Thursday, September 2, 2010

FAITH & FIDELITY by Tere Michaels

Prequel in Faith, Love & Devotion Trilogy
Publisher: Loose Id Publishing
Date publisher: September 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59632-772-6 (E-book)
978-1596328365 (Paperback)
LGBT Contemporary
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Detective Evan Cerelli lost his beloved wife in a car accident and in the year since then, his life is in turmoil, lost in grief and having no idea how to cope with the suddenness of her death. She was the only woman he had ever known and loved. Matt Haight is a player, sex with no commitments is his style. His life in a rut and no idea what or where he is headed, he finds friendship with Evan, another man just as stuck as Matt. What comes after that is something neither man expects and it will shake them to the core. Can love help them survive the challenges that it throws at them in order to have the life they desire?

FAITH & FIDELITY is a story about two people, both broken in some way and finding a friendship that changes into something much more than they expected. Ms. Michaels is a new to me author and one that delivers a poignant story that will have you laughing, crying and rooting for Evan and Matt to get their happily ever after. This is an emotional story as well. You feel the heartache Evan and his children felt after his beloved wife dies and the fallout from that nearly drives him crazy. This is an author who understands her characters completely and lets them take over the story. The characters are very believable and had me on the edge of my seat eager to see what would happen next for Evan and Matt. I have got to admit this story was much more than a typical M/M story but one that dealt with a deep friendship and the confusion of two men who were straight finding they are attracted to one another. It lent a certain richness that is very rare in romances, be it LGBT or straight.

Meet Detective Evan Cerilli, a man in deep grief and trying to live a life that is only half full. Meeting Matt has him slowly coming out of his fog and beginning to enjoy life again even as his feelings become much more. Matt Haight is a former homicide cop and having a mid-life crisis when he meets Evan who is just as broken as Matt has Matt feeling like he found something he has been missing-friends and family. Friendship turns to love and flips both lives upside down. Can these two find a way to be together even as forces outside their control scheme to break them apart? Evan and Matt are complex characters and both weave their way into your heart. I was drawn to both men as they figure out what they need to do to get their happily ever after. The secondary characters kept the story on an even pace and I highly enjoyed some of the lighter moments that were sprinkled throughout FAITH & FIDELITY.

FAITH & FIDELITY is not just a M/M story but one about two people, who find a love that is rooted in deep friendship. A story that will leave you breathless and eager to see what happens next for Evan and Matt. Ms. Michaels is one author I am looking forward to reading more of in the future. Want a romantic story about friendship and love? Then grab the prequel in the FAITH, LOVE AND DEVOTION series and settle in for an afternoon of reading pleasure.

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

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