Title: Duty and Devotion
Author: Tere Michaels
Narrator: JP Handler
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
eBook Release Date: 09/08/2009
Audiobook Release Date: 01/23/2015
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
A year after deciding to share their lives, Matt and Evan are working on their happily ever after—which isn’t as easy as it looks. As life settles down into a routine, Matt finds happiness in his role as the ideal househusband of Queens, New York, but he worries about Evan’s continued workaholic—and emotionally avoidant—ways. Trying to juggle his evolving relationship with Evan and his children, Matt turns to his friend, former Seattle Homicide Detective Jim Shea.
The continued friendship between Matt and Jim is a thorn in Evan’s side. Jealous and uncomfortable with imagining their brief affair, Evan struggles to come to terms with what being in a committed relationship with a man means, and the implications about his love for his deceased wife, the impact on his children, and how other people will view him. His turmoil threatens his relationship with Matt, who worries that Evan will once again chose a life without him. But now, the stakes are much higher.
My View – Story:
There are tough times ahead for Matt and Evan.
You will remember that neither of these guys were gay, in fact Evan was desperately still mourning the death of his wife when they first met. Things weren’t easy but once they admitted that they wanted each other their relationship moved forward.
Nearly a year on and they are settling into life together but their relationship is still clunky. Matt has become a house husband. He looks after the house, the kids and Evan who is often busy and late home from work. Evan is having a difficult time coming to terms with the fact that he is gay. He can’t bring himself to use the word when he tries to apply it to himself. He is wary of public PDA, worried what people will think of him, scared of moving things forward in their sex life and terrified of giving into his desires. It is definitely putting a lot of stress on the two men and Matt feels Evan is ashamed of them making him feel angry and alone.
Matt can’t imagine a life without the kids and Evan but he also can’t imagine a life being ashamed and hiding who he is.
A year into their relationship and they still haven’t had anal sex. This is a huge step for Matt and yet another thing to point at a label. The beauty of the whole story for me was seeing Matt come to terms with who he is whilst battling against the memories of who he was. It was fumbling, humourous and tender but with Evan standing right next to him it becomes achievable.
They are also fighting against Matt’s in laws who are ultra-religious and want custody of the children. Matt is horrified to discover he is offered a promotion because they PR think him being gay is a good fit. This all goes to opening his eyes to his confusing behaviour and how he must be making Evan feel.
When he finally realises that all he did was fall in love I was on the side lines cheering him on! Great catch up with two fantastic characters and some great moments from Jim and Griff!
My View – Narration:
JP Handler still isn’t the narrator for me in this series. Although he speaks clearly and is very easy to understand his tone lends nothing at all to the emotions of the story.
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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