Truth and Tenderness by Tere Michaels ~ Book Review by Caroline

24532419Title: Truth and Tenderness

Author: Tere Michaels

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 05/01/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance


Newly promoted police captain Evan Cerelli takes command of his own precinct as Matt Haight’s security business begins to expand at a rapid rate. Both of their careers require more and more of their time—away from home and each other. When his most famous clients, Daisy and Bennett Ames, suffer a traumatic breakup, Matt is drawn into a dangerous and dramatic situation. With attentions diverted, Evan and Matt’s tight-knit home life begins to unravel.

As Griffin Drake’s movie nears final edit, his thoughts turn toward building a home with his new fiancé, Jim Shea—and maybe even starting a family. Before he can think of a new family, Jim is caught up in his past. The possibility of putting Tripp Ingersoll in jail once and for all beckons, and Jim wants the closure that has long eluded him. As a new lead spurs him on, Jim begins to lose sight of the future by chasing an old ghost.

Both couples struggle to remember that “happily ever after” requires hard work, trust, and tender, open hearts.

My View:

I have been a huge fan of this series for years ever since reading Faith and Fidelity. I was eager to read Truth and Tenderness but for some reason found the first part of the book quite difficult to get into. The fault for that lies completely with me and my fear that Tere Michaels was going to upset these men in some way – I was totally hiding!

Evan has just started his new job as Police Captain and the hours are proving to be long and tiresome. It’s so easy to slip into complacency where his home life is concerned and he finds himself getting into bad habits that he had during his first marriage. Matt is equally busy building up his security company with Jim and Evan’s assumption that his own job is more important does not endear him to his boyfriend at all. Add in a rather flirtatious Police PR man known as Casper and suddenly things are tense.

Jim and Griffin have tentative plans to marry but as yet have not set the date. Griffin has been away a lot with work and there are things he needs to discuss with his future husband before they move forward, the biggest being how does Jim feel about children. Before any of that can happen Jim becomes embroiled in an old case from the past that still haunts him and suddenly he and everyone he cares for are in danger.

This story with all its doubts and dangers is working towards one thing – a happily ever after. It was good to see Evan fight for what he wants and being so more open about how he feels about Matt, he has certainly come a long way since they began their relationship. The one thing I didn’t get was the question the very end leaves us with– did they or didn’t they – and will we ever find out?


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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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