Author: Tere Michaels
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Faith, Love, & Devotion: Book Three
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.
In book 3 of the Faith, Love, & Devotion series, the reader gets to see into Matt and Evan’s lives again. This takes place after book 1 and the two men are settling into their relationship and trying to determine what that means. Matt is adjusting to life as a house husband while Evan is still struggling to come to grips with other people knowing he is in a relationship with another man. The kids have adjusted and accepted Matt, but Evan is still holding back, clinging to the idea that they don’t need labels and he isn’t really gay, just in love with Matt. The men are dancing around each other, while trying to determine how to make this relationship work when it is less than what they want it to be.
I have to say, this was not what I was expecting. I was expecting some big climactic scene or some sense that the relationship between Matt and Evan is in jeopardy. But neither happened. Yes, the men got upset with each other and had some words, but never once did I feel like these men were not going to make it. Never once did the author hint that their love was anything other than solid and the kind of love to last forever. I have to say I enjoyed that aspect, but felt it was at odds with the tone of the blurb. The blurb hinted at something that never came to fruition.
For me, this story was slower than I anticipated and less eventful, but it still worked. It was very much about relationship development after that initial explosion of happiness that comes with a hard won HEA. It was a great insight into the everyday life and struggles of a gay couple trying to figure things out and make things work. I appreciated the honesty between the men and the feel of reality. I enjoyed the tone and the way this was well written. I enjoyed the fact that there was amazing growth for both men and their family. I loved that this was emotional without leaving me feeling destroyed or worn out at the end.
I like the fact that this one was slow and steady without being boring. Yes, there were times I found myself wondering what the point of it all was, but in the end, it worked. This one was not about having something external force the men into a role they were not yet ready to take on. This one was not about that heart wrenching destruction that makes these men see things more clearly. This one was all about the internal struggles and how everyday people adjust to life. It was about two men working together to get to their forever, in their own time and on their own terms. I know this one will not be for everyone. It is slow and relatively uneventful as far as plot and action are concerned. But for others, this one will be amazing because the characters are well developed and their journey of growth is well executed.
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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