Title: Love and Loyalty
Author: Tere Michaels
Narrator: JP Handler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Detective James “Jim” Shea is a Seattle homicide detective who has never taken his work home with him – until now. A case has gotten under his skin and though it’s “over,” it isn’t for Jim. The emotional toll has left him vulnerable and tied to the victim’s dying father.
Meanwhile, Hollywood comes calling for a hot story, and screenwriter Griffin Drake sees the tragic case as his ticket to more serious fare than his usual action blockbusters. But to get the whole story he needs to win over the stoic and protective Detective Shea.
Neither man has had much luck when it comes to romance or long-term relationships and neither is particularly looking but there’s an attraction from their first meeting that can’t be denied. Their impromptu first date seems to have no end in sight – quickly becomes a barreling freight train of romance.
Looming problems outside threaten their relationship – death, secrets and broken trust – and they’ll have to learn loyalty to save their newfound love.
My View – Story:
Book 2 in the Love, Loyalty and Devotion series is a very different book to book 1 in that there is a lot less angst and drama. It’s certainly not all plain sailing but book 1 felt a lot more serious than this one. This is Jim’s story and we have met him before briefly but know very little about him other than he is a Homicide Detective.
Jim is a dedicated Detective but his social life is almost nonexistent. He lives and breathes his job which leaves him little time for anything else except a little OCD cleaning. He has been involved in a case that involved a strangled woman and they have gathered all the evidence and facts possible but the jury allows the accused to walk. Jim is left angry and devastated and the tragedy for the family continues when the mother collapses and dies. Jim is there to support the husband Ed in any way he can but he feels a tremendous amount of guilt.
Griffin Drake is a Hollywood Screenwriter and along with his best friend and actress Daisy they approach Ed in the hopes of him allowing them to tell his family’s story. Griffin thinks of himself as very ordinary looking in a land full of beauties and stars but he is very level headed for a man that spends so much of his time in the land of the beautiful and around such big ego’s. Daisy is not someone I liked. She was whiny, manipulative and cared very little for anyone except herself. Her relationship with Griffin seemed toxic and unhealthy. When the pair arrives to talk to Ed Jim is also there offering moral support and although they both give him the eye only Griffin stands a chance as Jim is very definitely gay.
When Griffin suffers writers block he decides to head back to Seattle and takes Jim out for dinner. He ends up spending the night and doesn’t leave for nearly a week. That is the simplicity of their relationship really; they just drift into it without any real drama. They are easy together and Jim finds himself able to let go and hand over control to the younger man, something he is unable to do in his stressful job.
The real drama in the story comes from Daisy and her games and she ends up being responsible for Griffin losing everything to save what is important to him. The fact that he loses it willingly shows how much he has fallen in love with Jim. It also shows how far he has come and how much he has grown up. Jim is not so quick to realise and admit his feelings but the big surly man is left speechless when Griffin admits how strongly he feels.
There is sadness at the end of the story but it was a necessary sadness for a man who played an important role in Jim’s life for a short time. Ed had a great sense of humour throughout the story and always had a twinkle in his eye despite what life had thrown at him.
This is an easy and fun read and could certainly be read as a standalone although as a huge fan of book 1 I would recommend starting at the beginning.
My View – Narration:
I feel like I am repeating myself from the review I wrote for Book 1 but I don’t think JP Handler does this book justice. His voice is too flat and there is no emotion in his narration. This story itself is most definitely a 5 star read but the narration lets it down.
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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