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Release Day Review: Lay It down by Mary Calmes

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About the Author
Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.

Publication Date
March 16, 2016
Paradise can be hell.

Most people would say being stranded in the villa of Spanish shipping magnate Miguel García Arquero on the beautiful isle of Ibiza wasn’t such a bad deal. But Hudson Barber isn’t one of them. To him, being stuck without a passport in a foreign country far from home is a nightmare, made worse by the fact that the person who did the stranding was his flighty twin brother.

Unwilling to turn Dalvon in for identity theft, Hudson is forced to wait, but meanwhile he discovers the chance to rehabilitate Miguel’s failing local businesses—enterprises left to Dalvon’s inexperienced care. The flagging ventures are a badly wrapped gift from heaven, and if Hudson can turn them around, he might be able to leverage the experience to finish his MBA.

Then Miguel returns to Ibiza, and instead of finding a boy toy, he discovers Hudson has turned his cold villa into a warm, welcoming home. Miguel’s path is clear: convince Hudson to lay down his defenses and let love in.

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Business and pleasure
(Updated: March 16, 2016)
Lay It Down by Mary Calmes is the kind of beautifully written novel that completely absorbs you from page one. It is written in such a way that you'll feel like you're watching a film, rather than reading a book. Mary writes the characters, the magnificent villa, the streets and the cities of Ibiza, in glorious Technicolor, and you can't help but be taken away to this beautiful island for the duration. 

Hudson Barber has been living in the shadow of his impossibly handsome fraternal twin, Davlon, all of his life. In foster homes, Davlon's looks garnered him all the attention and Hudson learnt that he'd have to work hard to achieve his goal of owning his own business. As soon as he was old enough, Davlon becomes an internationally famous model. He had the looks and as many boyfriends as he could handle. 

When Hudson decides to take a break from his Post Grad business studies to visit his brother and his brother's fiancé, Miguel Garcia Arquero, in Ibiza, he is ill prepared for Davlon's scheming. Davlon steals Hudson's passport, and he wakes up to find himself stranded at the villa with no sign of either Davlon, or Miguel, who he has yet to meet. Unable to get his passport back, and stranded in Ibiza, Hudson decides to make the most of his situation. He begins sorting out Miguel's villa, club and restaurant to keep him busy, and ultimately pay his way until he can get his passport back and return to his studies in America. 

Miguel is a gorgeous Spanish shipping billionaire who travels the world for his business. He mostly stays away from the villa where he believes Davlon is still staying, having determined that lust, not love, fuelled their relationship. He finally returns after a three months absence to discover Davlon's beautiful, sexy, brother, not only in residence but also successfully running his island businesses. The mutual attraction is instantaneous, but Hudson can't get over his feelings of being less than. It will be up to Miguel to convince Hudson that he is far more attractive, intelligent and captivating than his brother ever was. As Hudson desperately tries to get his passport back, convincing him to stay will take all Miguel's considerable powers of persuasion. Avoiding gun runners and the police isn't making Hudson's life, or Miguel's plans, any easier. 

The sparks that fly between these two sizzling hot men and the development of their relationship, amid all the drama, makes for a riveting read. Finding out what made Davlon run, and the consequences of his actions on all their lives will make you unable to put this book down. Sleep became overrated from the moment I opened this book. I could not stop until it's highly satisfying conclusion. Mary Calmes has done it again. 

A brilliant 5 star read. 

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