Stopping to offer help one sultry summer night, Mason James is unprepared for the change that this simple act of kindness will bring. After giving an old man a ride home, Mason discovers a new, magical, and even dangerous world he cannot hope to understand. But he also finds Luc Toussaint and is intoxicated at first sight, and even the secret Luc protects won't be enough to keep Mason away from the truth of his heritage and their love.
©2010 Mary Calmes (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
This is the first Mary Calmes book I've come across (unlike the other audio books I've bought I hadn't read a print version first) and I have to say that I enjoyed it a lot.
There were moments of genuine humour that had me smiling in the car and on the train and I've been left wanting to know more about Mace's new world and his lover Luc.
It is short, but wasn't (or didn't feel like) fluff. The narrator brought the characters to life, giving them distinct voices, and I've noticed from the couple I've heard narrated by him that he starts off a bit staccato in the description but the dialogue flows well and after a few pages the rest of the words flow nicely as well.
I will definitely read/hear more by this author and listen to more books narrated by Greg Tremblay.
"Thoroughly entertaining audio"
Greg Tremblay gives such good audio. *sighs*
When firefighter Mason "Mace" James stops to help a naked old man on the side of the road one late night he doesn't expect his good Samaritan duty to change his life forever. Coming off a double shift, he's exhausted and the strange people and sights when he returns the old man home are just plain weird. When he ends up agreeing to stay the night, it's mainly because he meets Luc Toussaint and is intoxicated at first sight.
When things get a little more weird than Mace can explain away, even in his exhausted state, he quickly leaves and goes home. But events have now been set in motion, and Mace can't run from his man or his destiny.
An interesting paranormal romance, Mace finds the love of his life, learns he is a Romanus, that gargoyles are real and he can see their true forms, and that not everyone is happy for the Romanus to have been found.
Greg Tremblay showcases the confusion, wonder, and heat of the story all while drawing the listener in and wrapping them up creating this cocoon until the last seconds of the audio.
As with any Mary Calmes novella I find myself wanting more as soon as I get to the last page. Romanus felt a little unexplored, like there was so much more story to tell, but there's good news for readers as Mace and Luc's story continues in Chevalier.
Ultimately I was thoroughly entertained by the audio, with Greg Tremblay giving another fantastic performance. Recommended.
"5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book!!!"
I received a free copy of this audiobook to listen to and review for Wicked Reads.
I am absolutely addicted to this audiobook. There is something about the combination of the story that Calmes has penned and Tremblay’s narration that has resulted in me listening to it every day for a week, sometimes twice a day. The fact that it’s just under two hours long makes it possible to listen to it daily, yet I’ve refrained from writing my review just so I had a semi-plausible excuse to listen to it again and again and again. I’ve always been fascinated by gargoyles, yet I think this is the first M/M gargoyle romance I’ve read (or listened to, in this case) and that has probably contributed to my addiction as well. You’re likely laughing at me or scoffing at my claim of repeated listening, but it’s so true that I received the Silver Repeat Listener badge from Audible, which is earned for listening to the same audiobook at least 10 times. Obviously, I have a problem and were it not for the fact that I want to get Romanus and its sequel, Chevalier, blogged this week in the leadup to Halloween, I’d probably still be putting off writing this review.
Of course, the problem with addiction is that oftentimes it’s difficult to explain why you enjoy the thing you’re addicted to so much. In the case of Romanus, that is only partly true for me because while there is an elusive quality to it that keeps me coming back for another listen, there are several specifics I can readily identify. Calmes manages to pack a lot of story into a novella and through the events that take place, builds the world that Mason has suddenly found himself a part of. From Mason’s first interaction with Fabron, we learn much about the kind of man Mason is – kind, patient, and possessing an honest concern for his fellow man – and the author continues to use Mason’s interactions with others, including his friends, roommates, and the gargoyles to show us his character. I found it to be a clever way to both develop his character and move the storyline along. The author also drops bits of information that help to explain Mason’s instant attraction to Luc Toussaint, although the extent of their connection isn’t revealed until the end of the book and is still left up to the reader to ponder just how strong their connection will be. Calmes uses an opposing faction within the gargoyles’ champ (the downside of audiobooks is not knowing how to spell unfamiliar words, which bothers me a lot) to add an element of suspense and action to the storyline that felt natural instead of forced for the sake of drama, which can happen when an author tries to put too much in a novella. Being as Romanus is a novella, there was not a lot of character development for Luc, so I hope that we will see that take place in Chevalier because I loved the chemistry between him and Mason and I’m looking forward to seeing that relationship progress further. Romanus was a sexy gargoyle romance that sunk its talons into me so thoroughly that I didn’t want to leave, while at the same time made anxious to begin Chevalier so that I can find out what will happen to Mason and Luc next.
