From the blurb:
Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are now partners on and off the job: Miro’s calm professionalism provides an ideal balance to Ian’s passion and quick temper. In a job where one misstep can be the difference between life and death, trust means everything. But every relationship has growing pains, and sometimes Miro stews about where he stands with his fiery lover. Could the heartstrings that so recently tied them together be in danger of unraveling?
Those new bonds are constantly challenged by family intrusions, well-intentioned friends, their personal insecurities, and their dangerous careers—including a trial by fire when an old case of Miro’s comes back to haunt them. It might just be enough to make Ian rethink his decision to let himself be tied down, and Miro can only hope the links they've forged will be strong enough to hold.
Hi! *waves* Welcome to my attempt to write a non-apologetic-less-than-4 star review of one of my favorite authors.
Some things I don’t give a damn about:
*FIORENTINI + BAKER suede bootsSome things I do give a damn about:
*Burberry wool-blend military greatcoats
*John Varvatos lace-up biker boots
*AMI Alexandre Mattiussi Black Chelsea boots
*Alexander McQueen black monk strap boots
*Hattington wingtip boots
*Cole Haan Brogue Medallion Double Monkstrap brown shoes
*Jo Ghost boots
*$800,000 apartments in Chicago – Seriously, seriously, how does Miro afford it and the above clothing items on a marshal’s salary? Is he streaming a live sex show from his bedroom? Is he making meth? Is he lobbying for Big Oil?)
*The progression of Miro & Ian's romance. There were some disagreements between them at the beginning of the book that worried me. I must admit I was a wee grumpy about Ian's attitude, but after awhile I stopped grumping over it -- this is a Mary Calmes romance novel and she won't let me down! Also, lots of people (myself especially) say lots of things that don't make a lot of sense when they're arguing with their loved ones -- it's normal. So after that I just relaxed and enjoyed the process. (Oh, if only I could say the same about the rest of the novel.)You know what distracts from the list of things I do give a damn about? The list of things I DON’T.
*There's a thriller part of the book that I enjoyed. I forget that Mary can get dark when she wants.
*Sam Kage (from the Matter of Time series) is still a badass.
I understand that Miro is a former foster kid who probably never had anything that was truly his until he went off to college. I understand that looking nice and having a place to call home is important to him. If it were just Miro I would think that it’s a character trait I don’t relate but to but it’s kinda cute. Or if not cute, it’s one of those things that makes Miro, Miro. Okay. But it’s not just Miro. I’ve been reading Mary Calmes books for quite a while and she’s always been detailed oriented—actually, no. There’s “detailed oriented” and then there's “Mary Calmes-oriented.” She’s always been slightly intense when it comes to details. Okay, that’s part of her charm. But it seems like in the last few books she’s gone from detail-intense to detail-insane.
At one point she was obsessed with pea coats and it was a bit odd, but charming. Now if she has a pea coat it’s a Marc Jacobs wool-cashmere blend pea coat with onyx buttons. Why do I need to hear about the blend? Why do I have to hear about your shearling coat when you’re buying illegal guns? Why do I have to hear about who gave you a gun for your birthday and what kind of finish that gun has right before you shoot a guy? Why do I need to hear about 4 different types of craft beer when you go out for dinner? Auuuugh! Are you a brewer? No? Then shut the fuck up.
Ugh. Okay, if that verbal vomit didn’t get my point across, here’s what I’m trying to say: if it were a couple of characters in a couple of series that luuurved clothes and shoes and felt the need to stop just before penetration has been achieved to describe his boyfriend's bathroom accessories it would be one thing. But it’s not! It’s a Mary trait that’s showing up in more and more of her books and it’s annoying. Actually, it was slightly annoying before, now it’s just annoying me into wackadooness.
Does this mean I won’t be reading any more Mary books? What are you, high? Hell no, and you know why? Because even when she’s annoying and making me wackadoo she’s also damn entertaining.
I would freely recommend her books -- just with the caveat that, you know, get ready for the crazy train, people.
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