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(The Matawapit Family #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  25 ratings  ·  19 reviews
It’s been ten years since Emery Matawapit sinned, having succumbed to temptation for the one thing in his life that felt right, another man. In six months he’ll make a life-changing decision that will bar him from sexual relationships for the rest of his life.

Darryl Keejik has a decade-long chip on his shoulder, and he holds Emery’s father, the church deacon, responsible
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published July 6th 2018 by eXtasy Books Inc (first published June 29th 2018)
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Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
It's difficult for me to rate and review this book because I think it's an incredibly well researched and well written and worthy piece of work.

But I don't think I can honestly say I enjoyed reading it in a simple and pleasurable way as a means of entertainment for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, it's very theologically heavy and, as a lapsed Catholic, I found a lot of the discussions to be wearing and full of many of the reasons why I turned away from the church.

Secondly, it's not really a romance
Set in Canada, "Blessed" is a very densely-packed story of two men who have loved each other since boys, but are torn apart by religion - Emery feels called to become a Catholic priest while Darrell works with the Traditionalist Society to strengthen First Nations rights. Both are of Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) blood but Emery's mother is white and his father is a Deacon in their Catholic church.

The Anishinaabe struggle with the legacy of Residential Schools which removed children from their homes and
Joyfully Jay
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars

When I read the blurb for Blessed, I was interested right away. Thanks to my father, I am sort of a history buff, especially when it comes to religion and indigenous tradition. I decided to give the book a chance, and while I liked the book, I found it to be overwhelming. I felt like I was in way over my head. It was looooooong and very detailed. In fact, I’m going to say there may have been too much detail. The subject matter is rather heavy, and certainly a hist
Karolina Cebula
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku i polsku

Many years ago, Darryl and Emery crossed the line between friendship and love, but their newly formed relationship broke into small pieces, leaving behind pain, grudge and unhealed wounds. And although they both decided to run away from their feelings and leave the past behind, they weren't able to do it. Even now, although more than a decade have passed since that first puppy love, Darryl and Emery still are unexpectedly attracted to
Robin Mandell
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.
This book is really something special. I’ll be thinking about it for a long time, and probably re-reading it sooner rather than later.
The first chapter was a little hard to get into, but once I got past that I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a really sweet love story, bittersweet to start with, but it’s so much more than that. Ms. Blackbird goes deep into questions of faith, romantic love, familial love, commitment, and the lasting legacies of colonization.
Really well worth it to
Diana Waters
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blessed was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I’ve always loved reading books, fiction or not, that are steeped in cultures I’m unfamiliar with, and not being from either Canada or the US, I knew absolutely nothing about Anishinaabe people or culture before going in, making this honestly a real treat for me. I also have a deep respect for a) authors who write from personal experience and b) authors who clearly put in a lot of solid research in terms of their book’s setting, themes or subject ma ...more
Amy Dufera - Amy's MM Romance Reviews
Maggie Blackbird's Blessed is one of those books that gripped me immediately. It follows two men who've loved once another since they were kids, but were separated by expectations and obligations.

Emery's ready to become a priest, but after years in the seminary, he keeps being tested by his friend Darryl. Their story is beautiful and raw, highlighting the struggles of deciding to continue the path you are on, or to follow your heart. It's deciding between your obligations and your desires.

The de
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an extremely well researched read, it's a pretty mammoth tale and, I have to admit I found it pretty heavy going at times.

Some of the topics covered are extremely contentious, but are bravely tackled by the author. She writes with barely controlled emotion and obviously feels strongly about the content covered.

I liked the relationship between the two MCs, however, I wanted more of the two together romantically. They seemed to spend all of their time engaging in theological discussion. T
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Awesome Read, well written, great characters, Awesome story line, easy read to hold you on their journey, this genre might not be for everyone but its a really wonderful story cannot wait for more from this Author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kathryn Manzella
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Blessed is the first book in The Matawapit Family Series by Maggie Blackbird. It is about a man's spiritual journey with heavy erotic notes. These men must discover what really matters to them and which path is true one for them. A well written book that gives the reader food for thought, while delivering heavy romance. Emery and Darryl's story will stay with you and make you feel so many emotions.

I received an advanced reader's copy of the book and I am voluntarily leaving my honest review and
Addison Carmichael
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very brave choice for Maggie Blackbird's debut novel, and she handled all of the controversial and thought provoking subjects with kindness, empathy and inspiration. It would probably be best to shelf this as Mainstream more than Romance, although there are heavy romantic elements (adult only, due to the content). Her deep and accurate research on the injustices towards the indigenous people in North America makes this story an exciting book club discussion choice. So many times I wan ...more
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would rate this 3.75 stars.

Ten years ago Emery Matawapit broke Darryl Keejik’s heart, by chosing obedience to his parents over the love he shared with Darryl. Emery’s father Nathan is the church deacon and Darryl still holds a grudge. Emery comes home from Saint Michael’s Seminary six months before he’ll enter the priesthood to address the past, and ask for Darryl’s forgiveness for the way their friendship ended. Darryl is now part of the Traditionalists Society’s mission to preserve and teach
Two former lovers have to face each other again as one is about to take his formal vows into the priest hood over a fight to retain a church on the tribal lands.

Emery Matawapit has decided to come home to save the reservation’s Catholic church and to ask for forgiveness from the man he left behind. In a few months, he will become a priest and forever turn his life over to God. He feels he needs to make peace with the past before he can take this step.

Darryl Keejik has never forgiven Emery or his
Queen of the Geeks
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an arc. There were a lot of things that I liked about this book, the relationship between the two main characters and between thier community. This book was written with a lot of love and passion for the subject. My only difficulty with the book was the Catholicism. Not being Catholic myself there were aspects of the book I just didn't understand or connect with, which made it hard for me to really invest with the book on a deeper level. It didn't ruin it for me at all bu ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All you need is faith! Emery is 6 months from taking his vows. Darryl has lived a fruitful but resentful life the past 10 years since Emery's father, the Deacon came between them. Darry, is no longer powerless against the Deacon. He may be more powerful than the Deacon, and he wants his revenge. When Emery returns and meets up with Darryl, the passion is still there. How can they move forward with their individual plans? Do they fight or give in? How do they deal with the Deacon. Does Emery take ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Book one in The Matawapit Family Series, by an Author I have not read before. Ten years ago Emery Matawapit walked away from Darryl Keejik because of his father Deacon Matawapit and the feelings he held for another man. Now he is coming back because he is needed in his hometown. This story handles the issues, and injustices of the Native peoples and the love of one man for another with feelings and care. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Jeanne Richardson
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 1st book I've read written by Maggie Blackbird; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the chemistry between the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Tayra Sanders
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Darryl wants to use the power he has to destroy Deacon Matawapit and his church. The Deacon made him loss the love of his life his son.
AND 1515
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
by and1515

This is a really great book, this is the kind that really makes you
stop and think long after you finish reading. Darryl and Emery's relationship
suffered and survived many obstacles.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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An Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario, Maggie resides in the country with her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes. When she’s not writing, she can be found pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush, teeing up a ball at the golf course, fishing in the boat for walleye, or sitting on the deck at her sister’s house, making more ...more

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