Three to Get Ready

After loving her Faith, Love & Devotion series, I noticed Tere Michaels had released a new ebook.  A bit of a sidestep from the MM romance genre, as I believe this falls into the category of Menage or MMF.

While the mere mention of the categories probably conjurs up interesting and gratuitous images, what attracts me most about Michaels’ writing is her characterisations.  I love that she can create three very diverse and interesting characters, bring them to life and then set them into a story that not only makes sense but is also compelling.

While the story is obviously very adult and erotic, it’s also very well written and the love scenes well envisioned and tasteful.

Lily is a sheer force of nature. Dominant to her husband Riley, her love, compassion and awareness of her husband’s needs is amazing, as well as her understanding of his attraction to his best friend Nick.  She is the one that realises the attraction is reciprocated and also the one that makes it possible.  She does make mistakes which makes her all the more human but she is truly a brilliant character.  I loved Riley and his sense of humour; being submissive doesn’t mean he’s a walkover and is the perfect foil between his wife and his best friend.  Nick is very different, more serious and has his feelings for Riley well locked up.  It was great seeing him unfold, learning to hope and trust.  The three share so much and the relationship just made perfect sense to me.

It’s a very simple story but one full of emotion, passion and love.

As I’ve said before and will probably say again, I’m of the opinion that love comes in many forms and isn’t or shouldn’t be defined by social norms.  I think that message is what I love most about Tere Michaels’ work.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Tere Michaels
  • Format: Kindle
  • Buy from Amazon (UK)

Faith & Fidelity

Faith & Fidelity is a sweet, touching tale of two men finding unexpected love, dealing with what it means, and being able to accept it.

The two male lead characters are interesting and often funny individuals trying to cope with their own pain.  NYPD Vice Detective Evan Cerelli is a man broken by his wife’s tragic death and trying to keep it together for the sake of his four children. Former Homicide Detective Matt Haight is a man tainted by doing the right thing as a cop, but having it thrown back at him, effectively ending his career.

I have to say this was not a title I would have sought out, but I was intrigued by a recommendation on a webcomic site I visit daily (thanks Unshelved!) and I’ve been wanting to broaden the genres I read.

The underlying message of the book is the thing that drew me in the most; that love doesn’t always lead you to an expected place, person or gender.

The two men are great – believable, lovable and I really cared about them and whether they could make it work.  They have some great banter as well as affection and emotion, and I really felt for them every time they arrived at a confusing place in their relationship.  Evan’s kids and their interactions with Matt were often hilarious and provided some really engaging moments.  Friends, other family and partners provide the rest of the cast to make this a well rounded and heart-warming book.

The story itself is well written and the pace is a blend of fast lifestyle changes and slow periods of contemplation and understanding.  The erotic scenes were extremely hot, but also tastefully written.  I’m definitely looking forward to reading more by Tere Michaels, including the next two books in the series. Faith & Fidelity is highly recommended!

Note: I’m not sure if this is only the case in the Kindle version but there were odd errors and words inserted in the wrong place.  It is a minor thing but thought it worth mentioning.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Book Information
  • Author: Tere Michaels
  • Format: Kindle
  • Buy from Amazon (UK)