apart. Adam was cute when he was nervous. He was hot in the bedroom. Adorable facing his fellow firefighters about Rico. His loyalty to family was amazing. And, his love for Rico wa Felice Stevens really surprised me with this wonderful story. I was impressed with how she brought Rico around. Even more impressed with Adam and the way he embraced who he was. But, thrilled with how they both came to terms with their problems and found out that it’s easier to stand together than fight their feelings apart. Adam was cute when he was nervous. He was hot in the bedroom. Adorable facing his fellow firefighters about Rico. His loyalty to family was amazing. And, his love for Rico was bright and true. He was dealing with a past that haunted him and swore that he would never allow anyone into his heart again. Destroying one person was enough for him. Rico had his own problems. First, his family. Secondly, his fears. He was loving and giving. He was there when he was needed the most and couldn’t be more appreciative of Adam and his fellow firefighters for helping him in his hour of need. He seemed to feel “freed” when with Adam but couldn’t find it in him to confront his father and tell him the truth. Adam and Rico were hot together. They complimented each other. Adams family was wonderful and Rico’s left a lot to be desired, until the end. Gideon and Jonah completed this story, showed what true friends are made of – love, support and understanding. I truly loved this story and all aspects of it. The way Felice Stevens wrote Adam was amazing. The compassion and caring that he had in him came flowing off of the pages. And, Rico, you could feel his fear and his conflicted feelings. All or Nothing was wonderfully written and a truly interesting story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    I read this one as a stand alone but did not have any trouble getting to know the characters from the previous books who are side characters in this one. Rico Estevez is Gideon's partner in their catering business. He is a work-a-holic, private, closed off, and not looking for a relationship. He comes from a conservative family with Cuban heritage and his father is a politician. So Rico is not out to his father or family and just goes about life with discreet, casual flings. But when he saw Adam I read this one as a stand alone but did not have any trouble getting to know the characters from the previous books who are side characters in this one. Rico Estevez is Gideon's partner in their catering business. He is a work-a-holic, private, closed off, and not looking for a relationship. He comes from a conservative family with Cuban heritage and his father is a politician. So Rico is not out to his father or family and just goes about life with discreet, casual flings. But when he saw Adam Barton assisting at a fire, he was immediately attracted. And Adam felt the same and finally convinced Rico to go out with him. A hook-up turned into more, but both have issues holding them back. Adam is an out, personable, dependable, caring NY Firefighter transplanted from Texas. His past has marked him and he has seen some things recently that are messing with his head. So he struggles with loss, guilt, and stress. But they find that their physical relationship is starting to get out of hand and they are getting more attached. But due to their individual struggles and fears there is plenty of push and pull, avoidance, angst, and hurt feelings. And part of that is the fact they both have secrets that they are reluctant to share. This pits their heads against their hearts. They have to deal with not only their own issues, but the dynamics of shared friends, their families, and external drama. I liked both Adam and Rico and them together. They definitely had chemistry and were compatible. Although I did get frustrated at times with the fight or flight. I had a bit of trouble getting into it for some reason, but then got more invested. Sometimes I felt that the sex scenes were more of a distraction and I wanted to see more emotional development and communication going on between them sooner. But I really came to love them. I liked the side characters of Gideon and Jonah and the camaraderie of the firefighters as well. This is a sexy, angsty, MM romance, but it is also a story of LGBT awareness and acceptance. especially with youth and how important support, acceptance, and mentoring are. It illustrates the importance of equality in love and relationships, community, and living a full life. And simply that love is love. I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. Follow Me: Reviews by Tammy & Kim | Facebook | Twitter

