Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Release Day Review: Austin (Man Up Series) by Felice Stevens

AustinTitle ~ Austin

Author ~ Felice Stevens

Published ~ 4th April 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance





I can make it by myself. The only rules I follow are my own. Love? I learned that lesson the hard and painful way it wasn’t right for me. Sure, sometimes it gets lonely and I wish I had a man to hold. Who’d love me. Want me. Treat me with respect. Yeah, I dance in a club but that doesn’t mean I’m easy. Or a fool. So you, sitting in the back, watching me? I know what you want. You want me. In your bed. Under you. But I say no. It doesn’t matter how many presents you give me.
I’m not falling for you. I know who you are. But you don’t know me. You don’t know Austin.
This is a 14,000 word CLIFFHANGER story. It is a start to a new series, entitled Man Up. The followup book, Rhoades-Undeniable will be released a week after Austin.


Debra’s Review

In just four chapters, this prequel to the first full book of Felice Stevens' new series has me completely invested in the men who work at the club Man Up. This one focuses on Austin, a teacher at Tyler's (from Second to None) dance school, who dances at Man Up in the evenings, but we also get to meet his best friend Frankie and the protective Cort who both dance there as well. All three of these very different men quickly had me wanting to know more about their stories, not to mention club owner James.

Austin has a mysterious admirer who comes to the club whenever he dances and has now upped his interest by sending Austin expensive gifts. Though Austin always keeps himself distanced from the clients when he dances, he can't deny his attraction to the man whose name he doesn't know and who watches, but doesn't talk to him. There is a definite chemistry and attraction there, but Austin doesn't want to rely on anyone, doesn't need a man to protect him, and he certainly doesn't have sex with club patrons.

There is enough of Austin's back story given that had me emotionally invested in wanting him to succeed and be happy. His past has him determined to make it on his own. He doesn't want anything given to him, he won't even tell Tyler's husband Marcus that he dances at a club for fear he may offer him a job at his own club, Sparks. The strength Austin shows is real, but underneath he's afraid of failing and he's also lonely. Sure, he has his friends - who are more like a family - but he does want someone who will love him. On the other hand, he doesn't want to give himself to a man who will only end up hurting him.

Through their brief interactions in this short, the mystery man eventually reveals his intentions. He also appears to be the type that just might mean everything he says. But will Austin break his own rules and give the man a chance? Well the blurb tells you it's a cliffhanger so you're going to have to wait just a couple of weeks until the release of Rhoades - Undeniable to find out, but don't let that stop you from jumping in. You will fall in love with Austin.

The story has a bit of a different feel than prior Felice Stevens books, but even in this short prequel you get a good taste of the multi-layered characters that she writes so well, and a hint of the challenges (and a bit of angst?) that will face Austin and his mystery-man. I’m not always a big fan of shorts, but I am so glad I read this one and cannot wait for the rest of the story.

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Meet Felice Stevens

felice-logoI 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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