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Love & Loyalty

(Faith, Love & Devotion #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  4,341 ratings  ·  385 reviews
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Faith, Love, & Devotion: Book Two

Seattle Homicide Detective Jim Shea never takes work home with him—until now. A judge banged his gavel, declared a defendant not guilty, and laid waste to a family. The emotional fallout of the trial leaves Jim vulnerable and duty-bound to the victim’s dying father.

It’s that man’s story that screenwriter Griffin Drake and his be
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Published September 8th 2009 by Loose Id, LLC
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Audio November 2019

The Narration: 2.5 Pants Off

I’m telling you p, great books are being ruined by subpar narration 😫

This series is just keeps surprising me, I am all kinds of blown away. I was personally not looking forward to Jim and Griffin's story, because I wanted more Evan and Matt. Was this a surprise or what, I loved these characters and I am so happy that Jim(James) got his own HEA.

We met Jim in the first book Faith & Fidelity and he was like the ot
3,5 Stars - just nice and slightly sweet!

I guess I'm a little disappointed right now because I was so fond of the first great book, Faith & Fidelity (my review) in this series. That one was a lovely relationship drama with a bit of depth and real-world problems. This second novel, about James (aka Jim) who we met briefly in the first book, feels too rapidly forced and sometimes I thought it was missing pages in the book. Overall, cute but nothing more.
“Dude, nonsense is actually afraid of you,
Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**

***4.25 Stars***

Another winner from Tere Michaels!!

I started this series a year ago and skipped over this book because I wanted more Evan and Matt...and why, WHY did it take me so long to come back?!?!

I loved Griffin and Jim! Come to think of it, it appears that Griffin may be my lucky character name, because I haven't found one yet I didn't like! And this one stole my heart from the first introduction!

Tere Michaels has such an ease in her writing that her characters and stories are just as ea
Aug 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Jim and Griffin are lovely to watch fall in love. The second book by Tere Michaels made me laugh and cry. I worried that nothing could live up to Faith and Fidelity and this one came closer then I thought it might. It does have more sex then her first book but it didn't seem to have the same emotional growth and depth of both characters as the first book. But it is still easily a 5 star read.

Several things about this book are atypical in regards to the plot that I really, really enjoyed and app
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The only reason it did not get the 5 stars is because I gave the previous one 5 stars and it did not live up to its reputation. It was still and excellent read and I loved the 2 main characters. I especially loved Jim... oh sweet James - you can still blush at 45 when paid a compliment - Come to me. I swear I would turn gay if I was a guy for Jim. Good story, good sex scenes - still not too graphic, Phew! Got a quick check on Matt from book 1. Poor Ed, wasn't he just the sweetheart. I love it wh ...more
~4.5 stars~

I liked this book better than the first one. Jim and Griffin are adorable together and Jim's friends are awesome. The story surrounding the romance of the two men gives glimpses into the harsh and gritty life of a detective in the homicide department and shows the not so bright and glamorous parts of Hollywood's film industry.

Again, the falling-in-love part came a bit too quickly for my liking considering that the whole book spans only a few weeks but in this case, I didn't mind too m
A Girl Has No Name
3.5 stars

Love & Lovalty is a very entertaining story with likeably main characters. In this story, we meet Jim Shea, a friend of Matt, we shortly met in the first story of the series. Jim loves his work and he is willing to go the little extra step that makes him an extraordinary homicide detective.

After a very painful and out of Jim's perspective unsuccessful trial in a case that kept Jim busy for a long time, he isn't willing to let the family of the victim down. He remains friends with Carm
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Buggy by: D
Opening Line: "James "Jim to almost everyone" Shea moved quickly through the throng of reporters and gawkers camped out on the front steps of the Seattle courthouse."

Tere Michaels has done it again with, another great read, sucking me in completly with her richly developed characters and well written romance. This isn’t necessarily a sequel to Faith & Fidelity (although that is where we first met James “Jim” Shea) and could easily be read as stand alone. Although in saying that you wouldn’t want
Heather C
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I saved the best for last!

