Book Reviews

When Heaven Strikes by F.E. Feeley Jr.

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 28-August-2017

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

“The wheel always comes full circle, and whatever you give out will always return to you.”  ~ unknown

When Ted Armstrong, from 'When Heaven Strikes' by F.E. Feely, opens his door to a preacher and his son, he makes a fateful decision to be flippant about being gay, rather than being rude and slamming it in their face. Ted has no idea what a Pandora's box he opens by doing so.

Ted is satisfied with his life. He's a good artist, owns his house, and has a cat to keep him company. Ted is lonely, but his attempts to remedy that situation haven't worked. The right guy just hasn't come along yet. Ted is beginning to think that he never will. While working on an art commission for Eleanor Armstrong in her home, he meets her grandson, Anderson. Anderson's smile warms Ted to his toes, but, remembering his vow of no attachments, Ted doesn't call the number Anderson casually slips in his pocket. Later when, in spite of himself, Ted texts Anderson, his resolve vanishes. The attraction is so strong that it's impossible to deny. Although Ted tells Anderson that he wants to take it slow so no one will get hurt, he apparently isn't listening to himself; they take it anything but slow. In a short time, Ted and Armstrong get to know each other intimately because they are able to appreciate and validate each other in a way that no one else has ever done before.

One reason Anderson isn't attached to anyone is that his job as a doctor takes up almost all of his time, but things are looking up. Anderson is cautiously optimistic. He and Ted are getting along so famously, he can't help but hope for more. He's happier than he's ever been.  One day, Anderson heads over to Ted's house. Anderson is shocked when he finds Ted on his front lawn, fighting with a preacher who attacks Ted because he's gay. When Ted sees Anderson, the fight goes out of him; all he wants to do is be hugged. The preacher stalks away but warns Ted that he is going to regret their fight.

This is a well written, emotional story covering important themes like bigotry and homophobia. F.E also reminded me to be aware of new opportunities when they present themselves, and to always be kind and open-minded. Anderson and Ted were wonderful men who met at exactly the right time and fell in love. Even though their relationship developed quickly, their love felt “right”. I loved Eleanor and Anderson's relationship and her open-mindedness and for taking Ted under his wing. I particularly liked how F.E. used the tornadoes in the beginning and end of the story, to illustrate closure and a new direction for many of his characters. Thanks, F.E., for a touching story with its positive message of hope.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 300 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-July-2017
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
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