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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Review - Love & Loyalty by Tere Michaels
Title: Love & Loyalty
Author: Tere Michaels
Publisher: Loose Id, LLC
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Rating: You Gotta Read
Reviewed by: Patchcat
Detective James “Jim” Shea is a Seattle homicide detective who has never taken his work home with him – until now. A case has gotten under his skin and though it’s “over," it isn’t for Jim. The emotional toll has left him vulnerable and tied to the victim’s dying father.
Meanwhile, Hollywood comes calling for a hot story, and screenwriter Griffin Drake sees the tragic case as his ticket to more serious fare than his usual action blockbusters. But to get the whole story he needs to win over the stoic and protective Detective Shea.
Neither man has had much luck when it comes to romance or long-term relationships and neither is particularly looking but there's an attraction from their first meeting that can’t be denied. Their impromptu first date seems to have no end in sight – quickly becomes a barreling freight train of romance.
Looming problems outside threaten their relationship – death, secrets and broken trust – and they'll have to learn loyalty to save their newfound love.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices.
I loved this book. That’s not something I get to say very often, but it’s very true in this case. The author’s writing style was very easy to read, it gave enough description to keep me very entertained, and I haven’t laughed that much at banter between close friends in a very long time. (By the way, “Heterosexual Power Cabal” is my new favorite group name. ^_^)
I read this one twice, and both times had me up way, way past my bedtime because I just couldn’t put the book down. Why is that, you ask? Because Ms. Michaels has written such likable and compelling characters that you just have to keep reading to see how it all ends. What really sold me here was just how well-rounded and three-dimensional these characters were. They had personality and flaws and – in the case of the two male leads – were more than just the sum of their sexual orientation and the relationship that they build together.
I loved that Ms. Michaels didn’t take the easy, “love at first sight/meant to be together” way out with Jim and Griffon. It really added to the story and made it a whole hell of a lot more believable. She also gave her characters doubts about how things should be and are going. When Griffon becomes “the guest who didn’t leave”, she addresses it, giving Griffon doubts about wearing out his welcome and making Jim wonder about why he’s allowing a total stranger to camp out in his home and then resolving those doubts in a very realistic and believable manner.
I also greatly enjoyed the plot and the drama over the Ed Kelly script. Griffon’s incredible determination to see that his promises are fulfilled no matter the cost endeared him to me forever.
This was a great read – one that I will be revisiting in the not too distant future, I am quite sure – and definitely deserving of the “You Gotta Read” rating. So, shoo, shoo! Go look it up. Read! Enjoy! You’ll be glad you did. ^_~