Faith, Love, & Devotion: Book Two
Seattle Homicide Detective Jim Shea never takes work home with himuntil 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 best friend, actress Daisy Baylor, see as their ticket out of action blockbusters and into more serious fare. But to get the juicy details, Griffin needs to win over the stoic and protective Detective Shea. Their attraction is immediate, and Daisy encourages Griffin to use it to their advantage: secure the man, secure the story. Neither man has had much luck when it comes to love, and when their one night together evolves into a long weekend of rapidly intensifying feelings, both Griffin’s fierce loyalty to Daisy and his very career is put to the test.
Because the more Griffin is drawn into a new life with Jim, the more his Hollywood life falls apart. Secrets and broken trust threaten Griffin’s relationships, and he’ll have to choose between telling the truth or writing a Hollywood ending.
First Edition published by Loose Id LLC, September 2009
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read and enjoyed the first book in this series, Faith & Fidelity, several months ago (my review here). I thought Love & Loyalty would be the same basic story, but it wasn't; it was different, but still enjoyable: Jim Shea is an "out" police detective in Seattle. He's a workaholic, but a good guy; he's got a group of hetero friends that care about him and want him to be happy. He worked a murder case where the defendant was a high profile young man who allegedly killed a runaway girl, and he's gotten involved with her family during the trial. It's been a long, hard process and he's taken the verdict personally. Griffin Drake is a Hollywood screenwriter. He's been doing action-packed movies that don't fulfill him and wants to tackle something that will make his career meaningful. He picks up on the trial and wants to do a story on the family, not the defendant. Ed, the dead girl's father, agrees to see Griffin, but asks Jim to be there for support. After the initial meeting, Griffin flies home to Hollywood to work on the screenplay but gets writer's block. He asks Jim if he can come out and talk to him, to try to get focused on the case. The meeting turns into dinner and then more... My thoughts: Love & Loyalty was a great read - Jim and Griffin were great together. Jim's gruff exterior was tempered by Griffin's more easygoing demeanor. Their relationship just kind of fell into place, and Jim was so cute when he realized he was falling for Griffin. "How's the boyfriend?" Jim gave him the finger. "I'm not teasing, you know. Mimi and I discussed it - he's your boyfriend." "We're dating. That's it." "He's practically living with you. You introduced him to me and Mimi." Terry ticked off each thing on a finger. "Face it, Jim - he's your boyfriend." Jim scowled. "Teasing anmesty over. Let's get back to the station." "Boyfriend." "Shut up." - pg 170/171 Griffin had problems of his own, and while I was frustrated he didn't share them with Jim, I understood why. His best friend Daisy made me crazy!! (Okay, is it weird that even though he doesn't have a nickname in the book, in my head I think of Griffin as Griff? Who gives a nickname to a fictional character?) Loved the secondary characters - Jim's partner Terry was great. I liked the hetero "Cabal" and the fact that they loved and cared for Jim, even though he grumbled and complained. Ed made me cry, 'nuff said. Ms. Michaels expertly maneuvered the story along so that both Jim and Griffin lose someone important to them and turn to each other. The ending was sweet, if a bit fanciful. I would definitely recommend this book if you're a newbie to the m/m genre - it's not very graphic but conveys the emotions well.