Review of:  Tied Up in Knots by Mary Calmes (audiobook)

TITLE: Tied Up in Knots (audiobook)
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
SERIES: Marshals Book 3
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Sept 17 2014

BLURB:

Miro Jones is living the life: he’s got his exciting, fulfilling job as a US deputy marshal, his gorgeous Greystone in suburban Chicago, his beloved adopted family, and most importantly, the man who captured his heart, Ian Doyle. Problem is, Ian isn’t just his partner at work—Ian’s a soldier through and through. That commitment takes him away from Miro, unexpectedly and often, and it’s casting a shadow over what could be everything Miro could ever dream of.
Work isn’t the same without Ian. Home isn’t the same, either, and Miro’s having to face his fears alone… how to keep it together at the office, how to survive looming threats from the past, and worst of all, how to keep living without Ian’s rock-solid presence at his side. His life is tied up in knots, but what if unknotting them requires something more permanent? What would that mean for him and Ian? Miro’s stuck between two bad choices, and sometimes the only way to get out of the knot is to hold tight to your lifeline and pull.
Listening Length: 9 hours and 48 minutes


Narration: Tristan James…another hit for me! I Love his voice. 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. I’m beginning to think he’s always going to be a hit for me.

Story: This is the third book by Mary Calmes in this series. So by now, we know the series is focused on Miro and Ian as life partners and US Marshal partners. But Ian is sent away yet again. And just when Miro really needs him. Instead, we met a couple of new Marshals that have their own drama going on. But we also meet the new cutie that needs protection.

It amazes me just how much Mary Calmes can shove into a novel and still have it all make sense and follow along in a larger plot going on as well as the romance. But when Ian finally gets home and Miro makes his way back to Chicago, the heat is HOT.

As for the other parts of the book, I don’t want to ruin it or spoil anything if you haven’t read or listened to this, so I’m just going to leave this here…

Two alpha males going at it is so freakin HOT

Dad…and his family, you all suck! Go away and don’t come back!

Creepy as hell dude…shivers

Didn’t need that rib anyway…hmmmph

CHICKIE BABY!!!

I laughed, I cried, and I was hot under…well, you get the point. After book 3, I still want more.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Fit to be Tied by Mary Calmes (audiobook)

TITLE: Fit to be Tied (audiobook)
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
SERIES: Marshals Book 2
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Sept 17 2014

BLURB:

Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are now partners on and off the job: Miro’s calm professionalism provides an ideal balance to Ian’s passion and quick temper. In a job where one misstep can be the difference between life and death, trust means everything. But every relationship has growing pains, and sometimes Miro stews about where he stands with his fiery lover. Could the heartstrings that so recently tied them together be in danger of unraveling?
Those new bonds are constantly challenged by family intrusions, well-intentioned friends, their personal insecurities, and their dangerous careers—including a trial by fire when an old case of Miro’s comes back to haunt them. It might just be enough to make Ian rethink his decision to let himself be tied down, and Miro can only hope the links they’ve forged will be strong enough to hold.


Narration: Tristan James…another hit for me! I Love his voice. 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. I’m beginning to think he’s always going to be a hit for me.

Story: This is the second 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. So please bear with me. It must be read in order since the characters are the same just further into their lives.

The story starts with the two MCs partnered for 3 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 they’ll drop anything for any of 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, Chickie Baby. Ian is sort-of an ex-special forces guy, but he still gets called for service way more than he should.

Again, the story is in Miro’s POV throughout the book. And it’s not just focused on the romance, we also learn Miro is a clothes whore! Again, Ian is called away for a while, so we get more plot, and we meet a future bad guy.

The story starts with action that doesn’t stop until the end. It has foot chases, bad guys in prison that give you the creeps, cutie twinks that get you in the feels, and two bad-ass Marshals that are figuring out how to love hard.

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

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

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

BLURB:

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

Review of: Lover by T.M. Smith (audiobook)

TITLE: Lover (audiobook)
AUTHOR: T.M. Smith
SERIES: Survivor Series
PUBLISHER: TTC Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, MMM
RELEASE DATE: Aug 31 2018

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Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Life has not always been kind to Shannon Dupree. On the outside he’s carefree and fun loving, but when it comes to his past he’s evasive and secretive. Running away from emotionally bereft parents at just fifteen, Shannon escapes life with them but steps into the waiting arms of the devil.
Rory Landers is a rising star at the Bureau. His personal life, however, is nothing to write home about. He hopes to take his limited relationship with Frank Moore to the next level when they finally solve the Langford murder case, but that doesn’t turn out as planned. On the plus side, he meets free-spirited college senior Shannon Dupree.
Rand Davis finds himself fortysomething and single when his partner of more than a decade is unfaithful. Taking over the Cold Case Squad frees up some of his time, and Rand welcomes newfound friendships within the Langford-Moore family circle. He thinks relationships are not in the cards for him until he meets an agent with an attitude and a vivacious blond that make him want so much more.
Past, present, pain, and suffering collide, ushering in the possibility of a life and love worth fighting for. Although their personalities couldn’t be more different, their three hearts beat the same. Shannon, Rory, and Rand learn the definition of love, commitment, and strength and if they allow themselves, the trio will find all that and more—in each other.


