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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. WitNewly 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....

Title : Truth & Tenderness
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Truth & Tenderness Reviews

  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    2019-02-28 12:15

    ***4.75 Stars***Well fuck....this book put me through the emotional ringer at times....but HOT DAMN did it give me the most satisfying and heartwarming conclusion and epilogue for two amazing couples! Evan & Matt and Jim & Griffin own a piece of my heart! I absolutely love and adore them.What we have here, in the final book of the series, is two couples at different stages of their relationship, different stages of their lives together, dealing with the hurdles and obstacles that appear in everyday life. The circumstances may be fiction, but the relatability to the issues is not. Evan and Matt have been together for years now and though their bond is stronger than ever, old ghosts, insecurities and bad habits rear their ugly head to finally push the couple to take stock of what matters. They must take a look at their lives, which have fallen into a comfortable routine, and fully realize what it takes to be a true partnership. Where does their happiness and contentment truly lie?"We can do this."And that was it - that was what Evan hung on to. They wanted to do this, fought for it even when they were fighting each other.Jim and Griffin are finally taking the plunge and getting married and, dare say, thinking about having kids. Living a crazed lifestyle over the past few years, both men are finally ready to lay down roots and build a home, family and future together. But Jim's obsession with the unresolved issues of the Tripp Ingersoll case won't let him go. He can't move on until he's buried the demon in his past. Jim's need to close the case puts everything he loves at risk...his friends, his home, his career....Griffin. But without that door shut, he's not sure he can find peace and walk through the door to his future. These couples melted, broke and mended my heart with their love, honesty and conviction in making their relationships work. Each couple had obstacles to overcome and the angst was delicious...but what made it so much more emotional is that you saw, and firmly believed and felt, that no obstacle would be bigger than the love they have for each other. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't some overly heavy and emotional read...there are plenty of lighthearted moments to balance out the drama in the book. Matt's sarcastic and snarky humor matched well with anyone he shared a scene with....especially Jim. Their bromance had me laughing out loud plenty of times. Also, any time a character could poke fun at simple Jim and his OCD about cleanliness and neatness was a winner for me. "If I let him plan the wedding, it would be a barbeque with beer balls and a sheet cake, and the wedding favor would be Wet-Naps.""I love everything about that sentence," Matt said. The added storyline involving Tripp Ingersoll had me at the edge of my seat with suspense. I was trying to unravel the clues as much as Jim. I'm happy with the way the author resolved the matter. She could have easily gone the OTT route, but instead she kept it simple and real. The only reason I couldn't give this a full five stars is because I didn't understand the inclusion of the Daisy and Bennett drama? They went from top of the heap to bottom of the barrel for no well explained reason. I didn't understand Bennett's actions and I feel that if their situation was going to be a subplot, then it should have been better developed, because by the end it fell to the wayside and was resolved with a couple of sentences just to tie up loose ends. This is definitely a favorite series of mine and I highly recommend it to everyone and anyone who truly loves romance and loves seeing characters fight for what they want. Each book is filled to the brim with romance, humor, friendship, family and love. What more could you want? If you haven't discovered the beauty and overall fabulousness that is this series....what are you waiting for? Do it! And no need to thank me afterwards....I'll just say my piece now...

