I’m trying to better about doing book reviews . . . really! I’m even trying to better about reading more; although, it has been a challenge because of tired eyes. It seems there just aren’t enough hours in the day for me! Or maybe it’s the fact there aren’t enough non-work days in the week. I think I like that one better!!
At any rate, I’m off topic. My latest read was All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes. I have to confess that I have mixed feelings on this one. I’m a huge Mary Calmes fan, but this read wasn’t one of my favorites from her.
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.
Where to begin . . . I liked the blurb and was excited to see that Ms. Calmes had a new story out. I purchased it without checking any reviews.
For me, the story started slowly. Miro had this huge crush that wasn’t reciprocated by Ian. Both are US Marshals and work partners. Miro’s background is law enforcement while Ian’s is military (Green Beret). While I liked the guys, I almost felt like Ian needed to be led around by the hand by Miro – not at all how I imagine a Green Beret. I picture a tough guy, who knows what he wants, both in his personal and professional life. Ian came off as a small child at times. That didn’t jive with me.
The story takes the reader through Miro and Ian’s work. Given that, there are tons of characters with names, whom we only hear about once and then they are gone (with the exception of Drake and Cabot). I think I would have rather she spent time really developing the last case with all its twists and turns and used that for the entire story rather than jumping around with all the different fugitives and witnesses.
It was well past halfway when we finally get Miro and Ian action. I liked it – hot and sexy. I just wish the affection and physical relationship would have started sooner in the story.
Last but not least (and I don’t mean to nit-pick), but the title still puzzles me. I didn’t get the impression Ian was against being tied down, he was just unable to express his feelings for Miro until Miro pretty much drug it out of him. As an author, I struggle with titles, but this one wasn’t a good fit for me. Who knows, though, could just be me!
Now, I want to share some of my favorite lines from the read, because there definitely were some good ones. (I should mention that the story is written in first person from Miro’s POV.)
At 57% Miro and Ian were on a plane and Miro finally spilled all the delicious things he would like to do to Ian. This is part of that conversation . . .
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.”
Some worldly thinking from young Drake at 90% . . .
“But I love him like crazy, you know? And when you love someone like crazy, should you stand around being scared that something might not work out, or do you do something about it and take a chance?”
This last one is a HUGE SPOILER so beware!! At 97% Ian and Miro are having a serious talk while Ian is driving like a madman (typical for him) . . . (Miro starts in the below passage)
“I want this, you and me, to work out.”
“There’s no question about that,” he said, making a face like I was ridiculous. “You’re the only one I’ve ever wanted.”
Only Ian made my heart stop and start with such frequency.
“You made what I needed okay.”
I couldn’t have said a word if my life depended on it.
“So it’s for you to say if you ever want me to go away. I’m in.”
So, overall, All Kinds of Tied Down has its good, tender parts and its slow parts. The best part of the book is once you pass the 60% mark.
3.5 stars out of 5