- Twisted and Tied by Mary Calmes (audio review)
Twisted and Tied by Mary Calmes (audio review)
Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke. But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he's going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after.
Twisted and Tied is the fourth book in the Marshal Series by Mary Calmes. Having waited until it was released in audiobook format before obtaining the whole series I had the pleasure of listening to the entire series over the course of a week. Every time I thought these novels couldn’t get any better Mary Calmes’ words, combined with superb narration by Tristan James, proved me wrong.
In Twisted and Tied we find Deputy US Marshal’s Miro Jones and his partner, Ian Doyle, newly married and navigating the boundaries between work and home. Ian’s protective instincts are very strong when it comes to Miro, and learning to trust his husband to take care of himself on and off the job is hard. There are so many dangers lurking in the shadows and it’s not just serial killers and terrorists Ian is worried about. Ian needs Miro to protect his soft heart when dealing with victims of crime as well, and Miro’s habit of gathering strays in the course of his duties is causing him concern. Ian has happily absorbed Cabot, Drake, Josue and possibly Josue’s boyfriend, into their family but he fears for Miro’s heart when it looks like he’ll be working more extensively with children under the Marshal’s care. Compromise and communication will be needed for them to protect their happiness moving forward.
Supervisory Deputy Darren Mills took over Sam Kage’s job when he was promoted. Picked by a committee with no input from Kage or his boss Tom Kenward, Mills has proven to be a poor fit and his decisions have put both the Marshal’s and their witnesses in mortal danger. After the death of a young witness under their care, and the exposure of Mills’ underling Director of Custodial WITSEC Mrs Cullen, as not simply incompetent but willfully negligent, Kage moves Mills, arrests Cullen and rearranges the entire department. It’s a great deal for them all to take in but the genius of Kage’s decisions soon becomes apparent. Ian and Miro take on significant new roles, no longer directly partnered at work, and they soon see the benefits for all concerned. Their made family isn’t going anywhere, despite the new division of jobs, and the love they share will give them the strength they both need to perform at their best.
Naturally life has a way of throwing obstacles in the path of all these men, and working together to protect not only witnesses, but each other, will quickly prove vital. There’s a new killer in town, and an old adversary returns to Chicago, calling on all the skill and intelligence the Marshals can muster. Throw in some children in danger within the WITSEC program, and one of Miro’s ‘girls’ attacked from the least likely source, and Miro and Ian, as well as their friends, are in for a very busy, stressful, and dangerous time. Twisted and Tied is non stop action from start to finish and will keep you riveted from the opening chase to the highly satisfying conclusion.
There is so much to love about this audiobook. Mary Calmes knows how to write action packed thrillers and her inclusion of beloved characters such as Sam Kage from her Matter of Time series, and a tiny cameo featuring Efrem and Darius from The Vault series, add even more layers to an already fabulous cast. I love all the men and women in The Marshals series and I know I’ll be revisiting them again and again in future. They will retain pride of place in my audiobook library, along with the other two series mentioned here.
Tristan James is the perfect narrator for a series with so many strong characters needing their own unique voices. His Alpha males are sizzling hot and growly, and other supporting characters perfectly voiced for their personality.
Highly recommended audiobook and series.
Overall: 5 stars
Narration: 5 stars
Story: 5 stars