Blue Days (Mangrove Stories #1) by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

Blue Days Title: Blue Days (Mangrove Stories #1)

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

eBook Release Date: 11/05/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 01/13/2015

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars


Mangrove Stories

Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions.

Takeo’s life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight. In fact, the only thing Takeo seems to truly excel at is taking notice of Dwyer Knolls.

When Dwyer and Takeo head to Mangrove, Florida on a real estate buying trip, their tentative friendship combusts and becomes much more. Is their sudden connection real enough to bank their futures on, or should they chalk the whole thing up to the daze inspired by the blue ocean breeze?

My View – Story:

I enjoyed this very sweet tale. I have no real knowledge of Japanese culture, so I cannot speak to the accuracy presented in the story, but I can speak to the fact that the cultural differences allowed for surprising depth and character growth in this short novella. I fell in love with both MCs and loved watching them learn about each other and become friends. I liked how this one started out slowly and then only after a friendship had been established, did romance follow. It made the quickness of them saying “I love you” seem right. It fit with these men and their story. There was very little action in this story as the whole point was the relationship, but it was well done and no plot was needed to carry this forward. I recommend this one for anyone looking for something short, sweet, and well written. Such a great HEA and I look forward to the next book in this series.

My View – Narration:

The narrator did a great job on this one. There were a lot of accents but I was still able to distinguish the individual characters and emotions.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
iTunes / iBooks
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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3 thoughts on “Blue Days (Mangrove Stories #1) by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

  1. I enjoy Mary Calmes’ books but I haven’t had the chance to trying any of her audiobooks. After reading your review, I think Blue Days may be a good starting point. Thank you!

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