- All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes (audio review)
All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes (audio review)Hot
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.
Performance. 5 stars.
Story 5 stars.
All Kinds of Tied Down is the first of four books in Mary Calmes’ Marshal series. Strong alpha males are the centre of this novel, and series, and there aren’t many authors who write them as well as Mary Calmes. A riveting plot line, MC’s and side characters you’ll love, combine with superb narration by Tristan James to produce a story that will have you seriously invested from the very beginning.
Miro Jones is a thirty-one year old Deputy US Marshal who dresses in designer clothes while taking down some of the toughest criminals in Chicago. He generally follows the rules but will go to any lengths to uphold the law, though its playing hell on his designer duds! If he keeps getting stabbed and shot he’s going to give his partner Deputy US Marshal, and some time soldier, Ian Doyle, a heart attack. Not that gruff Doyle can say anything, after all he’s known as a gung-ho officer with the diplomacy of a gnat. Together they give their boss, Sam Cage, far too many scares and headaches, even though they are two of his best men. Yes, that’s THE fabulous Sam Cage from the Matter of Time series, and it’s wonderful having hot as sin, gruff and scary Sam revisit the reader in this series, even in a cameo role.
When we first meet these two gorgeous men, we quickly discover that Miro has been crushing on Ian ever since they became partners three years previously. Ian presents as straight, but the boundaries between these two are unusually close. They spend a great deal of time together on and off the job and Ian seems to be more interested in Miro than his latest girlfriend. As events and criminals keep throwing them together a slow burn relationship begins. If they can survive all the action then perhaps they’ll both have the courage to admit their feelings to each other, and their friends.
All Kinds of Tied Down is an action packed novel sprinkled with humour that will have you chuckling one minute, and on the edge of your seat the next. There was never a moment where I wanted to fast forward. I adored the side characters, particularly Miro’s ‘girls’, and the utterly adorable Cabot and Drake. I wanted to steal Ian’s dog, and even though Sam’s role is relatively small he certainly makes an impact when he appears. Well, he’s Sam so of course he does! If you haven’t read or listened to the Matter of Time series then you really need to add it to you tbr list.
Tristan James does a superb job of voicing Mary’s characters in a way that makes them all too real and utterly relatable. Nobody does gruff sexy alpha men quite like Tristan and the side characters were also perfectly voiced. I lost myself in his story telling and listened to this audiobook in one sitting, immediately one clicking the rest of the series to continue the character’s journey. Miro and Ian, their adventures and their love story, are simply that compelling.
In short, a riveting story perfectly voiced. Highly recommended.