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dani Elle Maas

    4.5 hearts This was so worth the wait! I was so looking forward to reading Rico’s story after finishing book 1 and this was absolutely more than worth it. I loved the connection he had with Adam right from the get go. At the end of Learning to Love, you could feel the chemistry there even in that short piece. I have to admit it was a struggle to not dislike Rico in the beginning while it is so easy to like and love Adam. Let me include the part that troubled me most. Despite understanding Rico’s r 4.5 hearts This was so worth the wait! I was so looking forward to reading Rico’s story after finishing book 1 and this was absolutely more than worth it. I loved the connection he had with Adam right from the get go. At the end of Learning to Love, you could feel the chemistry there even in that short piece. I have to admit it was a struggle to not dislike Rico in the beginning while it is so easy to like and love Adam. Let me include the part that troubled me most. Despite understanding Rico’s reasons for keeping his distance it frustrated me more and more as the story went on. I mean come on, how long do you need to get your act together! It was worth it though. Both men are so unique. Adam is so loving and caring and his sense of family is so strong including his family of firefighters. He is compassionate and loyal but even he lives with something that could easily destroy everything Rico is complicated and has far to come. It is clear he’s falling for Adam but his family and his fears are getting the better of him. What started out as a sexy get-together turned into something more but will they be able to get to the end despite all the drama, disappointments, fears and more? The way author Felice Stevens wrote this story completely fitted in the end, with a special mention of the LGTBQ issues that were talked about and are very much aware of in story. There is quite a bit of sexual interaction in this one but it is sensual, sexy and hot! It is those moments that you feel that Rico is indeed invested in Adam. To wrap it up I very much liked this story, I really like Felice Stevens, her writing and with this story that is not different. An extra bonus for me was the presence of Gideon and Jonah (from the first two stories) because I just love them to bits. Still this story can be perfectly read as a standalone, I just wouldn’t deny yourself the pleasure of the first two stories wonderful stories in this Together series. reviewed for www.lovebytesreviews.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Earlier this year I read The Shape of You by Felice Stevens and instantly fell in love. I wanted more of the author’s work. I wanted to read more of the wonderful stories. Thus, I jumped at All or Nothing as soon as the chance came about. I may not have loved All or Nothing as much as I loved The Shape of You, but I still found it to be a wonderful read. Despite being the third book in the Together series, All or Nothing works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. I do now wish to go and read Lea Earlier this year I read The Shape of You by Felice Stevens and instantly fell in love. I wanted more of the author’s work. I wanted to read more of the wonderful stories. Thus, I jumped at All or Nothing as soon as the chance came about. I may not have loved All or Nothing as much as I loved The Shape of You, but I still found it to be a wonderful read. Despite being the third book in the Together series, All or Nothing works perfectly fine as a standalone novel. I do now wish to go and read Learning to Love and The Way to his Heart – not because of a lack of understanding, but because I wish to better understand the characters from those stories. All or Nothing tells the story of a character introduced at the start of the series, meaning references are made to prior events – another element that left me wanting to read the prior books. Whilst All or Nothing was an enjoyable read, as I said, I did not enjoy it quite as much as I enjoyed The Shape of You. The Shape of You was a four star read with a few five star moments thrown in; All or Nothing was a four star read with the occasional three star moment slipping through the cracks. As a whole it was a solid read, but there were some points in this story where I wasn’t completely content. Mostly, my issues were to be found at the start of the book. Although I was interested in the story and wanted to know more, I found I was unable to connect with the characters. I didn’t particularly like them all that much and I wasn’t shipping the relationship. Due to this, I wasn’t pulled into the start of the story. As the story progressed, however, I came to enjoy the characters and the events a lot more. I do feel as though there was a bit more stereotypical angst in this one than I would have liked, but it played in well with the story. It simply failed to grab me in the way I had hoped from the very start. Once I was pulled into the story, though, I found it was impossible to put down. Upon being sucked into the story, I found myself powering through the remainder of the book. I wanted to know what happened, I wanted to see how things came together, and I couldn’t wait to witness the happily ever after we all knew to be heading our way. Overall, this was a fun read. I’ll certainly be reading more Felice Stevens books, and I’ll be needing to read the prior stories in this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This isn’t just a love story, Adam and Rico offer a glimpse at an imperfect world where LGBTQ people still struggle to come out and, those that do, still face persecution. I enjoy getting wrapped up into Felice’s world. Her writing brings the world in which her MCs live to life, so that you find yourself immersed in their world and feel like you’re a part of it. Adam and Rico’s story is no different. Both Rico and Adam have successful careers, neither one is looking for a relationship despite the This isn’t just a love story, Adam and Rico offer a glimpse at an imperfect world where LGBTQ people still struggle to come out and, those that do, still face persecution. I enjoy getting wrapped up into Felice’s world. Her writing brings the world in which her MCs live to life, so that you find yourself immersed in their world and feel like you’re a part of it. Adam and Rico’s story is no different. Both Rico and Adam have successful careers, neither one is looking for a relationship despite their instant attraction to each other. They enter into a no-strings attached heated affair but soon find out that what the heart wants, the heart wants. Both of these guys are running from their pasts and their futures. Adam experienced a loss so tragic that he has guarded his heart ever since. Rico has a sense of duty and honor to his family that holds him back from being open about who he is, and allowing him to let Adam in. They say we all have a story to tell and that it’s up to us when we tell that story and this was Adam and Rico’s chance to tell theirs. I wanted to wrap Adam in my arms as his story unfolded and we learned more about his past and how much he had been hurt. He was so young. I found myself cheering Rico on as he slowly grew stronger until he was finally able to be true to himself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B+ for narration and content at AudioGals, so 4.5 stars The third title in Felice Stevens’ Brooklyn-set Together series, All or Nothing is a sexy/sweet and emotional character-driven romance between firefighter and Texas-transplant Adam Barton and Rico Estevez, chef and owner of a growing catering business. It’s a simple story on a familiar premise, but the characters are well-rounded and engaging, and their romance is heartfelt, with just the right amount of angsty goodness. Ada I've given this a B+ for narration and content at AudioGals, so 4.5 stars The third title in Felice Stevens’ Brooklyn-set Together series, All or Nothing is a sexy/sweet and emotional character-driven romance between firefighter and Texas-transplant Adam Barton and Rico Estevez, chef and owner of a growing catering business. It’s a simple story on a familiar premise, but the characters are well-rounded and engaging, and their romance is heartfelt, with just the right amount of angsty goodness. Adam and Rico first set eyes on each other in book one, Learning to Love, when Adam was part of the firefighting team who attended a fire at the local synagogue. Rico hasn’t been able to get Adam out of his mind since, impressed by the courageousness of his dash into the burning building – and by his broad shoulders, red hair and piercing blue eyes. Rico knows that those All-American-Boy good looks are bad news; Adam has boyfriend material written all over him and Rico doesn’t do relationships. So he’s tried desperately to avoid the guy, even going so far as to hide in his office whenever Adam comes into the store to pick up something for lunch – until the day he’s not fast enough to get away, and Adam asks him out for a drink. You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals .

