Everyone in Mangrove, Florida, knows Fire Chief Essien Dodd is a saint. He took care of his ex-wife until she died, is raising his teenage daughter alone, and is the kind of man who pulls kittens from trees. All in all, the man's a catch. But Roark Hammond has sworn off getting involved with a man who's been hurt before because he can't guarantee he won't hurt his prospective love again. If only he could get Essien out of his mind long enough to focus on anyone, or anything, else.
Strong emotions are in play. Essien is lonely but determined to focus on Ivy; Ivy wants her father to have a new life so much that, to his horror, she's trying to find him a man; and Roark is so scared of the present and past, he won't allow himself to commit. To have any chance of sleeping 'til sunrise and greeting each new day together, Essien and Roark will have to rethink how they're living their lives and focus on what's most important.
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Easy flow and a good, quick listen.
Fire Chief Essien Dodd moved to Mangrove, Florida with his daughter, Ivy, from Detroit (with a short sting in Miami in between) in order to put big cities and a too-rapid pace of life behind him for a while. Essien has dealt with a lot and is looking for some peace. After moving to Mangrove he sees, and falls for, Pediatrician Roark Hammond.
Roark has deep feelings for Essien, but doesn't want to act on them for a very good reason. I really, really don't want to give anything away here. I know - mind boggling for me the Queen of the Spoilers to say that...but, nope, no spoilers from me this time. I don't want to ruin it.
This short novella is a classic kind of Calmes with great dialogue, delicious heat and sexy times, and a breakneck romantic pace. Sure, there are some points I could niggle over, but I don't wanna. It all just works for me. I felt like it flowed really smoothly and I enjoyed the whole thing.
And not that it's a surprise, but once again, Greg Tremblay does a wonderful job with the narration.
What can I say? Calmes is my crack and I'm willingly addicted.
Love this series, so much fun to listen to.
Yes I would. While there was some heavy content, it was still fun and light hearted and narrated splendidly.
Any other book in the Mangrove series, they are all short, sexy and so much fun!
Roark I think, I loved how hard he tried to fight the pull the Essien, and how Tremblay managed to put that strain into his voice.
Ivy! I think she'd be a blast!
Essien Dodd stood by his ex-wife when she fell ill with cancer, living up to his vows, even after the promise had been rendered null and void. He took the job as Fire Chief in Mangrove hoping to start a new life for himself and his daughter, away from the city and the reminders of the mother Ivy misses. Essien and Ivy quickly made friends and were brought into the "family" circle that is the warm, welcome and loving atmosphere of the small town. Es vowed to remain single and devote all his attention to his daughter until she goes off to college. There is one person in particular that is making that vow very hard to keep, town doctor Roark Hammond.
Roark has sworn off relationships as well, be for a far deeper reason. He's loved the towns gorgeous Fire Chief from afar for a while, but refuses to put anymore pain on the mans plate. Too bad that Ivy, Essien's fourteen year old daughter turned match maker for her lonely daddy, didn't get the memo.
Lord love a duck, the sexual tension between these two was palpable. The scene at the coffee shop, yow-za! I could feel the chemistry between these two through my ear buds, Tremblay truly brought these characters to life in my mind. I could completely understand why both men hesitated, they each had valid reasons. It doesn't take them long to realize that the heart wants, what the heart wants, and neither of them are strong enough to resist the pull. As usual, Tremblay does an amazing job at bringing the various characters to life while bringing all the voices he has given characters in the previous books over into this story.
While this story is a little heavier than the previous books in the series, there is still that light hearted air and slightly comical approach to the situation. I can't recommend this series, Author or Narrator enough.
- Tams (TTC Books and more)