This was definitely my favorite book in the series. I just LOVED Jim and Griffin. Especially Griffin. They were just perfect. No stupid arguments. No stupid breakups. LOVED!!! I even shed a few tears. The sweet and the sad kind.
His phone buzzed. Jim saw a text message and read it.
What do you need? Griffin's text asked.
Jim's hand wavered slightly.
You, was his answer.
Soon. I promise.

You get to see more of Jim and Griffin in Duty & Devotion, but I would love read anot
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m

This was a fun enjoyable read, while it didn't pull at me emotionally as the first book in this series, i really liked these two men. Jim is a homicide detective, who is tough, grumpy, but lovable. His latest case is drawing the attention of Hollywood, and that's how he meets Griffin Drake, a writer. I liked Griffin a lot. He is talkative, humorous, outgoing, sociable and loyal to his friends.

What i enjoyed the most about this book was the depth of the characters, they felt real to me and I gen
❧A Bookish Berkeley Girl❧
Jim and a Griffin, If I could sum thier book up in two words that would be them.

And, this book has the most beautiful quote to summarize the depth of this story.

"those you love, that's the most important stuff in life. You gotta get 'em and keep 'em and never stop saying how much you love 'em. Life's too short.”
I love that quote, and the twang the writer used in Ed Kelly's voice. Gosh, this one was a bit of a tearjerker. And, I was not really in the mood for a tearjerker. But, just as the f
2.5 Stars

Sadly, this one didn't live up to the first. I liked the MC's but there wasn't much chemistry between Jim and Griffin and the plot was weak. I just wasn't feeling this one. I enjoy the writing style so no way will I give up on this author. There's an ease to the story and I love all the little bits of humor thrown in. Plus, all the secondary characters were strong and likable, especially Ed.

I want more Matt and Evan so onto the next.
Jim and Griffin were just fine as a couple but this fell short in comparison to Book 1. I know some had issue with how fast these two moved and I do agree but considering how quickly Matt and Evan in Faith & Fidelity jumped in the sack and both never had a gay relationship before, this in comparison is a walk in the park and more realistic IMO. The thing that made me raise a brow in the first book was how insanely quick both guys gave into their attraction considering neither of them had relatio ...more
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, gay, series
This book is about Jim, a character who became friends with Matt in Faith & Fidelity. It had a very different feel from Faith and Fidelity, yet it still had the distinctive flavor of a Tere Michaels novel. It had characters with substance and personality and real world issues. It had me sad and angry and frustrated and smiling. I liked the little reconnect we had with the characters from Faith and Fidelity. This book doesn't need a sequel, but I'd enjoy reading more about Jim and Griffin. I'd ra ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, reviewed
I thought Love & Loyalty was going to be more angtsy but then it sort of fizzled at the end. It made for a less than satisfactory resolution.

I didn't understand why Jim wasn't into relationships. He was a nice guy and very caring so it was beyond me how he couldn't find anybody. And he got together with Griffin so easily that whatever issues he had, didn't seem believable.

There was almost no sexual tension and the love scenes were just blah. Definitely not the best in the series.
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddy-read-done
4,5 stars

I loved this book : the story, all the characters and the writing.
4.3 Stars

Okay, somehow I either forgot to read this or skipped it entirely because I don't remember the story at all, and I thought for sure I'd gobbled down the whole series in ebook form already...

That said, I really did like it and honestly I liked the story a bit more than the first one as it wasn't centered entirely on the relationship angst. But, while the sex was hot I just didn't feel the emotional connection between the MCs as heavily as I did Matt & Evan. And that's probably unfair to
*** 4.5 Stars ***

For me, Tere Michaels’ Love & Loyalty was a case of reading the perfect book at the perfect moment in time. It’s hard to put into words exactly that I was feeling when I started this book; the closest I can come is to say that because of things going on in my personal life, I was feeling this odd jumble of emotions that were grounded in happiness and nostalgia and utter relaxation, but also tinged by exhaustion and sadness and some frustration. I’m certain that if I had read the
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, romance, mm

“Wanna lean leisurely?”

