Thoughts on: All Kinds of Tied Down

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 haAll_Kinds_of_Tied_Downve 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.

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Monday Mentions

Use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because copy-cats are not nearly as cute as the original!

I admit it . . . despite all the snow days, I’ve been slacking on writing book reviews and reporting on my favorite reads from 2013. I am happy to say, Netflix has lost its grip on my attention, and I am back to reading. I just finished Fish & Chips, book #3 in the Cut & Run series (m-m romance). I am thoroughly enamored with Zane and Ty. Yeah, it’s only taken three books to get me there!! I am very excited to start book #4, Divide and Conquer.

Oops, got sidetracked! So, Monday Mentions . . . I thought I would mention some of my favorite M-M reads of late and give some recommendations. After all, it is yet another snow day in Maryland – yay! – and you might need some hot, sexy, and potentially troubled guys to read to take your mind off all of the white stuff! Continue reading “Monday Mentions”

Fav Reads of 2012

Before I get to my “best of” picks, I’m going to look at my top 5 favorite reads from 2012. These books were not necessarily published in 2012 but were some of my favorites. Did any of these make your list??

Top 5 Favorite Reads

  1. Building from Ashes (Elemental World #1) by Elizabeth Hunter. I’m cheating with this one because I enjoyed alBuilding_From_Ashesl the Elemental Mysteries series (all but one of those books received 5 out of 5 stars; Gio and B rock as a couple). Building from Ashes is Carwyn and Brigid’s story. It was sweet and entertaining. Patrick Murphy was a hoot. I look forward to reading more from this author. Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Fantasy
  2. Home Work (Life Lessons #3) by Kaje Harper. Mac and Tony are one of my favorite fictional couples. I loved reading how they came together to make a family with Anna and Ben. Also, Oliver’s acceptance of Mac was awesome. Not to mention the wedding. Ok, I’ll stop now! LOL Genre: M-M romance.
  3. Born of Silence (The League #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love The League series. The setting and characters are fabulous. This was Darling’s book. He was such a complex character who suffered so much you just had to love him. Maris rocked in this one. I can’t wait for his book. Genre:  Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
  4. Frog by Mary Calmes. Incredible novella. Cy had such a big heart. Loved Web. Two different people from different worlds who find a long-lasting love. Genre: M-M romance.
  5. Sins of the Demon (Kara Gillian #4) by Diana Rowland. Kara is an awesome character. She’s a summoner who is also a police detective in Louisiana. Diana includes great secondary characters and a tease of romance. Looking forward to the next book arriving from Amazon any day now. Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal

I know there are several other books that could have made this list. It really was a tough decision. Maybe some of your favorites will be on my “best of” list.

Regardless, keep reading! There are lots of good books and series out there no matter your genre-preference.


Frog, a novella by Mary Calmes, is the story of unlikely love between a bull-riding ranch hand and a neurosurgeon.

Weber Yates, ginger-haired and freckled, with his Texas drawl immediately captured my heart. He never considered himself worthy of Cyrus’s love. Web always insisted he needed a purpose in life – he would not be satisfied as a kept man.

Cyrus Benning was head-over-heels in love with Web, doing everything and anything he could to spend time with Web whenever Web’s travels brought him through California. Despite his wealth and status, Cyrus was down to earth and completely at ease with Web.

Ms. Calmes’s supporting characters were fabulous as well – Cy’s sister and her three boys attached themselves to Web right from meeting him. Web brought humor and support to the family that was dealing with Carolyn’s husband taking off with the nanny. Web truly was the “mountain” to the Benning clan.

I think the scene which touched me the most was when Cy and Web were staying with Cy’s parents at their vacation home. Web had gone out for a run and came back all sweaty and smelly. Cy made sure the only part of him that touched Web were his lips (lips to lips). The more he tried to avoid Web, the more Web tried to hug (and eventually tackle) Cy. Yep, Cy was all about shoeing Web off to the shower to get cleaned up. Web was not to be deterred; he won that particular battle! The heart breaking part was Cy’s family being left speechless at seeing their son and brother so happy and laughing so heartily.

I’ve read several of Ms. Calmes’s books and have enjoyed them all. However, I would have to say Frog stands out from the pack.

Mary Calmes can be found at Here is the link for her snippet about Frog

Frog earned 5 out of 5 stars!

Cast for A Matter of Time

I’m still reading and not doing much writing. Ugh!! Although, the books I have been devouring have been great! I finished Volume 2 of A Matter of Time by Mary Calmes. Last night I finished book 6 in the Mercedes Thompson series – River Marked by Patricia Briggs. I just started Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland.

Back to A Matter of Time… one of my Goodreads friends has accurately named the cast of characters. Fiona, darling, you have hit the nail on the head dead center. So, I’d like to share your observations with my readers. As a quick refresher, the series is about Sam, a hardass detective who was once straight and is now gay, who makes Jory his (well, yes, they did their more than fair share of arguing and breaking up, but by the end of Vol. 2, togetherness reigned!). Then there is Jory, Mr. Adorable Cutie, who is a graphic designer and rampant club-goer, and whose brother happens to be the drop-dead gorgeous (straight and not changing) Dane Hardcourt.

Fiona has cast Mathias Lauridsen as Jory; Chris Hensworth as Sam (if we could grow Kiefer Sutherland, he would work), and Hugh Jackman as Dane. Here I disagree just a bit. If you recall Pierce Brosnan from the movie The Thomas Crown Affair – he would be my choice for Dane.

A Matter of Time

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve not been doing much in the way of blogging or writing. Oops! I swear it is the February Funk that is holding me firmly within its iron grasp. Grr! Must break free! The one thing I have been doing is reading – my Kindle Fire is quicking accumulating lots and lots of books.

My current read is A Matter of Time, Vol. 1 by Mary Calmes. I’m already 87% finished and I started reading last night after dinner. Oops! Yes, I really have no life, but in my own defense, it was snowing and blustery cold yesterday. There is also the fact that I am really enjoying the story. I just love Jory! He is such a charming, loving character who has an incredibly big heart. I love how he is growing and maturing. Then, there is Dane, Jory’s boss and now brother. I am wondering what is going to happen with Dane. I wonder if he will come out at some point since none of the women he dates seem to satisfy him (not that they even get that far!). Last but not least, we get to the big, sexy, still in the closet Detective. Sam is so controlling and so in love with Jory, yet he can’t possibly accept the changes which will happen in his life if he comes out. Poor Jory just can’t say “no” to the guy! Add in the fact that the book opens with Jory witnessing a murder – wow, a recipe for adventure, tension, and falling in love with the main characters. I can’t wait to see how this one ends. I suspect I may just be left hanging since there is a Volume 2. Thank goodness for instant books on the Kindle!