Sharon’s review ~ All That Matters by Felice Stevens

Posted June 19, 2024 by Sharon in GLBTQIA, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments

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Sharon’s review ~ All That Matters by Felice StevensAll That Matters by Felice Stevens
Published by Good Man Press on May 28, 2024
Genres: Age-Gap Romance, Chance Meeting, Contemporary, LGBTQIA Romance, Romance
Pages: 335
Format: eBook, Kindle Unlimited, Paperback
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4.5 Stars

Nico Andretti knows one thing is true: Love is for fools.
Being a tour bus guide in Times Square isn’t his dream job and he yearns for more than living in his mother’s basement apartment, but life is tough in the big city.
At least the men on the bus are eye-candy galore, and they’re one and done. Why bother with seconds when you’ll only get hurt? And Nico knows hurt—he’s got a father he’s never met and an ex who broke his heart and shattered his self-esteem.
Then Dr. Ford St. Claire takes his tour, and Nico enjoys his own personal sightseeing of the gorgeous older man. In a twist of fate they meet again that evening and share drinks, confidences, and a night of flirting. Now Ford is gone for good. Home to Florida.
Until he shows up the next month.
And the next…
It’s just a fling.
But the more time they spend together, the more Nico realizes being broke doesn't matter. Nor does the distance between them. What matters is how Ford makes him feel—loved, appreciated, and respected. And Nico is determined to give Ford the one thing his cheating ex couldn't—a loving family.
When secrets and scandals threaten them both, their love is put to the test. Maybe they’ll crash and burn…but Nico doesn’t think so.
All that matters is finding their forever. And doing it together.

All That Matters was a heart-warming, feel good, love story and a perfect book for Pride Month. ~ Sharon – Simply Love Books


I loved All That Matters by Felice Steven; it was the perfect balance of sweet and s*xy with characters both dealing with damage from recent ex’s, and family drama some from long ago and some more recent. With a 14 year age difference, financial disparity, and one living in NYC and one in Ft. Lauderdale, you’d think this would be a super angst filled book, but instead I found it to be rather uplifting and hopeful. That’s not to discount that both these men were dealing with some heavy things, big decisions, and often questioned if they could trust what they were feeling, but the support they offered one another and stellar communication skills led them both to a love they both desired and deserved.

When 28 year old tour guide Nico sees 42 year old dermatologist Ford on one of his Hop On/Off bus tours, he can’t help but notice him and be interested. They share a few interactions during the tour, but when Nico finds Ford’s wallet and returns it to him there is a definite spark. But Ford is in town for just a couple of days and doesn’t do hook-ups and Nico isn’t about to set himself up for heartbreak again especially with a guy from out of town, but neither can forget the other and when Ford has the opportunity to return for a conference he takes it. I really loved these two; both had been hurt in previous relationships and had trouble letting go and trusting again yet every time they were together both proved they were men of their word. Nico had some issues with Ford’s wealth and worried people will assume he’s with him for that reason. Meanwhile Ford is worried people will wonder what a hot, young guy like Nico sees in him. They both do a great job of alleviating each other’s fears and I loved that Ford made a priority of seeing Nico as often as he could which allowed them to get to know one another even better. However, my favorite part of this book was how easily Ford was “adopted” into Nico’s family and friends circle, something he desperately needed as he was completely alone save for two dedicated office staff.

While each man was dealing with issues both professionally and personally the other one was there to comfort, advice, and support and I loved that for both of them. Nico’s lovely family and friends group made me smile each time they were together and despite lasagna not being my favorite Italian dish, I found myself wanting to visit the fictional La Dolce Vita.

All That Matters was a heart-warming, feel good, love story and a perfect book for Pride Month.

4.5 Stars

About Felice Stevens

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.

Posted June 19, 2024 by Sharon in GLBTQIA, Reviews, Sharon/Slick / 0 Comments