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Acts of Faith

(Cost of Repairs #4)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  991 ratings  ·  102 reviews
Love can be built on a broken past… but not on broken trust.

Cost of Repairs, Book 4

Rey King has settled into his new life with Samuel Briggs, and his catering business has taken off to the point he’s brought a business partner on board. Yet something is missing. He’s still haunted by the pain of losing his daughter, Faith, in a custody battle six years ago.

Then, one mo

Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published December 17th 2013 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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~Mindy Lynn~
4 Stars!

I was pleased to see that we got another Rey and Sam book because their story felt unfinished without Faith.

Rey and Sam really get put through it in this book but it's by their own doing. A lot of miscommunication and jealousy take front row seat in this tale. So does darling Faith.

Some people really didn't like David and I don't know why. I didn't really think he brought the issues Rey and Sam were having to the table. The issues they had were all developed by them being stubborn. Da
Kade Boehme
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This author, THIS SERIES, this effing sequel, man. I can't. AM Arthur can do no wrong in my eyes. Intrigued to see if we'll be getting David's story, but this... this was the perfect way to round out Sam and Rey's story. Just perfect. GAHHHH when it was tense, my feels couldn't handle it, man. /gushing
The continuation of Sam and Rey's story from Book 1, Cost of Repairs, picks up the story about 18 months into their relationship. I have not read books 2 and 3, which revolve around different couples, and it was not a problem.

Where it appear that the relationship has grown even stronger since the events of the first book, Sam and Rey fall back into old behaviors when several big changes occur at once. The book is well written and the characters remain true to themselves. While I don't always enj
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
When the seven-year old is the most mature person in the room, you've got problems.

Massive problems.

Mostly irrational, overprotective, miscommunication-because-your-head's-stuck-up-your-butt drama llama problems.

My GOD! I wanted to smack Rey so many times. Sam isn't spared either. He gets some stern finger-wagging.

(view spoiler)

Add in the hilariously distracting typos (talk drink of water, mandolins in kitchen cupboards) and the Reign/Sam and
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read all four books in this series: Cost of Repairs, Color of Grace, Weight of Silence and now this latest instalment, Acts of Faith. I must say, while I loved Cost of Repairs to pieces, the next two left me a bit underwhelmed in comparison. But with this book, the old charme was back almost full force for me, together with the two guys who started it all, Sam Briggs and Rey King.

After the whirlwind events that accompanied the beginning of their relationship, Sam and Rey have settled into a ro
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. "Acts of Faith" -- the fourth novel in A.M. Arthur's "Cost of Repairs" series -- brings us back to the original couple, Sam and Rey, and boy is it a fabulous read.

A year and a half after settling into a life together, Sam and Rey are happy and comfortable: Sam is still doing solid work as a patrolman, Rey is about to start a catering business with a new partner, they are living in a home they love, and they are even more devoted to each other than they originally were. All of this ha
This is the fourth book in the series but is actually a follow up to the couple in book one. Rey and Samuel have been together for over a year now and are doing well as a couple. Samuel continues to work as a police officer and Rey has started a catering company which is becoming successful. Right before Christmas they get a shocking call that Rey's ex-mother-in-law has died and his daughter needs to come live with him. Both men are over-joyed but the reality of becoming fathers over night is a ...more
I always knew that at some point, Rey's daughter would join this pair of lovable boys. I also figured it wouldn't be easy having them acclimatise to her, and she to them.

What is so clever about the way it happens here, is that it is all so believable. There's no excessive melodrama or theatrics required to build a narrative. The worry, the extra stress, the pressure is very real and heartfelt.

Everytime that sliver of ice chips into Sam's heart, I felt for him. Every rash decision Rey makes out
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
This one didn't do anything for me. I found it saccharine, predictable, and tiresome. Not badly written, for the most part, just not anything at all special.

Some of the dialogue did make me cringe a bit. For instance:

“I guess I’ve been selfishly thinking about nothing except us. I’m so sorry for that.”

“I know, and I forgive you. I don’t want to keep fighting about these same things.”

