Floodgates by Mary Calmes ~ Review by Caroline

Another Mary Calmes book…..life is such a chore…….NOT!!!

: Floodgates

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.

Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little brother that he’s a reliable man, but to do that he’ll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It’ll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord’s is tarnished by his past indiscretions.

Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy’s reserve. But he’d better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he’s going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they’re still standing when the tumult recedes.

My View

So this has the dreaded cheater in it.  Don’t let that put you off reading it though as it has so much more than the devious Breckin who can’t keep from dipping where he shouldn’t.  Karma is a bitch as they say!

This book really does have everything. It has Tracy who is fun, self deprecating and so very kind. It has Breckin his boyfriend who is good looking, suave and a cheating horror bag. It has Cord the self proclaimed man whore who has changed his life so he stands a chance of getting what he wants. It has Celia who claims it was an accident but who I personally think is a devious moo.  It has Dimah who should really get his own book and who may or may not be in the Russian Mob. Lastly it has the two hot brothers Alex and Evan.

Tracy meets Dr Breckin Alcott when he is trapped in a car after a crash. Two years later the pair are living together and talking about marriage when Tracy arrives home early and catches him in a very compromising position with another man.  Four months later and separated Tracy is quite sure the relationship is over but Breckin is like a dog with a bone and just won’t let go. What is it that Breckin sees him in?

When Tracy is shot at in his work place it brings all the characters in the book out to play. Breckin turns up at the hospital because he cares…eugh. Alex turns up in angry big brother mode along with his best friend Cord. Tracy and Cord have a strange and tense relationship. They bounce insults off each other constantly but there is always an underlying tension between the pair. Dimah is Tracys business partner and friend and very protective. He is a huge bone of contention with the rest of the family but that won’t keep the man away when his friend has been injured.

The plot is clever and twisty and just as I was sure it was going one way it went another which kept it interesting to read. I loved that the very thing that Tracy wanted so badly was under his nose the entire time but he didn’t realise until he needed to feel safe…..then it became so obvious he was left in awe that he hadn’t previously realised.

I loved how supportive the brothers were and how they each filled different rolls to each other. Tracy was lucky to have such support and understanding. The side characters add a lot to this story and some of them deserve their own stories.

This book is a real lesson in how looks and actions can be deceiving!

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press
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I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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