Review: Malachi’s Word by Lissa Matthews

Posted November 6, 2012 by Shari in Reviews / 3 Comments

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Review: Malachi’s Word by Lissa Matthews
Malachi's Word

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Series: The Bar Next Door,
Genres: M/M Romance
Published by Samhain Publishing
Released on November 6, 2012
Format: eBook
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Excuse me a moment….SQUEEEE!!!!! Ok, that was my fan girl moment for Lissa Matthews. I have been a huge fan of hers for a couple of years when I read her Pink Buttercream Frosting book. Now I gobble up her books as soon as I can get my grubby little paws on them. I had the great honor to meet Lissa in New Orleans at AAD. This woman is awesome! So imagine my shock when I open this book and find that she thanks me! I had no clue she was doing it. I hope that I can live up to everything she expects from me.

Malachi’s Word is about two friends who are both gay. They come out early in their lives to their very hetrosexual fathers, who lost their individual wives in a car crash. They have raised the boys on their ranches, but neither son wanted the family business. What I loved was these fathers didn’t turn their sons out, but supported them.

Malachi has loved Daniel since Daniel came out, always hoping that Daniel would love him. But Malachi never reveals his heart, holding it close. He goes off to college then comes back home to open a bar with his partner. While he has had lovers, Daniel owns his heart.

Daniel has loved Malachi since he was a teenager. When high school was done, he knew he couldn’t cut it in college so he joined the army. But once his time was up he moved back closer to Malachi. But now he spends all his time getting drunk trying to forget he loves his best friend but the love isn’t returned.

When Daniel drunkenly confesses his love to Malachi, Malachi knows he won’t let Daniel go. But the two have some hurdles to cross and some soul bearing to do before the happily ever after can be achieved.

Now for sure there is coffee in this book. It wouldn’t be a Lissa Matthews book without coffee and she works in the “automatic” machine we all love…me included. The two have some sobering up to do so why not make lots of wonderfully hot coffee…I made a latte while I read this so I think it was fitting.

The two men have quite the unrequited love going on between the two of them. I read a review that they didn’t like that Malachi didn’t tell Daniel he loved him for so many years…well we see that also in M/F stories, so why can we have it in a M/M story? Love isn’t easy to admit to a friend, but I would imagine even harder in a gay relationship where there are so many pressures already. It didn’t surprise me that neither man had the guts to put themselves out there and risk being turned down and losing a friendship they treasure above everything.

But it has to come out because Daniel is literally tearing himself apart with his feelings. He is the first to admit he was in love with Malachi. Malachi takes it a lot slower and at times can’t even voice what he wants or how he feels. He is more reserved and I could appreciate that.

There is some explosive love scenes! Wow, can Lissa write some awesome love scenes.

This isn’t a terribly long story and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I so hope that Malachi and Daniel get some page time in it as well *wink wink*. So if you like M/M stories, with a little cowboy twist thrown in…give this a try!


About Lissa Matthews

Living in North Carolina, talented, multi-published author, Lissa Matthews, has many loves in her life: Family, friends, NASCAR, football, music of all kinds, cooking, BDSM, and last, but not least, coffee. She loves it so much she and those who know her are surprised she hasn’t floated away on a caffeine-induced cloud while giving life to feisty heroines and hunky heroes.

Lissa’s love of romance came from every book she has ever picked up. No matter what she read, she fell in love with the written word. The promise of escape, the deep, intriguing characters, and the winding journey from beginning to end, constantly drew her into bookstores and libraries as she was growing up.

Her first stories were written in junior high and she kept it up through college. She would stay up late at night when her kids were little reading romance and still penning her own stories. In 2007, when she and her family moved to North Carolina from Florida, she began pursuing writing as a profession and she couldn’t imagine doing anything else… Well, except maybe writing in her own cupcake bakery/coffee shop. But that dream is a ways down the road… Lucky for Lissa, she believes in dreams coming true.

Lissa is married with two children and seven, yes, seven cats. She blames her oldest child for the cats.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Sophia Rose
8 years ago

Oh, I do like these kinds of stories. I haven’t tried Lissa Matthews’ books. Fun review! I like the fan girl *squee* makes me feel better when I do it too. ;D

Susan W.
Susan W.
8 years ago

Thanks for the review! I just went and got Malachi’s Word!