This is another great story in the Faith, Love and Devotion series. Cherish, the fourth in the series, takes place a few years after the last book ends. Matt and Evan are still together and they are still working their same jobs. The two older girls are off at college and the twins are now pre-teens. It seems they have put their major problems behind them until Miranda announces that she is engaged and she wants to bring the boy and his parents’ home for Thanksgiving. Needless to say Evan hits the roof and Matt works at bringing him down.
Most of the story centers around the Thanksgiving celebration. When Miranda arrives at the home with Kent and his parents, it quickly becomes apparent she has not told them about Matt and Evan's relationship. This triggers anger in Evan and the other children, sadness in Matt and anxiety and hurt in Kent and his parents. The story then explores the feelings that Matt, Evan and the children are still struggling to work through. The story is at times sad and at times complicated. Thankfully it is also at times happy.
This short story packed more emotion and exploration of feelings than many full length books do. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy this series so much. It is my opinion that this is one of the strongest "Gay for You" series out there. It is not all an easy happily ever after for these characters. They seem very real and they struggle for what they have. Yes, they love each other and yes, they are committed to this relationship but it is hard work and it's sometimes painful. Most relationships have ups and downs and Matt and Evan have chosen a road that makes things a little harder than usual.
I really enjoyed this story and it was good to see Matt, Evan and the kids again. It was good to see that the guys are still committed to making this work despite their struggles. I also enjoyed seeing the children's points of view, especially now that two of them are adults. If you are a fan of this series this is a must read. If you have not read any of the previous books in the series you should not start here but I highly encourage you to check out the first book in the series.
Several years after the end of Duty & Devotion, Matt and Evan are living quietly in their Brooklyn home with the twins, Danny and Elizabeth. The older girls--Katie and Miranda--are off at college, Evan is about to be promoted to captain, and things are calm.
Evan accidently learns that Miranda has a new boyfriend and is talking marriage after just three months of dating. After peeling himself off the ceiling, he demands a conversation with his eldest daughter, which erupts into, as Matt calls it, “a steel cage match”.
Miranda indeed has a boyfriend (Kent), a business major (from Connecticut) and they are most definitely serious. In fact, Miranda wants to bring him to Thanksgiving dinner--along with his parents, Blake and Cornelia.
There is much debate but Evan agrees--mostly because Miranda's part of the bargain is that she won't get engaged or elope until the parents have met.
Thanksgiving descends into madness before the turkey is cut.
Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.