Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Queue’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Caroline’s Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/18/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: M/M Romance
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.
Since I read so many books it takes a lot for couples to not only stand out but also stick with me months or years later. A couple of my absolute favorites are Adrian and Jake from Josh Lanyon’s Adrien English series and Jory and Sam from Mary Calmes’ A Matter of Time series. And now, Miro and Ian from the Marshals series. I adored them in the first book, All Kinds of Tied Down, and have been waiting for this book, impatiently, since then.
Miro and Ian just might take over Jory and Sam for my favorite Mary Calmes couple. I love Jory, but if I had a choice between who to meet in real life I’d take Miro and Ian. I’d end up in trouble no matter what, but I’d feel safer in Miro or Ian’s hands.
One thing I loved so much about Fit to Be Tied is that it took hardly anything for me to be back in their world. Sometimes, with sequels, I either have to reread the first book, or it takes at least a quarter of the book to connect with the characters again. Not so here, maybe that’s because Miro and Ian have stuck with me since I first read the book months ago or maybe it’s an example of Calmes’ talent. I’d say it’s both.
The overall plot involves Miro hiding from an escaped murderer Miro put away, though there are several minor adventures along the way. That’s one of the things I loved in the original book, smaller action scenes that all connect to the main arc, as well as Miro and Ian’s love story. Here, the guys are together but that doesn’t mean life is all perfect. They’re living together but Miro wants more and Ian is happy with what they have.
The guys are sent to Phoenix where Ian hilariously complains about the heat more than once. The humor here is laugh out loud funny, especially a scene where Miro, Ian and another agent discuss who shot a car while on a mission.
“You want me to come over there and protect you since I can shoot straight?” he teased.
“I have the Uzi,” I volleyed.
“Yeah, but what can you hit with that?”
“Fuck you, Ian!”
As much as I loved Miro and Ian teammates, it was nice to see them working alongside a different crew while in Phoenix. Their boss couldn’t have been more different than Sam Kage and that created more than a few problems since Miro and Ian aren’t the type to change the way they do things. This leads to them be given time off and, eventually, being assigned to work with someone else on an undercover assignment.
Before I get to the most powerful parts of the book I want to mention a few other items.
First up is the follow-up with Drake and Cabot, who we were introduced in the first book. It was awesome seeing them again and knowing they are still together, even if life isn’t absolutely perfect.
And the sex! Was there any doubt Miro and Ian would continue being scorching together. Calmes writes truly amazing romantic scenes, that’s for sure.
“Yes,” I agreed, convulsing all at once, no warning, simply there, climaxing deep inside his body.
He shivered as he held on through my aftershocks and my withdrawal, the cum dripping from his ass to between his thighs.
And the romantic, sweet things these guys say to each other! Any man or woman would be lucky to hear words like this:
“Someday, when I have a movie of my life, all that’ll be there will be you,” I promised huskily.
I’m hesitant to say too much about the action parts of the tale because I don’t want to ruin any of the surprises, of which there are many. Miro and Ian are separated for a time but when they reunite…let’s just say I hate crying and even I had tears in my eyes.
His lips pressed to mine before moving to my cheeks, nose, eyes, forehead, and then made the quick trip back. I wanted to put my tongue in his mouth; I wanted to taste him and remember everything that had been taken away in the past few days.
This was simply an amazing story told by one of the best writers in the genre. These are unforgettable and unique characters and I hope to see more of them.
Mary Calmes – Hell Yes!
Ian and Miro – Hell Yes!
Did I love it? – Hell Yes!
If you have just read All Kinds Of Tied Down then jump straight in as we move forward about 6 months. If like me you read the first book last year then do as I did and reread book 1 first to catch up properly and remember all the heat between this pair before they finally got together. I had forgotten just how much Ian NEEDED Miro to touch him and ground him, how very intense their feelings for each other were…it made all the difference!
At work Ian and Miro are still very much the same. They barge in, they trample over anyone in their way and they get the job done. At home things have a bit of different feel. Ian’s almost desperation for Miro is still there, Miro’s amazement at the fact that he got to keep Ian is still there BUT Miro is ready for more, he’s ready for it all and this is something they just can’t agree on.
As if coping with perceived rejection and Ian being deployed isn’t enough for Miro the one person that is guaranteed to give him nightmares makes a return and it is no longer from within the confines of his prison cell. To keep safe Miro and Ian are transferred to Phoenix on direct orders from Sam Kage, who I should mention is just as badass and surly as ever.
Their time in Phoenix will have you laughing out loud whilst you turn the pages as they work with a new team, new boss, new rules but the same old Ian and Miro logic of catching the bad guys. Feathers are most certainly ruffled. There are lots of distractions and smaller plot lines along the way but the main storyline involves keeping Miro safe and out of the hands of a man who has threatened to do unspeakable things to him.
When a job goes wrong and Ian and Miro are cleverly separated we get Mary Calmes at her finest as Miro is put through hell. As with book 1 the story is told from Miro’s POV so we get the facts in glorious technicolour. When brought back together at the hospital though we get to see just how slimly Ian has been holding on when he finally gets to touch the love of his life once more. If any writer is able to have the love jump off a page and knock you over it has to be this one.
This story is fast paced and perfect. The sex is off the charts and one of the things I most love about Ian is that he is not scared to admit that he needs Miro like he needs his next breath…but when they switch…holy hell!! Read it…it’s brilliant…then read it again!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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