  • Martin
    2019-03-23 12:16

    I'm so gonna miss Matt & Evan. It took me almost one and a half years to finish their last book. I used to tell myself that the reason why I kept pushing it to the side is the fact that Matt and Evan had reached their HEA already and watching a happy couple be happy isn't the most exciting read. Besides, I never grew very fond of Jim and Griffin and their story. Yeah. So the book rested on my 'to be finished later' pile.Now I finished it and I'm in tears, mainly because it seems that this is really everyone's HEA. I think I first read 'Faith & Fidelity' in 2013 and quickly declared the series to be my favorite m/m series. Having read many other books since then, however, I am now considering this series my favorite 'vanilla romance' m/m series, LOL. Because let's face it, Matt and Evan are the masters of vanilla romance. And Matt, when your partner brings you roses to say he's sorry, you say 'Thank you!' and make up, not bitch about flowers not being a way to apologize!!I absolutely adored the rainbow family theme that is woven through all books. Matt Haight and Evan Cerelli meet after the tragic death of Evan's wife. Both guys are in their late 30s/early 40s. Evan has teenaged kids that he needs to take care of and it was right from the start that Matt wasn't just Evan's lover, but also Evan's kids' step-father, which created LOTS of problems and friction within the family, as the kids were surprised that their father was replacing their dead mother with a man.I totally LOVED the dramatic aspect of this story.Over several books, Matt and Evan work through their issues (and new ones that get thrown at their feet) and it simply touched my heart how they grew through them all, despite their demanding jobs (Evan is a cop and later even a captain for the NYPD, Matt is a former cop who moves on to become a self-employed security specialist). They are two absolutely average working parents trying to make their relationship work and keep their family happy. The second half of the series revolves around Jim Shea and Griffin Drake - and their story is the COMPLETE opposite to Matt & Evan's. Jim (who is Matt's one night stand from a period when Evan broke up with him) is a detective at the Seattle PD. He's a trust fund baby and only works because he wants to help people. He is working on a murder case against a guy named Tripp Ingersoll who has a watertight alibi, even though Jim KNOWS the guy is a killer. Oh, and Jim is a tidiness freak. Like seriously. You could do open heart surgery on his kitchen floor. Griffin Drake is a Hollywood screen writer who is compiling a movie script for an upcoming film about the Ingersoll case. He wants to get his art right by interviewing the people involved in the case. Among others, he meets Jim - and they fall in love. Long story short: Griffin wants to settle down and have a baby and marry and he thinks Jim is just the right guy. Jim is a seasoned, rough guy in his 40s (who reminds me quite a lot of Matt, actually), while Griffin is a glass wearing nerd in his late 20s. Speaking of differences. Somehow I never really understood their relationship and felt that Jim would at some point tire of Griffin, but apparently he didn't.Also, Jim and Griffin and their story line provided a bit of drama for Matt and Evan's world, which would otherwise only consist of household chores ;-)So all in all, both Matt and Evan and Jim and Griffin belong together in this awesome series, and make a great bunch of friends.Concerning their wider circle of friends, I didn't really like Daisy (the Hollywood starlet turning into a loving mother and wife) nor Bennett (the bisexual producer millionaire who throws money around like crazy and claims to have found eternal love with Daisy while hanging out with handsome Hollywood guys. We know how that went...), but I absolutely loved Evan's friend Helena (best female side character in a m/m series).This feels like discussing a soap opera, LOL.Anyway, I am literally in tears over having finished one of my favorite romance series.P.S.: Thank you Viv, for letting me know about Tere Michael's Christmas short 'Felicitous' that she sent out in a newsletter in December.This short isn't listed officially on GR, so I'll just add the review to this review! BECAUSE I LOVED IT!!! OMG, it was exactly the type of closure that was missing for Matt and Evan in book 6! (view spoiler)[ Several years after the end of book 6, Matt and Evan are moping before Christmas, because none of the kids will make it to celebrate Christmas with them. When Shane and Helena are trying to talk Matt and Evan into finally getting married, both guys feel bad for never having told any of their friends or family that they've BEEN MARRIED IN SECRET FOR SEVERAL YEARS!!!!When a medical emergency puts Matt on the surgery table, Evan has no choice but to reveal their secret and bring their children and friends together at Christmas to be there for Matt and Evan and digest the big news together!What a Christmas! And apparently the series isn't over yet! I can hardly wait! (hide spoiler)]Definitely 5 stars!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
    2019-03-01 08:01

