Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love, & Devotion, #1)
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Faith & Fidelity (Faith, Love, & Devotion #1)

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New York City Vice Detective Evan Cerelli has lost his wife, the only person he ever loved and slept with. He's trying to get on with his life, build a life for his children. Former Homicide Detective Matt Haight is a ladies’ man, all sex/no commitment. He's depressed, having a midlife crisis, and not sure where his life is headed.

The two find friendship in the bottom of a...more
ebook, 228 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Loose-id (first published September 2008)
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Opening Line:"Matt Haight sat in his car, watching the entrance of the Stag Bar with butterflies in his stomach."

I don’t even know how to put into words how much I loved this story and I’m having trouble writing a review that will do it any form of justice. I can tell you that author Tere Michaels has so hooked me with her unforgettable characters, heart wrenching love story and poignant writing that I’m now looking into spending several hundred dollars on an e-reader just so I can find out what...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

Tere Michaels, I have one question for you. Where. Is. My. (view spoiler)

This book is extremely hyped by my Goodreads friends. I think for many readers, it is one of their intro books into the genre of M/M romance and I can see why that is. It is angsty yet easy to relate to, and it feels very realistic. I think that the emotions that Evan goes through ring very true. Hi...more
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Mar 15, 2013 Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* by: StellaR
Shelves: delicious-m-m


This sweet and romantic book tells us the story of Evan. Evan lost his wife a year ago and was left with his four kids. He is still missing her every single day of his life and he doesn’t want to meet anyone.

You grieve with every fiber of your being when the thing you love most is ripped out of your life

Evan’s colleagues, Helena & Vic, try to keep him busy, they want him to have a normal life so he goes out with them one night and he meets Matt. Matt is an ex cop and he is...more
⚣ Marco Manganiello ⚣
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This was a heartbreakingly beautiful love story. I could feel the anguish of Evan throughout the whole story, the guilt, the guilt, the guilt. But seriously, how could something so beautiful be so wrong. Evan loses his wife - he is straight, he has four great kids, some fairly shitty in-laws - but hey, I suppose I should give them a bit of slack as they did also lose their daughter. He meets Matt, sweet, sweet Matt, who is also straight..... or so they think. They strike up a great friendship an...more
This is another really shitty book review.

"Tedious. Oh, the angsty, angsty, angsty men. But some good bits if you can tolerate that kind of thing."

Seriously. That's all I wrote.

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You should probably flag this.

2.5 stars

I have a love / hate relationship with this book.

I really, really like the MC’s. As broken and lost and hurting as they are, Evan and Matt are good men who deserve happiness…and each other. I liked how we got to see them meet, befriend each other, and eventually realize their attraction and love for one another. That’s enough to make me feel ok about having read the book.

But, there were a few things that absolutely drove me bonkers and irritated the CRAP out of me and made me want to l...more
Monique ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
This book had me captivated from the first passage and took me on a path of discovery with Evan and Matt.......both lost, confused and disillusioned, both finding comfort in the most unlikely of situations.

This truly is a love story at it's best......and it is a credit to your writing Ms Michaels that I too was so emotionally involved in this journey with them and the great cast of their family and friends.

However I did get to the last page and think 'is that it'........but knowing there are tw...more
I didn’t plan to read this book. It was just that I forgot my book at home and I was in the train, bored, with another hour to go. So I thought I’d read a few chapters of this story on my ereader and continue the other book when I got home.
No chance. From the first page: I was hooked.

Faith & Fidelity is the beautiful story of Matthew Haight, Ladies Man Extraordinaire, and Evan Cerelli, Poster Boy for Suburban Normalcy, finding love. But it’s also more than that. It’s about loss, sacrifice,...more

What can I say about this book, it has everything I love about M/M lovin. Guys with no previous experience about all that is man love, real men no wet behind the ears young boys, plus it has heart and leaves you with a tear in your eye, then makes you smile because its that bloody good.

THE RUNDOWN- Evan just lost his wife and he is feeling the pain. The book begins with him getting ready for the funeral and its so heartbreaking; instantly leads you to tear up. His pain an...more
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Faith and Fidelity is the beautiful story Evan and Matt. Evan, who is dealing with the loss of his high school sweetheart and mother of his four children. Matt, who is depressed after having been forced out of his job at the force. Their journey is one that will touch you. You feel their anguish, confusion, and above all their love for one another in every page. 5 Beautiful Stars!