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carra

    This story has something I really love in a book—true, limitless passion between it’s main characters, Adam and Rico. As in you should keep a fire extinguisher on hand every time the two of them are on the page together, because you’ll definitely need it. Both Adam and Rico are guys who are not looking for anything permanent, just to have fun and fool around (and we all know how characters like that wind up right?). When they first get together, things between them are absolutely explosive—they s This story has something I really love in a book—true, limitless passion between it’s main characters, Adam and Rico. As in you should keep a fire extinguisher on hand every time the two of them are on the page together, because you’ll definitely need it. Both Adam and Rico are guys who are not looking for anything permanent, just to have fun and fool around (and we all know how characters like that wind up right?). When they first get together, things between them are absolutely explosive—they seriously have some of the most amazing physical chemistry together…which eventually translates to much more than physical. But remember that part of the blurb about Rico giving in to family pressures? Yeah…I really hate when that happens, and it drives me nuts when a character allows it to happen at the expense of their own happiness. When it happened here, I was a bit peeved with Rico. Maybe more than a bit. He made up for it later on, but until then I wanted to give him one of those slaps upside the back of his head. Adam? I love this man SO much. He’s not afraid to admit his feelings, and even when Rico gave in to family pressures, Adam was still there for Rico strictly as a friend with no expectations back. Longing and want, yes…but Adam was selfless, kind, and supportive no matter if Rico would be coming back or not. I so very much enjoy the setting of this series, the feeling of community and friendship, and let’s not forget the supporting characters who are just as strongly molded as the main characters are. I loved having Gideon and Jonah from Learning to Love here in All or Nothing since I was a huge fan of their characters in their own book. With the setting and characters, reading this story felt like coming home to family—and adding some new members to that family as well. All or Nothing was a very firm 4 star read for me, and I’d highly recommend this story to any M/M romance fan. You do not have to read the other books in the series to enjoy this one, though I know you’ll want to get Gideon and Jonah’s backstory once you read this (I’m a big proponent of reading in order unless the author recommends differently). This book will surely leave you hot and bothered, as it’s for readers 18+ for adult language and scorching sexual content (passionate, all-consuming, must-have-you-now content!).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Originally reviewed at Sinfully. Finally!! I feel like it’s been so long since we first met Adam Barton in Beyond the Surface. Then he showed up again in Learning to Love where we met Gideon’s secretive friend and business partner Rico (this story definitely works as a standalone though). I always worry that my expectations are too high when I’m waiting for a particular story, but I can absolutely say it was well worth the wait for these two. Their chemistry jumps off the page from the start and Originally reviewed at Sinfully. Finally!! I feel like it’s been so long since we first met Adam Barton in Beyond the Surface. Then he showed up again in Learning to Love where we met Gideon’s secretive friend and business partner Rico (this story definitely works as a standalone though). I always worry that my expectations are too high when I’m waiting for a particular story, but I can absolutely say it was well worth the wait for these two. Their chemistry jumps off the page from the start and I flew through this book. There is real emotion in the story and Rico and Adam are by turns sweet and super sexy – this maybe the hottest book Felice Stevens has ever written. Since they met briefly during a fire call at the local synagogue, firefighter Adam Barton has been trying unsuccessfully to get chef/caterer Rico Estevez to notice him. It’s not that Rico hasn’t noticed the sexy red head. Dates and relationships are not Rico’s thing. Anonymous hook-ups work perfectly. He’s focused on his business and other than his family and friends, nothing else is all that important. When Adam finally corners Rico and asks him to meet up he’s surprised at his reaction. The self-assured Rico is virtually tongue-tied. After a smoking hot night, Rico runs off, but Adam won’t give up that easy. Since neither wants a relationship, but both wouldn’t mind a repeat of the night before, they come to a sex-only, just fun, no strings agreement. If you’re a regular romance reader you know how that’s going to turn out. Adam has a past that haunts him but being with Rico calms him and he feels he can finally start to put things behind him. One particularly bad call at work however brings everything to the surface again, but he can’t really open up to Rico about what happened, even when they’re surrounded by reminders. Rico seems to understand Adam’s needs and the two share a beautiful moment together on a dance floor. I think I let out an actual sigh during that scene. Rico is so closed off, even his best friend of many years, Gideon doesn’t know a lot about him. Rico could certainly never let his father know who he really is. It’s just easier to keep his life private. Rico’s whole life has been spent living up to his conservative father’s expectations and hopes for him. He yearns for his praise, yet realizes the only time it comes is when he succeeds in business. He just can’t find a way to let go of those expectations and allow himself to get close to someone. When it comes to Adam, Rico knows he’s screwed. He can’t stop thinking of him, he has moments of jealousy and he can see Adam being there for the long run. He realizes his father’s views aren’t going to help things and fears his rejection. I loved both of these men, even if I did want to shake Rico a few times. Both have pain in their pasts, both hold their family close and both are getting in too deep to even pretend there isn’t more between them. Something finally has to give. Adam wears his heart on his sleeve and as much as he tries to fight it, he recognizes his feelings for Rico and soon he can’t keep quiet any longer even knowing what’s going to happen. The push and pull, the angst and the real feelings kept me reading. These two worked hard for their HEA. Felice Stevens knocked it out of the park with this one. I couldn't put this story down. There’s plenty of sex (after all that’s what the relationship started as), angst, drama, family issues and romance. The serious moments are balanced out with fun and romance. I’d recommend this to anyone who loves a hard-won HEA with plenty of ups and downs along the way.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Anne-Marie Holm

