Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture - with a past that just might get Tracy killed.
Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend's little brother that he's a reliable man, but to do that he'll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It'll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord's is tarnished by his past indiscretions.
Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy's reserve. But he'd better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he's going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they're still standing when the tumult recedes.
©2014 Mary Calmes (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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Michael Anthony had some good moments. There were times when he really got into the flow of things and his narrating was as smooth as an eighteen year old scotch.
But other times it was bad. Like...bad. He changed character's accents, or garbled their voices so I couldn't tell who was speaking, and at one critical point he switched the character voices around...talk about confusing!
The good outweighs the bad, but not enough for me to recommend to others.
Gotta go 2.5 stars on this. And it kills me, because I am a HUGE Mary Calmes fan. But there were two major plot points that I just couldn't get over.
Other than that...I like that Mary Calmes creates similar characters (beautiful, cut, ripped, gorgeous, stubborn, sarcastic, etc.) and that works for me....usually. But something with this one just fell flat.
Save yourself and read Acrobat, or the Matter of Time series, or, hell, *any* of her other contemporary romances.
"Matter of Time Lite"
If you liked A Matter of Time you will like this book. It is complete with a "Jory and Sam like" MCs, namely Tracy and Cord. It has a good murder mystery and protector vibe, a loving family on Tracy's side, and all round fun listen. Although there are a couple of characters that seem to go nowhere; which leads me to believe there may be a sequel. The narrator does a good job overall and really kept me engaged. I actually like the audio better than the ebook. Worth a credit.
"Actually better than the ebook version."
Yes. The narrator had a pleasant voice, he inserted some acting into his narration but wasn't over-the-top.
I don't actually know anyone else in my circle who reads m/m romance...
Pleasant voice, sounded like he actually enjoyed narrating the story, and characters were distinct enough that it wasn't hard to follow the dialogue.
It's All About Breckin.
There's Something About Breckin
Story would have been a lot better if the whole thing didn't revolve around the ex-boyfriend. He wasn't even interesting or likable but everything was about him.
Typical great Calmes!
Hard to say, I loved all of Tracy's family, Loved Cord! Good characters with depth
First time for me and he did a great job! I would listen to others he narrates!
"Classic Calmes, I loved it!"
Of course, because it's a damn good book!
The banter back and forth between characters, I was in stitches, especially with Tracy and his family.
I have not but I was quite impressed, will definitely look for more of his work.
Why do you even ask this question, what is wrong with the title? Why fix what isn't broke.
Cord Nolan met Tracy Brandt five years ago when he arrived at his then partner’s house for a party and tried, unsuccessfully, to pick up his partner’s younger brother. Since then Alex has gone to work for the DEA and Cord has been promoted to homicide detective. He’s also spent very little time in way to many beds, but still hasn’t been in the one bed he longs to roll around in, Tracy’s.
Tracy is fresh off a bad break up after catching his ex-boyfriend Brecken with another man. Little did Tracy know that the other guy wasn’t the only guy… well, person, that his ex was getting friendly with. After Tracy is attacked not once, but twice, his over bearing, over protective family close ranks, along with Cord to ensure Tracy’s safety. Tracy has been so busy trying to convince his ex that he is, in fact, an ex that he has missed the change in Cord. But when they are forced to spend several hours alone on a plane, no possible route of escape, Tracy is finally forced to see the man that now stands before him. Long gone is the player from all those years ago that tried to get Tracy to ride him to the store, literally. But it’s hard to start a relationship when there is a psychotic killer systematically knocking off Brecken’s exes.
This was a fast paced, action packed, thrill ride of a story. There was suspense and a bit of mystery with the death of one man, the attack of a pregnant woman and two subsequent attacks on Tracy, Cord is convinced they are all related, but how? And all the while Cord is working the case he is trying to keep Tracy safe and convince Tracy that he loves him and wants to protect him forever. The chemistry between them is electric and undeniable, though for the first half of the book they manage to keep their hands to themselves. But once they open that door and there is no going back, they can’t even be in the same room without a small touch, a hand on the cheek, brushing back the hair.
It wasn’t just the mystery and the suspense that was a constant current throughout the book, or the love story of Cord and Tracy as it grew and engulfed them. It was the way all the characters were with each other. I had so much fun listening to Tracy with his family, that scene in the bedroom with the musical coffee cup, that was hysterical. And the banter between characters as well had me in stiches half the time.
Narrated by Michael Anthony and I’m always in awe of a narrator that can take a wide cast of characters and give each one their own unique voice. Anthony truly brought Calmes words to life with little nuances and tone inflections, like Tracy when he looks at Cord and asks “What?” so innocently knowing full well what it is. And Cord’s usually exasperated sigh, that little sigh always made me chuckle.
Definitely a must for those that love Mary Calmes work as much as I do. There is mystery, suspense, lots of action, romance, passion and such a fun HEA!
"Mary Calmes=Crack for the Soul."
Well, I finished this little "gem" on the way home from work today.
What can I say that every other review hasn't already?
My Audible App: "MICH, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!"
Me: "Ok, But Audible, I keep rating Mary Calmes books with like 3 stars worth of eh!... Why do you keep recommending them to me!!??"
