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After the Fire Audiobook

After the Fire: Through Hell and Back, Volume 2

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A single bullet destroyed the dreams of Dr. Jordan Peterson. With his lover dead, Jordan descends into an endless spiral of self-destruction that nearly costs him his friends, his career and his life. When Jordan finds himself working closely with the aloof Lucas Conover, the investment banker's mysterious past and unexpected kindness shocks him back into a life and emotions he'd thought lost forever.

The betrayal by the foster brother he'd worshiped taught Lucas Conover never to trust or believe in anyone. Living a solitary life doesn't free him of the nightmare of his youth; it reinforces his belief that he would never fall in love. When the death of one of his clients forces him to work closely with Dr. Jordan Peterson, he meets a person whose suffering exceeds his own. Though Jordan rejects his effort to help, something within Luke pushes him discover more about the first man to ever get under his skin. As Luke lets down his guard and Jordan lets go of his pain, desire takes control. Each man must come to terms with past struggles if they are to create a future together. And learning to trust in themselves and love again after tragedy and a lifetime of pain, may be the only thing that saves them in the end.

©2017 Felice Stevens (P)2017 Felice Stevens

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    MillsyLovesBooks Manchester UK 11/08/2017
    MillsyLovesBooks Manchester UK 11/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Emotion Packed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    After the Fire by Felice Stevens is part of the Through Hell & Back series. It can be read/listen to as a standalone but i would recommend reading in order if you are looking for a series read to enjoy fully.

    This book and series is a heartbreaking read of loss and struggle in life. The angst and emotions i went through with this book really pull on the heart strings. The characters really pull you in and don't let go and as i'm reviewing the Audio version of this book. The narration of this book is spot on keeping my attention. The reason for this is sometimes with Audio books no thought has been put into who will be narrating the story. Which for me spoils the enjoyment so when an author takes the time to make the voices fit the character/characters i really appreciate it more.

    "Life isn't ever definite. When you think you have it all figured out, it bites you in the ass, letting you know not to take anything for granted."

    If you're looking for emotion packed read then look no further!!


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  • Christina Wade
    11/08/17
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    "Love this story!"

    I’m an extremely finicky audiobook listener, so take this info for what it’s worth…what doesn’t work for me is usually fine for the masses. This narrator wasn’t bad, he just isn’t my favorite. There wasn’t too much of a distinction between characters. And the voices I hear in my head don’t match with his voice…Ash’s voice for example should have been deeper and rougher. He did express the emotions of the book well so if you’re not as picky as me you will love this performance.

    Whew...I’m not gonna lie, I was hot pissed at Felice for what happened to Keith in book 1. And I had reservations about reading this book because I really wasn't ready for Jordan to move on. And apparently he wasn't ready to move on either. His pain in this book was palpable and I felt it to my soul. It was Luke’s kick in the a$$ that started to wake him up and make him human again.

    Jordan becomes more likable in this book than in the first. Those that are ash fans probably didn't care for the way he treated ash in the first book and some of that continues here. You really start to see him for the amazing man he is though as you watch him struggle to recover and fall in love again.

    Luke was hiding behind a mountain of hurt. He had no idea what ash went through and resented him for it...for a long time. He became a shell of a man - not unlike ash. He really just wanted someone to share his life and love him and be there for him through his life. He had major abandonment issues (not unfounded).

    While this story will bring you to your knees a couple of times there are so many great things about it. We still have the great characters - Wanda, Esther, Rachel, Mike and lots of drew and ash. The anticipation of Ash and Luke coming face to face was tangible. I was sitting on pins and needles waiting. Wow! We got hope for a new young character. Of course, there was a dog :). There was a lot of love and healing in this book. And the writing was as good as the rest of Ms. Stevens books! Can't wait for Brandon’s book!!

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  • H. Martin
    11/08/17
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    After the Fire is book 2 in Felice Stevens' Hell and Back series. I really think these books, or audio books, should be read/listened to in the appropriate order to get full enjoyment from the series. After the Fire is the story of Jordan, who we met in book 1, and Lucas. In the first book, Jordan suffered a terrible loss and in this story, we get the aftermath of him almost a year later trying to pick up the pieces. In the first book, Jordan wasn't the most likable character. He was arrogant, rude, judgmental, cocky, brash, bossy and unwilling to budge on his thoughts. In this story, we meet a completely different Jordan. Don't get me wrong, he's still rude and cocky, but he also has a weakness that's made him reevaluate himself.

    Technically, Luke was a new character in this series, but we already had knowledge of his existence due to Ash. I wasn't a big fan of Luke's at the beginning. I knew that his childhood couldn't have been easy after learning Ash's story, but he put himself on a pedestal of judgment over everyone. When Jordan needed support, he offered judgment until he walked away. And his behavior towards Ash was horrible. I completely understand and empathize with Luke and what he suffered. But, now that he's an adult, I question why at some point he didn't stop and consider that Ash left when he was still a teen and that maybe there was a reason he had to leave. Luke was very short-sighted, and though he felt Ash and Jordan were selfish, I thought it was a strong trait in himself. But, that's not to say I didn't come to like Luke, just like I did Jordan, but he had to work for it.

    The narrator of this book was Kale Williams. For the most part, I think the narrator did a great job with a very emotional story. My one complaint would be the character voices not being different. Some voices were so similar that I couldn't differentiate them, so it didn't allow me to sink into the story because I was trying to figure out who was speaking. Otherwise, I think the narration was good, with a good pace.

