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Blessed (The Matawapit Family Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
Darryl Keejik has a decade-long chip on his shoulder, and he holds Emery’s father, the church deacon, responsible for what he’s suffered: the loss of his family and a chance at true love with Emery. No longer a powerless kid, Darryl has influence within the community—maybe more than the deacon. Darryl intends on using his power to destroy Deacon Matawapit and his church.
Hoping to save the church, Emery races home. But stopping Darryl is harder than expected when their sizzling chemistry threatens to consume Emery. Now he is faced with the toughest decision of his life: please his devout parents and fulfill his call to the priesthood, or remain true to his heart and marry the man created for him.
This is very erotic book about a spiritual journey.
- ASIN : B07F6DL98W
- Publisher : eXtasy Books Inc (6 July 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 608 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 356 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,182,910 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story follows Emery and Darryl who have loved each other since they were boys, but family obligations and religious expectations clouded their emotions and separated them for a decade. Now grown men, they come together to reconcile their friendship, only to find their true feelings for one another never went away. Only problem is Emery is studying to become a Catholic priest.
Emery and Darryl's love story is a spiritual journey both in the traditional Ojibwe sense and in the Catholic sense as the two men from different factions of the tribe navigate painful tribal history, family and community expectations, and rigid church policy regarding homosexuality. It's a lot, and it's handled in a wonderfully thoughtful manner.
My one complaint might be that, as someone who is not religious, the biblical references and dense details about Catholic ritual sometimes lost me. But I don't feel that my lack of understanding hurt my ability to follow the story. And I really appreciate the depth of research.
It's a well-written and well-researched story that covers so much. I recommend it as a slow, thoughtful read.
Emery and Darryl are Anishinaabeg who grew up together on a reservation in Canada, where Emery’s father was the deacon of the Catholic church. After a brief teenage affair, Emery chooses his family and a calling in the church over a relationship with Darryl. Ten years later, our story opens with Emery, now just months away from ordination as a priest, returning to the reservation where Darryl has become a tribal leader and is dedicated to the Traditionalists Society - which advocates tribal beliefs and practices and clashes with the church.
Cultural pressures, family pressures, and religious pressures all play a role in this story and I loved how Emery and Darryl navigate them. The two clearly have feelings for each other, but Emery is scared and conflicted about his religious beliefs, while Darryl is angry and overburdened by his tribal and family responsibilities. The story is at it’s best when the two men are together. Some of the secondary characters are a little broad - one dimensional obstacles for our MCs - but life on the reservation is drawn really compellingly, overall, and the story develops believably. I really appreciated the deep resonances the Catholic-run Native schools had on the lives of basically all of the characters.
Unfortunately, the downside of this read is that the prose is undeniably clunky. Odd word choices interrupt the reading flow—a character “promenades” up to a counter; a dialog descriptor reads: “surprise dangled on her hushed voice”; someone trying to move quietly “shimmies” out to the deck. Also, there’s this line: “Warm fuzz coiling around Darryl’s spine cooled the raw fire that had sizzled under his skin all day.” I’m still not entirely sure what was going on in that sentence, but it doesn’t sound like it should be happening in a diner. The book is filled with these diction issues, and they’re especially bad in the sex scenes. I’ve never read so many references to what was happening “beneath a character’s underwear” before. For example, at one point a character who is trying to deny his desire thinks “he’d better tell that to the velvet shimmers stroking him beneath his underwear.” The prose does get better as the book goes on (with the exception of the sex scenes), or perhaps I just got more involved with the story.
Blackbird is a debut author, and I sincerely hope she gets an editor (or a different editor) before her next book, which I’ll definitely be reading. I loved the characters, setting, and plot, but did find the book hard to read at times.