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Spencer: Survivor Stories, Book 3 audiobook by J. P. Barnaby narrated by Tyler Stevens


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A survivor story
It’s been nearly five years since Aaron woke up in the hospital so broken, he couldn’t stand the sight of his own face. The flashbacks no longer dominate his life, but he’s still unable to find intimacy with his lover, Spencer Thomas. With time, patience, and the support of his family, his therapist, and his loving partner, Aaron has figured out how to live again. The problem is, Spencer hasn’t. His life has been on hold as he waits for the day he and Aaron can have a normal relationship. Hoping to move things forward for them both, he takes a job as a programmer in downtown Chicago, leaving Aaron alone.
Reeling in the wake of Spencer’s absence, Aaron receives another shock when his attackers are caught.
Now, he must testify and verbalize his worst nightmare. Publicly reliving his trauma without Spencer at his side destroys his precarious control. But he finds someone who can understand and empathize in Jordan, who watched his brother cut down in a school shooting. With Spencer gone and the DA knocking at his door, Aaron seeks solace in Jordan, and Spencer will have to risk everything to hold on to Aaron’s love.


(Aaron reviewed here:

This is book two and it absolutely must be read in order.

I realized I had never done a formal review of Spencer when I realized that they (Aaron and Spencer) have a new book coming out – yay yay yay ! I wanted to make sure I had a good sense of the book, so I re-listened to it and – man – I am overwhelmed again with both the deeply emotional journey these guys take as well as the amazing talent of the author, JP Barnaby.

A brief summary: Aaron is a survivor of an extreme sex crime and his partner, Spencer is the son of Aaron’s psychiatrist and is deaf. This book takes place about a year or so into their relationship and it is still, very much, a developing relationship.

Even though this book is titled Spencer, and he – undoubtedly – takes center stage – this book is equally about Aaron and his journey. I don’t want to give any spoilers – but a lot happens in this book to move both Aaron and Spencer forward in their lives both separately and together.

Right from the start, we see the tug Spencer feels when he is offered a chance at his dream job but would have to live 2 hours away to take it. He knows Aaron is not ready – may never be ready?- to move away from his family and his stability but Spencer is tired, too. Spencer is ready to move on – he’s graduated from college and ready to do something more – be more than just “the deaf kid”.

Barnaby does a fantastic job of showing the tension between what Spencer wants for himself and what he wants for him and Aaron as a couple. I also thought she gave us just enough of a taste of Spencer’s new situation without bogging us down in a prolonged – day to day – sequence of events.

I also loved how Zach shows up to give a Speech – that was amazing!

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I was so touched and warmed by the ending… so happy for our boys… and now, knowing what I do, I’m so excited to see how they are doing – years later.


Tyler Stevens absolutely OWNS this. He does Spencer’s speech pattern and Aaron’s emotions so well. I felt like these guys are real people and that’s all due to his expert portrayal of the author’s amazing words.

Highly Recommended

6 of 5 stars

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Kayson (Kennedy Ink. #1) by Jenny Wood

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Kayson Kennedy and his family pack up shop and move to tiny town, Georgia in order to get to know his newly found baby sister.
After the passing of their mother, Kayson and his brother Kingsley are determined to hold on to the only family they have left.
Opening up their tattoo shop in a small, conservative, town; Kayson never imagined he’d find love at all, most especially not right across the street…

Conner Allen owns his own book shop in a plaza of other small stores, directly across the street from gorgeous, tatted up, Kayson Kennedy. Daydreaming for days about what it would be like to see him up close; his wish comes true when he’s attacked outside of his bookstore by a scared, angry teenager.

Now that the ice has been broken between the two, Kayson realizes he’s pretty smitten with the bookstore owner from across the street…. and his overweight cat, named, Pickles!

What will they do when the threat may be over? Will the backlash of conservative, small town bigots keep Conner from the real life fantasy, he’s been dreaming about since Kayson moved in across the street? Or will Kayson do everything in his power to keep those daydreams a reality?

This book contains strong language, m/m situations, and a HEA. Kingsley’s story will be next 🙂


This is the hurt/comfort that I’ve grown to love from this author!

Conner is a sweet, clueless, nerdy small-town Georgia boy who loves with his whole heart. He tries so hard but doesn’t know his own appeal.

Kayson is a somewhat-jaded big town boy from California, living in the sticks because he’s got family there. (I’m not sure if the author knows the town or not, but Madison Georgia is a real town and it’s super cute and very tiny!)

