Review of:  All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes (audiobook)

TITLE: All Kinds of Tied Down (audiobook)
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
SERIES: Marshals Book 1
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Sept 17 2014


9 hrs 1 mins
Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back…faith and something more.
As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn’t working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home – and no one to come home to – is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn’t work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn’t being tied down at all.

Narration: Tristan James…yummy voice! I loved his voice in this so much that I picked up a couple more books read by him. I even added a few FM to my wish list on audible. The cadence was perfect and he kept the tempo and emphasis where it was called for. I hadn’t read this series before listening, but that made no difference to understanding what was going on, even though I was at my day job. Tristan is definitely added to my short-list of must-listen-to.

Story: This is the first book by Mary Calmes in this series. Its an older series, but I’ve just found this author recently, and I’m working through her library. I WILL be going back for the Matter of Time series now that I’ve gotten a little look-see at Sam Kage.

The story starts with the two MCs partnered for three years. Miro was brought up in foster care as an orphan who found his chosen family in college. It’s a collage of women who have moved all over the US but will drop anything for any of them in the group.

Miro is the calm one of their partnership in the Marshals, and Ian is the opposite of that. He’s rash and crazy. He also owns a werewolf that his estranged dad dog-sits for. He’s also…straight?! Ian is sort-of an ex-special forces guy, but he still gets called for service way more than he should.

This book is the slow-burn that I love to read. It’s the build of the romance that we’ll see in the future books, because yeah, I had to listen to them all! Even though the reader gets the idea that Ian isn’t all that straight, Mary takes her time getting there and having us fall in love with the characters as we go. So by the time we get there, we’re cheering and yelling at the ceiling!

The secondary characters are wonderful, even the ones we don’t like.

The story is in Miro’s POV throughout the book. And it’s not just focused on the romance, which was awesome. There’s a plot and there are twists here. Ian is actually called away for a while, so we get more personal growth from Miro. We meet Cabot and Drake, the cuties who need help and become part of their family.

***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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