★★★★★ 5 Huge Stars for a warm and tenderhearted novel which is feeling like a "True Life" story about male love.

Often, I love stepping into a sort of fairy tale world and "live with" heroes and heroines in the Romances. What's happening is hardly likely or very credible with it being a romantic, exciting and often sexy world. I love alpha males, the noble lords, the beautiful women or tough girls, the paranormal unreal, suspense, adventure and puzzles to be solved or just a beautiful world of lu...more
Ok, I was going to give this just 1 star because after so many pages filled with the apprehensions of the two men (it's Novel Plus length), that is all the book is. There's not even "full-length" sex - just a few BJs and coming in their hands. Both sex and romance are sacrificed to fill page after page with the men's ambivalence towards their relationship.

I settled for 2 stars instead of just one because the issues Matt and Evan deal with are altogether too real - how do you handle telling your...more
I'm gonna be the odd one out. Again. Because even though most of my GR friends love this story, it was just meh for me.

So. Evan and Matt. They're both heteros. At a certain point, they realise they are attracted to each other. Then they realise they love each other. OK. I can buy that provided it's done well. But I didn't buy it here. Not really.

I got the emotional/bonding part; both men needed someone to lean onto, someone to count on. They became good friends through their commiseration. Fai...more
UniquelyMoi ... So I Can Shine...

This was such an amazing story, one I read months ago and still haven’t been able to write a review that will do it justice, so I’ll keep this short.

If you’re looking for a m/m story that’s more than just an erotic tale, this is the book for you. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very sexy read, but it’s so much more than that! Evan Cerelli and Matt Haight are incredibly compelling, complex people, and have made this a heartbreaking, heartwarming, uplifting story… an honest to God beautiful love story,...more
**** Buddy Read with Cindi ****

I don't usually read books this short, they tend to fall a little flat for me. Not enough time to develop the characters or the story line, but this book was brilliant.

I loved the prologue. I thought that Michaels did an amazing job at making me care for a character so much in such little time. I was crying for Evan and I didn't even know him yet.
Everything was explained so honestly, I felt like I was feeling his pain...

'They let him touch her hand and kiss he...more
*** 3.5 Stars ***

Tere Michaels’ Faith & Fidelity was like a slice of life served up in book form. It was raw, honest, humbling, and incredibly emotional (I was in tears by page 4). It included some characters that I absolutely loved, and one or two that I wanted to bitch slap every time they appeared. It had a tendency to kick you in the teeth when you were least expecting it, and yet had the ability to surprise you with its brilliance and joy just as quickly. And – like life – it didn’t unf...more
Read in January 2012.

Evan Cerelli is a widower and single Dad of 4 kids. After the death of his wife in a car crash he can barely put his life back together, he’s just a shadow of his former self. Matt Haight is a playboy and ex-cop. Working for a security company, he feels a big loss for the only job he ever loved. The two find friendship in the bottom of a shared bottle...

It’s very lovely to see how their deep friendship unexpectedly grows into something new, exciting, yet frightening at the...more
If anyone were to ask ”why your love of m/m romance books”?
My answer will always be because of Tere Michaels FAITH, LOVE AND DEVOSION series.

And while reading them, I discovered Kaje Harper’s LIFE LESSONS, Josh Lanyon’s ADRIEN ENGLIH MYSTERIES, and Abigail Roux’s CUT & RUN series, among many other.

And then I was hooked, obsessed, in love with M/M romance.
Ms Michaels, it’s all your fault.