    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Better, but not a lot*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ Why do I feel like there could be coming more books? And why do I feel like Jim Shea and his fiancé Griffin Drake got a more closed ending than newly promoted police captain of Midtown South Evan Cerelli (38?) and former cop turned security consultant and a househusband Matthew ‘Matt’ ‘Matty’ Haight (49?)? I literally don't care for Jim and Griffin, and I skipped their parts, so it bothered me a lot that they got more in this book than Matt and Evan. I did like that Evan got a bit better, that Matt is finally getting a little closer to what he deserves, but I don't think we're there yet. Overall, I really hope this was the last book in the series, yet I'm not satisfied with the ending, so...“Taking away our careers isn’t going to solve the problem,” Matt said sadly. “We’ll find other ways to hurt each other. That’s what happens.”Quick basic facts:Genre: - (Adult) Contemporary Romance (M/M)Series: - Series, Book Six.Love triangle? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]Cheating? - (view spoiler)[No. (hide spoiler)]HEA? - (view spoiler)[Yes. (hide spoiler)]Favorite character? - Matthew ‘Matt’ ‘Matty’ HaightWould I read more by this author/or of series? - Unsure.Would I recommend this book/series? - Unsure.Will I read this again in the future? - No. Rating - 2 stars.

  • Rissa (an M/M kinda Girl!!)
    2019-03-15 16:05

    WHAT?!Are you Flippin kidding better not be playin with me!Mat & Evan were the first guys I had the pleasure of reading. I am BEYOND EFF'N EXCITED for this book!===================================*thoughts soon!*

  • Alvin
    2019-03-20 09:30

    Thank God for that Happy ending!... ...Because the story was stressful from the middle to the end. A lot of clusterfuck happened AT THE SAME TIME. It almost feels like drowning and I want a breather from the story at times. Another thing, there were a lot of rehashing of relationship issues from the previous books that made me a little annoyed. Aren't they over it already? It made Casper's entry to the story welcome even though he's such a dick. Lol! XDAgain, like Cherish & Blessed, I liked Jim & Griffin, and the rest of the cast. But Evan & Matt is still my favorite couple in this universe. They're just awesome and I would want to have a stable relationship like them. Overall, even though it has a really bright ending for one of our couples (hehe, I'm not gonna tell who!), I'm not a fan of the middle part. 3.5 STARS. (Rounded down) my Blessed review

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-03-01 08:16

    This story features two of my very favorite men - Matt and Evan from Faith & Fidelity. It also features Griffin and Jim, and a host of secondary characters. Having four main POVs perhaps strained my ability to really fall into the book and empathize with the characters. I found myself a little more detached from this one compared to the first three books, not quite as breathless when lives and relationships are threatened. This remains one of my favorite series, but it felt like the effort to wrap up two couples' complicated lives in one book forced too much relationship and action plot together into one space. I was particularly disappointed with one aspect. Significant spoiler: (view spoiler)[Jim had clearly said, and felt strongly, that he didn't want children. And yet he gives up that position to make Griffin happy. He not only accepts the idea of kids in theory, but charges full speed ahead into generating one for their home barely before they are settled together. I was left with niggling worries about how, in the long term, that would work out for all three of them, and disappointed in Griffin for simply accepting it like a gift, without really pursuing Jim's change of heart. (hide spoiler)] Still, I'm otherwise happy with where this left the guys and their families, and enjoyed the read.

