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This is one of my favorite Mary Calmes books (oh, who am I kidding, almost all of her books are my “favorites”!) and I just love the relationship between Miro and Ian. It’s a bit of a slow burn – but the payoff for that is huge.
31 year old Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones, raised in an unloving, neglected foster home environment, he considers his four female college roommates and fellow Marshalls his family. 36 year old Deputy US Marshall Ian Doyle, a product of a broken home, currently (and reluctantly) re-establishing a relationship with his estranged father after the death of his mother and dating a beautiful, understanding woman named Emma. He also owns a giant, scary looking dog named Chickie Baby.
Miro and Ian have been partners on the Marshall’s team for three years and have grown incredibly close. They are the best of friends and have an excellent working relationship. The story is told from Miro’s POV so we see quite quickly and clearly that he is hopelessly, stupidly head-over-heels in love and lust with Ian. What we also see, that Miro seems NOT to see, is that Ian is ridiculously dependent on Miro’s company and comfort to get him through his own daily life. The subtle hints, glances and slow burn are FANTASTIC here and the build up to the first kiss just about KILLED me!
The dominance and submission, without it actually being D/s, is H.O.T.!! Miro takes charge of Ian and it’s unexpected, but beautiful.
He took a breath. “I think there’s a reason I’m shitty in bed.”
I felt myself frowning, unhappy with him running himself down. “Which is?”
“I think it’s ’cause I’ve never been in bed with you.”
And the action, of which there is a lot, is really fun to read (or listen to).
Narrator Tristan James is AWESOME. I would buy almost anything read by Tristan James because I love this man’s voice but what he does for Miro and Ian? Pure poetry.
This is one of those books that gets better every time I read or listen to it!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is a great listen from two of my favorites, Mary Calmes and Tristan James -- what a wonderful team. This is sort of a spin off of the Matter of Time series (one of my all time favorites) focusing on the relationship between two of Sam Kage's Deputy US Marshalls, Miro and Ian. They are both alpha males in this GFY romance. Miro is openly gay and Ian is his "straight" partner. Lots of angst and action to lead to a HEA and hopefully more books about this couple. Also, Sam has a role and Jory makes a cameo, which is just great b/c I miss them soooo much. Tristan James is just wonderful as usually. Worth a credit.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
This is my second Mary Calmes (audio)book and I like this one very, very much. ‘Frog’ was alright, but the way that the MC was instantly loved and doted on by everybody became grating. Reading reviews of other books by Mary Calmes it seems this is a recurring theme in her work. In this one I feel it didn’t happen too much, though Miro has 4 close female friends who adore him and an ex-lover who tries to wriggle his way back into his life.
There was a part in the middle of the book, when Ian is away on a mission, that felt like it dragged on too long without anything happening on the romance front. I was so looking forward to Ian and Miro interacting again. But when they do meet again... okay, worth the wait... I adore the way Ian is with Miro when their feelings finally become obvious. And Miro when he discovers what everybody had been thinking about them all along. I also really liked the way Miro and Ian interact with the two young witnesses they have to guard in the last part of the book. I’m not going into details to prevent spoilers.
The marshall work is described really well, but my favourite parts are where Miro and Ian interact, and with their colleagues as well.
I really like Tristan James’ narration. He distinguishes between male characters only subtly, but it’s okay, and I *love* his intonation, really one of the best narrators in that respect. This is my first audio with him and I don’t know how he does other books/characters, but I think he is spot on with Ian and Miro and their interaction. I am going to check out other books he narrates.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The narration was very good and the story started well, however, I felt as though the storyline was very unfocused