    I literally just finished reading this book and even if this review ends up a bit messy I need to write it down straight away or there'll be no sleep for me tonight. Ever since Gideon and Jonah's book I've been looking forward to Rico's story. I was so excited when Felice announced that it was just around the corner. When it landed on my kindle I paused my reading of another book to dive into this one. Honestly, I could have finished it sooner but I stalled as I didn't want it to end. Once again I literally just finished reading this book and even if this review ends up a bit messy I need to write it down straight away or there'll be no sleep for me tonight. Ever since Gideon and Jonah's book I've been looking forward to Rico's story. I was so excited when Felice announced that it was just around the corner. When it landed on my kindle I paused my reading of another book to dive into this one. Honestly, I could have finished it sooner but I stalled as I didn't want it to end. Once again Felice Stevens has created amazing characters for us. Amazing in their imperfections that makes them so easy to relate to. They are real, the kind of people you'd meet down the street or while you're out shopping. Also, I love how the author manages to address important issues. In Gideon's book she provoked thoughts on dyslexia. With this book she touches the subject of equal rights for the LGBTQ community - a war they fight every single day. I laughed and cried while reading this book. My heart broke more than once and at times I wanted to chase down a cheerleading outfit and do a cheer for Rico and Adam because these two and all the people around the world deserves to have people in their corners cheering them in their fight to live life as they choose...just like everyone else. I'm feeling so much from reading this book and it's going to take me a few days to fully recover. And then I'll look forward to whatever this author has in store for me next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Earlyn

    I fell in love with his book and the two guys Adam and Rico. the writing had me captivated and interested. My heart kept rooting that they would get their act together and make it work.. and it happened.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This one just wasn't for me, I guess. I didn't like Rico's behavior towards Adam and it made it hard for me to root for them as a couple. It took a long time for Rico to start changing the awful way he was treating Adam, and by that point, if I was Adam I would have tried to move on. I also hated that every time he decided to push Adam away h e ended up making out with a different person. He was a very hard character to like!! The turnaround in Rico's father's feelings about him coming out felt This one just wasn't for me, I guess. I didn't like Rico's behavior towards Adam and it made it hard for me to root for them as a couple. It took a long time for Rico to start changing the awful way he was treating Adam, and by that point, if I was Adam I would have tried to move on. I also hated that every time he decided to push Adam away h e ended up making out with a different person. He was a very hard character to like!! The turnaround in Rico's father's feelings about him coming out felt really fast to me too.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Barb ~rede-2-read~

    A sweet, easy to read love story. This one features Gideon and Jonah from Learning to Love and Gideon's work partner, Rico. Adam, the fireman who was on hand for the fire that occurred in the first story, becomes Rico's one-night stand and then much, much more. Both men carry a burden-- Adam's is the death of his teenage boyfriend, Wayne, who committed suicide when his family wouldn't accept him. And Rico's is a politically ambitious father who fights against LGBTQ rights and who doesn't even kn A sweet, easy to read love story. This one features Gideon and Jonah from Learning to Love and Gideon's work partner, Rico. Adam, the fireman who was on hand for the fire that occurred in the first story, becomes Rico's one-night stand and then much, much more. Both men carry a burden-- Adam's is the death of his teenage boyfriend, Wayne, who committed suicide when his family wouldn't accept him. And Rico's is a politically ambitious father who fights against LGBTQ rights and who doesn't even know his 30-year-old son is gay. Of course it works out in the end and the men get their HEA but there's lots of sweetness and fluff in between the layers of angst and self-recrimination. Would make a good beach read. :-)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Ciorciari-marinich

    Every once in a while I read a story that makes my heart break. Felice has given me one of those books with this story. We have Adam and Rico, 2 men who have survived heartbreak and have come out the other side but not living their best life. You know from reading about their pasts that it will take a special person to help them be whole again. The pull towards each other is instant and if they can both move past their barriers they can be so good together.  I rooted for their happiness from the Every once in a while I read a story that makes my heart break. Felice has given me one of those books with this story. We have Adam and Rico, 2 men who have survived heartbreak and have come out the other side but not living their best life. You know from reading about their pasts that it will take a special person to help them be whole again. The pull towards each other is instant and if they can both move past their barriers they can be so good together.  I rooted for their happiness from the beginning. Adam feels guilt because he couldn't save a friend when they were younger so he loved to New York in order to move forward with his life. Adam is a firefighter who loves what he does but he is lonely. He hooks up but doesn't want more because he feels he doesn't deserve it. When he met Rico, he knew he wanted him but couldn't figure out what the pull was. Rico is living his dream. He is a successful caterer with his own business but he is also lonely. He isn't out to his father and knows that since that is never going to happen, he has to be happy with hook ups and never finding the one person who can love him. They start out as friends with benefits but like many stories it turns into so much more. The problem is that Adam is out and Rico is not. Adam wants more from Rico. I felt that Rico showed his feelings for Adam is the little things that he does but doesn't want to admit to himself that they could be so good together if he just took a chance. Adam admits his feelings to Rico and Rico pulls away from him. Rico's father is a conservative politician who is going to run for office and lets Rico know to keep his nose clean as to not put a bad reputation on them Rico is afraid to admit to his father that he is gay so he doesn't rock the boat and tells Adam that they have to slow down for awhile. Felice's writing is great as always and I wonder how she can write such wonderful stories of men in pain. The chemistry is hot for these 2 from the start and the love scenes are the hottest she has ever written. We get the point of views from both Adam and Rico which I love reading. I was waiting for Rico to get out of his own way and live. When there is another fire and Adam is there to help Rico, they find themselves drawn to each other again. I loved the way Rico finally decides to go for it and make himself happy. He decides to open up and let Adam love him which in turn gives him courage to come out to his father. Adam is there for him throughout everything and that helps Adam move past his hurts and live as well.  It takes time but everything falls into place and these guys get to love each other and have a their HEA. *ARC provided by Felice Stevens in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Jodi from Alpha Book Club

