Sunday, February 8, 2015

ARC Review: Quiet Nights by Mary Calmes


It’s a lovely little life Kelly Seaton leads. He’s got his own landscaping business, a nice little house, and his best friend, Cosimo Renaldi, and Coz’s goofball family who have adopted Kelly as their own. Sure, it’s a little lonely at night, but it’s a sweet deal, and Kelly can’t chance ruining it by letting on that he wants more—has always wanted more—with Coz.

Then Kelly’s past comes to town, bringing bad memories and hurt feelings that start to break Kelly down, and Coz just doesn’t understand why Kelly won’t let him be the support and strength that Kelly’s always been for him. They’ve already been through war, Coz’s devastating injury, and starting new careers in Mangrove, Florida. Why shouldn’t they face their chaotic pasts and build their future of quiet nights… together?

Dani's rating:

I liked the first book of this series, but this one didn't hold my interest.

Kel and Coz are like brothers. Kel has always wanted more from Coz. And apparently Coz has wanted Kel too, except he didn't think he could have Kel. Because Kel is a slut and Coz has only one arm. Or something.

Character development? I got as far as Kel being whiny and Coz being angry. I wanted to go beyond the surface, but since the story is told in Kel's first-person POV (as is Calmes' trademark), Coz was an enigma wrapped in a mystery.

The scene where Coz's mother introduces her new boyfriend and their sexual escapades to her grown children was a bit ridiculous, but I have to admit, hilarious. Sadly, though, that was the highlight of the story for me.

Kel is obsessing over the new guy in town, whom he had a brief two-day fling with ten years ago. Then he gets jealous because Coz goes on a date. And they go from bickering friends to let's-hire-a-moving-truck.

And after the teasing and bits of dirty talk, we get one short sex scene.

The story is short, and we got a peek at Dwyer and Takeo from the first book. I liked them, so that was nice.

Overall, I was disappointed with this novella, but if you are a die-hard Calmes fan and enjoy a fluffy best-friends-to-lovers tale, check this one out.

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