Author: Tere Michaels
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Patchcat
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.
This is the third installment in Tere Michael’s Faith, Love, and Devotion series, and it’s just as good as the other two titles. In fact, I’d almost say it’s the best one yet. Ms. Michaels’ writing just keeps getting better, and her characters keep growing.
This book centers once again on Matt and Evan, two formerly straight men who find each other and fall, rather unexpectedly, in love. The beginnings of their romance are detailed in Faith & Fidelity, the first book in this series and another title that I highly recommend checking out.
Duty & Devotion picks up right where Faith & Fidelity left off. We get to see that, while Matt and Evan may be back together, everything isn’t all sunshine and roses, and Evan’s insecurities and uncertainties haven’t all dissolved like dust in the wind just because he has Matt back. Although he does resolve to do better and not screw this up, it’s obvious that it’s going to be a long road ahead.
I think one of the many reasons I like these books and these characters so much is that they are very real. They have real issues and real hang-ups and they go about solving them – or obsessing over them in Evan’s case (Oh, Evan. I just wanna cuddle you and squeeze you and tell you that everything is going to be okay…when I don’t want to smack you upside the head for being an idiot and insist that you please to be getting over it and letting it go~oo) – just like a regular person would. They also annoy the ever-living crap out of each other while they’re doing it. I love that there’s no magic bullet, no wand that gets waved and suddenly all is well here. These guys have to muddle through just like the rest of us.
Something that really struck me in this book was the intimacy between these characters. Sex wasn’t the be-all, end-all of their relationship. Yeah, it was there and it was hot, but it didn’t always go as planned…and that was okay – both for me and for the characters themselves. I loved that Evan was allowed to work things out in his own time. It added a lot of depth to both his character and to the story itself.
Overall, this book is a very solid You Gotta Read. It’s sweet, it’s endearing, it’s well-developed, and the characters are awesomely human and real. Go read it. You’ll be glad you did.