  16. 4 out of 5

    Laura Hampton

    This is the first book that I have read by this author and all though it is book three in the Together Series, it can be read as a standalone. I did not feel as though I was missing out on anything by not reading the prior two books, if anything, I now need to find the time to read more of Felice's work. I know I have said it a million times, well maybe not quite that many, but enough times anyway, I am a sucker for a good M/M romance and I love getting the opportunity to read work by new-to-me This is the first book that I have read by this author and all though it is book three in the Together Series, it can be read as a standalone. I did not feel as though I was missing out on anything by not reading the prior two books, if anything, I now need to find the time to read more of Felice's work. I know I have said it a million times, well maybe not quite that many, but enough times anyway, I am a sucker for a good M/M romance and I love getting the opportunity to read work by new-to-me authors. I really enjoyed the premise of the story but felt some aspects felt a tad rushed. Maybe I am just a little nuts and like to see/read stories that are drawn out a little more. The fact that one of the main characters is a firefighter scored points with me. I mean who doesn't love a sexy, bad-ass firefighter. And the scenes between Adam and Rico, in the beginning, were scorching! You could feel the heat between them and it burned hot. Adam Barton has just made the move to New York from Texas, a clean start, with a new fire department is just what he needs. Adam has no qualms with who he is and what he wants. As an openly gay man, he embraces who he is and has his families support. When he catches the eye of local chef Rico Estevez, the son of a rising politician. Rico keeps himself hidden away in the closet. No one knows about his sexual orientation and he plans to keep it that way. That is until he meets Adam. What starts out as a no-strings-attached relationship, quickly and hotly becomes more. But when Rico isn't prepared to stand up to his father and fight for who he is and what he wants, Adam has little choice but to let him go. When their worlds collide once again, will they be able to find a way through all the smoke and haze or will the flames that once burned so hot, be extinguished for good? I really enjoyed how Adam and Rico's story played out. Steven's has a way of drawing the reader in and getting sucked into the emotions of the characters. I was a roller coaster ride of emotions with this book and I loved it all. I look forward to reading more of this author's work. 4 iScream Stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Nicole Costiera

    I fall each and every time for Felice's boys! In All or Nothing, NYC Fireman Adam Barton stole my heart. He's the perfect combination of boyishly sweet and tender, mixed with sexy, domineering alpha. He had me swooning all over the place and heating up! When he meets closed off, workaholic Rico Esteves, he knocks him right off his feet. Their undeniable animalistic attraction is intense. (Very hot sex scenes!!!) They give into their carnal desires with no strings attached... Forming a mutual fri I fall each and every time for Felice's boys! In All or Nothing, NYC Fireman Adam Barton stole my heart. He's the perfect combination of boyishly sweet and tender, mixed with sexy, domineering alpha. He had me swooning all over the place and heating up! When he meets closed off, workaholic Rico Esteves, he knocks him right off his feet. Their undeniable animalistic attraction is intense. (Very hot sex scenes!!!) They give into their carnal desires with no strings attached... Forming a mutual friends with benefit agreement. With each passing day, their walls start to crumble. Sounds great, right? Too bad between the two, there are some serious unresolved issues within themselves. Leaving them battling internally... I loved how their story progressed. Sex turned to making love, shacking up turned to dating, meaningless conversation turned into heart to hearts... It was beautiful to witness them falling in love. Even though they denied and fought it. It was blatantly obvious. They are perfect for each other! Rico may have felt this, but he fought it way harder then Adam did. (He became an ass!) He put on the breaks before they could even begin. Putting others dreams in front of his own. Were they worth fighting for? The guys needed to come to terms with their pasts and see if the wanted a furture or could even have one together. Seeing them eventually evolve separately, as well as together made me smile. I loved their rocky journey! Felice knows how to create realistic characters and scenarios... While Adam & Rico were becoming friends of mine, I was transported to a neighborhood in Brooklyn. I was able to experience all the sites, sounds and tastes. I also love how Felice captured the essence and brotherhood of our wonderful FDNY!! All these components made for another wonderful read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 stars All or Nothing is the third book in the Together series, but fine to read as a standalone. I liked the story, though I wasn’t wild about Rico for roughly 75% of the book. I’m not one to complain about sexytimes, but a lot of it didn’t engage me. I think I had a disconnect because Adam and Rico couldn’t stop telling themselves they weren’t building an emotional connection while they were dropping into bed and making passionate love at every conceivable moment. So, A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 stars All or Nothing is the third book in the Together series, but fine to read as a standalone. I liked the story, though I wasn’t wild about Rico for roughly 75% of the book. I’m not one to complain about sexytimes, but a lot of it didn’t engage me. I think I had a disconnect because Adam and Rico couldn’t stop telling themselves they weren’t building an emotional connection while they were dropping into bed and making passionate love at every conceivable moment. So, it took a while for me to warm up to the supposed love that was growing. Expect Rico to be a jerk and push Adam away…more than once. The part where Adam helps with Rico’s business felt realistic and believable, though some other incidents in the story felt heavy-handed, repetitive, and, at times, preachy, to me. The way Rico spoke to his dad, in particular. Rico’s wavering on coming out was tough to take. He had the love and support of everyone near him, and the anticipated disappointment of his father, a man who hardly interacted with him and whom he moved to New York to escape. It seemed a false choice, the way it was built, and that made the stakes feel lower than they should have been. I think I would have understood it better if Rico and his father were really close and there seemed something tangible to lose if his dad disowned him. As it was, the conversations between them all felt off, and Rico’s inability to claim his own happiness was purely frustrating. The big showdown was anticlimactic, for me as a result. That said, the resolution was better than I’d expected. Read Veronica’s review in its entirety here.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cee Brown

