Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Release Day Review: Forever & Ever - A Collection of Stories by Tere Michaels (Giveaway)

Title: Forever & Ever - A Collection of Stories
Series: Faith, Love & Devotion: Book 7
Author: Tere Michaels
Release Date: December 25, 2018
Category: Holiday
Pages: 250

Dreamspinner Press

What happens after the story ends?

Join Matt, Evan, Jim, Griffin, and their friends and families for a glimpse of what happens after happily ever after. Between growing up and growing pains, weddings and retirement, changing careers and changing diapers, life is never boring. Changes, decisions, tears, and joy await as the years march on.

4 Stars!

**This is not a standalone but more of a collection of Epilogues/stories to give us the HEA for the characters and closure to the series. So if you haven’t read the Faith, Love & Devotion series you’ll definitely be lost. **

The book follows Evan and Matt, Jim and Griffin along with their families and friends as they celebrate Christmas and a myriad of life events. Some are a long time coming, others a pleasant surprise but all are important in showing us how they all are moving forward with their love and lives. Sometimes it was mundane every day things we all experience as adults, parents, spouses and the like. Other times they were exciting and sweet.

It was definitely a pleasure to catch up with Evan and Matt and see how much they’ve grown and changed as well as how they’re the same people I’ve loved throughout the series. It was excellent to see what the future held for everyone as well.

I really enjoyed the writing and other than a few spots where it seemed to drag a little it was done quite well. Tere Michael’s definitely left me feeling emotional but I’m also left with a true sense of closure. If you are a fan of Faith, Love & Devotion I believe you’ll enjoy this final book.

***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***

4* Nice end to the series, and yes, it's time to put these guys to bed, let them live their expanded HEA.

I've been a fan of Matt and Evan since the first book, eager for every offering, but the last was kind of not necessary to the series, filler-y and with too many things happening and too many couples/characters, and it wasn't what I'd hoped for. This one filled in quite a bit of the missing stuff from Evan and Matt's relationship, and those little snippets - because they are more snippets than tales - that featured the guys, made this little collection worth reading. You could skip some if you wanted and it wouldn't spoil the rest.

We get to see them and the girls and Danny years down the line, with Matt and Evan as grandparents, and we get to see similar HEAs being lived out by the other main characters. I did like hearing about Shane and Helena and Griffin and Jim (I so would not have imagined how their lives have changed!), but the Daisy-Bennett parts seemed out of place. Not that these parts were major, but they've never really felt like integral to this series, though after their drama in book 5, maybe the author wanted to give us something concrete for them?

There's lots of love and laughter, and pretty much everybody is playing happy families. Well, not playing, actually, as they are all really happy, and at the very end, there was a hint that perhaps it wouldn't be that far off before another generation of the Cerelli-Haight family started their adult lives.

ARC courtesy of Dreamspinner Press and Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure; a review was not a requirement.

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  1. I don't know if I'd change anything on the blog I really like it as it is and to be honest I can't think of anything to add!

  2. I like the blog as it is. I wouldn't mind if the title link in the email included whether or not a book was MM.

  3. i really love the reviews..they help me find new authors

  4. Thank you for the review! I don't think anything has to be added or changed with the blog.

  5. So this is really it then - end of the tale for these guys. It’d be good catching up now. Thanks for the review!