Hutch Crowley is well-liked in the small resort town of Mangrove - he's got friends in his new neighbors, he's the owner of the town grocery, and he's building a community center - but he's still unlucky at love. Every man he's attracted to is either taken or simply not interested, including his best friend, Mike Rojas.
When Mike came to Mangrove two years ago, Hutch gave him a job and a place to stay in his guesthouse, where Mike has remained ever since. Despite the rumors circulating about them, Hutch knows Mike is straight and looking for the right woman. But his friends disagree, and after some hints to the contrary, even Hutch finally has to admit that maybe the rest of the town sees something he's been missing. If Hutch wants to spend each sultry sunset with the man of his dreams, it might be time to figure out what's going on with his best friend's heart.
©2015 Mary Calmes (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
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"Greg Tremblay is fantastic!!"
I feel like this was more a set up for future novellas than it was a fully realized novella itself. Hutch and Mike don't even realize they're supposed to be together until more than three quarters through, which I wouldn't mind except the sexy times lacked the heat M.C. usually brings to the party.
Still, I didn't dislike it and will continue with the series, mostly because it's Mary Calmes.
Greg Tremblay, once again of course, delivers a fantastic performance, so it's worth getting just for that.
Greg Tremblay's narration
Getting little tidbits with characters I love in the series and finding new favorites.
I think the chase between Hutch and the good doctor after the cranky town council bitch got Hutch riled up was hysterical!
Hutch, he was so unknowingly sexy and sometimes infuriating.
The men of Mangrove continue to grow and pair up. Fans of this series of short stories will remember Hutch Crowley, the owner of the town grocery, from the last story and that ill-fated date. In Sultry Sunset, Hutch is still single and still in love with his best friend, but damned if he’ll tell Mike because he’s convinced Mike is straight. While Hutch works on the community center and has run-ins with cranky old bags and confused doctors, Mike is busy bedding every available woman in town in an attempt to convince himself he is not, in fact, in love with his best friend.
The thing is, anyone other than these two with two working eyes can see the way they are with each other. Subtle touches and smiles, the fact that they eat dinner together every night, and then when Hutch lands in jail, Mike is quick to come bail him out. And with that release comes a release of an entirely different nature.
I absolutely love this little series of serials set in Mangrove, a quaint little beach town full of lovely gay men in search of that someone special. The community is a family of sorts with crazy old Betties, squabbling siblings and nosey neighbors to add a ton of humor to the stories. Greg Tremblay continues to carry the torch as narrator and let me tell you, he’s amazing. Though the core of the story is Hutch and Mike, there were several various secondary characters and Tremblay made sure the listener could hear a distinctly different tone for each and every character.
I’m anxious to see who gets the next story… the single dad that is trying to prove he is a good father, just because he is gay doesn’t make him unfit to care for his daughter. Or the previously closeted attorney that divorced his wife and moved to Mangrove so he could finally, truly live his life. OH, what if they wind up together? That would be some entertaining reading I must say.
Such a great series and each story is super short, like a naughty little snack. I think each installment could stand on its own, but they are so much more fun when you listen in order and can follow along with certain characters. Definitely a must listen though, Calmes is such a masterful writer and Tremblay really brings her crazy characters to life.
"Short, sweet little novella"
It was way too short and needed more development of Mike's "I'm gay for Hutch" realization. I really had to suspend my belief for that particular coming out. But otherwise a very sweet, typical Calmes.
" hot sexy story"
cute little story great narrator. is about time Mike and Hutch realize that they're in love with each other
"More wonderful storytelling from Greg and Mary"
If you’ve been reading the series (which you should, but don’t have to), you know Hutch is our grocer, and so far he’s been “interested” in every gay man the town has to offer, but has failed to find “the one”.
We find out that for the last two years he’s had a best friend, Mike “Don’t call me Michael”, living in his guest house and taking up most of his free time.
As you can predict, there is more to them than friendship, despite the fact that up til now Mike has always been straight.
I compare these Mangrove stories to cotton candy – one of my all time favorite foods – because they are wonderful, light, sweet and just a touch unsatisfying. Because they are so short, we don’t get a lot of lead-time to develop the tension between our MCs. Sure, Mary always gives us wonderful characters and an amazingly sweet love scene or two, but I really miss her ability to create that heat and draw out the sexual neediness between her characters that she’s just so great at.
I still love these stories, don’t get me wrong – but boy I wish they were longer.
In this case the secondary characters of Ivy and Essien almost – almost! – steal the show, but Mike and Hutch are terribly sweet together and I love them as a couple.
The mangrove series is fun because the small town and the recurrence of previous characters feels like coming home and I eagerly await the next installment.
Greg Tremblay – one of my favorite narrators – did another amazing job with this. I just love how he voiced the secondary characters including the young girl! I love listening to his telling of these stories because he makes you feel like you are part of the action. Definitely adds to the overall enjoyment of the story.
"Nice story; great narration"
This is another great narration from Greg Trembly. Unfortunately, even though I am a Mary Calmes fan, I tend to get these short reads of hers only if there is a narrator like Mr. Trembly. He can take what is a so, so story and bring it to the next level. He really makes that "interrupted dialogue" that is ever present in her stories, somewhat believable. This is a friends to lovers story that is part of her Mangrove Stories shorts. It is an good short comfort listen, but the story is only partially about the MCs and partly about introducing future couples, I think. There are a lot of people in this story, which is OK because I think she is building the Mangrove community. Too short to be worth a credit.
"LUV LUV LUV this sweet shortie!"
Mary Calmes can do no wrong for me and Greg Tremblay is the ABSOLUTE best narrator!
I am.so in love with the men of Mangrove! And Hutch and Mike are NO exception!
Mary and Greg are a POWERHOUSE team!
if you are a fan of either Mary Calmes or Greg Tremblay this is a MUST listen!!!
Mary Calmes's writing is always satisfying. She has a way of making very likable characters. Excellent narration, as usual by Greg Tremblay.
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