    ¸.•´¸★*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.★¨*.¸¸.•`★¤I adored this book.¤★¨*.¸¸.*ˑ˞★ It all started with a redheaded fireman he couldn’t get out of his mind. And just like that, Felice locked me in again. Rico and Adam, featured main characters, were two lost men drawn to each other through want and need. Yet, they denied everything due to fright. Felice does not pull punches with her men. They may be strong internally and fight for their freedom, but they are human and their weakness are felt and understood. I wa ¸.•´¸★*´¨) ¸.•*¨) (¸.★¨*.¸¸.•`★¤I adored this book.¤★¨*.¸¸.*ˑ˞★ It all started with a redheaded fireman he couldn’t get out of his mind. And just like that, Felice locked me in again. Rico and Adam, featured main characters, were two lost men drawn to each other through want and need. Yet, they denied everything due to fright. Felice does not pull punches with her men. They may be strong internally and fight for their freedom, but they are human and their weakness are felt and understood. I was waiting on Rico's story for almost a year now and I am glad it was not rushed, but made to cultivate and marinate. Rico, secretive, hiding an ache inside. He needed to shout to the world who and what he was. Adam, the brave firefighter who craved a relationship but was letting heartache hold him back. "One day the right person will walk into your life, and you won’t want him to leave. I thought that person could be me, but I was wrong." ~Adam How could two people be so intimate yet remain strangers in their heads and hearts? I expected it to be hard on both men, and Felice delivered a good tale. Hot on love and easy on the palate. It was great to jump back into Togetherness. Highly recommend this book, this series that I will be running back to soon enough. I voluntarily and honestly reviewed this book without bias or persuasion from the author. Reviewed by Cee from Alpha Book Club

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lelyana's Reviews

    Once in a while, when you read a book, and you can't stop your epigastrium from aching, and wanted to dive into it and solving the problem, and makes everything's right. This book, a story about Adam and Rico did that to me. Secrets can be a real burden in our life of we keep it to ourselves and not letting it out and solved. Adam and Rico kept their own secrets for so long, and when they're met each other, and falling in love, those secrets holding them back to be happy. There's something about Fe Once in a while, when you read a book, and you can't stop your epigastrium from aching, and wanted to dive into it and solving the problem, and makes everything's right. This book, a story about Adam and Rico did that to me. Secrets can be a real burden in our life of we keep it to ourselves and not letting it out and solved. Adam and Rico kept their own secrets for so long, and when they're met each other, and falling in love, those secrets holding them back to be happy. There's something about Felice's books that keep me pestering her from the start. It always made me happy, and beaming in the beginning, ripped my heart and made me cry, cursed her for making the boys suffer, then in the end, made me happy again and let the boys stay in my heart for a long time. Adam and Rico are definitely my new favourite couple. And since what they had been though together, it's only fair that they need their HEA, right? So far, Felice never failed to satisfy my need of a good story and a perfect ending. And Adam and Rico deserved that. And they got it! I have to read again after this real slow, because I missed them already. Recommended!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ *I voluntarily read the ARC, no high rating required in my review.* More thoughts to come near the release date.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports. Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town but tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. New York City is the place he decides to start his new life and he loves his job and freedom. He is all about no string attached and nothing personal. That is until he catches sight of Rico Estevez. One night is all it takes to have Adam craving more of Rico's attention I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for Stephanie's Book Reports. Adam Barton is living his dream of working as a firefighter in his small Texas town but tragedy from his youth continues to haunt him. New York City is the place he decides to start his new life and he loves his job and freedom. He is all about no string attached and nothing personal. That is until he catches sight of Rico Estevez. One night is all it takes to have Adam craving more of Rico's attention and their nights together. However Rico is hiding his sexuality and living a lie all because he is afraid if people find out it will affect the career of his politically ambitious father. When a fire bring Rico and Adam back together they discover their passion has no died and is stronger than ever. Will these two ever get their happily ever after. I haven't read any other book in this series and did not have a hard time reading it and feeling lost. I really liked these two characters and how the author shines a light on issues that need attention. This book too I found to be super emotional. I was all over the place reading it and still thinking about it days after I had finished. This was my first book by Felice Stevens but it sure won't be my last.

  22. 5 out of 5

    books are love

    Sweet romance. Adam is a great caring guy. Sexy fireman who is trying to move on from the past and guilt he has from it. He doesn’t feel he can do a relationship so meeting Rico another non relationship guy to him is good. Only they do fall for one another and they need to fight to be together. Or Rico does for Adam believes in him. Rico is the chef that is not rocking the family boat. He is a talented and amazing guy but afraid of losing the family he has left. He sees that his dad isn’t exactly Sweet romance. Adam is a great caring guy. Sexy fireman who is trying to move on from the past and guilt he has from it. He doesn’t feel he can do a relationship so meeting Rico another non relationship guy to him is good. Only they do fall for one another and they need to fight to be together. Or Rico does for Adam believes in him. Rico is the chef that is not rocking the family boat. He is a talented and amazing guy but afraid of losing the family he has left. He sees that his dad isn’t exactly honest with himself and his platform hurts his son. It takes alot for his dad to see this and the bravery of Rico with the love and support of Adam to help his dad realize the truth and begin to go on a journey to resdicover who he is and gain his family once again. the characters around Rico and Adam are fun and sweet. the banter is great and the slow burning relationship between them is wonderful. We don’t see Rico and Adam suddenly find their way but go through moments of transition in which they rediscover themselves and help one another. Rico helps Adam move on and find his way to forgive himself and let his heart open up love. And it does for Rico. The man who was there for him and was his rock and support system. they start as friends and become more. A story of bravery, support friendship and love that just has you smile the whole way through the story

