Bethany reviews ‘All Kinds of Tied Down (Marshals book 1)’ by Mary Calmes. Published by Dreamspinner Press on July 3, 2014, 290 pgs. Released on audible on September 24th, 2014. Narrated by Tristan James, 9 hrs 1 min.
Why I listened to this book: This week is Friends to Lovers or Enemies to Lovers week, and to me Miro and Ian are the epitome of Friends to Lovers.
Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.
As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn’t working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home—and no one to come home to—is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn’t work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn’t being tied down at all.
I love Mary Calmes books, like all of them. I don’t think I have read one that I didn’t gush all over. She has a way of writing two men that draws me in and doesn’t let me go till the very end. They are the perfect mix of hot smexy times and a plot that has twist, turns and surprises that leaves you guessing. This one was no different. I fell hard for these two.
This one is told in first person POV, like most of her books, and is told from Miros POV. This one is a tad different from ‘Matter of Time’ series or the ‘Timing’ series. Let me see if I can explain that. Those two series you have the “typical” alpha male and then the story teller that is usually the more submissive. This one you have two, very alpha males and I LOVED that.
Miro and Ian have been partners for a few years now and they are best friends. People don’t get how Miro can put up with some of the stuff Ian pulls on the job. But you see for Miro he wouldn’t have it any other way. He loves Ian, not just as a friend, he could love Ian in every way, if Ian was gay. But hes not, he has a string of failed relationships with women who only seem to want him because of his job. What I liked about this though was Miro never tried to turn Ian, he would rather have Ian in his life as a friend then not have him at all. There is no way he would risk scaring Ian and have Ian walk out of his life.
But you see there is something about Ian that only Miro can give him, something no woman would ever be able to do. I like how this all played out and Miro came to realize the reason Ian’s relationships with women never worked out. Mary does this in a timely manner, its like like “this is Miro and Ian, btw Ian is gay for just Miro.” She sets it up, gives you a background story before throwing them in bed together.
But man when she DOES throw them in bed, look out cause they are on FIRE. Holy hotness batman these two just about killed me with the smexy times. While these times are all well and good, the plot going on around these two had me on the seat of my chair more than once. No I am not going to tell you what happens cause I don’t want to spoil it for you.
The only thing better than reading this book, which I did like the day it came out, was listening to it. Tristan James WAS the perfect Miro and Ian. And not just those two, but the many secondary characters in this book. When a narrator can do that and make me feel like I am listening to many different people then you know he’s a good one.
I highly recommend this one as well as the next two in the series. And just yours, and my luck book tree recently came out on audio, so you can listen to all three back to back.
Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.