Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn't expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.
Everyone thinks Aaron has it all - looks, money, fame, and success beyond measure. Everyone, that is, except Aaron. At the end of the day, the cameras stop flashing, friends go back to their own lives, company business is handled, and Aaron is always alone. The moment he meets Duncan Stiel, Aaron knows he'll do anything to hold onto the larger-than-life detective. But when he realizes money won't buy him the ultimate happiness, Aaron needs to find the strength to give Duncan something much more important - his heart.
©2013 Mary Calmes (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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Amazing! First let me say...if ur a m/m Romance fan and u don't know Mary Calmes...well shame on u!
This is book 7 of the Matter of Time series...and it was awesome! Books 1-5 is on AUDIBLE so download and enjoy first. Also if u want some back history on Duncan then get Acrobat which is also on here..
Now we all remember Aaron Sutter, Jory's ex...the billionaire hotel magnet...so Aaron and Duncan meet in book 6 (which is not on here) had a weekend fling and that's where this book begins
Aaron was so not this alpha in the other books...because he was chasing Jory. In this, Aaron alphaness was subtle...but man when whipped out the money leverage...people started to bow down! Money really can buy anything!
Duncan was like another version of Sam, after he realised he was in love with Jory. Two alphas coming together but willing to submit to each other! It was great...and the reversible collar was the sweetest thing ever!
Narration was awesome!
Total l y worth a buy credit or sale for any m/m Romance fan!
This book just clicked for me from start to finish and was totally great!
Plot -was good and kept your interest, narrator was good as well- all the pieces fit
together perfectly for a really great listen!
Finished it in one go and am now doing my second listen at a more leisurely pace!
"Loved the narrator."
I'd have to say yes in this case. The narrator did a great job bringing Duncan Stiel to life and a lot of the time it really felt like you were actually sitting there, listening to this guy telling his story.
When Duncan was hurt and Aaron broke their cover because of it.
Also, the moment Duncan unintentionally declared his love for Aaron while they were stuck in the security tower.
Duncan Stiel. He's just such an interesting guy. Tough, but sweet. Powerful and dominant on the surface, but submissive behind closed doors. He's a lot more interesting than Jory was.
I kind of wish this narrator could have done the a Warder series...
"A new instalment"
Just when you were getting tired of the Jory plot line, along comes this little gem. I'm always a fan of Mary Calmes and this book doesn't disappoint.
I'm sure I've got nearly all the books in the series.
"Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex, Sex..."
If you're looking for sex, this is it. But if you're looking for story, do not bother. I am going to return this one...or at least try to. Tristan you were as always, in my opinion, good. The only saving grace to this book. Mary, the sex scenes were good, but what happened to the story!? Listener, I have been thru this series, and this was a definite disappointment.
"A spin off more than part of series"
Aaron and Duncan's story was great but only references to Sam and Jory
Tristan did a great job narrating BUT his pronunciation of Jory changed to Yory for part of book with even Aaron's character making that mistake
My ocd caused me to not finish book first time. But second time I realized he corrected himself in last part of book
"Smokin Spin off characters"
Welcome to the world of Aaron and Duncan. Aaron billionaire, Duncan local cop - no way you say. Oh yes these guys are not joking they have what it takes and are willing to give it all. I loved that this started off being truthful. No games, their attraction is brutally honest. They quickly realize issues they have had in their past relationships like Duncan not living openly and Aaron not feeling he could - just can't apply this time. They get on the same page quickly so we get to enjoy the story and their adventure and steamy love life.
Loving Tristan as narrator. Mary Calmes feel free to continue their story I'm sure we will follow.
"WOOT Together at last!"
Not really comparable
I have listen to a lot of his performances and this one is one of his top ones!
"Great ending to my series"
Duncan and Aaron's story, all of it!
When Aaron shows up at Duncan's apartment after the 4 month misunderstanding.
Good, not great
Tristan James is a good narrator, but he read a little slow and sometimes it was hard to decipher which character he was doing. Sometimes it was hard to tell if it was Aaron or Duncan. I have read this book so I knew, but change in inflection would have helped some. Overall great read and audio
"This is my favorite in Mary's series- LOVE Tristan"
We first meet Duncan Stiel in Acrobat, he’s Nathan Quell’s ex-boyfriend. In Acrobat Duncan doesn’t want to come out of the closet for Nate and this (plus some other things) eventually breaks the two apart.
Aaron Sutter is Jory’s (from the Matter of Time Series) in-between man during the 3 years he and Sam are apart. At the time Aaron wants to make Jory his pet and Jory resists. Now Jory is playing matchmaker and puts Aaron and Duncan together on a dinner date.
From the very first moment the pair meet they are immediately attracted to each other and hit one another’s buttons in a big way. Duncan is strong enough to push Aaron around, but also willing to be pushed around when it’s called for. Aaron wants to lavish Duncan with money and attention, but is willing, this time, to allow Duncan his own space and career.
Finally, Duncan has met a man he’s willing to come out of the closet for. Luckily, Aaron has reached a point in his career where he, too, can come out, loud and proud.
It looks like things are going to be hunky dory for our couple when suddenly Duncan is captured by a deranged drug lord while he’s doing undercover work. Aaron thinks Duncan has forgotten him and their fledgling relationship and Max (Aaron’s brother) muddies the water even further by encouraging Duncan to stay away (once he’s rescued from the drug lord).
Something happens to make Aaron question Duncan point blank about their relationship and the two realize they both want the same thing: to be together. But… first they have to solve the murder mystery and get away from the bad guys.
Though it’s touch and go for awhile, they do conquer evil and end up living HEA.
This is my absolute favorite book in the Matter of Time series. Yes, I know Sam and Jory aren’t really mentioned all that much, but I just love, love, love Duncan and Aaron together! Both were vaguely painted as bad guys (or not the perfect guys) in other stories, but together they are magic.
Aaron is at once both ridiculously needy and demanding, tough and gentle, overbearing but compassionate. Duncan is the perfect alpha male with a giant, big soft side that exists solely to make Aaron feel cherished.
Their chemistry is off the charts hot and plentiful. Very plentiful. The “acting” that Aaron does while being “undercover” is both exciting and hysterical. Duncan’s stoic acceptance of his horrible past and torture is the stuff every great Mary Calmes hero is made of and his “perfection” is made all the more perfect by the way he “handles” the flightiness that is Aaron.
I really loved this book (which can absolutely be read as a stand-alone) and enjoyed the cameos from the characters from the other books.
I give it 5 of 5 stars.
Tristan James. He’s my audiobook go-to narrator. I haven’t met a narration of his I didn’t absolutely adore. I especially loved this one. His Aaron is wonderful. Kind of that cocky school-boy meets needy boyfriend. This is an audiobook that I have listened to over and over and over and is one of the few cases where I give the audiobook just a bit more on the rating scale than the book itself because the listening experience is just that enjoyable.
I give the audiobook a 6 of 5 stars. (Try and stop me!)
Overall 5 of 5 stars (more if I could!) I highly recommend this book, audiobook, narrator and of course the ever wonderful author herself.
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