P.S. – As an aside, I did take issue with Eli’s attitude that it was acceptable for him to stroke Luc’s back while Luc was asleep in Mason’s bed. Mason shouldn’t have had to tell him not to do it in the first place, but then for Eli to do it anyway, that just irked the heck out of me.
"amazing, then it ends"
This is one of those audio’s in which you get sucked in so quickly and then it ends, you actually think something went wrong with the download.
What a great start to a hopefully promising series.
An interesting twist to a ‘shifter’ series.
Mason, has always known he was adopted. He also has always known that dating has never gone well for him. Men get overly attached to fast, even with just one kiss.
One fateful night, he finds not only the answer to why, but what he hopes is the man to end the search.
Mace and Luc, two people that are perfect for each other. Luc knowing no one will ever want him, his true looks, his class, his station, has resigned him to a life alone. Mace sees through all that, see just the man.
Then the beginning of the story, the start of tale that in centuries in the making. A race as old as well, God.
Then it ends… Damn you, Mary Calmes!
The narration is brilliant, capturing the accents, the old, the young, the passion.
"awesome little tale, outstanding narration"
Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO file of this book.
Mason discovers a naked old man wandering the roads and takes him home. MAson then finds himself in the middle of the stuff of nightmares.
SHORT!!! SO FREAKING SHORT!!
This is an audio review, and I find I cannot split the book from the narration if the book is in first person. So it'll all run into one bit puddle :-)
Greg Tremblay narrates. The man is AWESOME!! I thought, worried, actually, I might get shades of Cole McGinnis (The Dirty Series, by Rhys Ford) bleeding through, since I'm listening to this on the back of those, but I need not have worried. Tremblay is a MASTER at his craft and his work shines.
I loved Mason, ans his brief history we get here. I loved his reaction to the group of people he meets taking the old man home. And I loved his reaction to Luc and what Luc tells him. He is Romanus, long fabled about in Luc's and now Mason's people, but few are found.
Luc is a Gargoyle and I love Gargoyle stories, we get so few of them! Luc's voice here is only when he speaks though, and Tremblay nails that one, I tell ya! But because he doesn't get a say, for that Ms Calmes, I am not happy. Short as it is, had Luc had a say, I have no doubt that this would be a five star across the board.
BUT! I have discovered, since finishing, that there is a second book about Mason and Luc and I wish to listen to it too. However, its not out in audio yet, so I'm gonna have to wait! I don't liked to mix and match between reading and listening in the same series.
so, ONLY because its single POV and we don't get Luc,
4.5 stars for the book
5 stars for the narration
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"My favorite Dream Team Mary and Greg"
So – you know how much I love Mary. Well, this is quintessential Mary. Mason is that perfect guy – clueless about how perfect he is – who stumbles into something that should be terrifying, but instead he does everything right and manages to win everyone over – all while having no idea he’s doing it.
He “rescues” an elder on the side of the road, and in turn proves that he’s got something special in his DNA that makes him revered by the people he meets next.
There is only a small amount of angst in this short story and we get a solid HFN by the end.
My only complaint is the length and the lack of more stories from this as a series! I loved it! Wished we could see more from this “world” and wish we could learn more about the creatures and their Romanus.
If you haven’t read this and you’re a Mary fan – go – read it – it’s wonderful!
4.5 of 5 stars
(Loved the old cover but this one is AMAZING!)
Greg Tremblay – he always manages to make the book come alive for me. He taught me how to properly saw “Romanus” – I was glad that Mason said it like I thought it, too! - and made the accents subtle but tangible. His voice is like honey – smooth and rich – he’s so very easy to listen to and he always adds to my enjoyment of the book.