My Audible App: Because apparently you like books with 2 hot guys getting themselves in all sorts of shenanigans, HEA's, and I think cops and Russians?
Me: SOB, it's a conspiracy.
Well, the narrator was good. Relaxing to listen to and was a perfect fit for Tracey, the main character. Oh Tracey. He was sometimes so VOID of common sense through the book that I had to wonder how he put both shoes on in the morning.
Listening to the storyline is a whole other bag of WTF. I gave in to the plot and just let it happen at about 50% thru when I realized the holes in the story were too big to ever fill.
The author tried to set up a murder mystery (?) in the background of this terribly dramatic love triangle of sorts. Tracey falls in love with Brecken the hot doctor. Brecken falls in love with, well, pretty much everything with 2 legs. Cord, the hot cop and best friend to Tracey's brother, is in love with Tracey. Tracey of course, has no idea. And then somehow we end up in a love triangle murder mystery and ooh, ooh…there is even baby mamma drama.
The book even has a hot Russian import/export guy with a weird backstory, that we never learn about but gets brought up annoyingly every 30 pages.
If you aren’t following my review, than you know exactly how I felt for 85% of this ridiculous book.
I will say this, the narrator of the audio book was great. This was the first time I listened to Michael Anthony, and he portrayed the twinky Tracey to perfection. I also liked his rumbly, grumbly, growly (yes, I am making fun of the author) version of Cord.
Shamefully, I give this book 3 stars on the high end. Mary books are so addicting, and I keep coming back to them!
"Nice but maybe ripping of herself?"
As a mary calmes fan i may expect too much when i start one of her new books - and i did enjoy this one. But i think she borrowed the personallities of her MC from Jory and Sam (matter of times series) Not complaining because i liked them but still it feel a little like deja vu.
The story is fine and if you havent read/listened to the other books u migth enjoy it more. If u loved the other books u will either like this just because it kinds of remind u of them or dislike it for the exact same reason.
loved the plot. I thought I had the bad guy/girl a few times! I also loved that the person cheated on wasn't all angsty about their lying ex. The narration was beautiful. I wanted more of the Russian accent and the Deama(?) character....spin off pleeeaaase?
"Not my favorite Mary book but always entertaining"
There is a lot going on in this story. Tracy is the ex-boyfriend of Breckin. Breckin cheats. He makes people mad. Tracy finally dumps him, but now Breckin is in trouble and someone wants to kill him.
Tracy is also working for someone who has a brother in the Russian mob. This gets him shot.
Tracy has a brother who is a police detective. He has an ex-partner named Cord who is a man-whore. Cord and Tracy want each other. Badly. But won’t act on it because they know it will end badly. So, for 5 years they dance around one another.
Somehow, Cord ends up guarding Tracy and Breckin and Breckin’s most current love interest against the stalker that wants Breckin dead and the people after the Russian mob brother.(It’s okay if you’re confused, because it’s really confusing.)
After 5 years Cord has decided to clean up his act and be the right kind of guy for Tracy. Now that Tracy is single again, Cord makes his play. Tracy, who has always had the hots for Cord, eats it up with a spoon and they make for a hot, hot couple.
Ultimately, Cord and some local police catch the guy after Breckin. Nothing important happens relating to the Russian mob. Cord and Tracy end up together for a very, very HEA.
I love Mary Calmes.
I love her.
I did not love this book.
It was meandering, hard to follow, had characters that did things that didn’t make sense, one completely dead end plot and one twisted and confusing plot.
The Russian mob part of the story seemed to not be necessary and it merely added to my confusion.
Breckin was a cheater and had a hard time with monogamy. Though I really rooted for Cord and could tell he really loved Tracy, I wasn’t convinced that he was through with his man-whore ways. We got nothing to show us he had changed. It felt dangerous to Tracy to go from one cheater to another player.
I always love Mary’s alpha males coupled with the sensitive guy and that’s what happens here, but the background story (the stalker, the ex, the mob) took up more page time than their love story and it didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t feel as attached to the characters like I usually do.
Overall, this is not my favorite Mary Calmes story. I enjoyed it like I always do, but I didn’t love it.
I give it a 3 of 5 stars.
Michael Anthony is new to me as a narrator and I mostly enjoyed his interpretation. I LOVED his Russian accent and thought his Tracy was excellent. He does emotion and the smexy scenes very well, but he didn’t do much for Cord and I sometimes had a hard time telling who was talking.
Since the story is confusing as it is, the listening was sometimes even more confusing and I found myself re-winding and listening again, even though I had read the book first, it was several months ago.
So… I give the narration a 4 of 5 stars because it was mostly really good, but needed some tweaking to be great.
Overall, as a listening experience I give it a 3.5 of 5 stars. I was glad to have read and listened to it, but it was not my favorite.
"Boring narrator, okayish story"
Mary Calmes is a guilty pleasure read. You know there's not much substance there, but you read it for the fun of it. The narrator was boring and should never try a Russian accent ever, ever again.
Not likely. There was not enough energy in his acting.
Erm. Cord was hot?
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