  • Ezinwanyi
    2019-03-10 16:19

    3.5 stars.This sixth book started off with the official ceremony of the newly promoted Captain Evan Cerelli. All the usual suspects were present including a pleasant Miranda with her boyfriend Kent. It was a festive event, but it quickly became evident that Evan’s new position would impinge on his boyfriend Matt Haight’s ability to be devote adequate time to his security business. The more Evan’s time and attention was required at his office, the more Evan reverts back to old habits off dumping on his home partner and assuming that Matt would just suspend whatever projects he was involved with. While Matt enjoyed taking care of the children, being taken for granted began to chafe and Matt wasn’t okay with his needs and wants getting relegated to the backburner. Meanwhile Griffin Drake and Jim Shea were making preparations to get married and Griffin was finishing a movie when their best friend Daisy came running to them for comfort. Daisy and Bennett were having major relationship woes and Daisy need time to figure out what she wanted. Daisy brought her daughter to live with Griffin and Jim while that led to Matt is drawn into the Daisy-Bennett drama. When Matt leaves for LA work, but didn’t to return home or take Evan’s calls. While Matt is trying to deal with his resentment at Evan for taking him for granted, Evan and the kids are distraught because they are worried he won’t come back. Evan had to weigh his priorities and decide if it was even possible to balance the career he wanted with the family life he craved. Matt also had to assess what he was willing to sacrifice in order to be with Evan and the Cerelli children. That was the most emotional part of the book for me because it is clear Evan and Matt love each other so much. What I hated was that as soon as I got into Matt and Evan’s struggle for a balanced life, we got dragged back into the Jim, Griffin and Daisy show. It ruined the continuity of the emotional flow of the story. I have never connected with Jim and Griffin, nor Daisy and Bennett. I was hoping the author would give them their own book so I could avoid them, but she keeps intertwining their story with Matt and Evan to my utter dismay. Evan and Matt are really all I care about, so to have Griffin, Jim, Daisy and Bennett monopolize this book with their drama really diminished my enjoyment. Matt and Evan are dealing with an issue many dual-income couples face as far as managing couple and family time with and respect of each other’s careers. I wanted the author to really delve more into how they were going to sacrifice to meet in at a comfortable median. Just as things progressed between Evan and Matt, the author cut to a commercial break (those other people). It was frustrating.The Matt and Evan journey is always a 5-star for me. They are my favorite couple after Ty and Zane but I fear that I have reached my limit. I am not interested in continuing the series if the couples are intertwined like this again because I just don't want to read about Jim & Griffin nor Daisy & Bennett. I have never cared for them and I won't share Evan Cerelli and Matt Haight with them any longer. *Special thanks to Dreamspinner for the advanced reading copy.

  • A Girl Has No Name
    2019-03-13 16:01

    5 stars! Evan and Matt are one of my all time favorite m/m couples. I started the series when I was still quite new to the m/m romance genre and I have to admit that I immediately fell in love with them. Their love story wasn’t easy and sugary - they had to face real life problems and I was so happy to see their relationship evolve into something strong and stable. I enjoyed reading about gay men with kids in their lives and Evan and Matt’s family was totally perfect with all their ups and downs. It felt so credible and I saw myself liking all the secondary characters – even if they weren’t always easy to like. It’s always difficult to pick up the last installment of a series you love and I therefore waited a long time before I finally went for it. And I am so happy that I did. The plot of this last installment was very intriguing, but the author managed to write an interesting story without putting the relationship between Matt and Evan at the side line. I don’t want to get into the plot, there are quite a few reviews out there doing a good job in this regard. I just want to recommend this series to all m/m romance lovers out there. It has been a fabulous read and I’m pretty sure that I will one day read the whole series again. Matt and Evan left a lasting impression!

  • Debra
    2019-02-26 13:17

    3.5 stars It wasn't easy getting there but Matt and Evan and Jim and Griffin seem to finally get their relationships fully sorted out here. If you've read Cherish & Blessed, which set up this final book, it shouldn't be a surprise that both couples are the focus of this story, since Jim is now a partner in Matt's security business and living in New York. Evan is still not sure he made the right choice in accepting his promotion and as work intensifies, he falls back onto old behaviors spending less time at home and expecting Matt, whose security business is doing very well, to just drop what he is doing to handle the kids. Matt isn't willing to accept Evan's behavior and it causes a rift between the two men. Meanwhile Jim is still obsessing over the Tripp Ingersoll case resulting in his pulling away and lying to Griffin, who starts to question whether Jim is ready to get married and if they both want the same thing from the future. On top of all of this the four men are drawn into Daisy and Bennett's marital problems. I was happy to have more of Matt and Evan, but I have to say I was unexpectedly sad for a lot of this story. There is jealousy and a lot of fighting between Evan and Matt. Even after their years together, whenever it seems Evan is making strides in accepting his relationship with Matt, something happens to make him pull back again and shades of Book 1 Evan resurface. He never seems completely comfortable with his love for Matt and even as happy as they are at the end, I'm pretty certain that it will happen again down the road. Jim and Griffin's issues were completely different and by the end of their story I was 100 percent certain of their happiness. There are very brief appearances by Shane and Helena and the kids, but mostly it focused strictly on the two couples. I loved how it ends in the Epilogue for Matt and Evan with one question (view spoiler)[ I'm assuming that the secret is that they married at City Hall sometime in the months between Evan's proposal and Jim and Griffin's wedding. I am 100 percent on board with it having just been them there to exchange vows, but why are they keeping it a secret from the kids?? Did it just recently happen and they didn't want to steal Jim and Griffin's spotlight or have they been married for months?? Based on what happened when Matt left for a few days and the way the twins clung to him when he came back and even Katie's obvious distress, why wouldn't they want the kids to have the knowledge that Matt is now "officially permanent" to ease the obvious concerns they have that he might one day no longer be dad's boyfriend? (hide spoiler)].