Narration 6 of 5 stars
Overall 5 of 5 stars
"I'm impressed 😊"
ok I have to say I'm not a huge fan of Mary calmes, I have a love hate relationship with her books, that being said I was very sad when this book ended it felt like the story was just getting started and then BAM! it's over, I have read from other reviews that there is a sequel to this book, I'm sorry I can't remember how to spell the name so I'm not even going to try, but I'm going straight to that one next. this is a good short cheap book and I do recommend you get it, there are some parts of disbelief with the main characters reaction to certain events but hey its a phantasy love story with gargoyles so I got passed all that and allowed myself to get swept away and had a good time.
"Good story "
I liked the story, a bit short but good premise, however Greg Tremblay kept me engrossed and and engaged all the way. Looking to listen for Chevalier soon.
I usually avoid paranormal stories but I love most everything written by Mary Calmes and should’ve known she would knock it out of the park.
This was an engaging read with more of Calmes’ usual fantastic characters. Luc and Mason have chemistry right from the start thanks to Calmes’ splendid writing. There is a bit of insta-love but it fit with the paranormal setting. Though at times I wondered why Mason would put up with Luc’s possessive behavior so soon after having met. But the love and romance and the sex (Omg, the sex!) made me forget about my little niggles. Luc and Mason are definitely meant for each other.
Calmes does some splendid world building here even if some it comes across as an info dump.
Overall, a must read.
More praise for Greg Tremblay. It’s all been said about him before. He’s a top notch narrator. In this story he nailed Mason’s inner voice as well as the voices of Luc and all the supporting characters.
"Paranormal Romance/Greg Tremblay"
Being that Mary Calmes is a favorite author of mine I was excited for this first book in her Romanus series, aptly named Romanus. Then to have it narrated by one of my favorites, Greg Tremblay, bonus. The fact that this is a short story/ audio rounded out the triple threat and I really enjoyed it!
Mason, a fireman, sees an old man in the middle of the road while driving home late one night after work.
Stopping to help out he has no idea this one simple act of kindness will change his life forever.
Exhausted and coming off a double shift he can only think of sleep. After bringing the old man back to his home, and getting him sorted, Mason gets a glimpse of some strange happenings. Namely a man named Luc who he finds himself instantly attracted to.
What Mason doesn’t realize is that the old man happens to belong to a gargoyle clan and Luc is Mason’s “soul mate”. Mason is a really sweet man but he’s a bit clueless about what seems to be going on here.
Having never read a story about gargoyle shifters I found I was very excited to have the opportunity to listen to this story.
The instant attraction between Mason and Luc is off the charts hot and Mason begins to discover a few things about himself he never knew.
Greg Tremblay has a way with just his voice alone to bring a story alive. He delivers Mason’s confusion and dawning attraction to Luc so expertly. Drawing the listener in so quickly I was wrapped up in the tale and listened to it in one go.
The sexy scenes are done with such heat that you can actually hear the desire in Mason and Luc’s “voices”.
And Greg is a master of accents! His French accent is positively “swoon worthy”.
Throughout this short story I found myself wanting to learn more about this gargoyle clan and their world. The good news is that the story continues in Chevalier and I’ll be sure to pick that one up soon.
I highly recommend this audiobook for all paranormal lovers, as well as Mary Calmes and Greg Tremblay fans.
"It’s An Amuse-Bouche, - - - An Appetizer"
This petite confection by Mary Calmes is a wonderful paranormal amalgamation of the Beauty and the Beast love story and a dollop of the midlevel in the form of French gargoyles among us in the back country of Kentucky; the gargoyles shapeshift between human and bestial form. It is perfectly prepared, garnished, and served by the narration voice of Greg Tremblay. In fact, the only flaw is it is an amuse-bouche, - - - an appetizer, to a main course second book named Chevalier; which is NOT AVAILABLE in audio format, at the time of this review. I am deeply disappointed because this fact.
How can Amazon, Audible, and Dreamspinner Press allow this obscenity of offering an audio appetizer without an audio main course to continue to exist? If they correct this, for heaven sake, please use the same narrator. Why mess with a good thing?
In the meantime the consumer must content themselves with listening to the amuse-bouche of this offering of Romanus while reading the ingredients in the second book and self-baking the main course in their own minds. This is not all bad. However this is the difference of whether one eats pot luck at home or dining out with a narration waiter to deliver the meal perfectly prepared to ones ear. It is a matter of preference.
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