Title: Acts Of Faith (Cost of Repairs #4)
Author: A.M. Arthur
Publisher: Briggs-King Books
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Contemporary m/m
Length: Novel (245 pdf pages)
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 rating stars
A Guest Review by Feliz
Summary Review: Sometimes, love needs more than trust–it takes a leap of faith.
The Blurb: Love can be built on a broken past…but not on broken trust.
Rey King has settled into his new life with Samuel Briggs, and his catering business has taken off to the point he’s brought a business partner on board. Yet something is missing. He’s still haunted by the pain of losing his daughter, Faith, in a custody battle six years ago.
Then, one month before Christmas, Faith’s grandmother passes away, and Rey gets a shocking offer he never saw coming.
Samuel knew loving Rey wouldn’t be easy, but then again he’s no walk in the park either. Still, for eighteen months they’ve thrived as a couple…until a shy seven-year-old girl shakes his belief that he and Rey can overcome anything.
Settling Faith into their chaotic lives would be a welcome challenge, if things weren’t complicated by Rey’s too-cute, overly attentive new business partner. As misunderstandings, miscommunications, and unresolved tensions escalate, Rey begins to wonder if the best Christmas gift of his life could cost him the man he loves.
Warning: Product contains one overprotective (and slightly jealous) police officer, an angsty chef whose heart is in the right place (even when his actions backfire), and an adorable little girl who turns their lives upside down. Added bonus—hot man-on-man action and the inappropriate use of a washing machine.
Cost of Repairs Series
I had the pleasure to read and review all four books in this series: Cost of Repairs, Color of Grace, Weight of Silence and now this latest instalment, Acts of Faith. I must say, while I loved Cost of Repairs to pieces, the next two left me a bit underwhelmed in comparison. But with this book, the old charme was back almost full force for me, together with the two guys who started it all, Sam Briggs and Rey King.
After the whirlwind events that accompanied the beginning of their relationship, Sam and Rey have settled into a routine of sorts. Sam is still a beat cop working late shifts. Rey, still suffering from the consequences of being assaulted, mostly runs his budding catering business from home. However, because he thinks of expanding, he goes looking for a business partner. Enter attractive, flirtatious, gay David Weller, who might be the perfect choice of business partner for Rey but also causes Sam’s jealousy to raise its ugly head–he may trust Rey, but the same doesn’t necessarily apply to David.
As if that weren’t enough, Rey gets an unhoped-for chance at winning custody for his daughter back. And now they have to figure out how to become parents while not losing each other as a loving couple. Sam thinks they’ll manage–people do that all the time, after all. In Sam’s mind, all it takes is loving each other and protecting your loved ones. While Rey agrees with him in principle, it’s awfully hard for him to let go of his deeply ingrained insecurities. Knowing theoretically that all parents make mistakes and facing the reality of being responsible for a child are two very different animals, as Rey and Sam have to learn the hard way, so hard in fact, that what they hold dearest almost tears them apart.
True to his nature, Rey doesn’t ask for help when things start becoming too much for him but shows the world–and Sam–his “Yes, I can”- face instead. Sam, on the other hand, suddenly doesn’t know anymore where he stands with Rey. Aren’t they partners? And still, Rey doesn’t seem to trust him with the child. Also true to his nature, Sam shuts himself away. Not the biggest talkers in the first place, both Rey and Sam retreat into their respective shells, almost losing sight of the big picture–until Faith acts to make them see reason.
Revisiting characters later in a series can be difficult for me–will they still be the ones I’ve come to like? Will there be still room for them to grow, and will they remain true to themselves? I found all those fears allayed with Acts of Faith. Sam and Rey started exactly where I’d left them, and even though I would’ve liked to bang their heads together a time or two while reading, they came out a stronger couple in the end–despite and at the same time thanks to the little girl that fell into their laps, Faith.
The writing was smooth and competent as usual with this series, taking an unobtrusive backseat to the story and letting the characters shine on their own. While other familiar faces showed up in this book, the story focused mainly on Sam, Rey, and Faith, with only David as a more elaborated supportive character ( I suppose he’ll have his own book soon, and I think I’ve already glimpsed his love interest, too… 🙂 ) I found this pleasant, since this way nothing distracted from the major alteration Rey and Sam had to go through.
All in all, this book absorbed me almost as much as the first one did. As series go, this book comes a close second to the first instalment, and I’m hoping for more books in this compelling series.