Narration: Another spot-on narration by Nick J. Russo. He’s wonderful to listen to, and he makes the rhythm of the book come alive. The quality is perfect, and I think he’s one of my new favorites!
Story: This is a series, and you need to read book one first!

I had to listen to book two after hearing book one. I normally stick to audiobooks at work so I don’t go through them too fast, but I had to listen to this over the weekend at home as I unpacked…I just couldn’t wait!

We meet all three characters in book one—Shannon, Rory, and Rand. I wasn’t so sure about Rory in book one. He broke FBI rules he shouldn’t have and hurt Frank’s feelings. But I think he redeemed himself here. Again, T.M. wrote the story following a long time-period showing the love building over time. I’m a big fan!
Here we have a new bad guy, but we know Shannon is running from the start. The underlying story tore at my feelings, pulling me back and forth. At one point, I was even wondering if Shannon was his real name!

Shannon seems like a lively kind of guy on the outside, but on the inside, he’s a hurt guy who just wants a normal life that has someone love him without hurting him. The story starts with him leaving the abuse that caught him at 15, three years before. Then we skip some time and Shannon goes off the rails a little, having fun and enjoying men for a bit. We learn that he’s gotten serious about life and focuses on his future with the support of his best friend Taylor (MC from Survivor 1). And that’s when he meets Rory, and finally Rand.

Rory is an FBI that we met in Survivor 1. He’s working a missing person’s case that turns out to be a lot more sinister. He met Shannon through Taylor and Frank and starts a relationship with him. There’s a slow burn from the two figuring things out. Shannon is still love-shy, and Rory is getting over his feelings for Frank. But it’s a sweet romance with a twist because they both meet Rand and start having feelings for him as well.

Rand is a local cop that was a part of the case in book one and he’s brought onto the task force for the backstory in book two with Rory. The travel and close quarters brought Rand and Rory closer to start, but Shannon is never far from both of their thoughts.

There is no real cheating in this…the thruple evolves over time and in an organic way that’s sweet and believable. The case is intriguing and keeps the reader interested in that part as well as the romance parts.

I have two weeks until my audible credit renews…yeah, book three will be what I use that for!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis

Review of:  Survivor by T.M. Smith (audiobook)

TITLE: Survivor (audiobook)
AUTHOR: T.M. Smith
SERIES: Survivor Series
PUBLISHER: TTC Publishing
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Jan 30 2019

BLURB:

Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
Taylor Langford’s world is torn apart when he is only 13 years old – his parents killed, leaving him alone and orphaned. With no living relatives, he’d certainly be another statistic if not for the intervention of the policeman who found Taylor in the crawl space where his mother hid him that fateful night. Despite the tragedy and resulting anguish in his life, Taylor knows how lucky he is.
Frank Moore is a rookie with the Dallas Police Department when he and his partner answer a call in Devonshire, one of the city’s more affluent neighborhoods. They think the young boy in various pictures throughout the home has been kidnapped until they find him, shaken but alive. Officer Moore recognizes the pain in the kid’s eyes, having lost his own mother to cancer when he was just a boy. He steps in, making sure Taylor is placed with a loving foster family. Over the years, Frank becomes a permanent fixture in Taylor’s life.
A decade later, the case remains unsolved and the once gangly, uncertain teenager is now a college graduate who knows exactly what he wants. He’s coming home to the man that helped mold and shape his life, the man he’s loved for as long as he can remember, Frank Moore. But Taylor isn’t the only person returning to Dallas, and while Frank is distracted by his own conflicting feelings and the new bond growing between the two, the past creeps up on them, determined to finish what was started 10 years earlier.


Narration: Another spot-on narration by Nick J. Russo. He’s wonderful to listen to and he makes rhythm of the book come alive. The quality is always spot on as well. I was able to get right into the story, even at work.

Story: This is the first book in the series by T.M. Smith and my first from them. I really liked the flow of the story. It was a slow burn, but it started so innocent with one character as a child and moves through the years. The world building was very detailed.

Taylor pulls at your heartstrings right from the start. But T.M. writes the age progression perfectly from 13 to 23. Taylor’s support system was written wonderfully and it’s a family I bet many kids wished they had growing up.

Frank is there through the years, but as Taylor’s feelings change so do Frank’s. Reading the blurb, I was worried there would be that creepy factor, but thought I love May/December stories, so I gave it a shot.

Sex scenes are hot and not too long. The secondary story of the crime that runs through the 10-year period is written very well. I had no idea!

I’ll be reviewing the next in the series as well and looking forward to listening!

***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of listening this ARC. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***

Review edited by : Laura McNellis