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brandy Roberts

    I'm such a huge fan of MM stories and this one was really enjoyable All or nothing would be my first book I've read by Felice Stevenes and it wont be my last . My heart hurt for the characters with the way they had to hide the way they felt and who held there affections but behind closed doors . Some of the characters I liked right away but others it me time to worm up to them overall this was a great story with semi likable characters . copy provided for honest review  ************************** I'm such a huge fan of MM stories and this one was really enjoyable All or nothing would be my first book I've read by Felice Stevenes and it wont be my last . My heart hurt for the characters with the way they had to hide the way they felt and who held there affections but behind closed doors . Some of the characters I liked right away but others it me time to worm up to them overall this was a great story with semi likable characters . copy provided for honest review  **************************************** hero=9 hero=7 secondary characters=8 Chemistry= 10 humor=3 darkness level=5 action=3 mystery=3 enjoyment=9 angst=5 story line=8 Story ending=10 character development=10 pacing=10 Plot=10 cover=10 stars=4 author=8 would I recommend this book=yes would I re read this book=yes would I read future books by this author= yes

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mia Sciberras

    I was incredibly lucky to be provided with an ARC of All Or Nothing fron the author but don't let that fact make you think I'm automatically going to give a book a great wrap, it doesn't. However, let it be known that once again Felice Stevens has not disappointed, finally giving us Rico's love story, and oh what a story it is. You don't need to be a fan of this series to appreciate the balance between the romance and the story arc. Rico and Adam are up against it from the start. The pull towards I was incredibly lucky to be provided with an ARC of All Or Nothing fron the author but don't let that fact make you think I'm automatically going to give a book a great wrap, it doesn't. However, let it be known that once again Felice Stevens has not disappointed, finally giving us Rico's love story, and oh what a story it is. You don't need to be a fan of this series to appreciate the balance between the romance and the story arc. Rico and Adam are up against it from the start. The pull towards each other as their attraction burns hard and the push to remain merely friends against the backdrop of the expectations of family for Rico and a tragic history for Adam. I love the way this story is woven. And you'll be cheering on these two men as they head towards the ultimate all or nothing moment.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie Townsend

    I loved all or nothing it was such a beautiful story Adam and Rico stole my heart from beginning to end I couldn't place this book down You can feel every emotion what Adam and Rico are going through you feel like you are by there side though there ups and downs All or nothing is such a powerful meaningful and beautifully hot story one most minute your thinking wow and the next your crying its so amazing Following these two amazing guys grow is so good I wanted to hug these two strong brave guys s I loved all or nothing it was such a beautiful story Adam and Rico stole my heart from beginning to end I couldn't place this book down You can feel every emotion what Adam and Rico are going through you feel like you are by there side though there ups and downs All or nothing is such a powerful meaningful and beautifully hot story one most minute your thinking wow and the next your crying its so amazing Following these two amazing guys grow is so good I wanted to hug these two strong brave guys so much I really connected with adam and Rico I voluntary reviewed a advanced readers copy of this book

  26. 5 out of 5

    cmbookdiva

    Wonderful story. Love the series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mette

    4.5 stars Uhhhhh yummy. A firefighter and a chef. Have I died and gone to heaven? Felice Stevens makes me wonder with her new novel All or Nothing. Rico Estevez is living in constant fear of his, running for senator, father finding out he is gay. He is only hooking up with one-night stands and is not ready to commit to anything else. Adam Barton is a fireman that is out and isn’t ashamed of it. He is also very interested in Rico, and they hook up. After their night together they both realize that 4.5 stars Uhhhhh yummy. A firefighter and a chef. Have I died and gone to heaven? Felice Stevens makes me wonder with her new novel All or Nothing. Rico Estevez is living in constant fear of his, running for senator, father finding out he is gay. He is only hooking up with one-night stands and is not ready to commit to anything else. Adam Barton is a fireman that is out and isn’t ashamed of it. He is also very interested in Rico, and they hook up. After their night together they both realize that there is firework going on between them and they start seeing each other on a steady basis. But they both carry a lot in their past backpack, and the question is if they can overcome what keeps being thrown at them. Oh, dear. The poor star-struck couple keeps getting hit by fate, and we all know she can be a tough lady to dance with. The constant push and pull in the story was just heartbreaking, and it tore me apart. I kept rooting for them to get together finally, but they were on a journey that I knew would end well, but it had me biting my nails at times. Rico being bit of an as* at times only made my heart melt, even more, when he called Adam “Mi Corazon” my heart, and I almost leaped from joy with Adam. Felice Stevens writing is solid, and I really enjoyed the universe she has created. This is the third book in her The Together series, and it can be read as a stand-alone. I read it as one and I had no problem getting to know the characters that were the lead in the other books but in this one only was supporting characters. It just made me want to read the rest of the series. To the fans of m/m with a high angst level, All or Nothing is a perfect read. It’s such a beautiful love story, and it had my heart beating really loud throughout the entire book. Thanks to Felice Stevens for the beautiful journey she showed me with this advanced copy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    Felice Stevens always take me on emotional journey and this one was no different. However, I will admit that this one took a little longer to get to the happily ever after, because of the behavior of Rico Estevez, the chef and co-owner of who is Gideon's partner and best friend, and who we first met in Learning to Love. Rico refused to completely admit his feelings for Adam Barton, a firefighter, who we initially in Nick and Julian's story, Beyond the Surface, until the very last minute because Felice Stevens always take me on emotional journey and this one was no different. However, I will admit that this one took a little longer to get to the happily ever after, because of the behavior of Rico Estevez, the chef and co-owner of who is Gideon's partner and best friend, and who we first met in Learning to Love. Rico refused to completely admit his feelings for Adam Barton, a firefighter, who we initially in Nick and Julian's story, Beyond the Surface, until the very last minute because of his fear that his very conservative Cuban father will no longer accept. So, yeah, Rico's back and forth with Adam's heart and feelings really drove me crazy. Now Adam, I absolutely loved him!! He was willing to give Rico his all, no questions asked, if Rico was willing to accept him. Felice Stevens writing always pulls me in, because she always writes stories that have such strong and independent, but yet vulnerable characters who are trying to discover who they truly are, and how they fit in. I loved the fact that family and love for one's family is always the aspect that brings her story lines together. All or Nothing was another great read by Felice Stevens.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Perry

