Author: Tere Michaels
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Faith, Love, & Devotion: Books Four & Book Five
After several years of happy coupledom, Matt and Evan can relax in the knowledge that their little family has survived the worst of it. The two older girls are away at college, the twins have yet to fully hit teen angst, Matt is doing well with his part time security consulting, and Evan is about to be promoted to captain—it seems like things are calm and bright.
Until they aren’t.
As the holidays approach, Evan and Matt get a shock no parent is ever prepared for: feisty Miranda, Evan’s eldest, has a new boyfriend, Kent, and they are talking marriage after just three months together. In fact, Miranda wants to bring him to Thanksgiving dinner—along with his parents, Blake and Cornelia.
Lives are in transition as everyone gathers at the stunning Hamptons beach home of Daisy and Bennett to celebrate the christening of their new baby. Griffin and Jim—secretly growing tired of their rootless lifestyle—are in a rocky spot in their relationship. And as the godfather, Griffin finds himself yearning for something he’s sure Jim won’t be interested in.
Matt and Evan are looking to reconnect during the long weekend, as their respective careers pull them in separate directions. With less time spent together, Evan grows concerned about what will happen when the last two kids leave the nest.
1st Edition of Cherish published as an eBook by Loose Id LLC, November 2012.
This was another look into the lives of Matt and Evan a few years after the last book. Things seemed to have settled as far as their relationship was concerned and they were left dealing with everyday life issues. Particularly, Miranda’s continuing disapproval of Evan and Matt’s relationship and the passive-aggressive games she kept playing because she could let go of her anger.
The Miranda explosion served as a great plot device to bring out the emotions expected from this series. The author has established that she is a master at writing characters and situations that tug at the reader’s heart and this novella was no different. On the one hand, I found myself chuckling that Miranda’s games were thwarted and her immaturity was revealed. I wanted to tell her to grow up and have a bit of compassion for her father and Matt. But on the other hand, I wanted to cry with her. I wanted to tell her that she needed to grieve and that until she did, nothing would ever feel OK. I wanted to holder her and and tell her that it was OK to be angry but that she needed to let it go. I also wanted to hug Evan and Matt. As if their lives were not confusing enough, having to deal with Miranda’s bottled up hate could not have felt good. I wanted to hug them both and tell them it would all work out in the end!
But as the Miranda drama unfolded, the thing that stood out to me the most was the effortless way the author showed the reader how solid Matt and Evan were as a couple. They interacted so naturally. They anticipated each other’s movements and thoughts, finished each other’s sentences. They worked together to approach things as a unit and were often snarky to each other in a very loving and playful way. Yet, they were also serious and honest when the emotion called for it. I love that through it all, they were still attracted to each other and had no problems showing it. For me, this was what stole the show.
Blessed picked up after Cherished and the “Thanksgiving Festival of Stress.” It started by time hopping through Matt/Evan and Jim/Griffin’s lives to important events that reminded the men and showcased why they were so blessed. Then we got to see a bit of wedding and baby fever descend on the men. Helena and Shane’s wedding and Daisy giving birth, spurred the men to look at their lives and evaluate what they really wanted.
I loved seeing more of these couples. Evan and Matt were still so very much in love and lust. They were solid and settled, and yet they were still growing together as a couple. They completed each other and supported each other and were SO HOT together.
Jim and Griffin on the other hand, were not yet as solid and settled. Just like Evan and Matt, these men were still very much in love and lust with each other, but were still struggling to adjust to their lives together. Once the men finally opened up to one another, they agreed to a life together and marriage was an import part of this future. Marriage was a way for them to solidify what they have and start towards a settled life.
Just as I said in the Cherish portion of this review, Tere Michaels is a master of emotion. But this time I want to commend her on the effortless way she showed the emotions of these couples. And how those emotions were the basis for their relationships and by sharing their emotions, they grew stronger. I could easily feel the connection between these men and I have to say I was jealous. They so naturally fit together and were still so in love that I could feel it inside my own chest. It was well written and not once did it feel forced or out of place.
In the end I would like to say these stories were a great addition to this series and the titles could not have been more appropriate. In addition, Blessed set things up nicely for the next book and I can’t wait to read the series conclusion.
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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