Review: Passing on Faith by A.M. Leibowitz

Following his father’s death, Micah Forbes believes he can finally put the family who rejected him and their religious bigotry behind him. In a cruel twist, his older brother calls to tell him he’s inherited their father’s abandoned vacation home.

Micah discovers the house comes complete with a long list of repairs, boxes full of family secrets, and a handful of quirky neighbors. Despite not wanting to get in too deep, he can’t help the spark of interest stirred when the sexy redhead next door offers his help. Everything about the enigmatic Cat Rowland throws Micah off-balance, from his gender-bending sense of fashion to his handy repair skills to his deep spirituality. Before long, Micah is swept up by Cat and his friends, but Cat himself keeps his heart carefully protected.

When Micah’s past and his present collide in a painful way, his self-destructive coping habits threaten to overwhelm him. To save himself, he needs to open his soul and let someone in. Cat has the key to unlock him, if he can let down his guard and trust his faith enough to catch Micah as he falls.

Both Cat and Micah are a little prickly with each other. But they have reason to bed. Micah has so many things standing in the way of having a happy relationship. Cat helps him overcome much of it. These two together are absolutely amazing.  They are perfect for each other and they help each other work out some of their hang ups. The scene with Cat in the bikini is so sensual and amazingly hot. I wasn’t a fan of Micah’s time with Reid. I understand why it was in the story and why he was with Reid for a bit before he and Cat could start to figure things out. But I would have liked less of it. I felt bad for Cat and how he was treated in the past for his condition. Micah was just what he needed to show there’s nothing wrong with him in that way. The story was such a ride and so full of emotion. I loved the side characters and how they created an amazing support system for Micah and Cat. The sub plot dealing with Micah’s brothers’ church was interesting. I could see how the religious aspect was a big part of Micah and Cat’s lives. I’m interested to see how that’s going to go and to see how it gets concluded. Hopefully there’s a sequel of some kind where we get to see what’s really going on there and they’re going to be handled by Micah’s brothers. I also really want Reid to get a story. He’s got so much more going on and I’d love to know more about him.

Micah decided he would sit right there until he was struck with a brilliant plan for how to manage his misfortune. It might have been a whole two minutes before someone knocked on the front door. Huffing, he rose and went to answer it.

He nearly groaned when he saw who it was. Cat, his oddly chipper neighbor, was back. He had a glass of what might have been lemonade in his hand and a lopsided smile on his face. When he looked up at Micah, his expression changed. His smile slid away and his eyes widened.

“You okay?” he asked.

Micah ran a hand through his hair and contemplated telling Cat it was just allergies. Instead, something made him say, “No. I am not okay. But if you want to come in and sit on my couch, risking black lung from all the dust, by all means.” He stood aside and swept his hand, indicating Cat should join him.

Hesitantly, Cat stepped over the threshold. He extended the glass to Micah. “Thought you could use this. Maybe you need something stronger, though.”

Micah snorted. “Yeah, probably, except I don’t drink.” He accepted the lemonade and took a sip. The tart liquid was refreshingly cool against his burning throat. “Thanks for this.” He tilted the glass toward Cat.

Cat grinned. “I was a little worried for a minute there. Want to tell me about it?”

Micah sighed heavily. “I inherited this house. My father just died.”

“I’m sorry,” Cat said, his voice soft and warm.

“I’m not.”

About A.M.:
A. M. Leibowitz is a queer spouse, parent, feminist, and book-lover falling somewhere on the Geek-Nerd Spectrum. She keeps warm through the long, cold western New York winters by writing about life, relationships, hope, and happy-for-now endings. In between noveling and editing, she blogs coffee-fueled, quirky commentary on faith, culture, writing, and her family.

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