When Conner ends up the victim of a hate crime, Kayson is there to save him and from that moment forward he’s not willing to let the small man go. He’s super sweet and possessive, but patient with all of Conner’s ramblings and insecurities.

I loved how these two were with each other and I cannot wait to move on to Kingsley!

Highly recommended to fans of the author, small towns, geeky MCs, hurt/comfort and tattooed sweeties! (I still deduct points for the many grammatical and techinical errors, I hope that as the author gains popularity she will employ a good editor!)

4.5 of 5 stars



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Bonfires by Amy Lane

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Ten years ago Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron George lost his wife and moved to Colton, hoping growing up in a small town would be better for his children. He’s gotten to know his community, including Mr. Larkin, the bouncy, funny science teacher. But when Larx is dragged unwillingly into administration, he stops coaching the track team and starts running alone. Aaron—who thought life began and ended with his kids—is distracted by a glistening chest and a principal running on a dangerous road.

Larx has been living for his kids too—and for his students at Colton High. He’s not ready to be charmed by Aaron, but when they start running together, he comes to appreciate the deputy’s steadiness, humor, and complete understanding of Larx’s priorities. Children first, job second, his own interests a sad last.

It only takes one kiss for two men approaching fifty to start acting like teenagers in love, even amid all the responsibilities they shoulder. Then an act of violence puts their burgeoning relationship on hold. The adult responsibilities they’ve embraced are now instrumental in keeping their town from exploding. When things come to a head, they realize their newly forged family might be what keeps the world from spinning out of control.


I’m going to divide this review into two parts because it was amazingly emotional and really brought so many thoughts and feelings to the surface for me and I think it will for others as well.

The first part will be the review for people who don’t want any spoilers or any discussion about politics – because I know that can really set people off. The second part will be a bit more personal with some very biased opinions and a bit of spoiler action that you all can totally skip ☺

As you all know, I am a huge Amy fan. I’ve read nearly everything the woman has written and I not only admire her writing but think she’s pretty awesome as a person. From knowing a bit about her backstory, I can tell she wrote this book with her own experiences in mind. Larx is a high school principal – reluctantly – and a single parent. He was married before, but after exposing his bi-sexuality his wife left him and the kids. He’s moved from the city (other bad stuff happened there) to a small town to start over. Now, seven years later, he’s still single and thinking it will stay that way til his kids are graduated.

Aaron is the small town deputy, slated for Sherriff in the upcoming years. His wife died in a car accident and though he’s always considered himself bi-sexual he’s never acted on it and really never thought to do anything about it until his kids graduated. When he sees Larx – the man he’s known for years- running down the highway without a shirt a light switches on in his head and suddenly all those plans he had, change.

Part of what I absolutely love about this book is that the characters are closer to 50 than 40 and they feel so very REAL. They aren’t in perfect shape – Aaron struggles with his diet – they aren’t sleeping with everything that they see – neither has had any sort of significant anything for years – and they’re parents and their jobs first – not slaves to their lust! They live real lives and have real concerns and yet… Amy manages to find the romance in their lives and bring it out for all to see. It’s magnificent!

In addition to being real people, they have real kids. Neither of them was/is a perfect parent and their kids aren’t perfect either – well – Kirby and Christi might be but…. ☺ …. The kids fight, do dumb things and make mistakes. But – they aren’t evil incarnate either.

I did not see the ending coming… I mean I kinda did… but not exactly. Amy played the mystery out perfectly with just enough hints that you could see how we got there by the end, but it wasn’t hitting me in the face the entire time making me wonder how the MCs couldn’t see the obvious answer.

The good news/ bad news is the “bad guy” in the story is unfortunately very real and very possible. Maybe there were some exaggerations for impact sake, but, unfortunately the people like this exist and that’s up for discussion later.

As for the romance. Ahhhhhhh. Man, I loved these two guys together – so much! If I had any complaints at all it was that we didn’t get to see them together outside of a tense situation for very long. I wanted to see these two settled down and living life – quietly! – for a bit – just because they worked so hard for it (and so did I)!

We also get a bit of a secondary romance (or two!) and I really hope those characters get their own book in the future!

I can’t recommend this enough. It was sweet, exciting, romantic, touching, and also really, really relevant and thought provoking. For fans of the author this is a must, and for any parents, people from small towns, people with brains, or people with hearts – this is a must read!

