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All or Nothing
by Felice Stevens
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance
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.
“That’s not who you are. You care about people. It’s why you do your job so well.”
Surprised at Rico’s insight, Adam gave him a shy smile. “I didn’t think you noticed.”
The song ended, yet they remained on the dance floor, with Rico half-hidden in the shadows, silent yet with a presence so overpowering, Adam couldn’t help but be drawn to him. Rico reached up, grasped the nape of his neck, and pressed their mouths together, and as always, it took only the touch of those firm lips to crumble his defenses. They remained on the dance floor, kissing until the sound of whistles and clapping brought Adam back to reality.
Shrugging it off, Rico took his hand, and they returned to the bar, where their burgers awaited them. That revelation by Rico had shaken Adam, and he chewed and swallowed his food, sneaking sideways glances at Rico, frustrated at his inability to gain any sense of Rico’s thoughts behind that neutral mask.
“So how long have you two been dating?” Dale wiped up the counter, getting rid of their empty plates.
Holding his breath, Adam waited for Rico to answer.
“It’s not like that. We’re friends.”
“Yeah.” Adam gave Dale a weak grin, but by the bartender’s dubious expression and quirked dark brow, Rico’s explanation didn’t go far toward convincing Dale.
“Whatever you say, Rico.” He set a fresh foamy glass of beer in front of each of them. “Here’s to your kind of friendship. I’d like to find it for myself.”
“I need to settle the check. Here’s my card.” Rico scowled and flicked the card over to Dale, then took a long drink, finishing half his beer in one gulp. Not once had he looked at Adam since they’d sat down from dancing.
Unsure what to do or say, Adam sat quietly and finished off his drink while Rico signed the receipt. When Rico got up to leave, Adam followed his lead and shook Dale’s hand.
“Thanks for everything.”
“No, thank you. And take care of him. He’s kind of a mess.”
“You coming?” Rico’s face was a storm of emotions.
Without responding to Dale, Adam hurried outside to join Rico, who’d already left. “Rico, wait up.”
Rico halted and turned, his face no less dark than earlier, but Adam recalled his words on the dance floor.
“Uh, thanks for dinner. Do you want—”
“Come back with me?” Rico crowded close, his breath smelling sharp from the beer, and Adam wanted to taste his tongue. “Spend the night?”
While in Leary’s, Adam hadn’t been certain he’d be invited back to Rico’s, but he wasn’t about to question his luck right now.
“Yeah, if you want.”
Rico ran his nose down Adam’s cheek, and goosebumps prickled up his arms despite the warmth of the evening.
“I want,” Rico whispered. “I want you.”
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!).
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I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner, My characters have to work for it, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love, but getting there is oh so fun and oh so sexy.
I live in New York City with my husband and two children. My day begins with a lot of caffeine and ends with a glass (or two of red wine). I practice law but daydream of a time when I can sit by a beach somewhere and write beautiful stories of men falling in love. Although there are bound to be a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.