“Neither do I. I promise to keep my irrational jealousy under control. I trust you, and I want you to succeed
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the continuation of Sam and Rey's story. Rey's ex mother-in- law passes away suddenly. Rey is shocked when his ex-father-in-law shows up on his doorstep wanting to offer his custody of his 7yr old daughter back to him. Rey is just trying to find a business partner to expand his catering business. He finds David. A hot unattached gay man. What will having his daughter Faith come to live with Sam and him, and Sam's jealousy of David do to their relationship? Can they survive this?

I loved t
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I love this series. In book four, we pick up again with Sam and Rey. *sigh* I enjoy stories about established couples. Here, Sam and Rey have been through thick and thin and are happily moseying through life when everything is suddenly thrown upside down by a wittle 7-year-old ... oh, and a hotty bussiness partner. I liked experiencing the challenges, triumphs, and setbacks. The emo in me preened at the angst (and there was lots) in this book. Ultimately, however, I felt that Sam got th
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow this one pulled me in a few directions I wasn't expecting.

At first I was all on Reys side when Sam started being an ass then suddenly Rey starts acting like a brat. Seriously the way he treated Sam after the fights was so wrong.

Faith was sweet, and had me choking up a few times, her pop pop even had me feeling a little sorry for him.

Overall this was an engaging read, plenty of drama, a few tears and a sweet romantic ending.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A exceptionally emotionally powerful real, raw and very satisfying sequel for Rey, Sam and Faith. So worth waiting for. I love this whole series, but Sam & Rey are my favorite couple. I'm guessing David's story may be coming up - that would be most welcome, as would more from Sam & Rey!
Vanessa North
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sam and Rey are such a great couple, I loved revisiting them and seeing their lives adapt to having Rey's daughter move in with them.

I would have liked to see a little more closure to the David storyline, but I also hope we'll be seeing him get his own book.
Good follow up for their first story Cost of Repair. I started this one soon after the first book about Samuel and Reign. It was nice to see that they were still together and they were fighting for Faith and their love.
This is probably my favorite of the series, despite the fact that I usually avoid books with kids. It’s the circumstances under which Faith reappears in Rey’s life and his history from book 1, that makes it resonate for me. Samuel’s solid, calm presence as he faces the unexpected change in their lives just makes me melt, though. If you’ve ever had stepchildren, you’ll probably recognize some of the problems that Rey and Samuel run into with each other. With Rey, it’s exacerbated by his sense of ...more
Abbey's Fully Booked
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
OMG - i absolutely annihilated this story. From the moment I read the first page, I was a goner. Rey and Sam are my fave couple from the previous books and so to delve back into their world and catch up with them was exciting and heart warming and intense and heart breaking.

They went through a lot during Cost of Repairs so I was hoping this would be a walk in the park for them, just a casual catch up with them with a few new additions to their lives - boy, was i wrong.

These poor men had the od
LiveYourLife BuyTheBook
°•○★5 Stars - KAPOW★○•°
A "Live Your Life, Buy The Book" Review