  • Nw
    2019-03-11 15:16

    This just made me sad. I'm really sorry to say this because I love tere michaels. Spoilers!!!!!!!!!....... ...............This was Jim and Griffins story, not Matt and evans. That disappointed me because Matt and Evan was who I fell in love with. There were constant arguments and the chemistry wasn't there so it was depressing.70% of the time Matt and Evan weren't even in the same place. it also was left open ended....thought this was the last book. There was a love scene and half between Matt and evan. There was a lot of potential, but I'm just sooo disappointed.

  • Lint
    2019-03-09 08:18

    3 stars and only for Matt and Evan. I was sorely tempted to remove another star for the inadequacies in this book. Heed the warnings from the other reviews, Evan and Matt have to share time with Griffin and Jim, whose portions I skimmed. I'm disappointed that we had to re-hash old issues with Matt and Evan again, and even more so that there wasn't enough time devoted to their reconciliations. It felt like a re-tread of issues that were dealt with and handled in previous books, and there was obviously a little smudging about sex that had already occurred in Cherish. I'm going to sound like a broken record, but I was most disappointed that she took a couple I really loved (Matt and Evan) and made them both so frustrating in this book. Some people seem to be on Matt's side of the issues, but I don't understand why Evan had to be made out to be the "bad" guy this go around again and why he had to grovel so spectacularly to get Matt to come around. I've always loved Matt because he was a carefree kind of fella. He wasn't the type to be angry and stubborn when the other party was so obviously contrite. I'll leave it to rest there as I don't want to get into spoilers.Overall, I felt this book feel woefully short of giving us a resounding closure to Matt and Evan's relationship. Things felt so disjointed for them and the book was spread so thin because of Griffin/Jim and Daisy/Bennett. I wouldn't have minded all the squabbling Matt and Evan had this time around if we had been given an even measure of peaceful bonding/lovin' between the two. I especially didn't care for the secretive way she went about Matt and Evan's (view spoiler)[marriage (hide spoiler)]. The whole series has always revolved around Evan and Matt being a family, and a secret like that should have been shared with their family. I'm glad they got a HEA at very least, but a big part of me felt that they deserved more in this final conclusion.

  • TayaJay
    2019-03-15 16:26

    1. I love this book.2. I still irrationally dislike Griffin. I wish there was less of him in this book. I love Jim interacting with Matt but him and Griffin--I just powered through it when it got physical.3. Is this really the end?

  • Breann
    2019-03-08 08:27

    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.

  • Angeboy Reads-Alot
    2019-03-05 14:21

    Possible spoilers.I started this series about a week ago, and had planned to review all in one go. But sadly, I'm at a loss...To say I am disappointed would be an understatement. I thought Matt and Evan had made progression in the last book, and I was really looking forward to their next transition in this book to only be dragged back to the very beginning! I almost DNF but I had to continue (in vain), as I've invested (literally - books are pricey!) so much in these characters. I wasn't expecting a candy floss of a story but I also wasn't expecting to feel 70-80% disappointed either! You know when you've read stories that leave a stamp in your heart, and your mind would remember the storyline word for word, that you just want to go back and reread time and time again? This series won't be one of them. To be quiet frank, this story was a pointless one and I feel the author simply wanted to pocket money.

