Review: Cherish & Blessed by Tere Michaels

Posted April 22, 2015 by Annie in Reviews / 2 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Cherish & Blessed by Tere Michaels
Cherish & Blessed
by Tere Michaels

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: Feb 13, 2015
Series: Faith, Love, & Devotion
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 200
Format: Audiobook
 

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“One thing that is consistent in the series and is probably my favorite part of Tere Micheals’ writing in general is that she has a great sense of humor. I laughed and smiled a lot throughout this book. ~ Under the Covers

Cherish – 5 star

Tere Michaels indulges readers by going back to back Evan and Matt. This time, it’s a short story, but CHERISH is satisfying enough to sate the hunger that a lot of loyal fans are yearning for. When Evan learns that Miranda, one of Evan’s teenage daughters is seeing a new guy and has plans to marry him at age twenty-one, he begins to worry and stress. Readers get a glimpse of the strong bond between Matt and Evan once again as they deal with whatever life throws at them. And even though Evan has moved on and but still loves Sherri, it doesn’t seem as if Miranda has moved past the death of her mother.

As Thanksgiving approaches, drama ensues when Evan asks Miranda, her new boyfriend and his parents to dine with them and their family. They deal with conflicting beliefs, angst, lingering grief and uninhibited passion.

What I liked about this conflict is the fact that it isn’t about Matt and Evan per se, but about the entire family that they have become. So even though I was only slightly disappointed when I found out they weren’t getting married yet, I didn’t hold on to those feelings for long. Evan and Matt already surpass that milestone even without the legal papers proving it. I think they demonstrate well how love is a measure of happiness. Their trust and loyalty in one another was satisfying enough for me. I do, however, have my fingers crossed that someday they will cement their love with marriage.

I also like how Evan still very much loves his wife even now, but accepts the fact that someone else is there for him now. It shows such growth in his character from where we see him in FAITH & FIDELITY.

Lastly, Michaels’s writing is always entertaining and fun. For such a short book, she is so readily able to turn on the charm. I love that about her writing. She had me smiling and laugh out loud with some of the lines and it only made me love the characters, and this book more!

Blessed – 4 stars

A trip to the Hamptons should be nice and relaxing right? Well unfortunately for these guys, it isn’t. Jim and Griffin are experiencing some complications in their communication while Matt and Evan try to get a better handle on their married life and their careers.

Because there are two couples here there is a lot of jumping around. While other readers have send that they felt disconnected from that, I didn’t feel that way at all. Since the second book in the series, LOVE & LOYALTY features Jim and Griffin it makes sense that they would be here again. While I prefer Evan and Matt, I never once thought Jim and Griffin were boring. Their stories just hold some different conflicts and obstacles and thus, must be handled differently by the author.

One thing that is consistent in the series and is probably my favorite part of Tere Micheals’ writing in general is that she has a great sense of humor. I laughed and smiled a lot throughout this book. There’s almost a great emphasis on family and between both couples it became a theme bringing them both together and that’s why I think this book worked well because they had that commonality.

Since I listened to this book on audio, I feel like I should mention a few things. While I enjoyed the story as a whole, sometimes I felt that the narrator made all the voice sound either too extreme (like in the case of females with high falsetto tones) and the men who basically all sounded the same. Sometimes it was just hard to tell who was talking.

 

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About Tere Michaels

This bio would be more interesting if I could fictionalize it...

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 early reader that I was, I immediately caught on to the fact that someone, indeed, WROTE these stories. That it was a real profession and from then I was locked in to what I wanted to do.

Of course it took me til just past my fortieth birthday to fully succeed by having my first novel, "Faith & Fidelity" published, but I've been writing for decades and whether or not I made a dime, it was always my "must do" thing.

In the meantime I've freelanced, worked in offices, managed a bookstore, lived in LA, starved and prospered and became a married mom in the 'burbs.

Right now my wonderful husband and my darling son and I live in a cute house in the NJ suburbs; we share our abode with three cats, a hamster and approximately 100 fish (warning: when the pet store says "they're all male!" don't believe them). Life is good and I am beyond grateful to my family and friends and fans who've brought me to this point.

I love to talk to people about writing and books and my book(s) so feel free to drop a line at teremichaelsblog @ gmail.com

 

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Thanks for the review Annie

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Live it when a book can make me laugh!…