Eighteen months after meeting, Reign King and Samuel Briggs have not only survived the eventful start to their relationship, they have settled into a strong and loving partnership. But between Rey taking on a (hot) new business partner to help expand his catering business and Sam's work hours as a Third Shift beat cop, life is starting to get a little complicated. Then Rey gets the unexpected, exciting and somewhat scary news that his
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mm
I really enjoyed reading this series of books and the characters created by the author for me it was well done. I don't know if ‘Acts of Faith’ is the last book or just the most recent one. I think for Rey & Sam it may be the last one that focuses on them. I really liked these two men until part way through this story and then my anger and frustration with Rey in particular knew no boundaries. I was furious at him, to say he was behaving like the world’s biggest douche in my eyes was an unde ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Acts of Faith" is the fourth installment in the A.M. Arthur-penned series "Cost of Repairs". Book four continues the story of Sam and Rey, whose story started with book one, "Cost of Repairs". Both men have come far in terms of their relationship, having been together for a year and a half and finding in one another the love and support that they both need and deserve. You would think that after everything they went through in the first book, they would easily weather whatever storms come their ...more
Jenny Wood
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ok... so this will a spoiler included rant because everything is so fresh as I literally just finished this one...So, read on at your own risk... I will not change it!
I love Rey and Samuel... they were my favorite this whole series...
I'm so glad that Rey got his daughter back; he deserved to have her in his life and I"m glad not only for him but for Faith as well. She was mistreated and abused by the person who kept her away from Rey and I was glad she wasn't around to do that anymore.
I also k
Tú Phan
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Clearly this is a refreshing change from Arthur's novel. Her book usually follow the journey of 2 guys who have troubled past finding each other, but in Acts of Faith she follows her two past character in the first book ( Rey and Samuel ) on their way to adapt a new lifestyle: the one with Rey's long lost daughter in it. It's qiute fun to read because Arthur doeasn't write about her past character life after their novel so basically this is her abnormal sequel to the first one. As usual, she re ...more
Shirley Frances
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, mm-read, mm-series, glbt
Here I was all set to discover a new set of characters when I find that the next book in the series, Acts of Faith , centers on Sam and Rey's relationship and the struggles to keep that relationship in the face of unexpected events and circumstances. Rey and Sam return to the page as parents to Rey's daughter, Faith. Doubts arise, tempers flare and emotions run rampant in this story that shines light into what a true family is and how the bond between two individuals can be enough to survive wh ...more
Joyfully Jay
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crissy
This review was originally written for Joyfully Jay Reviews.

Read Crissy's review in its entirety here.

5 stars

At the beginning of the year, I was lucky enough to read and review A.M. Arthur’s Cost of Repairs for you. I told you of two broken men who fell in love and struggled to keep some semblance of a relationship, the obstacles that nearly tore them apart for good, and the love they shared that gave them strength. Well, ladies and gentlemen, Samuel and Reign are back! I could not have been mor
☆ Todd
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as part of the overall series; however, it did feel a bit like walking a familiar path, without that many unexpected twists and turns, which I'd definitely come to expect from the first three books.

I'm waiting on pins and needles for the release of book 5, "Foundation of Trust", and hoping that Owen's son has a bit more personality to contribute to the story than Faith's well-behaved, overly-careful meekness contributed to book 4.

I love kids that have lots of energy and perso
3.5 Stars

It was great to see Rey and Sam's story continuing in Acts of Faith. Seeing them adjust to such a change in their relationship with the arrival of Rey's daughter, Faith, really showed how awesome they are together. Both of them have issues they need to deal with, but they do with like adults and together. The major issue I had with this book was the character of David who was really interesting and just seemed to disappear in the later third of the story. I hope that A.M. Arthur continu
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favorites, mm-cop
Oh man! This was the book I was waiting for in this series!!!! After devouring the first three books I was so happy Rey and Sam are back!!!! And with Faith! Yes yes yes!! I was laughing, crying, clenching my teeth waiting for things to get better! This one had it all, and with the best supporting cast of characters I've seen in a series in a while. I have a special place in my heart for Barrett and think he's absolutely adorable in his taming of Sky!
Great story.
This story completely drew me in and made me love the characters. I sensed that the previous story had a longer path and this book took us further in the journey of these two lovely and loving men. I also appreciated that the writing was tighter and overall I could not be happier to read more by this author.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a solid read with some Herzschme

It was nice to read about Sam and Reign again.

It was well done: the struggles, the fights, the misunderstandings that make a relationship tricky.

I liked it quite well, but it didn't rock my world.
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No stranger to the writing world, A.M. Arthur has been creating stories in her head since she was a child and scribbling them down nearly as long. She credits an early fascination with male friendships (bromance wasn't a thing yet) with her later discovery of and subsequent affair with m/m romance stories. When not writing, she can be found in her kitchen, pretending she's an amateur chef and tryi ...more

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Cost of Repairs (5 books)
  • Cost of Repairs (Cost of Repairs, #1)
  • Color of Grace (Cost of Repairs #2)
  • Weight of Silence (Cost of Repairs #3)
  • Foundation of Trust (Cost of Repairs #5)