  • Alec
    2019-03-03 11:21

    To sum up this book (and the entire series really), there was a wild tornado and at the end we had pie. Good pie - and cake.It's no secret that I'm here for Matt and Evan, which leads to a lot of speed reading through the Jim/Griff chapters. I love the web of friendships between the main characters but I still wish Matt and Evan had gotten their own book.Overall, Truth & Tenderness really should have been named Truth, Tears & Tenderness because my god did everything take a nose dive for a while there. It took a while for the tenderness to kick in, but when it did, it was wonderful.Matt Haight is a gem. He deserves to be the First Lady of NY.

  • Rebecca ♥ Ash, Kishan, Magnus ♥
    2019-03-19 09:17

    I want more Matt and Evan. I am tempted to reread book 1 and I never do that. I figure why reread books when there are still thousands of books to be read for the first time.

  • Aves Raggiana
    2019-03-21 14:17

    Ehhhhhh....I really, really wanted to love this book. I really did. After having been completely bowled over by the ultra-romantic "Faith & Fidelity", and "Duty & Devotion", and liking very well the original stand-alone "Cherish", I was completely ready to fall in love with this last book in the series. Instead, I find myself curiously dissatisfied and mildly frustrated. Too much Jim and Griffin and too little Evan and Matt. Far too little. Tere Michaels' writing is still of a very high standard, still lyrical in feeling, her words striking just the right pitch. But if the pitch is right, then why does the key of all of Book Six sound so off to me? I'll say why. As far as Haight and Cerelli are concerned, Tere Michaels' pen has fallen almost silent. Matt and Evan are no longer speaking to the author with the same passionate urgency that made them so captivating at the very beginning. Their voices have become diffuse, almost dissipating into the background, as the more strident voices of Griffin and Jim, and Daisy and Sadie come to the fore. They're pleasing enough characters, they're amiable enough, but for me, they don't capture my heart with the same, addictive romantic ardour that Matt and Evan did.This series of books to my mind is at heart, a romance story. Tere Michaels seems to have lost sight of this as her plot meanders into situations and characters who hold very little interest for me. Her talent for storytelling seems to have been dulled a little by this last book. I have to concede that I hold her to a very high standard of story telling because this is a standard set by Tere Michaels herself in Book One and Book Three. If I could be granted one more wish for this series, I would wish that the macho-muses of Matt and Evan descend on Tere Michaels and impose themselves on her again; that they urge her to tell their very own Happy Ever After. Not as an addendum to an epilogue of some other couple's story, but their own story. I would wish to see them see all the children off to college and on their own, I would wish to see them rework their lives as empty nesters, to see Evan grown into his own as an out, well-adjusted law enforcement professional and leader, a real man comfortable in his own skin. I would wish to see Matt come to a warm and expansive peace with Miranda, and for him to grow into his role as the steadying, challenging, protective influence in Evan's life. And yes, I would wish to see them throw their Big Fat Queens Cop Wedding, before we all finally say goodbye.

