Lay It Down by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

LayitdownTitle: Lay It Down

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Alexander Collins

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Story Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 08/26/2016

Length: 04 hours 38 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance


Paradise can be hell.
Most people would say being stranded in the villa of Spanish shipping magnate Miguel García Arquero on the beautiful isle of Ibiza wasn’t such a bad deal. But Hudson Barber isn’t one of them. To him, being stuck without a passport in a foreign country far from home is a nightmare, made worse by the fact that the person who did the stranding was his flighty twin brother.

Unwilling to turn Dalvon in for identity theft, Hudson is forced to wait, but meanwhile he discovers the chance to rehabilitate Miguel’s failing local businesses – enterprises left to Dalvon’s inexperienced care. The flagging ventures are a badly wrapped gift from heaven, and if Hudson can turn them around, he might be able to leverage the experience to finish his MBA.

Then Miguel returns to Ibiza, and instead of finding a boy toy, he discovers Hudson has turned his cold villa into a warm, welcoming home. Miguel’s path is clear: convince Hudson to lay down his defenses and let love in.

Story Review:

Brandilyn reviewed the ebook here.

Mary Calmes’ books are a total comfort read and this one was no disappointment. With Mary you know what you’re going to get but there are also plenty of surprises along the way to make the books not feel redundant or repetitive.

I LOVED Hudson from the very first word (typical for Calmes books.) He helps out an older woman even though he didn’t have to. He could’ve avoided trouble but doesn’t and that makes him a real man. Hudson’s reason for being in Ibiza is a bit twisted—his prick of a twin brother Dalvon took off and left Hudson stranded so he could get with Hudson’s ex-boyfriend.

Since Hudson is stuck he tries to make the best of the situation and helps out not just the mother of his’s brother’s now-ex boyfriend, Miguel, but also takes on several failing businesses and turns them around. He’s not a push over but gives people second chances and because of that they tend to meet their full potentials.

The minute Miguel and Hudson meet the chemistry is totally explosive. Yeah it’s kind of icky for twin brothers to basically switch lovers but it works here. Hudson has always felt second best to Dalvon but that’s not how Miguel sees him. He prefers Hudson and that makes a huge difference. The sex scenes, as always with Calmes, are freaking hot without being pornish.

There’s some action and adventure here and the two men work together to figure things out. I loved that neither men were portrayed as victims in need of being rescued, they can both take care of each other. There’s nothing hotter than two alpha males coming together.

Narration Review:

I’m a bit torn by the narration by Alexander Collins. At the very beginning I thought he was monotone and on the dull side. He didn’t always do a great job with some of the Hispanic accents, of which there are many.  I think the narration improved as the book continued and by the time it was over I no longer hated his voice. I still didn’t love it however. I’d recommend you not judge the audio book by the beginning narration. This is an awesome story and you should give it a listen.


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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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One thought on “Lay It Down by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by Queue

  1. I adore Mary Calmes and I adored this book……I was so looking forward to the audible version……wishing, hoping dreaming it was done by Greg Tremblay so I even though I like Alexander Collins I was a bit disappointed in the audible version but because it is Mary Calmes and because I adore the book I still enjoyed listening 😀

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