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.
©2014 Mary Calmes (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
This is my second Mary Calmes (audio)book and I like this one very, very much. ‘Frog’ was alright, but the way that the MC was instantly loved and doted on by everybody became grating. Reading reviews of other books by Mary Calmes it seems this is a recurring theme in her work. In this one I feel it didn’t happen too much, though Miro has 4 close female friends who adore him and an ex-lover who tries to wriggle his way back into his life.
There was a part in the middle of the book, when Ian is away on a mission, that felt like it dragged on too long without anything happening on the romance front. I was so looking forward to Ian and Miro interacting again. But when they do meet again... okay, worth the wait... I adore the way Ian is with Miro when their feelings finally become obvious. And Miro when he discovers what everybody had been thinking about them all along. I also really liked the way Miro and Ian interact with the two young witnesses they have to guard in the last part of the book. I’m not going into details to prevent spoilers.
The marshall work is described really well, but my favourite parts are where Miro and Ian interact, and with their colleagues as well.
I really like Tristan James’ narration. He distinguishes between male characters only subtly, but it’s okay, and I *love* his intonation, really one of the best narrators in that respect. This is my first audio with him and I don’t know how he does other books/characters, but I think he is spot on with Ian and Miro and their interaction. I am going to check out other books he narrates.
"Law man yummy"
This is a great listen from two of my favorites, Mary Calmes and Tristan James -- what a wonderful team. This is sort of a spin off of the Matter of Time series (one of my all time favorites) focusing on the relationship between two of Sam Kage's Deputy US Marshalls, Miro and Ian. They are both alpha males in this GFY romance. Miro is openly gay and Ian is his "straight" partner. Lots of angst and action to lead to a HEA and hopefully more books about this couple. Also, Sam has a role and Jory makes a cameo, which is just great b/c I miss them soooo much. Tristan James is just wonderful as usually. Worth a credit.
It is up there... I have so many to choose from, but Tristan James nailed it!
When Ian comes back from his last special forces mission and describes how he feels
Both Miro and Ian
No, in the car ride, I had read the book so I knew the ending..
Great Job, Great audio
"UST, Action and HOTNESS"
This is one of my favorite Mary Calmes books (oh, who am I kidding, almost all of her books are my “favorites”!) and I just love the relationship between Miro and Ian. It’s a bit of a slow burn – but the payoff for that is huge.
31 year old Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones, raised in an unloving, neglected foster home environment, he considers his four female college roommates and fellow Marshalls his family. 36 year old Deputy US Marshall Ian Doyle, a product of a broken home, currently (and reluctantly) re-establishing a relationship with his estranged father after the death of his mother and dating a beautiful, understanding woman named Emma. He also owns a giant, scary looking dog named Chickie Baby.
Miro and Ian have been partners on the Marshall’s team for three years and have grown incredibly close. They are the best of friends and have an excellent working relationship. The story is told from Miro’s POV so we see quite quickly and clearly that he is hopelessly, stupidly head-over-heels in love and lust with Ian. What we also see, that Miro seems NOT to see, is that Ian is ridiculously dependent on Miro’s company and comfort to get him through his own daily life. The subtle hints, glances and slow burn are FANTASTIC here and the build up to the first kiss just about KILLED me!
The dominance and submission, without it actually being D/s, is H.O.T.!! Miro takes charge of Ian and it’s unexpected, but beautiful.
He took a breath. “I think there’s a reason I’m shitty in bed.”
I felt myself frowning, unhappy with him running himself down. “Which is?”
“I think it’s ’cause I’ve never been in bed with you.”
And the action, of which there is a lot, is really fun to read (or listen to).
Narrator Tristan James is AWESOME. I would buy almost anything read by Tristan James because I love this man’s voice but what he does for Miro and Ian? Pure poetry.
This is one of those books that gets better every time I read or listen to it!
"Just a super sexy story!"
Oh hell yes! Well written and spoken, this is the kind of book us fans of audios crave.
The way the relationship between the ML played out.
Several, in fact, and I think this might be his best work to date. He is so good at nailing subtle nuances, inflections in tone, passion and just giving Calmes words the perfect voice.
Please, Tie me down!
Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are just two of the men that work on an elite team of US Marshalls led by Sam Kage. Miro was in and out of foster homes as a child, got into a little trouble but he always looked up to the men in uniform. He could have gone in a completely different direction with his life, but instead of lashing out at the lot life dealt him, he wanted to be like the men that protected him.
Ian is a seasoned soldier first, and a US Marshall second. He spends almost as much time away and on top secret missions as he does at home. Over the past few years as partners they’ve built a unique partnership based on friendship, mutual admiration and the ability to trust each other with their lives. While Miro fell for Ian a long time ago, he knows that Ian is straight, so he locks away those feelings behind a door so thick that when Ian starts acting different toward him, Miro doesn’t even notice.
