Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Memories of the Heart by Felice Stevens

Title: Memories of the Heart
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: Gay Romance
Publish Date: February 12, 2015
Review Source: eARC
Ruthless, Controlling, A Loner. All words used to describe Dr. Micah Steinberg by the hospital staff for their next head of surgery. When a letter arrives from his grandmother’s friend at the assisted living facility, his orderly world tilts dangerously out of control.

Josh Rosen had everything until it was revealed much of his world was a lie. Forced to re-evaluate his life, Josh gives up his career and returns home to New York City to care for his beloved grandmother. What Josh didn’t figure on was an attraction to a man who on the surface, appears to be exactly like the life Josh chose to leave behind.

As Micah struggles with the reality of his grandmother’s illness, the bond they share deepens, as Josh helps Micah heal, then open his heart. Micah discovers there is more to life than work, control and success. Josh is in deep but has yet to tell Micah who he really is.
When the fight for the hospital’s head of surgery turns ugly, Josh’s past and present collide. Micah must let go of the past and accept who he is, if his life is going to move forward.

Life is full of surprises, and as both Micah and Josh learn, love can happen whether you plan for it or not.

Sometimes as a reader we need a good book, that is just simple.  A story that is not filled with alot of drama, very little suspense, just a good overall love story.  This is what Memories of the Heart is for me.

I am a sucker for two people meet, fall in love, and find happiness.  This book contained a whole lot of that for me.  Now, with that being said, with every romance, and having several gay friends, male and female, this story also does a really great job of adding that little bit of drama that every relationship has.  Felice Stevens does an amazing job of capturing that bit of drama in this story.

Micah is a bit brooding, not overly compassionate, and completely self centered when we first meet him.  Josh on the other hand is the complete opposite, and yes opposites do attract.  Now, add into this mix two grandmothers who love unconditionally and a lucky dog who finds a forever home and you have the perfect story.

This book could not have come to me at a better time to read.  I love the fact that it is simple, sweet, and for the most part straight forward.  Most books are either packed full of drama, suspense, sex, or all of the above.  Yes, this book does have a little drama, and some perfectly written love scenes, but just enough to add to the warmth of it.  I can say it just flows smoothly and is a good read.  Micah and Josh make the story with how different and yet alike.  The way that they see inside each other is perfect.  I love how Ethel and Ruth are so open minded and manage to keep the two boys on their toes at all times.  

I have always been a romantic at heart. I believe that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending just around the corner. I started reading traditional historical romances when I was a teenager, then life and law school got in the way. It wasn’t until I picked up a copy of Bertrice Small and became swept away to Queen Elizabeth’s court that my interest in romance novels became renewed.

But somewhere along the way, my tastes shifted. While I still enjoys a juicy Historical romance, I began experimenting with newer, more cutting edge genres and discovered the world of Male/Male romance. Once I picked up her first, I became so enamored of the authors, the character-driven stories and the overwhelming emotion of the books, I knew I wanted to write my own.

I live in New York City with my husband and two children and hopefully soon a cat of my own. 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 is bound to be angst along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.


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