Title: All Kinds of Tied Down
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: T.J. Jamesin
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.
As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn’t working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home—and no one to come home to—is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn’t work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn’t being tied down at all.
My View – Story:
I am such a fan of friends to lovers stories and this one was no exception. I started listening to this on my way to work and seriously considered taking a sick day so that I could stay in my car and finish listening to the entire thing.
This story connected with me from the very start. The two MCs were so much like an old married couple. They totally knew each other and were so snarky together. The only thing they didn’t have in common, was the knowledge of how they felt about each other. I wanted to smack Miro for not seeing the flirting that Ian was doing! OMG did I ever want to smack Miro and tell him to wake up and see Ian was in love with him. He thought it was just his partner’s way of being friendly, but it was soo flirting. Once the two men got together, the emotion ratcheted up another notch. The author finally gave the reader insight into Ian’s head and it made the men even more lovable. They went from “old married couple” to HOT “old married couple.”
I did take one star off my rating because I felt there was too much extra in this story that really didn’t contribute to the relationship of these men. There was a long section in the first half where I was almost to the point of being annoyed at the repetition of the flirting and the slow feel to the development. While Ian was deployed, I felt the story almost stalled because the interactions at that point had no direct meaning to the story as a whole. I almost started skimming.
This is my first Mary Calmes story. I really enjoyed it. I am a sucker for emotional tales that heal broken or insecure men. And notice I said heal, not fix. Now I need to go back and read Kage’s story. I am intrigued.
My View – Narration:
I have listened to T.J. Jamesin multiple times before so his voice was easily recognizable. He did a great job giving each character a distinct voice and I enjoyed listening to him again.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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