Series: Man Up #3
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Release Date: June 7, 2018
No one understands why I love him.
Why I need him.
Why I took him back.
But they don’t have to.
Despite the hurt and the heartache, I see beneath his skin.
And I’m different now.
No more Flirty Frankie.
My dreams have changed, and so have I.
I believe in myself.
And I’m a hell of a lot smarter than a year ago.
Now it’s his turn to show me the man he really is.
To prove it.
I’ve always loved him.
But that’s not enough.
I need to learn to trust him.
No more excuses.
No more chances.
I make this right or lose him for good.
I have to do this.
No one has ever believed in me but him.
No one has ever wanted me but him.
I can’t let him down.
I can’t let myself down.
I’m trying, but it’s so damn hard.
No matter what they throw at me, I’m stronger.
And I’m going to make it.
I’m on my way.
With Frankie by my side.
I can see the future.
I have a future.
We met Frankie in the other books in this series. He loves to dance, life of the party. His boyfriend belittled him, verbally abusing him every chance he got. During one of their arguments Frankie fell down a flight of stairs and was seriously hurt. Aaron was sent to jail for beating another man up. Frankie determined to live his life his way, got stronger, realizing that he was the only one that could shape his life the way he wanted it.
When Aaron got out of jail Frankie took him back, insisting he had changed when his friend Austin tried to talk him out of letting the man back into his life. All his friends and family concerned for his safety.
Frankie and Aaron are going to counseling together. Aaron knowing he needed to change a lifetime of habits to gain Frankie’s trust. It’s not easy, the path they have decided to travel, but with time and love they just might make it together.
I was skeptical that the author could portray an abuser changing his life. Having firsthand knowledge of the subject, I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I thought it was well done and fairly realistic. It’s not a pleasant subject but was handled with grace.
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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.
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 a few bumps along the way, a Happily Ever After is always guaranteed.
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