January 4, 2023 | Posted in:Release Day Blitz, Review
Title: Moving On
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: Gay Romance Standalone
Release Date: January 2, 2023
Moving On is a standalone MM romance from Felice Stevens. I’m a big fan of Felice’s and I try to grab her books as often as possible. This is Tristan and Sean’s story. (Tristan is from the Man Up series and I might have to go back and read that!) Sean is down on his luck, lost his apartment and his job and is crashing at his sister’s apartment that she typically rents out. He was a singing waiter and he’s just looking for any job serving at this point. Tristan is an ex NYPD detective back in NY after a few years of being in London. Sean’s brother-in-law gives him the apartment to use until he can find one of his own. Now Tristan, who’s grumpy and closed off is sharing a one bedroom apartment with Sean, the fun-loving singing performer. Tristan is carrying guilt over the loss of his partner and doesn’t even want to talk about himself. But he’s instantly attracted to Sean and that’s going to be a problem. Sean can’t believe he has to share space with the tall, gorgeous man who won’t even talk. But he’s persistent and is going to get Tristan to talk to him. It takes time, but they finally get into a routine of eating together (Tristan and his healthy green juice and Sean’s junk food). Then one drunken night and they end up in bed together. Tristan can’t keep denying he wants Sean. Somehow Sean got past some of his walls and he really wants to let him in. Once he decides he wants Sean it is on! And I loved every minute of it. Sean is so open and fresh and talented. He’s been on his own his entire life and he has a past that would make anyone cry (me included). Tristan was similarly abandoned as a child, hid his sexuality and suffered a major loss on the job. Together, they fill in all the broken pieces and just make sense. Sean makes Tristan smile and laugh. Tristan makes Sean want to want more for himself. It’s a funny, sexy, emotional story that had be laughing and wanting to give them both hugs!
“… the chemistry between these two is crazy! They try their best to ignore it but as they slowly grow closer, the walls start to come down. This was a sexy, sweet, wonderful book!” ~ Carol’s Crazy Bookish World
When his roof caves in, Sean Lovett thinks things can’t get any worse. Until he loses his job, adding yet another bump in the rocky road of his life. None of his so-called friends can—or will—help. And asking a favor from his abusive ex? Hard pass. Luckily, his sister comes to the rescue and offers him a great apartment—in the city, no less—until he can get back on his feet.
Until a gorgeous man unlocks the front door and strolls right in with a grumpy attitude and a claim that his boss—who happens to be Sean’s brother-in-law—promised him the same apartment.
Former NYPD detective Tristan McDermott hasn’t stopped running since the death of his best friend. After almost two years of living in his own personal hell, he returns home to New York, hoping he can move on, but guilt still follows his every step. He’s grateful to have the perfect apartment until he can settle into a place of his own. But there’s a cute guy already living there. And only one bedroom. And no way is Tristan leaving. He’s staying put.
Sharing the space is tough, but Tristan can ignore sweet Sean and his sunshiny smiles.
Except Sean’s brother-in-law asks Tristan to keep an eye on Sean so he doesn’t make any bad decisions.
Keeping an eye on Sean is easy. Keeping his hands off him is much, much harder.
And sleeping together…well, that isn’t a bad decision. Not when it feels so good.
From Lambda Literary award winning author Felice Stevens comes the story of a grumpy, green juice-drinking ex-detective running from the past and a sunshiney singing waiter who can’t catch a break. It features a meet-cute, only one bed, learning to trust, and a surprise lap dance.
Felice Stevens has always been a romantic at heart. She believes that while life is tough, there is always a happy ending around the corner. Her characters have to work for it, because just like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.
Felice is the 2020 Lambda Literary Award winning author in best Gay Romance and two time e-Lit award winner in romance. When not writing or watching reality television, you can find her in her reader group.