  • Barb ~rede-2-read~
    2019-03-13 09:30

    I really enjoyed this final (I think) installment in the Faith & Fidelity series. Matt and Evan were among the first couples I met when I started reading MM romance and are certainly unforgettable. Though I like Jim and Griffin, I was never as attached to them as I was to the Cerelli-Haight gang. In this installment we see the toll their careers take on the personal lives of both couples. Evan is newly promoted as a police captain and both Matt and Jim are tied up in the security business they run together. Griffin finishes shooting and editing the movie he’s made and has a chance to produce a show on Broadway thanks to his BFF Daisy’s husband, Bennett. But nothing is simple and both couples have outside stresses which threaten to drive a wedge between them. Thankfully, Evan is very committed to his love for Matt and it was delightful to see the strides he’s made in PDF and other areas of their relationship. Jim is heavily focused on a case which never closed and spends hours gathering evidence against the suspect, Tripp Ingersoll. And when Bennett cheats on Daisy, with a man, and Daisy finds out, Griffin has his hands full of a brokenhearted Daisy and her cute little girl. There’s a lot going on in this story in the relationship area, and when things come to a head with Tripp trying to wipe out Jim and his family, the action is intense. The time afterward, however, is filled with wedding plans for Jim and Griffin and something sweet but left unsaid between Evan and Matt. I could have done without the Daisy-Bennett subplot, but I suppose it was put in there to show us how much Griffin wanted to be a father and how great he would be. Daisy was never among my favorite characters and I really didn’t care that Bennett cheated on her and to be honest, as much as I like Jim and Griffin, I could have enjoyed the story even if their role had been minor. What worked best for me was the relationship between Evan and Matt. It was everything I could hope for. Even with the missteps Evan makes and the anger and resentment on Matt’s part early in the story, those two are rock solid and among my forever favorites. I’m so glad I had this chance to revisit them and their family and I highly recommend this story to all who have come to love them.

  • Anke
    2019-02-27 10:19

    Oh well - somehow this book came out of the blue for me, I totally missed the release date :) So, when I finally got it I started at once, looking forward to getting up to speed with Evan and Matt and their kids. Well, that wasn't happening. It was more the story of Jim and Griffin, and Daisy and her family and then lots of people I either never heard of or totally forget about. The Ingersoll case - well, for all the place it had in this book, it was solved with a few measly sentences.The kids - well, they were mentioned rather in passing, the rift between Evan and Matt, drawn out for the longest part of the book only to then hint at a secret wedding? This whole book felt like incomplete storylines, they started, were drawn out quite substantially only to then fizzle out to nothing.Yes, the whole thing left me rather unsatisfied.

  • Shelby P
    2019-03-20 12:26

    I felt this book was more Jim/Griffin than Evan/Matt. The story was a bit disjointed and it wasn't a page turner. I sorta missed the family drama with the kids. The twins were conveniently with their aunt too often. Jim and Griffin's sex scene were way hotter and more detailed than Evan and Matt's. I can appreciate the fade to black in the first book but this is an established couple. If we can get detailed sex for one why can't we for the other? I was also surprised that both couples were still using condoms. I really didn't care about Daisy and Bennett's relationship. It made no sense what he did. Never did figure out why Shane was so upset.I did like the mystery with Tripp. That was probably the most exciting thing this book had going for it.

  • Melinda
    2019-03-20 12:17

    3.5 stars!!! I enjoyed this book - would have liked more Matt & Evan!!(view spoiler)[ I'm a little confused though by the ending - very last page. The following quotes confused me a bit....I have no idea what they are talking about!!! Did I miss something?"I can't believe no one has worked this out""We could make and announcement""Or we could keep it a secret like we agreed" (hide spoiler)]

  • Wency
    2019-02-25 13:22

    Totally love this book and it's no secret that I am only here for Evan and Matt. This was good and really enjoyable though my heart want more. There's a scene in the ending part and epilogue that I would have liked to happen. But I love this one nonetheless. Hello, it's Evan and Matt (my loves), who wouldn't love them? Ha-ha.

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-03-08 10:31

    Moving this to my "Maybe Someday" shelf. I didn't like Cherished, and, after reading most of the reviews for this story I think I'll skip it for now. I don't need alot of unnecessary drama and angst, and a more than healthy dose of Jim and Griffin, to mar my Ethan and Matt love.

  • John The Cosmic Wanderer
    2019-03-26 08:24

    Ughhh this means I'd have to read book 2

  • ¸. • * ° *❧Gwendolyn❧°**★•°**★
    2019-03-17 10:23

    Love these guys.I just wanted more Evan and Matt. And I really was disappointed in this books ending being an open ending for Matt and Evan.

