Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 09/16/2016
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Gay Romance
Miro Jones is living the life: he’s got his exciting, fulfilling job as a US deputy marshal, his gorgeous Greystone in suburban Chicago, his beloved adopted family, and most importantly, the man who captured his heart, Ian Doyle. Problem is, Ian isn’t just his partner at work—Ian’s a soldier through and through. That commitment takes him away from Miro, unexpectedly and often, and it’s casting a shadow over what could be everything Miro could ever dream of.
Work isn’t the same without Ian. Home isn’t the same, either, and Miro’s having to face his fears alone… how to keep it together at the office, how to survive looming threats from the past, and worst of all, how to keep living without Ian’s rock-solid presence at his side. His life is tied up in knots, but what if unknotting them requires something more permanent? What would that mean for him and Ian? Miro’s stuck between two bad choices, and sometimes the only way to get out of the knot is to hold tight to your lifeline and pull.
I remember reading book 1 in this series, absolutely loving it and thinking at the time it was a standalone. Then came book 2 and I absolutely loved that one and kept my fingers crossed that Mary wasn’t yet done with Miro and Ian. Here is book 3 and Tied Up in Knots is the best in the series as far as I’m concerned. There aren’t many books that come along that leave me feeling disgruntled with the rating system – this gets all the stars from me and quite frankly 5 stars does not succinctly show just how much I loved it – I would give this 10 stars if I could.
Not only do we get everything we expect from Miro and Ian and all the other Marshals that make this series we also get Mary’s personal touch. Her strong characters, her possessive alpha males, her over the top events that plague these men, the way she writes her men so that they seemingly can’t breathe without each other and of course her HEA. This book was a trip – it was crazy, it was impossible to put down and I loved every minute of it.
Once again the story is told from Miro’s point of view and quite frankly that will never get old. He is a magnet – to his colleagues, to his self-made family, to the vulnerable strays he helps into the WITSEC programme, to mentally deranged doctors and most of all to Ian. Things are strained between Ian and Miro this time round, the blurb tells you that, their love is on the line as the pressure builds and builds but I will leave it to you, the reader, to see if and how they resolve their problems.
There are cameo appearances all over the place and they come thick and fast – I was literally 1% in and was asking myself what on earth he is doing there?It’s brilliant, wacky and drags you in immediately. There is no startling new storyline in this one but rather a progression of two favourite characters who are constantly evolving whilst people are trying to kill them at every turn – there are no dull moments as they bounce from one crisis to the next.
This will definitely be one of my favourite reads of 2016 and I cannot wait for the next book…
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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