Thursday, September 16, 2010

LOVE AND LOYALTY by Tere Michaels

Part of the Faith, Love & Devotion Series
Publisher: Loose Id Publishing
Date published: September 2009
ISBN: 978-1-60737-425-1 (E-book)
978-1607376200 (Print)
Contemporary M/M Erotic
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Detective James “Jim” Shea never let a case get to him until now that is. The emotional toll has Jim in knots and even though the case is over, the aftereffects are not. Vulnerable and a little protective over the victim’s dying father, Jim finds himself trying to keep his emotions in check when he meets Griffin Drake, a Hollywood Screenwriter who thinks this story is what it takes to get him out of the whole “Shoot ‘em up” action flicks he is famous for. Griffin Drake is determined to win over the protective detective to get to the heart of the story but what he doesn’t count on is falling for the handsome and shy man. Can both men find a way to believe in the power of love even as outside forces try to break them apart?

LOVE AND LOYALTY has it all-amazing characters, a fast paced storyline and a romance that fairly singes your fingertips even as you fall in love with Jim and Griffin. What I really enjoyed was that both of the main characters were not movie star handsome but regular guys who had had no luck in the romance department. That made them more believable in my eyes and relatable. Who hasn’t lucked out in romance before? When these two have their first date, sparks flew and dang if it wasn’t hot while reading those scenes. Ms. Michaels does a marvelous job in keeping the simmering sexual tension between Jim and Griffin from over flowing and delivers it in doses that had me squirming in my seat. This was also a story of friendship as well. There was a wonderful cast of secondary characters that made up Griffin and Jim’s close friends and had me smiling from their quips, antics and gave the story a much deeper feeling while reading it.

Meet Detective Jim Shea, a man who isn’t looking for love and just wants to put the events of a tragic, high profiled case to rest in his mind and heart. When he hears a screenwriter from Hollywood wants to meet with the victim’s father, he goes into protective mode. Meeting Griffin Drake changes everything for Jim and as he falls for him; his life turns inside out as events conspire to break them apart. Griffin Drake is determined to get away from all the action blockbusters he has written with something more serious and he finds it in a story that has emotion and heart. Meeting the Detective on the case, Jim Shea, was a bonus. Both main characters were terrific together and I loved how they delivered something to the other person. Griffin was fun, made me smile and had a liveliness that was the perfect balance to the seriousness of Jim’s line of work. Jim was a hard working detective who was trying to get his life back to normal after a case that was hard on him-heart and soul. They worked perfectly together, a friendship that melds into something much more. I loved how the author delivered two people perfect for each other and captured their inner hearts and souls within the pages.

LOVE AND LOYALTY is a perfect blend of friendship and romance. I enjoyed the way this author creates her stories. Tight writing, a fast paced storyline and a romance that will singe your fingertips as you read this latest story in the Faith, Love & Devotion series. If you enjoy an M/M story that will steal your heart and leave you with a smile, then grab LOVE AND LOYALTY. It will surely leave you smiling when the last page is read. I just hope the author comes back to Jim, Griffin and all their friends in the future as I would love to see what they have been up to. Highly enjoyable and one I would read again.

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

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