  • Anna D.
    2019-03-18 11:12

    Loved it though it could have used a little more romance.Full review:I liked the small amount of suspense here with Jim’s obsession in catching the killer of an open case he’s been haunted by for years – and I especially liked the fact that he uncovered a serial killer in the process and the twist of the girlfriend (view spoiler)[ not being a battered wife/victim but rather an accomplice! (hide spoiler)]It was a joy to read about Evan and Matt’s relationship being rocked a little even though this couple is so solid. In this regard, I wish the revelation of Evan’s coworker’s (Casper Vaughn) true intention and their confrontation was stretched out more. I wanted this angle to show just a bit more jealousy, more drama, and the end of that friendship to be more explosive than it was.The excitement in this book was more from the mystery and what was going on with Bennet and Daisy. I don’t really care about Bennet and Daisy and wished that the romantic conflict was with our four MCs. I enjoy reading about these four guys so in that respect, I enjoyed the book but there was not enough “meat” or concentration on the guys which left me wanting.The ending was cute, especially Matt & Evan’s little secret. Jim & Griffin’s wedding was sweet too, but I don’t know if I liked that they jumped too quickly into the baby bandwagon – I think these two should enjoy being married for a while first before a baby takes over their lives. The hint of a future baby would have been enough to convince me of a HEA for them.

  • Alisa
    2019-03-04 15:04

    3.5 starsNice ending to both couples stories. There is an interwoven plot so we see pretty equal time to both Evan & Matt/Griffin & Jim's stories. I know that bothered some people but I've always liked Jim and Griffin too so it didn't bother me too much. I honestly would have preferred two separate novellas but whatever. I was still happy that everyone got their hea's. I realized as I read this how much I've forgotten from the original books. A few things happened where they were talking about old memories and I probably should have been touched but I couldn't remember what they were talking about. (ie Jim, Griffin & a cupcake? Yeah, I've got nothing on that.) My only real complaint was the extra side story on Daisy & Bennett. Now those two I really don't care about. Daisy in particular I have disliked the entire series and I didn't feel even a little bad for her when bad stuff happens to her. I should have. I'm a bad person probably cuz I didn't but....nope....still don't care. Overall it was good but not great. In all fairness though nothing will probably ever live up to book one.....Faith & Fidelity. After all these years it still remains one of my favorite m/m stories ever.

  • Jax
    2019-03-13 16:09

    This final installment did a great job of wrapping up all the various story threads for Matt & Evan and Griffin & Jim. The main appeal of these books for me has been the way these guys talk to each other. Whether it was between lovers or friends, the dialogue was very real and satisfying and that's always a major factor in my enjoyment of any book. This series shows that just navigating everyday life, with demanding jobs and families, is all the drama you need when handled by a skilled writer.Two things did leave me scratching my head, though. (view spoiler)[Shane's angry departure from Bennett's office in the beginning of the book is never explained. Was Shane the ex Bennett cheated with? And the final moments between Matt & Evan seem to hint that they either got secretly married or are planning to. Why would they keep it secret? And why was it tossed in there in such vague way? That should've been made more clear for fans hoping for such a development. Could it be we're not done with these characters after all? (hide spoiler)]

  • Ladycms
    2019-02-24 13:15

    I can't remember the last time I've been so disappointed in a book. What happened to Evan/Matt being the MC's in this series? It's obvious Jim/Griffin are the author's OTP. So why'd she hijack E/M's story instead of just writing another series with those guys? I actually find myself disliking the J/G relationship bc of this. And why did this series conclude as more of a crime novel than anything? I'd recommend the first few books in this series, before the J/G takeover. But if you're hoping for a story where Evan and Matt have grown as a couple, have a satisfying ending to their story, and are the actual main characters then this isn't the book for you.

  • Esra
    2019-03-23 15:21

    Herkes için her şey yolunda demiştim.. Hay dilimi eşek arısı soksun!Ortalık darmaduman olacaktı neredeyse!Neyse ki mutlu sonla bitti..Ama o sondaki sürpriz muhabbeti neydi bak anlamadım? Bir şeyi gözden mi kaçırdım acaba?? Ama o kadar büyük bir şeyi de kaçırmamışımdır herhalde!