While Ian is away on a mission, Miro is injured while transporting a witness and Ian is less than pleased when he finally finds out about it. You see, while Ian could test the patience of a saint, Miro should buy stock in an insurance company, he gets injured on the job THAT much! When Miro heads out to transport their next witness, he’s a little surprised to find Ian waiting at the airport for him. What is completely unexpected is the way Ian looks at him and visibly shudders when Miro touches him.
From here these two pretty much hit the ground running, going from partners and best friends to lovers in the blink of an eye. The pompous ass with more money than common sense that also happens to be the homophobic father of their current witness’s lover threatens to get them both killed before the sweat that drenched them just a few hours ago even dries.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish. Very nice to catch up with where Sam Kage is after the series of events in the Matter of Times books, but the main focus of this story is Miro and Ian. Miro has spent three years learning how to navigate his intense feelings for his partner. Convinced that Ian is straight and will never be his, he gets so good at ignoring his reaction to Ian that he misses Ian’s change in feelings toward him. Ian, lovingly referred to by their fellow Marshall’s as Captain America, doesn’t even try to avoid his feelings for Miro. What Ian struggles with is the urge to stake his claim on Miro, and how to express those feelings and that need out loud.
Narrated by Tristan James, his voice was the perfect compliment to the characters Calmes created for this story. There was a push and pull between them as partners that bleed over into their sexual relationship, but in a role reversal of sorts. While Ian is very protective and demanding at work, Miro takes the lead in the bedroom. Ian has to be on his game 24/7 at work and when he is on a mission, what he wants, no needs in his personal life is for someone else to take that control. And Miro gladly accepts the challenge.
This was a very sexy and steamy read, full of action and suspense and James did a splendid job of conveying all those emotions and circumstances, and then some. From the camaraderie between Miro and Ian in the beginning to the foreplay in the middle, and then finally the passion in the end. I highly recommend this audible to fans of Calmes writing and/or James narration. I am crossing my fingers that there will be another book for these guys, Calmes wrote in enough scenarios to comfortably give them a sequel, if not their own series.
"Need a sequel!!!"
Love these alpha m/m stories! Especially the way Ms. Calmes pens them. Although Mr. James narration is good, I wish he would do different voices for the MC's so you knew who was talking,
"More like a fanfic I ended having to pay for"
Calmes is better than this. Much better. This felt like Calmes decided to write a piece of fanfic about characters from a totally new tv series no ones ever heard of. We are thrust into the lives of two US Marshalls, Miro and Ian, at a point when the fanfic author has decided to make the unrequited love/lust mutual. Sort of like an NCIS Gibbs/Tony slash, except NCIS fans would already have the advantage of knowing the two men's history, their quirks and familiar fanfic tropes.
Not so in Calmes story. You'd think making her MCs US Marshalls would mean you can expect a suspense/action plot. It doesn't. It's just a profession she slapped on. They could have been a pair of insurance agents or used car dealers.
It's not a bad story. Just not up to Calmes standard, that's all. Throwing in a Sam Cage sighting doesn't cut it with me. I was pissed that one my favorite gay MCs was so cavalierly exploited.
"Really great friends to lovers"
I really enjoyed this book. I started off listening to the audiobook, but I actually ended up reading it instead. I think that Tristan James has a nice voice, but unfortunately there is a lot of back and forth dialogue in this book, and the voices he does for the two MCs just aren't different enough for me to distinguish who was talking and I found myself getting confused. Also, his voices for women are just terrible, maybe not the worst I've heard, but still pretty bad. I would recommend reading rather than listening.
"Don't wait to listen"
This is such a fun listen and one you will indeed listen to more then once. Miro and Ian are just good partners in every sense of the word. They are evenly matched and you will like them. They are manly men who just run into situations because it's their job. When they throw the hotness and attraction in the mix we have a winner. It also may help if you note that Sam Cage our Matter of Time crush is their boss. I could easily follow them through another book.
Great job as usual by Tristan James, we love you man!
"My favorite reread!!!!"
I have read a lot of Mary Calmes books, but this is by far my favorite of this series (I consider it part of the Matter of Time collection because of Sam Kage. I hope there are more to come! At least with Ian and Miro (maybe that serial killer breaks out of jail) or a check in with Jory, Sam an the kids with some crossover. I love all the action and sweet loving. I want to see where they go from here.
"Great Story Wonderful Narration"
Great continuing tie in with characters from A Matter of Time books!
Favorite scene was when, upon Ian coming back from deployment, Miro finally opened his eyes to Ian's feelings for him!
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