Truth and Tenderness is the final installment of “Faith, Love and Devotion” series and as a fan from the very beginning; I’d only say that it’s nothing short of perfect!
It feels like years since I’ve read the first book in the series when it’s actually just barely a year that I discovered the wonderful works of Ms. Michaels.
Here, we are yet again confronted by Matt and Evan’s ever challenging life as a couple facing professional and domestic changes. It was nice seeing how they’ve grown so much into their relationship and how deeply loyal and loving they are with each other despite other parties trying to worm their way in without success.
With Jim and Griffin, I’ve never connected well with the younger guy but I’m happy that he and Jim have reached a milestone in their relationship.
It’s also nice to see how grown up Evan and Matt’s kids are. Even Miranda matured tremendously!
I also loved the fact that not every relationship in this series is smooth-sailing. It renders some sense of reality into it.
Finally, I just want to say how sad I am with the conclusion of the beloved series but I guess it’s the happy kind of sad.
The author gave us a tremendously well-written story and well-developed characters thus producing one of the best series’ from this genre.
Thank you Tere Michaels, you are truly one of a kind.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Published May 1st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press
[Book 2 of Faith, Love, & Devotion Series]
Much in the same fashion the first book was written, Love & Loyalty tells the story of Detective James “Jim” Shea with his seemingly mundane existence as a forty-plus year old police detective who stumbled upon the young and sexy Hollywood screenwriter Griffin Drake who is after the story of his latest case. This book basically narrates the lives of these men as they navigate their way through love – something that neither has had much success in the past. I don’t want to compare this with the first and the third series detailing the much complicated love and family life of Matt and Evan but I’m looking for that extra spice in the story. To begin with, I didn’t get so much feel on both Jim and Griffin. I didn’t feel any attachment at all. I was actually more connected with them when they both appeared in the third book. Secondly, the conflict was a bit weak rendering the story anticlimactic. I was thinking that perhaps Jim’s predicament is way simpler (less complicated, that is) since he’s basically a proud gay man, rich and was just waiting for the right guy – the other couple didn’t get it that easy I guess. Despite all of these criticism, I still enjoyed reading it, though, not as much as the other books from the series.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
I was fairly surprised to learn that there was a continuation to Evan and Matt’s journey. I just assumed everything from the first book’s conclusion. What’s even more surprising is the fact that I actually missed this family and was glad that in the same way “Faith & Fidelity” was written, Tere Michaels managed to reconnect me once again with the story. Tere Michaels does have a beautiful way with her words. There was so much goodness in the writing that it simply flows with each chapter. Each scene depicted realistic family drama and the relationship between the two men who are still in the process of accepting who they are and what they really wanted.
This is yet again a pleasant and relaxing read for all of those who enjoyed the first book from this series. I’d surely check out the next installment and list it on my next e-book to-buy list.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
New York City Vice Detective Evan Cerelli has lost his wife, the only person he ever loved and slept with. He’s trying to get on with his life, build a life for his children. Former Homicide Detective Matt Haight is a ladies’ man, all sex/no commitment. He’s depressed, having a midlife crisis, and not sure where his life is headed.
The two find friendship in the bottom of a shared bottle. When the friendship turns to love, it shakes two straight men to the core and flips their lives inside out. Kids, families, careers that are not gay-friendly — can all the love in the world overcome the obstacles to faith and fidelity? via Goodreads
I totally enjoyed reading this book for a lot of reason. The writing was exemplary and the characters are very, very interesting – unexpected but interesting. I’m not really buying the “suddenly gay” stuff between Evan and Matt but I’m a firm believer that you cannot choose who you love. Really. Harhar.
I loved how realistic the sex scenes were written as well as the issue with Evan’s in-laws. I’m glad that Tere Michaels didn’t go that way trying to make a fairy tale ending. I thought the ending was just perfect as it is.
This was a rather relaxing and feel good book that will make you smile wistfully and believe in love and second chances.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars