Release Blitz ~ The List by Felice Stevens (Reviews + Excerpt)

Title: The List
Series: Second Chances #1
Author: Felice Stevens
Genre: MM Romance

Release Date: June 16, 2021




Oops. He did it again.
Elliot Hansen has a terrible habit of falling in love with every man he dates.
His friends have had enough and make a list of Elliot’s perfect man.
That V…
Those abs….
Shouldn’t a boyfriend be more than the sum of his parts?
But when sexy detective Winston Rogers bursts into his bedroom to arrest a burglar, Elliot knows he wouldn’t mind checking one or two things off that list with him.
What if you had it all?
Five years after the death of his husband, Winston Rogers is single and determined to stay that way.
He throws himself into his job—the more dangerous the assignment, the better.
He can’t face another risk to his heart.
But then a routine arrest in his neighbor’s bedroom leaves Win searching for more than evidence as the man’s sweet smile and vulnerable eyes strike a chord inside him Win had thought gone forever.
Why not enjoy each other with no strings attached? Win and Elliot decide to make their own list.
Rule #1: Strictly friends with benefits.
Rule #2: No doing anything stupid like falling in love.
Rule #3….
See Elliot and Win ignore Rules #1 and #2.

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Elliot groaned in the darkness. “Oh my God, I can’t believe I ate all those. It’s your fault.”

“Mmhmm.” Win licked his fingers. “Guilty as charged. Whatcha gonna do about it?”

“If I could move, I’d show you. But I think I gained ten pounds since this morning—I can barely walk.”

“Poor baby. Does that mean I get to tuck you into my bed tonight and have my wicked way with you?”

Their eyes met across the dancing flames from the fire pit, and Elliot’s belly tightened in response to the rising heat and desire reflected in Win’s eyes.

“Is that what you want?” He licked his lips of sticky sweetness.

“I want you.”

“Then we’re on the same page.”

Win doused the fire, and hand in hand, they crossed the yard to the house. On the rear porch, Win stopped and framed Elliot’s face between his hands.

“I don’t want to lead you on. We’re here to enjoy each other, as long as it lasts, right?”

The faint hope that their fun afternoon would’ve miraculously changed Win’s mind, and that he’d want a relationship, faded. Elliot couldn’t be upset—Win had been nothing but up-front with him, and Elliot could walk away, knowing they’d still be friends.

If he were smart, that was what he’d do. But he’d never been smart about men.

Besides, if he left now, he’d never know what being with Win was like. That afternoon’s taste wasn’t enough. He wanted more, and by “more,” he didn’t mean everything; he didn’t mean love and commitment. If he said no, Win would kiss him good-bye and find someone else, because men like Win weren’t alone for long. Elliot would see him and the next man together, knowing it could’ve been him kissing Win, touching him, and he didn’t want that. This time he would go into it with eyes wide open. No free-falling into love. He wanted this night with Win more than anything. He could do this. He would do it.

“That’s right,” he replied, and the relief on Win’s face hurt more than he’d imagined, but Elliot mustered a smile. “Friends having fun together.”

4.5 Stars!

The List is the first book in the Second Chances series by Felice Stevens, and it was a great start for it!

Elliot was all kinds of adorbs and I love him to bits. I felt sorry for him, he really had the worst luck picking up men, and once I learned his whole story with his parents and sister, it was obvious why. I loved seeing his growth throughout the book, the way he stood for himself and what he wanted with Win, his mother, and his friends, had me cheering for him. I really liked Win, too, but I was annoyed by how hot and cold he ran with Elliot at times. I got that it wasn’t easy for him, but really sometimes I wanted to just shake some sense into him.

Elliot and Win were scorching hot together, but they were also just what the other needed, giving each other the strength they needed. Elliot to stand up for himself and Win to get over his grief.

I really liked Elliot’s friends, they were great (aside from one particular instance in which I wanted to kick Wolfie and Spencer) and I’m looking forward to their stories.

All in all, a fantastic read! It was hot, angsty, emotional—I was sobbing my eyes out during the last part of the book, so you’ve been warned—and romantic, just what I expect from a Felice Stevens book. Very recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***

4.5 Stars!
I loved this book from Felice Stevens; it’s a fantastic start to a new series. Elliott is a sweetheart who just wants someone to love and be loved by, but has the worst luck and taste in men. Win, on the other hand, thinks he won’t have another chance at love. When these two meet in an unusual way,  it was hard to tell how things would go.

While I didn’t like Win’s hot and cold routine, I could sympathize and understand his pain; having everyone try to help had to be frustrating. Win likes what he sees in Elliott, but his uncertainty and discomfort about dating were clear. While I had my doubts about the arrangement they made, I liked that it allowed them to spend time together and see what they had. I loved that Elliott stood up for himself more and was able to unburden himself about his family. I really loved how Win stood by Elliott and helped him when he needed it the most. These two brought so much to each other’s lives and had more in common than they initially realized.

Elliott’s friends are all great; they all cared and were protective of Elliott. I can’t wait to learn more about them in (what I hope will be) future books in this series. I am super intrigued by Wolf, even though I was thoroughly annoyed by what he did at one point.
I really enjoyed this book, and I wouldn’t be surprised if fans of the author love it. If you’re new to the author and the blurb appeals, definitely give this one a try.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***


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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, however. Like life in NYC, nothing comes easy and that includes love.
She lives in New York City and has way too much black in her wardrobe yet can’t stop buying “just one more pair” of black pants. Felice is a happily addicted Bravo and Say Yes to the Dress addict and proud of it. And let’s not get started on House Hunters. Her dream day starts out with iced coffee and ends with Prosecco, because…why shouldn’t it? You can find her procrastinating on FB in her reader group, Felice’s Breakfast Club.