Embrace the Fire is the third book in the Through Hell and Back series by Felice Stevens. This book is best read as part of the series and not as a standalone for the best understanding of the characters.
Brandon Gilbert has been hiding but finally achieved his goal of becoming a school teacher. However when he is offered a chance to help abused children he can’t do anything other than help. However it brings up bad memories of the past. Dr. Sebastian “Tash” Weber has not dated in the years since his lover’s death, but Brandon brings back the desire he thought he lost. Now Brandon needs to face the past he has spent so much time running from so he can move forward.
The beginning of the story leaves you wondering how everything will turn out. By the end of the first chapter, I was intrigued. The author did a good job of bringing the reader in to the world she created. She did a great job of making it very realistic. The pace of the story was a steady pace that was not too slow or too fast. The main characters and the secondary characters were exciting and believable. I liked that Brandon and Tash each have faults that they each had to battle which made each of them realistic.
The point of view alternated between Tash and Brandon, 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 is the budding relationship between Tash and Brandon. I liked that each of them needed to face their own past to be able to move forward. The character’s motives seemed to fit the conflict very well. I did think the level of conflict was a bit lacking. The dialogue between the characters was frank and distinct. The characters voice matched not only the setting but seemed to fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but the journey to the end is filled with twists and turns that keep the reader interested all the way through. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future.
Brandon Gilbert has spent years in hiding, but finally he’s accomplished his dream of working as a public school teacher. When offered the chance to help bullied children, there was no way he could say no. Not to mention that meeting Dr. Tash Weber, the psychiatrist who helps them, a sad yet sexy older man, ignited a spark inside Brandon he’d never had before.
Though five years have passed since the death of his lover, Dr. Sebastian “Tash” Weber has no interest in relationships or love. But young, enigmatic Brandon awakens his heart and his desire. Despite Tash’s best efforts to push him away, Brandon unlocks the passion for life Tash thought he’d lost forever.
Falling in love wasn’t part of the plan for either Brandon or Tash, but neither family disapproval nor self-doubts can stop them from embracing the fire that burns between them. And when Brandon returns home to fight for a future he never imagined possible, he and Tash discover that the one thing worth fighting for has been with them all along.