Review: F.E. Feeley Jr. – When Heaven Strikes

Author: F.E. Feeley Jr.
Reviewer: Wendy
Publisher: Self-pub
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Summary:

Can love survive heaven’s wrath?

Artist Ted Armstrong lives a solitary and eccentric life. The survivor of child abuse disguised as religion, Ted has cut himself off from the world.

Then Ted meets Anderson Taylor, and it’s like being struck by lightning.

Anderson is a cardiac surgeon whose passion for his work has consumed him. He fears he’ll never find a partner—until he sets eyes on Ted. It’s happening fast, but both men know what they feel is right.

Confronted with an angry preacher, a scandal, and an act of God that threatens to destroy everything, their relationship will face its first true test.

Review:

I have no problem with anyone who has deep faith and finds comfort in their religion; I do, however, have huge problems with those who become zealots or bigots in the name of religion because they tend to not only be really scary, but also tend to be the biggest hypocrites alive (in my humble experience). I think this book illustrated my thoughts on the topic perfectly.

The first half of this book is dedicated to the budding relationship between Ted and Anderson who come together as a result of a matchmaking grandmother (the kind that every boy should have, but especially one whose life might be on the difficult path for one reason or another such as being gay). There’s nothing particularly challenging about them coming together; theirs was a relatively easy romance. Both are a little bit older and wiser, and both have a desire for something more than a one night stand. It’s a chance meeting between Ted and two secondary characters that sets up the story for the second half of the book.

The second half of the book was… unexpected. After the fact, I can appreciate how everything fit together, but in the moment, I felt like the story got chopped off and a sequel took over with the spotlight on different characters. I won’t go into spoilerish territory because half the fun of reading is the surprise that waits around the next corner; however, let’s just say that while the title of the book is very fitting, another one that could have also worked is “Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned”. Scary.

I really enjoyed this book by a new to me author and look forward to more!

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