    I Floved this book! So I'm giving it five glorious stars. It was swoon worthy, hot & a little bit angsty. It wouldn't be a Felice book if I didn't cry a few times. Had to take a break at one time so I could calm my tears... I so loved Adam & Rico(even though I wanted to kick his butt a time or two). It so worth a read! I Floved this book! So I'm giving it five glorious stars. It was swoon worthy, hot & a little bit angsty. It wouldn't be a Felice book if I didn't cry a few times. Had to take a break at one time so I could calm my tears... I so loved Adam & Rico(even though I wanted to kick his butt a time or two). It so worth a read!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Isabella ~Mikku-chan~

    *~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~* All or Nothing is a book by Felice Steven I’ve waited long for it, I waited since the moment Felice created these two guys in Learning to Love and they had their first encounter. For me the waiting was worth it and although the book is totally fine to be read as a standalone the established couple from Learning to Love & The Way to his Heart, Jonah and Gideon make an appearance. We also got a few glimpses of Rico in *~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~* All or Nothing is a book by Felice Steven I’ve waited long for it, I waited since the moment Felice created these two guys in Learning to Love and they had their first encounter. For me the waiting was worth it and although the book is totally fine to be read as a standalone the established couple from Learning to Love & The Way to his Heart, Jonah and Gideon make an appearance. We also got a few glimpses of Rico in the books before but this time we had – of course him as the main hero – the total focus on him. Here and there Felice included the previous events but it all starts when both guys meet and from the start the passion is there. I have to say it astonished me a bit, but it wasn’t necessary something bad to have the sexual tension present right from the start. I won’t say it’s total insta-lust but it’s close to it. Still Felice Stevens knows how to capture the reader’s attention, grounds the story with solid character and spice their meetings up with problems. The problems in Rico’s and Adam’s case are different yet both guys have to solve them first to be truly happy at the end. Felice Stevens is able to create a deep, emotional book but keep parts light, funny and sweet. This book is no exception and Adam is, as many of Felice’s heroes, suffering from a loss of a beloved person from his past. I won’t go further, it would dull the reader’s excitement. Rico is another matter, he is dealing with his father, he is hiding his sexuality from him and both men have different opinions when it comes to work and reputation. It is touching how the Adam and Rico manage their problems, how they know they have support, people around who care about them. I could releate a bit more to Adam and his suffering than to Rico’s problems. I also had my problems with his sometimes stubborn attitude but on the other hand this is what makes him charming on the one hand, and how he is trying to keep his head up, even in desperate times is quite intimidating. He is a pretty good leader and a doer and when the catering shop is in a crisis he handles the problem with unexpected easy. I really loved the supporting, reappearing character in the book. Gideon and Jonah are such a sweet couple, of course you can’t help yourself and be happy for them. But also the other crew in Gideon’s and Rico’s catering shop is fabulous (I am fond of Sean, to bad this guy has a girlfriend. ;)), as well as the team of Adam’s firehouse and the knit tight community (Washington in his apron cracked me up :D). I also had fun with the scenes with Mr. D., such a charming man. :3 Rico’s wish to be more in tune with his father and having a closer family relationship hit pretty hard and it was one of the hardest parts at the end of the book. I can totally understand where Rico’s wish comes from and I think Felice Stevens did a great job in showing the diversity in Adam’s and Rico’s heritage and where Rico’s family come from (although Rico is second generation). Adam’s history is totally devastating and I had to pause at a moment; it is totally palpable how Adam is effected by this and even years later he isn’t over it. Although he seems calm and always happy, he suffers enormously. This is just getting worse when there is the one scene with the teenage boy. This was a truly horrible scene to endure and I was actually crying and screamed a loud “no way, Felice” while reading. At this point I want to make a trigger warning for the mentioning and display of suicide, past and present in the book. This book leaves me with several emotions, of course Felice writes a HEA but the way until then is rocky. I really loved the intimate relationship between those two, the different character & their attitudes and how they support each other but still have their own problems to solve. The supporting cast and the well-known character make the book even more pleasurable but for new starters it’s not problem to get into the story. 5 out of 5 stars for this, truly recommended and I am so happy Rico and Adam find their HEA after they first met in a pretty unexpected way. ❤ Sometimes the true love is right behind the next corner. :3 Review originally posted on my blog with added content Mikku-chan / A world full of words

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