    This is an emotional story with a lot of difficult topics handled within the pages. It has two imperfect, broken men finding love and family when they've both given up on having it. Though the characters can be difficult to like, they really do redeem themselves and make this story (and series) one you really should read, or listen to. And, maybe listening to the audio on my way to work wasn't always the best idea when I found myself crying at what was happening in the story. I highly recommend you check out this series, in whichever format you prefer!

    Overall: 4.5 Stars
    Performance: 4 Stars
    Story: 5 Stars

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  • JennDonald
    10/08/17
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    "All around fantastic! "
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    4.5 Stars

    After The Fire is the second book in the Through Hell and Back Series and Felice Stevens delivers a powerful and emotional story and so does narrator Kale Williams. One of my favorite things about Felice’s books is the strong emotion and for me Kale Williams captured all of that so well. There were distinct voices for the characters, their personalities expressed so well.

    I love this series and these characters, and Luke and Jordan just totally went straight to my heart. Both men are struggling, Jordan still reeling after the sudden death of his fiance a year ago, and Luke, well Luke has major abandonment issues and lives a very solitary life. These two don’t meet under the best of circumstances and definitely don’t get along right away, but as they have to work together they find a special connection. It’s not easy though, there are demons and secrets and their fragile relationship may be doomed before it really gets going. As these two try to work through the issues, they are again tested and that’s when their real feelings come out.

    These two really are just wonderful for each other, both having dealt with so much pain but still realizing the love they have for each other (even if it shocks them both.) There is so much to be dealt with between these two, but they stick together and work it out. Luke and Ash, dealing with their past, oh my heart! Felice again creates a hugely emotional story with all the feels but sweetness and love all around too. I definitely love her writing and think that Kale Williams does a great job bringing the story and the characters to life! I will always read any Felice Stevens book and now I can add Kale Williams to narrators I truly enjoy!

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  • Carra at Making it Happen blog
    Sunrise, FL United States
    08/08/17
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    "Emotional and a great story"

    After reading the first book in this series, A Walk Through Fire, I had found Jordan overbearing and thought he went way too far in telling Drew exactly what he thought of Drew’s relationship with Ash. But by the end of that story, with what happened to Jordan’s fiancé, I was totally ripped up for him and couldn’t wait to hear his story.

    Jordan went from being a high-handed, pushy jerk in book one to an entirely devastated, grief-stricken, broken man her in book two. He’s virtually sabotaging his life as he self-medicates through alcohol and prescription drugs, closing himself off from his friends. It’s only when something related to his dead lover is about to be taken away from him that he snaps out of it enough to push back—at least a little.

    The man he’s pushing against, Lucas, has had a rough start in his life—a rough start that included Ash and has thoroughly pitted him against the man, shutting Ash out of his life no matter how hard Ash tries to see him and explain. Lucas and Jordan are both hurt, but in this story we get to see them heal each other…even if they are both fighting it the whole way. For Jordan, it’s a second chance at love; for Lucas, it’s the chance to love at all.

    Emotions run high in this story, and it’s that which made this a fantastic read for me. There were still times that I became frustrated with both Jordan and Lucas, but in the end this was still a 4.5-star read for me. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language, sexual content, and adult situations that include prescription drug abuse.

    The narration: Kale Williams did a good job with great pacing and interpretation of the characters' emotions. It was a little difficult for me at times to differentiate between the different characters’ voices though; many of them sounded quite similar to each other, so I had to rely more heavily on cues from the story to determine who was speaking. Even so, the narration still gets 4 stars from me.

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  • TINA~BOOKALICIOUSBABES
    05/08/17
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    "Absolutely loved this"

    This may be my favorite Felice Steven's book yet. It was so emotionally charged and sucked you in with no way out. I also listened to the audio version and it was perfect. The narrator was incredible. He really made you feel the emotions the characters went through.

    Without giving away details, the main characters in this book both had extremely rough lives in the past. To watch them overcome together was heart melting. In other words, read or listen to this book!!

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  • Dianne T.
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    01/08/17
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    "Riveting narration. Intense, emotional story"
    If you could sum up After the Fire in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, hopeful, loving


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love character driven stories. I love following characters as they struggle through and cope with what life throws at them. I love actually feeling and experiencing the emotions as they do. This book has that in spades. The plot was complex, branching out to involve more than just the relationship between Luke and Jordan, especially in the form of Ash. Indeed Ash and Drew play major roles in this story. I loved the follow through there with storylines from the prequel, A Walk Through Fire. I cared about all of the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Kale Williams – was your favorite?

    I would say Luke. Kale has such a smooth narrative style, and with Luke it really shines. Kale let Luke's somewhat dormant Georgia accent out here and there when most plausible, especially notalbe were the scenes when Luke was feeling lusty towards Jordan - sexxyyy! Kale is super talented. All of the characters were voiced distinctly and pretty much exactly as I thought in my head when I read the book. No caricatures, and nothing strained or over the top, he puts just the right amount of emphasis on the emotions in any given scene. Kale has become one of my favorite narrators.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I appreciated when Luke got rightfully pissed about Jordan’s drug use but didn’t drop Jordan for it. Rather, they discussed their issues, past and present until their souls were bare. It was great to see Jordan and Luke ultimately finding their own strength by being vulnerable with each other. The trust and love that built as the two gradually let down their guard and shared their burdens was indeed well earned.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to hear Kale's rendition of the third wonderful book in this series, Embrace the Fire

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