James Shea, 45, homicide detective living for his career. When the murderer of 17-year old Carmen Kelly is found not guilty, Jim becomes close to the victim’s father Ed, watching him lose his wife too. Jim feels great responsibility towards Ed, steps in to take care of him and meets Griffin.

Griffin Drake, a Hollywood screenplay-writer wanting to do a movie about the Kelly’s. He and his best friend, actress Daisy, have an invitation from Ed to try and convince him. Jim is t
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Going into this, I was looking forward to reading James story. I wanted to read about Matt and Evan, but I treated it as if it were a separate series. I already knew James a little bit and I liked him. Griffin took a bit longer to get to know, but I ended up loving him even more. He was a lot of fun.

But even with the open mind, I still ended up being somewhat disappointed by this. Griffin and Jim got along great and their relationsh
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Did the author get abducted by aliens between the first instalment in this series and this book? What a difference! While the first one made me go “meh” this one was absolutely fabulous. The characters were awesome, the plot was excellent, the dialogue was on point, and the pace of the story was perfectly timed. The story had that organic feeling, it developed without any fake angst or contrived conflict and reached a wonderful conclusion without having to resort to immature miscomunication like ...more
Jim Shea and Griffin Drake
Aug 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This story did something I thought was impossible... I actually think that it's an even better story than Faith & Fidelity, and that story is still among my top favourites. Just goes to show how wonderful an author is Tere Michaels.
In many ways this story was grittier? It had more of an edge than I remember from F&F, but that in no way detracted from the story; if anything it heightened what was happening between Jim and Griffin.
There were so many instances where I was nearly overcome, okay I
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Mel by: Delicious Dee
Shelves: m-m, e-book
The downside of loving, absolutely loving, a first in the series is that there is the almost unavoidable situation of being disappointed in the sequel. Unfortunately this was the case.

Mind you: Love & Loyalty was not a bad book. On the contrary. It was a beautifully written and engaging story of two seemingly polar opposites finding love.
Michaels knows how to write, she knows how to make her descriptions real and her characters likable and alive. You can’t help but feel invested in the charact
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love Evan and Matt more but Griffin is such a fun character and Jim tempers him well. This one moves faster and that's to be expected since Jim and Griffin are finding love not navigating the same issues that Matt and Evan have. I look forward to reading more about them.
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars.

Great characters.

Straggling plot.

Very hot sex.
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybook
Good story, decent enjoyment factor. Nothing life changing.
This book kinda feels like it’s only vaguely tied in with the first book in the series. It really could be a stand alone. Other than one phone call back to Mark, this book takes place in a whole ‘nother city with a completely different cast of characters. Plus it really didn’t feel like the same Jim we met in NY running away from his best friend, and the man he’s in love with, getting married. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the book, I did, it just wasn’t anything I expected based off of our i ...more
Sep 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Tere Michael’s follow up to the popular "Faith & Fidelity" is an entirely different book and stands easily on its own for those that haven’t read the previous book. Other than a very brief phone conversation, the characters from "Faith & Fidelity" don’t appear in this book and therefore readers won’t be missing any context if they pick up "Love & Loyalty" first. Other than the high quality writing and wonderful characterization, there are very few similarities between the stories. "Lov
Love & Loyalty (Faith, Love, & Devotion #2)
by Tere Michaels

4.5 Stars

Love & Loyalty is a story about Jim Shea and Griffin Drake. Jim, who is Matt's friend and whom we met briefly in Faith & Fidelity, is a homicide cop in Seattle. He is the lead detective on a murder case involving a rich, socialite, jerk who strangled a young prostitute(Carmen Kelly). Jim poured his heart and soul into the case and befriended the victim's parents in the process. When the jury returns a "not guilty" verdict, Jim a
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Tere Michaels unofficially began her writing career at the age of four when she learned that people got paid to write stories. It seemed the most perfect and logical job in the world and after that, her path was never in question. (The romance writer part was written in the stars—she was born on Valentine’s Day.)

It took thirty-six years of “research” and “life experience” and well… life… before he

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