Author: Tere Michaels
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Faith, Love, & Devotion: Book Two
Seattle Homicide Detective Jim Shea never takes work home with him—until now. A judge banged his gavel, declared a defendant not guilty, and laid waste to a family. The emotional fallout of the trial leaves Jim vulnerable and duty-bound to the victim’s dying father.
It’s that man’s story that screenwriter Griffin Drake and his best friend, actress Daisy Baylor, see as their ticket out of action blockbusters and into more serious fare. But to get the juicy details, Griffin needs to win over the stoic and protective Detective Shea. Their attraction is immediate, and Daisy encourages Griffin to use it to their advantage: secure the man, secure the story. Neither man has had much luck when it comes to love, and when their one night together evolves into a long weekend of rapidly intensifying feelings, both Griffin’s fierce loyalty to Daisy and his very career is put to the test.
Because the more Griffin is drawn into a new life with Jim, the more his Hollywood life falls apart. Secrets and broken trust threaten Griffin’s relationships, and he’ll have to choose between telling the truth or writing a Hollywood ending.
Love & Loyalty is the story of Detective Jim Shea. Jim first appeared in book one for a bit and was interesting enough that I am glad he got his own story.
Jim’s story was different than book 1. Book 1 was serious and full of drama and emotions. Book two was much lighter and while it had drama, it was presented within the confines of humor and love. Jim and Griffin’s relationship was a slow, steady progression and left me with a sense of peaceful fulfillment. They meshed so well that they gradually changed from cynical loners to a couple without it really being an issue. There was little relationship angst and it was such an easy transition that before the reader knew it, the men were in love and supporting each other through life’s many difficulties. They were perfect for each other and the relationship was such a mellow ride that it stole the show. I kept turning the page because I wanted to see what little thing they would adapt to next. What loving gesture would just naturally and organically appear. What aspect of a relationship would indicate character development and story growth. Jim and Griffin quickly became one of my favorite couples and I can see myself reading their story again many times.
While the gentle building of the relationship stole the show, it was by no means the entirety of this story. There was plot and emotions. Griffin’s friendship with Daisy showcased his development as a person who slowly comes to terms with what he really wants out of life. Jim’s relationship with Ed shows that even a person with the hardest exterior can be an emotional wreck and this relationship helped display the many facets of Jim’s character. Jim was such a robust individual that the reader was never left wanting. He continually grew into himself. Finally, the Hollywood scene and the treatment of Ed’s story gave the reader an emotional connection that carried the plot forward. Ed was the type of character the reader couldn’t help but empathize with and the way the author integrated his story into the plot brought back the dramatic feel from book 1. Ed’s plot was the anchor of this story and it gelled everything together.
I loved this story. I think Tere Michaels did a fabulous job writing characters and a plot that a read just can’t help but fall for. I love Jim and Griffin and gladly recommend this to everyone.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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