Title: Faith and Fidelity
Author: Tere Michaels
Narrator: JP Handler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Faith, Love, and Devotion: Book One
Reeling from the recent death of his wife, police officer Evan Cerelli looks at his four children and can only see how he fails them. His loving wife was the caretaker and nurturer, and now the single father feels himself being crushed by the pain of loss and the heavy responsibility of raising his kids.
At the urging of his partner, Evan celebrates a coworker’s retirement and meets disgraced former cop turned security consultant Matt Haight. A friendship born out of loneliness and the solace of the bottle turns out to be exactly what they both need.
The past year has been a slow death for Matt Haight. Ostracized from his beloved police force, facing middle age and perpetual loneliness, Matt sees only a black hole where his future should be. When he discovers another lost soul in Evan, some of the pieces he thought he lost start to fall back in place. Their friendship turns into something deeper, but love is the last thing either man expected, and both of them struggle to reconcile their new and overwhelming feelings for one another.
My View – Story:
I first read this book in 2012 and boy had I forgotten just how much this author pulls on your heart strings right from the word go!
Evan Cerelli is a tough cop, an alpha male who has the perfect family, perfect life and is devoted to his family, then his wife is killed in a car accident and his perfect world implodes. His grief and devastation in the prologue is palpable and leaves you wondering whether this normally strong and loving man will survive. It will also leave you in tears! Months on and Evan is really only going through the motions unable to even sleep in the bed he once shared with his wife. Tere Michaels writing skills leave you in no doubt about what emotions this family go through at the loss of their centre.
Matt Haight is an ex cop who left the force under a cloud and now works security. He holds a lot of bad feeling towards his ‘brothers’ and when he walks into a bar to attend an old friends retirement party it seems the feeling may be mutual. This is where he first meets Evan, who is kind and polite to him, and a friendship of sorts begins.
Friendship is what Evan most needs at this point in his life and this is exactly what he finds with Matt. The loneliness is a little less severe when he has someone he can talk to and over the next few weeks he finds himself opening up to the other man and conveying just how sad and crushed he is. At some point these two previously straight guys begin to feel more for each other, neither really knows what to do with these feelings and it was refreshing to see them stumble through rather than just jump into bed as so often happens.
With this new turn of events comes lust, fear and guilt. If Evan was struggling with his emotions before this is further increased as he wonders whether there could be life after his marriage. And with a man WTH? Matt also struggles but not to the same extent, he has always been a ladies man and although he is confused by his feelings for Evan he is pretty sure he wants him more than he has ever wanted anybody. Although things are difficult they seem to going in the right direction until Evan has a major panic about how the outside world, his family and his colleagues will perceive his relationship with another man and he quickly backs off.
Matt is left devastated as not only has he fallen in love with Evan but also his family but at least he is still functioning. Evan is left equally devastated but on top of everything else he has lived through in the last year or so he finally breaks beneath the strain and it is only with the help of his close friends and family that he finds the strength to regroup.
Of course they will get their second chance but it takes time and work. The situation requires honesty and when the time is right Evan finds the strength to start rebuilding his family and move on. Matt and Evan are both characters that you will fall for very quickly and I want to read more about – I’m sure their life will not be easy but will very much be worth it! If you want a book with two imperfect men who have real life struggles and are in no way perfect this may just be the book for you.
My View – Narration:
This is not my first time listening to a narration by JP Handler. I felt he really didn’t do proper justice to all the emotion that was involved. This is an extremely emotional book and I felt his voice sometimes came over as rather ‘shouty’ and he sounded like he was going to burst into tears.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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