My heart will always belong to the FAITH, LOVE AND DEVOTION.
**I definitely recommend this sweet story for M/M newbies**

I hope my English is better so I can review this properly, I'm afraid I won't do any justice here. This book got me nearly in tears on the proloque alone. Nope, it's not a happy tears but not a devastating, emotional-wrecking story either, and it's not just gay romance, coming-out story it seems to be. You'll read how life takes an unexpected turn in these two men, Evan and Matt's paths, they meet, becoming each other's bestfriend and fa...more
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Nov 30, 2012 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of M/M lovin'
Recommended to Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) by: Camilla and Kirsty
Posted on Under the Covers

I absolutely loved Michaels’s writing style. The pacing was great, the sense of humor was spot on and most of all, this book had a lot of heart in it. Evan and Matt are perfect for one another. I loved that they both started off in a bad place. Of course, I don’t wish what happened to Evan to happen to anybody, but the fact that Evan found comfort in Matt’s presence set my mind at ease. It seemed like a natural progression to their friendship and I loved that they sough...more
Mar 26, 2013 Gina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m

This was an excellent read, it captured me from the start had me crying from the beginning. Then pretty soon I was laughing and nodding my head because this was a totally believable account of two people's lives. Evan is dealing with the loss of his wife, he has 4 young kids he has to take care. A night out with friends he runs into Mark. They strike up a conversation, and become friends. Evan and Matt discover they are attracted to each other, neither man have ever been attracted to men before....more
Wonderfully raw, passionate, and highly emotionally charged read. I highly recommend it.
2.5 stars

When I first started reading MM I was told that this was a good beginner's book. Maybe I would have liked it better back then. But now it felt like too many other books I have already read. There was nothing original here. I was kinda BORED through much of the story.

Also, I know I often complain that in GFY it takes too long for the relationship to develop. But here, it was too fast. For two very straight guys, they fell into lust and in love with each other way too fast. Had there been...more
Well, what is it about police officers in GFY books? Really? I mean, Really.

New York City Vice Detective Evan Cerelli lost his wife, the only person he ever loved and slept with, and now is trying to keep it together for their 4 children. Former Homicide Detective Matt Haight is approaching middle age, has a job he doesn't like, and apartment he doesn't like and a string of one night stands he doesn't care about... basically he's lonely. When Evan and Matt meet at a retirement party for Matt's...more
Amy ♥
I loved it! What a sweet story :) Evan Cerelli is a widower whose wife died in a car accident a year ago. He’s a NYPD Vice Detective with four kids at home. At a retirement party for a fellow cop, he meets Matt Haight. They are both kinda lonely and become fast friends, meeting once a week for drinks. When their feelings for each other develop into something more than friendship, it gets complicated. Neither Even nor Matt have ever been with a man. Not to mention how this could affect Evan’s job...more
A loose 3 stars, maybe closer to 2.5 for large parts of it.

If someone told me to describe this book in less than 10 words, those words would be "Cut & Run meets The Brady Bunch."

I was baffled by most of this book. It just... made no sense to me. I can, however, see why it is recommended for people new to the M/M scene; I think I've just read too much genuinely great stuff to be moved by this one. If I had read it back when I first got into the genre, I probably would have liked it a lot mor...more
This is a love story... beautiful, sweet and replete of tenderness. Very sad in the beggining, the lost of a loved one is hard to live and to overcome, but in the right moment, love appears again in Evan's life with a man that is willing to do everything to prove him that love is worth the risks and challenges! Matt proves him that they can be happy together!

I love this book, however, it would please me very much, more and explicit sex scenes, not that I'm complaining the kisses and the touchs.....more
Robin *loves sexy books*
i loved this. this was the first book that i've read where both male characters were straight before they got into this relationship. i liked watching them come to terms with it and fumble around in the bedroom. it made it a little more realistic and seemed sweet. i wanted to slap evan a few times to pull him out of his funk. but he finally came around. i'm on to the 2nd book.
Mandi Schreiner
I visit Erotic Horizon's site every day. This girl can read and post reviews like no other ;) Every once in awhile she will post a review that makes me immediately go buy a book (yes, it is her fault I spend money!!) This has happened twice in the past month - first with Convincing Arthur by Ava March and more recently, Faith and Fidelity by Tere Michaels. Erotic Horizon said this is one the best reads of the year for her, and I have to agree. I loved this book.

The book starts at the funeral of...more
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I am an East Coast girl (Metro NYC to be exact), born and bred and with some slight princess traits. For example, "camping" is staying in a hotel without a pool.

Writing has always been my dream, my goal, the way my brain and my heart found a happy place. When I was five my mom got me a subscription to a Disney magazine and precocious...more
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