6 of 5 stars

Following, in the spoiler section, is stuff more political and opinionated and it might give away some parts of the story – so skip this or read it after you’ve read the book if you don’t want to be “spoiled”.

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Until You (At First Sight #3) by T.J. Klune

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Dreamspinner Presents


Sequel to The Queen & the Homo Jock King

Together with their families and friends

Paul Auster


Vincent Taylor

request the honor of your company at the celebration of their marriage.



OH. My. GOD!

This was SOOOOO funny. But also, unexpectedly touching, too. With some crazy smexy times thrown in for good measure.

(This is the third book in the series – the first two reviewed here:

This is not a standalone – it’s full of “inside jokes” and things that only make sense if you’ve been reading the series all along. And it’s HYSTERICAL. OH MAN. I literally laughed out loud so often I had to leave the room so my husband could sleep. I snorted and almost cried, too.

Things I ADORED: The feelings. Yes – Vince can be sappy and so can Paul – but also Daddy and Sandy and –what? – Darren too? And the folks and – well pretty much everyone spills feelings all over this book. The GPS. That Bitch made me a fan of TJ from the first moment I read Tell Me It’s Real. It was one of the first times I felt the need to pull over and stop the car because I was laughing so hard. She’s back in this book and even bitchier! The Bros. O.M.G! When Corey and Sandy decide they can be bros and take a tour of the horse farm- I really almost peed my pants. The wedding. It was spectacular and wonderful and just as I’d expected. Jeremy and his father. Yes! I really want to hear about both of these men in a longer story. Daddy is a character I’ve loved from day one and I know Klune is comfortable about writing older figures (See Jack and Jackie) so it would be fantastic if we can see their story unfold from the beginning. Corey/Kori is another angst-fest waiting to happen – I can tell- but it seems like her Jeremy has a good, solid head on his shoulders and won’t be prone to any nonsense.

All in all this was so much fun to read, surprisingly touching, non-surprisingly hysterical and such a nice way to catch up to old friends and meet new ones! (The audio will probably make my head explode with it’s greatness!)

6 of 5 stars


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Single Malt (Agents Irish and Whiskey #1) by Layla Reyne

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Carina Press Presents


The heart’s a resilient beast

Eight months after the car crash that changed everything, FBI agent Aidan Talley is back at work. New department, new case and a new partner. Smart, athletic and handsome, Jameson Walker is twelve years his junior. Even if Aidan was ready to move on—and he’s not—Jamie is off-limits.

Jamie’s lusted after Aidan for three years, and the chance to work with San Francisco’s top agent directly is too good to pass up. Aidan is prickly—to put it mildly—but a growing cyber threat soon proves Jamie’s skills invaluable.

Jamie’s talents paint a target on his back, and Aidan is determined to protect him. But with hack after hack threatening a high-security biocontainment facility, time is running out to thwart a deadly terrorist attack. They’ll have to filter out distractions, on the case and in their partnership, to identify the real enemy, solve the case and save thousands of lives, including their own.


WOW! This is a new author to me and (obviously) a new series – it looks like both are amazing!

A warning: This is a 3 book series and book one ends on very shaky legs (relationship-wise) and the “case” is definitely not solved – so if you’re the type (like me!) who hates to wait for the “answers” – you might want to wait til all 3 books are out because this is a very gripping story and you might be frustrated.  (The preliminary reviews I’ve seen of book 2 look just as daunting/unsatisfying – need book 3 fast!)

Things that make this book delicious: FBI agents, super smart men, jocks, May/December, Irish brogue, mysterious pasts, mysterious deaths, computer crimes, slow burn romance. (Three books in the series, mean the relationship doesn’t really start til near the end of this book.)

Things that make this book hard: Pining. Aidan loved his husband and he’s dead and it’s so sad and hard to see him miss him so badly. Lots of people: there is a LOT going on in this story and a lot of names – everyone’s got a secret – so you have to stay on your toes – you can’t know who’s really telling the truth. Tense action. There’s still danger and though we know the (eventual) outcome – it doesn’t make it less hard to read about.

I think, if you were/are a fan of Abigail Roux’s Cut and Run series – I think you’ll like this. (So far – book 3 isn’t out yet). It has a lot of that same emotional impact – the slow burn – the “I want you but I don’t want to want you” vibe and all that FBI action with plot twists and turns. (And a Southern accent!)

