Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ARC Review: Quiet Nights by Mary Calmes

Quiet Nights (Mangrove Stories, #2)
Blurb: 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?

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"God, you're gorgeous," he husked, stroking me as he kissed up my throat to my jaw and up behind my ear. "Your gold skin and your big beautiful eyes that I hate to say are green 'cause that's not enough when I tell people, and your mouth and your perfect round ass."

Oh dear God, he thought I was pretty?

"I can't stand how everyone stares at you and wants to touch you because I want that to be just me. I wanna be the only one."

"Yes," I whined in the back of my throat. "Just you." skin and a perfect ass? Husking and whining? A possessive dude AND a dude who thinks no one truly wants him when everyone else seems to think he's just too, too pretty?

That's right! Miss Mary, La Calmes is back and I am just so happy to say that I actually enjoyed Quiet Nights. It's definitely an improvement over Blue Days, the first book in this series--I wish I could tell you just how it's better, but, um, I barely remember that story.

Well, I do remember that Dwyer and Takeo end up opening a B&B in the small seaside town of Mangrove, Florida, which is where we meet Kelly Seaton (he was mentioned in the epilogue of Blue Days). Kelly is an Army vet and landscaper who was practically adopted by his BFF's family after his biologicals rejected him for being gay (omigawd, is this a Mary Calmes story or is this a Mary Calmes story?). Said BFF is Cosimo "Coz" Renaldi, who served with Kelly in Afganistan and is now a cop. Kelly is, naturally, in love with Coz but it will never, ever, ever work out because he doesn't want to ruin their epic friendship and Coz is too perfect for him (honestly, both heroes are Jory in this one). Trouble blows into town with the arrival of Britton Lassiter, Kelly's first love who broke his heart 10 years ago. (REPEAT: omigawd, is this a Mary Calmes story or is this a Mary Calmes story?)

The story's structure reminded me a bit of A Matter of Time #3 in that like Jory, Kelly spends the entire book running around, exchanging words with Coz, running into someone else, chatting with them, running somewhere else, gets yelled at by various people, who are really quite fond and adoring despite all the confrontation. Basically, I'm pretty sure Mary was stretching out a story that might've been shorter if it hadn't been necessary to introduce us to the other men of Mangrove--there's Hutch, whose balls Takeo threatened to cut-off in the first book, Britton the ex and if Mary doesn't write a GFY about police chief Farley I will be most seriously displeased.

And that's pretty much the whole plot. Kelly running around, Coz yelling a lot, meeting the available males and one hilarious scene with Coz's mom, Annalise. That whole Coz just doesn’t understand why Kelly won’t let him be the support and strength that Kelly’s always been for him from the blurb? Yeah, I didn't notice that at all. But that didn't bother me--the only thing that did bug me is the Big Love Reveal scene. I had my own theories about what Coz had been thinking throughout the story, but apparently I was wrong. *mopes*

But, whatever--plot schmot. This is condensed Mary and it is just plain fun. I'm still grinning like a...well, like a Mary Calmes fangirl, which is exactly what I am. *nods*

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