Truth & Tenderness

Tere Michaels
Truth & Tenderness
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Dreamspinner Press
Release Date
May 2015
Book 6 of Faith, Love & Devotion
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Oct 09, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
139 people found the following review helpful
More Matt & Evan! They were my first M/M couple and I've reread their story many times. I simply adore them and love that their romance isn't over yet.

Evan has been promoted to captain while Matt's business was picking up. This caused old problems to seep back into their relationship. At the same time, Griffin and Jim were trying to do a wedding and family plan. But Jim had an old murder case that wouldn't let go and he had to tie up the loose ends before he could move forward.

There was a lot going on here. Just the fact that the book focused on both couples was a lot, then they all had tons of drama going on. It was a bit too much.

Evan was working a lot and it put a strain on the family. Again? Haven't we read this before? I know people don't change overnight and this is an ongoing struggle for Matt and Evan, but this had been rehashed between them too many times. I do love them, but I'd like to read something different. Regardless, they have this way together that I can't get enough of. Even with all the angst surrounding them, they still manage to just love each other, in the best way.

Jim and Griffin were endearing as ever. Their love and chemistry just jumps off the page. But honestly, I could not have cared less about Jim's investigation. For me, that whole bit could have been taken out. It was boring and distracting.

The narration was good. I liked Ron Herczig's deep and gravelly voice. He didn't have different voices for the characters, which was okay most of the time. But when all four guys were in a scene together, things became a bit hard to follow. If I were to reread, I think I'd stick with the print version.

Not my favorite in the series, but TRUTH & TENDERNESS still had what I love most from them. There were some loose ends and unanswered questions, so I'm hoping that means their stories aren't over yet.
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