Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/16/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Everyone in Mangrove, Florida, knows Fire Chief Essien Dodd is a saint. He took care of his ex-wife until she died, is raising his teenage daughter alone, and is the kind of man who pulls kittens from trees. All in all, the man’s a catch. But Roark Hammond has sworn off getting involved with a man who’s been hurt before because he can’t guarantee he won’t hurt his prospective love again. If only he could get Essien out of his mind long enough to focus on anyone, or anything, else.
Strong emotions are in play. Essien is lonely but determined to focus on Ivy; Ivy wants her father to have a new life so much that, to his horror, she’s trying to find him a man; and Roark is so scared of the present and past, he won’t allow himself to commit. To have any chance of sleeping ’til sunrise and greeting each new day together, Essien and Roark will have to rethink how they’re living their lives and focus on what’s most important.
It has been a while since I had the pleasure of reviewing a Mary Calmes book. Normally they are snapped up by my team before I even know of their existence.
You may or may not know of my love for Mary Calmes brand of story telling. She can be a love or hate it type author as all her stories have a definite feel to them. First of all, the are written in the first-person (which I adore). Secondly, one of the pair is usually the definite alpha and one is definitely not the alpha. Sometimes she will switch which is the point-of-view character.
Sleeping ’til Sunrise is the fifth (and I believe final) book in her Mangrove Stories series. This series is a multiple main character series that centers around a small Florida resort town. This installment wraps up the loose ends from the previous stories. Not that any of the stories were left open, but two men were still without partners — Roark and Essien.
I enjoyed seeing the town from a newcomers point of view. Essien has only been a resident of Mangrove for a relatively short time. I don’t know that I felt his and Roark’s bond as strongly as some of the other couples we have encountered along the way, but I still liked them together.
Theirs is not a story that is likely to have a happy ending, in fact it may end prematurely. However, I am left with the feeling that they will live every moment they are given to the fullest. In the end, I like this family together. And they are a family. Roark is as infatuated with Essien’s teenage daughter (in a paternal manner) as he is Essien.
While I am sad to see an end to the Mangrove stories, I eagerly await Calmes next offering.
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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