While I definitely wish I’d waited til all 3 were out – I’m glad I have book two available and I can definitely recommend what I’ve read so far!

(Kudos to the names and character development – very clever and well thought out.)

4.5 of 5 stars (can’t be perfect because I don’t know how it ends!)


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Turning the Page Audiobook by Andrew Grey Narrated by Jeff Gelder


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Malcolm Webber is still grieving the loss of his partner of 20 years to cancer. He’s buried his mind and feelings in his legal work and isn’t looking for another relationship. He isn’t expecting to feel such a strong attraction when he meets Hans Erickson – especially since the man is quite a bit younger than him.
Hans is an adventure writer with an exciting lifestyle to match. When he needs a tax attorney to straighten out an error with the IRS, he ends up on the other side of the handsome Malcolm’s desk. The heat between them is undeniable, but business has to come first. When it’s concluded, Hans leaps on the chance to make his move.
Malcolm isn’t sure he’s ready for the next chapter in his life. Hans is so young and active that Malcolm worries he won’t be able to hold his interest for long. Just when he’s convinced himself to take the risk and turn the page, problems at the law office threaten to end their love story before it can really begin.


Malcolm’s lover died of cancer 13 months ago and he’s still very mucsh stuck in his grief. At his brother’s urgings and some serendipity, Malcolm ends up joining a former client for dinner and finding out they share a lot in common and definitely share an attraction..

Malcolm is hot and cold with Hans. He’s very attracted to Hans, but not ready to forget his husband nor can he forget the significant age gap.

Eventually some things stir up in both their lives that force their hands and both men have to ask themselves just what they’re looking for.


I loved the idea of dreary, sad Malcolm finding his way out of grief with the (10 year) younger Hans. Hans seemed so full of life and zest and it would have made for a lovely contrast.

However, what should have been a contrast felt like too opposite to fit. Malcolm never quite shook the “stick in the mud” label and he was still way too hung up on his husband for my tastes.

I didn’t see where Hans and Malcolm really connected other than physically.

There is some drama at the end that didn’t fit the tone of the rest of the story and seemed only like a way to throw our MCs together.

It wasn’t a bad story, but it wasn’t Andrew Grey’s best work. He usually really engages me with his characters and Malcolm and Hans were sort of meh to me and I wasn’t that invested in their relationship.

I did love the fact that both men were over 40 and Malcolm was over 50.

3 of 5 stars

Whenever I’m on the fence with a book, I consider the audio because it will sometimes elevate the story to the next level for me. I’ve absolutely seen books where a good narration made me feel a lot “better” or “more strongly” about a story so even though I didn’t love this story I opted to review the audiobook so that it might get a second chance. (An example is Fish Out of Water by Amy Lane. I’m also on the fence with this particular narrator, Jeff Gelder. He’s impressed me at times, but also made me crazy at times. I think, however, that by looking back at my reviews of his narrations, I can say that I will be avoiding him in the future. He’s just not someone I enjoy listening to and in this case, he really didn’t impress me.

He gave the characters some unique voices, which was nice, but Hans ended up sounding like a robot and very stilted. Jeff doesn’t add much emotion to his narrations and when he does it doesn’t always seem to match what he’s reading.

Unfortunately I can’t recommend this audiobook as I think it actually detracts from this story.

2 of 5 stars

Overall 2.5 of 5 stars


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Calming a Demon Heart (A Paranormal’s Love #6) by Charlie Richards

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Matthew Beakman’s life just got turned upside down. His brother, Marty, stumbled across something strange and fascinating and amazing! Gargoyles exist! Matthew wants to know everything about them. First, though, he wants to find the gargoyle that saved his brother’s life and thank him. Their people’s leader, Maelgwn, points out a blood-red, behemoth of a gargoyle named Vane, then warns Matthew away from him. Never good at following orders–and because he can’t help but find himself intrigued by the huge creature across the room–Matthew tracks Vane down anyway. At first, he’s confused by the way his body responds every time Vane growls at him…


We met Matthew in book 5, he’s Marty’s brother. He’s already out and proud, but he hasn’t learned about paranormals yet. Vane is the gargoyle who kidnaps Marty and he’s known for his anti-social behavior and his distrust of humans.

Matthew is his perfect mate because he’s so open and honest and welcoming. Vane doesn’t do right by him, not for awhile, but he eventually learns his way around to being a good mate.

