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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2015 Mary Calmes (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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4 out of 5 stars
By Belen on 02-11-16

Easy flow and a good, quick listen.

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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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Morgan A Skye on 03-02-16

Greg and Mary - winning combo!

We met Essien through his daughter in Mike and Hutch’s story. He’s a widower who does no wrong and believes he’s going to be alone until his daughter grows and is gone. Ivy, his daughter, believes in love and wants that for him. She sets him up on some terrible dates and hopes for a connection with her pediatrican, Roark.

Roark has cancer. We find that out early on. It’s not making him sick but it might one day. Roark figures that since Essien’s wife died from cancer, he’d be avoiding Roark like the plague. And at first, Essien is hesitant – more so for Ivy than himself. But… everyone convinces him that love is worth the risk and we get our delightful HEA.


Lordy – Essien is hot and the way he manhandles Roark and just lays everything out about their relationship – hot! The way Takeo calls Aaron Sutter and gets Roark’s family to back down – hot! The way Mike and Hutch keep teasing Essien – hot! The way Dwyer looks at Takeo – hot!

Essien and Roark are a sweet couple and it was great seeing all the guys again. I love love love love Aaron so extra bonus points for him being in the story again!

I think the concerns Roark has are valid and I do wish we’d learned more about that issue, but I was glad Essien had decided that either way it didn’t matter so long as they were together.


Greg is my hero. I’ll listen to (most) anything he narrates. He is just so GOOD at the emotion and the telling of the story. In addition, his voice is so easy to listen to.

Superb job – as always.

Overall 4.5 of 5 stars.

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