Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/28/2010
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Action/Adventure, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Julian Nash should be excited: he’s just earned a huge promotion at work and is going out to celebrate. But his happiness fades when he discovers his date cheating on him an hour before. Suddenly alone when everyone knows he’s supposed to have a plus one, Julian is set for a long night until longtime acquaintance Ryan Dean bails him out of the embarrassing situation. During dinner, they discover they have more than just friendship between them: there is mutual admiration and heated attraction. But getting to know Ryan better-and finding a place in his life-will bring Julian surprises and danger he never expected or dreamed existed.
Tooth & Nail
Nineteen-year-old Dylan Shaw is possibly the most beautiful thing Malic Sunden has ever seen. After Malic rescues Dylan from an attack, Dylan makes it very clear that he is more than interested, but Malic won’t even consider sleeping with Dylan because of his age. Malic is sure he’s not good enough for Dylan, who has his whole life ahead of him, and can’t conceive of burdening Dylan with his secrets. But the darkness in Malic’s life won’t be denied, and soon Dylan is drawn into the dangerous paranormal world that is Malic’s reality. Malic fights tooth and nail to push Dylan away, to keep him safe… no matter that Dylan is the key to Malic’s strength and the only hope for his future.
Simon Kim is very much in love with Leith Haas, but Leith is a Warder. His job-hunting demons-is dangerous and important, and Simon doesn’t want to distract the man he loves more than life with the small stuff. But he doesn’t quite get that when a Warder takes a Hearth, the Warder gives his heart without reservation. When Leith claimed Simon, Leith bared his soul, leaving himself vulnerable before the only man he’s certain he’ll ever love.When Simon is sucked further into Leith’s perilous world-and into an alternate dimension-Simon realizes that the only strength he can give his Warder is the strength of his love. Can Simon sacrifice the control he has come to treasure for the man who already owns his soul?
As a warder, Jackson Tybalt is one of the good guys until he sees the man he loves kissing another. Betrayed and angry, Jackson tempts danger and death, ignoring the pleas of other warders to be careful. It’s a vile mood in which to start a romance, but that doesn’t stop the kyrie Raphael, who more than anything wants Jackson for his very own.
Jackson doesn’t want a hearth, he doesn’t want a lover-he just wants dark and painful, and Raphael will give him what he wants. But sometimes the sins of the flesh are just what a body needs to bandage the wounds of the heart, and Raphael will hide the tenderness he feels for Jackson for as long as the warder wears the guise of the Sinnerman.
Marcus Roth is a top criminal lawyer by day and demon-slaying warder by night, but he is simply one of five warders—not really important to anyone but Joseph Locke, his hearth. Or so Marcus mistakenly believes.
On a trip to Lexington, Kentucky, to celebrate Joe’s grandfather’s birthday, that belief changes as Marcus unwittingly uncovers a paranormal dilemma and ends up revealing his identity as a warder to Joe’s family. Faced with a traitor, demons, and the return of an old enemy, Marcus must put his own needs aside to save his friends—though in so doing he may lose the man he loves forever. Even living through the ordeal might not be enough if Marcus can’t forgive himself and learn that his hearth and the rest of his clutch can’t do without him.
Cherish Your Name
Malic Sunden is in hell—only not literally… yet. As a warder, Malic is used to fighting demons and squaring off against all kinds of creatures from the pit, but this year he’s facing a new and terrifying prospect: Christmas holidays with his much-younger boyfriend and his family.
He loves Dylan, his hearth, but Dylan’s parents, the Shaws, are another story. They think Malic is a cradle-robber, among other things. At least their neighbor, Brad, seems to like him. Then again, maybe not. When Malic gets offered to a demon who wipes his memory of everything but Dylan’s name, it will take all Malic has to escape his new life in a hell dimension and return to the man he calls home.
His Hearth, 4 Stars
I enjoyed this! It was a good intro to a new series. A little rushed in spots, perhaps, but the characters were well rounded and interesting. I liked that it wasn’t overwhelmed with tiny details like many Mary Calmes novels can be. It was well balanced and had good action scenes.
Tooth & Nail, 4 Stars
The second installment in this series was as good as the first. I liked Malic much more in this. We get a good look into his desire to be alone. Dylan was light and fluffy – truly an angelic character (with a naughty side). I liked the action and the paranormal aspects. The age difference was handled well and I felt like these two fit. It was a great way to spend my time.
Heart in Hand, 4 Stars
I really liked Simon, though I think he was the most Jory like of all the characters so far. For those of you new to Mary Calmes, Jory is from A Matter of Time series and I am not a fan of him but many are. It seems to be a running theme that many characters throughout her books are reinventions of this one character and his other half, Sam Kage. Sometimes I see it, sometimes I don’t.
Taking this book on its own merit, I really liked the established couple and seeing how they got together. I liked the dynamic in their relationship. I liked the story outside of the relationship too and am looking forward to more about the mysterious Raphael.
I did find the business at the beginning with Simon’s ex a little out of place and wondered at its purpose.
Sinnerman, 3.5 Stars
This one taught me I should always have faith in Mary Calmes making everything alright in the end. That being said, Raphael was such a jerk for much of it that even though the reason was revealed, I had a hard time liking him and totally believing in the relationship. Jackson was tremendously messed up by his hearth and yet it was apparent it was partially his fault. What I didn’t see was his growth that he wouldn’t make the same mistakes. We don’t have as much action in this story and the warder details were a bit repetitive if you had read the previous books. As well, there were some timeline inconsistencies.
Nexus, 4 Stars
I liked this better than the last book. There was great action and I liked the established couple. Joe is a little whiny but overall he shows his love for Marcus. Marcus is big and steadfast but doesn’t really see his true worth. I was glad at how all the drama played out. Joe’s family is great and was a good addition to the book.
Cherish Your Name, 3.5 Stars
While I liked seeing Malic and Dylan again, this novella was kind of all over the place. The situation in blurb was such a small part of the whole and happens near the end of the book. The rest was Malic, Dylan, and Dylan’s family. Though it wasn’t all roses and there was good relationship development, the book felt like a bit of a roller coaster between “yay! We’re happy!” and “oh no! Somethings wrong”. However, it was all done with Mary Calmes’ flair and you couldn’t help but go along for the ride.
Final Verdict: 4 Stars
Overall this is a good series with entertaining characters, an interesting world, plenty of action, and sexy times. Give it a chance!
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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