ATF agent Peter Lomax isn't a hearts and flowers kind of guy, but he can be possessive, and it caused problems - until Carver Fleming. Carver may be part of the art world, but he gets Peter, loves belonging to the man, and Peter treasures the way Carver understands them together.
Carver loves Peter, but he's fully aware that six months doth not a commitment make. Carver wants to make the relationship last forever, but he'll have to leave their life in Chicago to take care of the family he loves. He wants to do it with Peter by his side, but going from the city of Chicago to tiny Colt, Kentucky is a big change.
Carver has only one Christmas wish: Please, oh please, let Peter fall enough in love with Carver's family to follow Carver home.
©2013 Mary Calmes (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press
Unlike most of my audio books, this is one that I haven't previously read in print, so the story was completely new to me.
From a story perspective, the characters were great and I loved Pete, his attitude to the situation and having to cope with his - relatively new - partner's need to move thousands of miles away to look after his family and the decision he makes. I smiled, laughed, and even shed a tear at one bit - partly due to the story and partly due to Greg Tremblay's excellent narration which really brought the characters to life.
Short enough that it could be listened to in a day's commute, or during a long-ish job at home, this is one I will listen to again for the feels. And I'll also try some more Mary Calmes as I've liked both the books I've heard so far.
Avid drinker of tea and reader of all things, romance is best.
I would. I love Mary's writing, and this story was just lovely. Some bits were hard to listen to, so very sad to face dementia, but the main characters were beautifully done and so easy to empathise with.
It was so real, heart rending and so very sad, but extremely beautiful and hope filled at the same time. The scene where the 'friends and family' come to have a look at the prodigal son and his partner was laugh out loud funny.
Greg is a wonderful performer and brings so much punch to the audio. His characterisation is so clear its extremely easy to follow who is speaking in dialogue and his voice has a lovely timbre that is so easy to listen to.
Bitter sweet love in the real world.
Such wonderful book, well worth the listen. I love this team of author and voice artist so much.
"Greg Tremblay knocks it out of the park again!"
Greg Tremblay knocks it out of the park again!
There's just something about Mary Calmes' writing. This author manages to bring funny, sweet, heat and feels all together so brilliantly every time, and this time is no different. Considering how short this short novella is - it's amazing just how much is packed into it. It's got humor, hot sex, deep emotions, more humor and more hot sex. It's a fantastic time - BUY IT!
Easter Egg for us nerds: For those of us who loved All Kinds of Tied Down - this is the story that's mentioned during the weekly poker game.
"Sugar Coated Fluffiness"
Mary Calmes can do no wrong it seems. I was going to pass on the book originally because it was so short. I'm glad I didn't it was a very sweet short story that had be laughing at random moments, and smiling so hard my cheeks hurt by the end.
"Fun Holiday story!"
Yes, because it was fast and fun and I really loved the way the narrator brought the characters to life.
The conversation at the table between Peter and Carver's mother. That man knew he was a goner, and he couldn't even be mad about it.
Everything! He can bring any character to life with his voice.
Carver's mother. That woman is full of piss and vinegar and she almost stole the show.
You ever have one of those guys… clingy, possessive, but loving and adoring all at the same time? Most people don’t like those character flaws in their significant other, but then, Carver Fleming isn’t most people. From the day these two met and Peter showed Carver just how dominant and possessive he could be, in a dark alley no less, Carver has belonged to Peter; mind, body and soul. So when Carver tells Peter that he has to move back home to Kentucky to take care of his ailing mother, Peter is none too happy. Faced with mornings waking up without Carver lying next to him in bed, what choice will Peter make?
What a fun story. I am always eager to dive into a Mary Calmes story, and this novella was no exception. Peter is this large, in charge, alpha male personality while Carver is perfectly happy letting his man take that control. They really do complement each other in every way. When you add in Carvers crazy, southern charm family, the story gets very entertaining.
I’m not sure if it was the story the way it was written, or the way it was conveyed by narrator Greg Tremblay. Perhaps the combination of the two when merged, but I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Tremblay has so many voices and accents in his arsenal that you never have to strain to know if there is a character change. While this was a fast, fun listen with a short cast, each character had their own personality in the way they were read. The voices they were given matched their part in the story so well, it was almost like Calmes and Tremblay wrote the book together.
I would recommend this audio to anyone that enjoys Calmes stories coupled with Tremblay’s amazing vocal chops. It’s also the perfect Holiday story with just enough sexiness to melt the frost on your windows!
"WAY TOO SHORT"
Yes, great characters.
The relationships and the concept of giving to others.
This book was absolutely to short. There is a great story here and the characters are so loveable. This short story is crying out to be made into a full length novel. Great story and great narrator a must listen.
"A short but great story, and Greg Tremblay reading .."
Can anything be better... Greg Tremblay has a magical style of narration, characters are great and his sense of timing, is amazing. Mary has written a really good x-mas short story and with Greg reading it, it becomes awesome.
"a very sweet romance"
lots of humor. a little sadness. good country cooking. the importance of family and love.
"Love this book and the narrator"
This is a super cute novella – almost part of the Matter of Time series but not quite. We get to see quite a lot of familiar names but the bulk of this story is about Peter and Carver. These guys are two completely different guys who really love one another.
They’ve already fallen in love, but now they have to get on with LIFE. LIFE brings them to Carver’s family’s house and the idea that soon Carver wants them to relocate from Chicago to this small town in Kentucky.
Through a bunch of cute little stories, Carver’s family shows Peter how he’ll fit in and how wonderful it can be.
It’s a very sweet, zero-angst, warm and fuzzy story for the holidays – a must for any fan of the series and Mary Calmes.
Greg Tremblay – what an amazing voice actor! He manages to do different variations of “southern” including “southern lady”! He did an absolutely fabulous job with this narration and it absolutely adds to the overall enjoyment of this story.
6 of 5 stars
"Another great one from Mary Calmes"
Where You Lead is another great example of Mary Calmes’ ability to tell a romantic tale. This is one is a little shorter than most of her others, but it is no less engrossing and engaging.
The story centers around Peter Lomax and Carver Fleming. They’re already together at the beginning of the story but we are treated to flashbacks about how they met and got together. But that isn’t the main plot of the story.
The focus is about Carver’s desire to move back to his Kentucky home town. Peter is less than thrilled about the idea but he decides to go with Carver and see if it would work. Peter than falls in love with Carver’s family.
This was a sweet and short tale that I loved from beginning to end. I fell in love with Carver right along with Peter. And seeing Peter and Carver overcome their issues and obstacles was awesome.
A perfect story for readers whether they’ve read the author before or not.
Greg Tremblay is one of those superb narrators who never fails to delight. He created the perfect voices for Peter and Carver as well as the various members of Carver’s family. All distinct and unique.
"Love Greg and Mary...Team Greg-ry???"
Another cute Mary Calmes story with another perfect performance from the fabulous Greg Tremblay! *sighs happily*
"Mary and Greg, you ROCK!!!!"
I don't know how Mary Calmes does it, but she does. She got me to cry THREE times while reading this lovely story about life, love, choices, growing old, feeling the call of duty to care for aging parents, and she even hinted at the subject -- dementia. Once again, Greg Tremblay rocked it out! LOVE!!
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