15 October 2010

Review: Tere Michaels - Duty And Devotion

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ISBN: 978-1-60737-554-8

Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary
Length: Novel
Series: Related Titles: Faith & Fidelity and Love & Loyalty
Book Origin: Personal Library

Note: For convenience, these three titles have be grouped together under Faith, Love, and Devotion. Duty & Devotion is the sequel to Faith & Fidelity

After their happily ever after in Faith & Fidelity, Matt and Evan move forward to a new chapter of their lives – inside the bedroom and out – with some surprises in store for both. Evan struggles with labels and feelings even as he wants to give in to his baser desires. Matt, now the ideal househusband of Queens, New York, has his own set of struggles – who is he now? What does he need and want?

A visit from his friend and one-night stand Jim Shea (of Love & Loyalty) throws everything into disarray as Evan’s jealousy and unease push Matt’s buttons – and not always in a good way.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Male/male sexual practices.

My Review: Note: The ending of Faith & Fidelity is the prologue of Duty & Devotion, something that instantly put me back in to the story and I appreciated it. 


In DUTY AND DEVOTION the relationship between Evan and Matt continues with several issues to deal with. Not only is there the jealousy issue of Evan, especially when Matt’s one-night-stand shows up; Jim Shea, it also deals with Evan coming to terms with himself and Matt dealing with being the family man. Duty And Devotion is all about the emotional progress of Evan and Matt as a couple. Love does not guarantee a solid relationship and irritations cause friction.

The portrayal of this gay romance relationship felt very true to real life. I was so involved with these two men up to a point where I even irritated myself about Evan’s behavior, connecting me with Matt’s point of view who wanted to give this relationship his all. Evan really pushed me away and reeled me back in. I wanted them to have the love they deserved and Evan’s doubts where quite the obstacle to deal with. At the other hand Evan’s insecurities as a lover, as a man, and how the outside world would perceive him made him who he is. Tere Michaels really gives an in-depth look what makes the main men tick. It’s done more through inner monologues then dialogues but it still results in a rounded relationship. Both men are distinct in their characterization fully realized personalities who become very real in the mind’s eye. It’s one of the reasons I connected to this story, I cared about what happened to Evan and Matt from start to finish.

The focus of this story is definitely on relationships. Not only between Matt and Evan but also between them and the kids, between Evan and his cop partner, between Matt and his friend Jim. Each emotional connection interconnected them and fleshed out this story to a well rounded one. Friends and family have a supportive place yet have an essential part to play. While it created quite the impact throughout the story the development where the grandparents made certain decisions regarding the kids unfortunately felt like it was left hanging in the end. On the other hand, Jim Shea and Griffin Drake were the two friends whom I liked from the beginning. Jim is a retired cop, quick of mind albeit a bit gruff and pushes some major buttons within the relationship of Matt and Evan. It is Griffin who brought some humor to this story with his Hollywood looks and quick wit. Their romance is told between Faith And Fidelity and Duty And Devotion in Love And Loyalty.

Tere Michaels balanced the emotional depth, the smoldering passion, family and work life to give a full flavored M/M story. DUTY AND DEVOTION gave me an intimate picture of two men taking chances, loving each other, and building a life together that befitted them and the children. This author really put her mark on the genre with a soul searing gay romance.

4 stars

Quote:
“I think this couch just makes me horny.” “How does the bed make you feel?” Matt blinked. “I think it makes me feel...surprised.” “I want you to come upstairs with me.” “In a minute.” Because Matt needed to take care of something first. He put his hand on Evan's chest—scars, heartbeat, muscles—pushed him back enough to reach the fly of his jeans. He held Evan's gaze, and he liked what he saw: still some shyness, still some fear but mostly—this time it was mostly lust. And maybe something more.




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8 comments:

  1. This was one of my first m/m series I read many moons ago.

    I loved how he referred to himself as 'house husband'

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  2. I'm adding this one to my wishlist! Thanks for the great review!

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  3. *giggles a bit over that quote* very nice

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  4. Striking cover! And that quote was pretty pulse pounding too.

    Alright, so when are you going to review Singh's PoP cause I'm dying here!! *wink*

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  5. It was nice to touch base with the guys again, wasn't it?

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  6. I really loved Faith & Fidelity. Your review of Duty and Devotion reminds me I really need to move on with this series. Very nice review!

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  7. @Smokinhotbooks - I read this a month or two ago...I just forgot to post the review *headdesk*

    @Jamie - Don't forget it's book #2 in a trilogy Faith And Fidelity is book #1!

    @Blodeuedd - I love it when you react to my quotes *grin*

    @VampFanGirl - At the end of october, I received the e-ARC & I just had to read it ASAP ;)

    @Chris - Yes it was, it really tied all the loose ends together and give me that sense of happily ever after that I didn;t entirely got in F&F.

    @Fiction Vixen - After I read F&F I had to know how their relationship continued...I'm not an uber fan of HFN endings so I skipped book #2 in this trilogy. Love And Loyalty is still sitting on my e-reader to be read one of these days ;)

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  8. Wow - this sounds like an interesting series - following the same couple over multiple books. Thanks for the review!

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