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Audiobook: Twisted and Tied by Mary Calmes narrated by Tristan James


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Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He’s head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he’s doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely…until they’re not.
Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke.
But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he’s going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after.


(Book previously reviewed)
What a long rollercoaster ride, but totally worth it! From the opening scene to the end, never a dull moment. There are several ‘Twisting` story arcs going at once, but they are all ‘Tied’ together ?
The overarching theme of the book is family and knowing who you are.
Miro and Ian are now married, still working together, but not for long – the working together, I mean. When they get assigned to separate taskforce, (don’t tell the marshals I used that term!), Miro feels adrift, but he doesn’t have time to wallow as his past comes back to haunt him.
I’m trying not give away any of the plot, but I will say that hold on to the seat of your pants because it is one helluva ride. By the way, if you’ve read the Vault series, you’ll get a kick out of the end !
Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Wellllll, this is not my typical Mary review here.
I am a huge Mary fan and Tristan is soooo delicious. However, something was missing this time around.
First, Tristan’s accent for Ian kept slipping from “Chicago” to vaguely Irish and Mob-like and it was distracting. Miro was more or less the same, but I felt like the other “cast” members were a bit more forced than usual. What I love about Tristan is the liquid way he tells a story – warm, sultry – like warm brandy. This was more choppy and dry and brittle. It’s hard to explain, but I didn’t love it as much as I usually do.
That being said – it’s still wonderful – he’s still amazing – and if I hadn’t had anything to measure this against I’d have no complaints so…still awesome.

The same can be said for Mary’s story telling. I know what she’s capable of and with the listening (hearing the story for the 2nd time) I got tired of Miro’s self-doubt. I want him to finally feel secure in his and Ian’s love – once and for all.

In any case – I think fans will be satisfied as always and anyone “new” must read the series from book 1 before they get to this so…


Overall 4 of 5 stars

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