Floodgates by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by Christine

FloodgatesImage Title: Floodgates (audio)

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Michael Anthony

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

eBook Release Date: 03/02/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 11/06/2014

Story Rating: 3.0 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars


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 – Story:

Tracy Brandt’s life has taken an interesting turn. Trying to deal with a cheating ex who just won’t give up the ship and the fact that someone is trying to kill him can make things rather difficult. Add to that his police officer brother’s former partner, Cord Nolan, is using Tracy’s vulnerable situation as an opportunity to prove he is worthy to be part of Tracy’s life–if they both live long enough.

Although not a bad story, Floodgates was just a mediocre story for me. It read very much like a het woman-in-peril romance with somewhat under-developed characters and relationships. It seemed that it struggled to decide whether it wanted to be a crime thriller or love story, as neither one felt constructed quite well enough to stand out. It had its shining moments, particularly when Tracy’s family was gathered together. However, most of the scenes were riddled with shallow, superfluous dialogue that truly didn’t serve much purpose to either enhance relationships or advance the plot. Some of the characters’ actions and dialogue as crime victims were unbelievable and lacked common sense, and there were too many side-stories that, though at times serving as explanation for the connections between victims and perpetrator, simply confused relationships and the plot.

The characters of Tracy and Cord definitely had chemistry. The physical aspects of their scenes were steamy and fast-paced. However, their relationship history wasn’t well developed, and their dialogue had way too much sap in it for my taste. Tracy, for the most part, seemed helpless, needy, and clingy when around Cord, and Cord could have been just any big alpha male with a gun. His he-man attitude bordered on stereotypical, and he lacked credibility when it came to police sense.

This is a good read for someone who wants a lighter, soap-opera style m/m romance and crime thriller, and I believe it would serve as really nice escape fare for the day. I am also sure that that there are other Mary Calmes titles that are much better than this, and I would sincerely love to try them, as Floodgates was a bit of a disappointment for me.

My View – Narration:

Michael Anthony did a fair job with this story. He brought emotion to those scenes requiring it, though at times I noticed the pace was a bit slow or the reading somewhat monotone. Overall, however, his narration was engaging, and I would definitely pick up more of his work.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
iTunes / iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US
Audible US
Audible UK

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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