Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he's not very good at is sticking around afterward. He's a nice guy; he just doesn't feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he's spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn't realize that Michael's mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him. Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner.
He's raising his nephew, trying to leave his unsavory job, and starting his own business, a process made infinitely more difficult when a series of hits takes out some key underworld players. Still, Dreo is determined to build a life he can be proud of - a life with Nate as a cornerstone. A life that is starting to look like exactly what Nate has been seeking. Unfortunately for Dreo - and for Nate - the last hits were just part of a major reorganization, and Dreo's obvious love for Nate has made him a target too.
©2012 Mary Calmes (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
Lily reads, writes, and reviews m/m romance.
Audio book narrated superbly by Sean Crisden as always. LOVED the Italian phrases and voice he used for Dreo.
Almost stopped listening after becoming bored/frustrated by the dialogue in the first two chapters, but I'm glad I persevered. Loved Nate and Dreo's story and chemistry. Super hot scenes between them.
I loved this book when I read it and Sean Crisden just brought it to a new level. I love Nate and Dreo's story and I really wish they had a sequel. This is a really sweet romance between a English professor and a mob bodyguard with a heart of gold. What's not to love? Ms. Calmes does what she does best, write sweet romances with lots of emotional drama. Definitely worth a credit.
"Love, Love, Love"
What is there not to like, Mary Calmes (the best) and Sean Crisden as the narrator!!! This is one of my favorite Mary Calmes books. I have read it several times and will listen to it again as well.
The scene in the laundry room between Nate and Dreo.
The best as aways!
Buy it, you will not be disappointed!
"Another winner from Mary Calmes"
Yes. A great narrator can make a book come alive, and that's just what Sean Crisden did.
Nate, of course. But I loved Dreo and his nephew Michael, too.
I laughed a lot at Nate's clever interaction with nearly everyone he met.
I love Mary Calmes' books and characters. And I especially like experiencing them a second time on audio with narrator Sean Crisden. My only, and rather significant, issue with Acrobat was that Nate was just too perfect. I like some flaws in my heroes, and I couldn't find a single one. Still, it was a wonderful contemporary love story with an incredible cast of supporting characters. Recommended!
"I want to be liked"
I have read once and listened twice to this audiobook, so safe to say, I am a fan of Acrobat and Mary Calmes.
Initially I found Nathan to be arrogant (and no one is liked *that* much), but realized he is just playing a game of "I want to be liked, so I will do whatever it takes to be liked." Once he finds someone who really loves him and can give him what he wants/needs, he becomes a *regular* person.
I liked the many characters and their personality differences. It's nice to have extras that add to the story rather than just fill space.
I also liked the mystery of the guy on the balcony.
Definitely worth a listen...
"cute pleasant couple hours"
not a bad story even though it was predictable and replete with stereotypes...however the repetition of a couple of phrases such as "made a sound at the back of his throat"almost forced me to quit listening....the author relies on cliches and overused collocations far too much. The narrator grows on you. Thanks
Wonderful story! I even did some odd jobs at work so I could were my headphones and continue listening!
"Good not great"
I didn't read the print version
I can't remember lol
I was disappointed in this book. To me the first half was boring and seemed way to long. The second half was better. It didn't evoke any feelings when I listened to it. I liked to be swept into what ever book I'm reading and I wasn't feeling this one.
"Sean Crisden does it again!!"
I loved reading this book over and over again, and now that I listen to it I am in heaven
A Matter of Time
Life to the characters.
It takes me away from reality.
"God, I was expecting a lot better from this book"
I read the reviews and thought that it might be cheesy, which I was okay with, but it turned out to be boring in addition to cheesy, which was disappointing to say the least. I would have picked a different book if I had realized that.
No. It's not the best.
Hmm...Sean did a great job with Dreo, but I was sort of annoyed by Nate's voice, which is the majority of the audiobook.
In a positive note, I really liked Dreo and wish that the story had been from his perspective rather than Nate, who is literally so perfect and likeable that he is boring as hell. I found myself so annoyed with his ex-wife to the point that I wanted to skip past all the passages with her in it, and there were waaaay too many side characters and I couldn't keep track of who was who. Every time another one showed up I had to stop and ask, "Wait, who is that again?" I wouldn't recommend this book, there are a lot better cheesy romances out there than this one.
One more thing: why was it called "Acrobat"? I still cannot figure out what this title has to do with the book. Hmmm.....Nope, still don't get it.
"Could have been better."
Sean Crisden, sure. He was a great narrator. But judging from this story, Mary Calms is not for me.
Don't know that there was one that jumped out at me as a favorite.
The narrator made it that much better because he's good at what he does. If he wasn't, I wouldn't have stayed all the way through the book.
Book Format: audio
Relatable characters: not really
Ratio of sex/plot: equal
Well written/editor needed: See personal notes below
Would I re-read?: probably not
Personal thoughts: It took me a long while to get into this book. Nothing happened for a long time in the beginning. The middle was entertaining. The ending felt too long by a chapter and a half. I liked the two main characters, Nate and Dreo, though I felt like Nate's ex-wife was a bit annoying. She was too clingy for my tastes. I also wondered at Nate's calmness about falling for a guy who works for the mob and not having a clue about anything mob related. The characters beyond Nate, Dreo, and Michael didn't seem to add much to the story either. There were a lot of empty conversations that seemed to make up most of the story.
There were a lot of little things I questioned. But, overall, if I ignored those things, I did enjoy listening to the audio book. The narrator was very good, especially because he could speak Italian. I think if I'd read this as an ebook or a print book, I would have put it down. Again. As it was, in the middle of the opening info-dump scene, I put it down. People convinced me to pick it up again. The narrator was what got me through it, I think. He did a great job.
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