We also get to see Raymond’s molt!

I liked this one because Vane has so much to learn. He’s been hurt so long and doesn’t really know that much about being “normal” and it was fun watching him stumble his way through the mating process and learning about touch and love for the first time.

4 of 5 stars


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Karen Stivali Guest Post for Moment of Fate


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Characters with Chronic Illness

Bryan Dane is a character who appears to have it all. He’s young, drop dead sexy, the lead singer in an up-and-coming rock band, a photography student whose resume already includes shoots photographers 10 years his senior would love to boast. He’s a go-getter. If he wants it, he figures out a way to have it. He wants to do it all.

But he has a secret.

Five years ago he got what appeared to be the flu. Only it didn’t go away. Well, it did, but it kept coming back along with a host of other weird symptoms. Panic attacks. Anxiety. Aches and pains that didn’t go away after rest and didn’t seem to be caused by any particular activities. Headaches that lingered for days. Tingling in his fingers. Sudden allergies to foods that had never bothered him before.

Doctors blamed stress and overwork, as they often do. Bryan blamed himself, his lifestyle, his need to do everything himself, not eat right, not sleep enough.

But then he found out what was really causing all of it. Chronic Lyme disease. It’s tricky to diagnose because a lot of tests are inaccurate and a lot of doctors also just don’t think to look for it. The problem is, if Lyme isn’t caught early, it’s not curable. Hence the term chronic.

I get asked a lot about how much research I do for my books. It varies from title to title. Unfortunately, for this book, no research was required for me to speak as an expert on what it’s like to have this particular chronic illness, because I’ve had it for well over a decade.

Like Bryan, I don’t like to talk about it. I stubbornly refuse to let it define who I am or keep me from doing what I want to do (just like him). But Bryan’s character arc in this book is realizing that although he’s still the same person with the same hopes and drives and dreams he’s always had, he needs to go about things a little differently than he used to. He had to accept that although the illness doesn’t define him, it’s a part of him. A part that’s not going away.

That’s the same lesson I had to learn when I was first diagnosed and let me tell you, it was not an easy one. So not easy that all these years later I had to relearn it right along with Bryan as my publishing schedule was reminding me that sometimes I need to remember to give myself a break. That doesn’t mean Lyme is winning, it just means I have to accept that it’s there. That it does change some things. And that’s you’re not a failure if you need to ask for help or lean on a friend from time to time.

Those were important lessons for both Bryan and me. I’m glad he was kind enough to let me relearn them alongside him.



A Moments In Time Novel

Bryan Dane’s been living the dream—photography student by day, up-and-coming rocker by night. His summer goals are to earn his last few credits, graduate from NYU, spend as much time in the recording studio as possible, and survive the next few months without sex so he can complete his yearlong goal of self-imposed celibacy. Everything is on track until he meets Oliver Newcastle.

For years Oliver planned a marriage of convenience with his high school BFF, but now that she’s fallen in love for real with someone else, it’s no longer convenient. So Oliver came out to his family, quit his job, and left small-town New England for NYC, an intensive summer study program, and a chance to find his own happiness.

From the moment they meet, the sexual tension between Bryan and Oliver sizzles. But Bryan wants no part of a relationship, and Oliver wants to sow his wild oats—he just isn’t sure how. Oliver seeks Bryan’s help navigating the NYC gay scene, which throws them together in increasingly more sexual situations until they can no longer deny they’re hot for each other. Bryan is desperate to keep things simple, but fate may have other plans.

This is a standalone novel set in the Moments In Time world. You do not need to have read any of the previous titles to enjoy this book.

Release Date: February 24, 2017

Words 80,385

Pages 244

ISBN-13 978-1-63476-546-6

Cover Artist: Anna Sikorska

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Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies, and fictional British men. She’s also the multiple award-winning author of contemporary and erotic romances. She writes novels about love…like real life, only hotter.

Karen’s lifelong fascination with people has led her to careers ranging from hand-drawn animator, to party planner, to marriage and family counselor, but writing has always been her passion. Karen enjoys nothing more than following her characters on their journey toward love. Whether the couples are m/f or m/m, it’s guaranteed that Karen’s novels are filled with food, friendship, love, and smoking hot sex—all the best things in life.

