Tied Up in Knots by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

Title: Tied Up in Knots
Series: Marshals, 3

Author: Mary Calmes

Narrator: Tristan James

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Reese Dante

Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 01/05/2017

Length: 09 hours 48 minutes

Genre: Contemporary, 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.

Story Review:

When it comes to writing, Mary Calmes has a formula. There is comfort in knowing how the characters behave and that the ending (even if the ending isn’t until book 3) will be sweet and satisfying.

We have all the Mary traits in this book: lots of commenting on fashion and what people wear (often with designers I have no clue about), at least one character who is a macho man’s man (Ian is just one of them in this book), and one character who is loved by almost everyone and gets himself into danger (Hello, Miro).

I liked the way the book was put together. There was a lot of talk of solidarity and brotherhood. Also about the family you make (for how much I enjoy stories about the family you make, you’d think I have a lousy one, but it is just the opposite). I enjoyed seeing Miro being able to surround himself with friends to make up his lack of family. I also liked seeing Ian realise what was really important to him. I wished he had come to the conclusion sooner, but then we wouldn’t have the story we do. There is some action, lots of Marshalling, the introduction of new characters, and of course, mortal peril.

I can’t tell if this was a series finale or if there will be more. It definitely could end here, although there is more that could be told. Either way, I’m happy to have read more of Ian and Miro. Just a little bit of a spoiler, look for cameos from one of my favourite Rhys Ford series!

Narration Review:

Tristan James is one of my favourite narrators. I love how his voice is low and soothing and how well he does accents. I really enjoyed listening to him for this audiobook.


Tied Up in Knots on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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2 thoughts on “Tied Up in Knots by Mary Calmes ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

  1. I’ve read the first book in this series and loved it! Thanks so much for the heads up that there is a new audio book out and a reminder that I’ve missed the second. I’m going to go back and reread the first before I proceed any further. I just love a series that I can read in order from beginning to end.

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