Thursday, September 9, 2010

DUTY AND DEVOTION by Tere Michaels

Faith, Love, & Devotion Series
Publisher: Loose Id Publishing
Date published: March 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60737-554-8 (E-book)
978-1607377337 (Paperback)
GBLT Contemporary Romance
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Lovers Evan and Matt are trying to adjust to life as a couple inside the bedroom and out of it. Evan struggles with his feelings and the fact that he is worried about everyone judging him. Matt has issues of his own, like what does he do now? Both are trying to fit in their world yet it takes one visit from Matt’s one-night stand and friend Jim to blow Evan and Matt’s relationship into the water. Can they survive the jealousy and find a way to work out their problems before it is too late?

DUTY AND DEVOTION picks up right after FAITH & FIDELITY ends and in this sequel we find Evan and Matt trying to adjust to being an openly gay couple. Evan has major issues, ones that he struggles with daily and Matt has issues as well to deal with-Who is he? What does he want/need out of life? These two have a strong relationship but it felt like the author was trying too hard to show the reader how flawed they were. The sex scenes were nicely done and didn’t take away from the story. In fact, it enhanced it, in my opinion. They were tasteful and you could get a sense of how Evan and Matt wanted to go that final step but were afraid to go that far. It made the story more believable in my eyes.

DUTY AND DEVOTION is one of those strong romantic stories that sear your heart. This was no bed of roses for Evan and Matt. They had to work hard to keep the communication open and show the reader the right balance for their relationship to work. I really enjoyed how they worked together be it when kids were in trouble or they had in-law issues to deal with. Both men found they were a team even as they adjusted to the changes in their lives. What I really enjoyed was how their day to day lives were. The author takes us through their days and I found it revealing that Matt, as househusband, was tired of feeling like he was the woman in the house. You got the sense of his unease and confusion in the pages as he deals with that; Evan has to deal with his feelings, emotions and the fact he wants to please everyone even as he tries too hard to be what he thinks he needs to be. The evolution of these two had me in tears at one point and laughing in others. Griffin and Jim were a great lighter moment and had me giggling at some of the banter between them.

DUTY AND DEVOTION is a strong romantic story about two people who are trying to find their way to their own happily ever after. Ms. Michaels delivers a strong story that will keep you glued to the pages and deliver you an afternoon of reading pleasure. I am hoping she delves back into Evan and Matt’s life in the future. I would love to read more about them.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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