When Karen isn’t writing (and often when she is), she can be found on Twitter attempting witty banter and detailing the antics of her fruit-loving cat, BadKitteh. She loves to hear from readers (and other writers), so don’t hesitate to contact/follow/like her at:








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Ethan Stone Blog Tour: Hacked Up



Seattle is being plagued by a string of gruesome murders. For Detective Peter Tao, it’s a career-making case, but he’s struggling to find a lead. How is the killer choosing his victims? What is he trying to prove?
With a long list of suspects and nothing to connect them, Peter is more determined than ever to apprehend the murderer. Then Peter gets the one vital piece of evidence that ties everything together. Now he’ll have to look beyond the obvious to identify the killer before anyone else is murdered.
Solve the mystery in this fast-moving crime thriller by Ethan Stone.

Romance on the Edge
Ethan Stone doesn’t write your typical boy meets boy stories. With a combination of love and suspense he makes his characters work hard for their HEAs. If they can survive what he puts them through, then they can survive anything. He enjoys Romance with an Edge.
Ethan has been reading mysteries and thrillers since he was young. He’s had a thing for guys in uniform for just as long. That may have influenced the stories he writes.
He’s a native Oregonian with two kids. One of whom has made him a grandfather three times over; even though he is way too young.

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Parting Shot Audiobook (Matter of Time Series #7) by Mary Calmes Narrated by Tristan James


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Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn’t expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.

Everyone thinks Aaron has it all—looks, money, fame, and success beyond measure. Everyone, that is, except Aaron. At the end of the day, the cameras stop flashing, friends go back to their own lives, company business is handled, and Aaron is always alone. The moment he meets Duncan Stiel, Aaron knows he’ll do anything to hold onto the larger-than-life detective. But when he realizes money won’t buy him the ultimate happiness, Aaron needs to find the strength to give Duncan something much more important—his heart.


This is not only one of my all time favorite Mary Calmes’ stories, but one of my all time favorite m/m stories!

First, you don’t have to have read any other books by the author to have read this, but fans of the author will see this as a great mix of many of Mary’s other stories.
Jory dated Aaron and then subsequently set him up with Duncan on a date. (Matter of Time series) Then, Duncan was Nathan Quell’s ex in Acrobat. We also meet one of Duncan’s friends, who rescues him in the middle of the book, in Mine. Sam Kage also shows up the Marshals series and we see Aaron and Duncan in some of those books in the future. So, while you don’t have to read those series, if you do you’re in for some happy surprises!
What I love about this book is that while there is a 3 month separation for our MCs (Mary loves to separate her boys!) most of their romance is love at first sight and it moves forward with very little internal angst. It is absolutely adorable watching Duncan fall all over himself with Aaron and Aaron is SO appreciative. They are a GREAT couple, one of my all time favs, because they so obviously fit together and love one another and there is no power struggle or other worries between them. You might think – isn’t that boring? Well, no, because so many other things happen that keep this moving at a fast pace and there are still a lot of “discoveries” to be had between them.
On a physical plane the two are ON FIRE. Their chemistry is literally scorching hot and yet amazingly tender and full of feels at the same time.
Their sex is off the charts hot and plentiful. Very plentiful. The “acting” that Aaron does while being “undercover” is both exciting and hysterical. Duncan’s stoic acceptance of his horrible past and torture is the stuff every great Mary Calmes hero is made of and his “perfection” is made all the more perfect by the way he “handles” the flightiness that is Aaron.
Emotionally, they don’t go on and on about their feelings, but you can absolutely feel their connection as it’s very strong. Aaron is at once both ridiculously needy and demanding, tough and gentle, overbearing but compassionate. Duncan is the perfect alpha male with a giant, big soft side that exists solely to make Aaron feel cherished.
The mystery/action component is fast paced and exciting.

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There’s a scene in Las Vegas where Duncan is acting as Aaron’s sub and it is off the charts hot! We get danger, shooting, undercover work and all kinds of excitement.
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In addition to being a great story, the narration is one of my all time favorites. Period. Tristan James just has a way of really “getting” both Duncan and Aaron and depicting them perfectly. He gives Aaron just a bit of a lighter voice but still very, very strong and Duncan is not quite the growly Sam-type character, but still authoritative and gruff. He also adds in some great Hispanic accents when Duncan is under cover as well as giving all the secondary characters unique voices.
I can’t recommend this highly enough! Even if you aren’t a fan of Mary Calmes, or her Matter of Time series, I’d really recommend you take a look at this. It’s exceptional and wonderful and I just love it!

6 of 5 stars


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