Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: All Kinds of Tied Down
Author: Mary Calmes
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 290 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 4, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: 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.
As a Deputy US Marshal, Miro’s job keeps him on his toes especially with a partner who always manages to get them into some type of violent jam where ever they go. Fortunately, being Ian’s partner for the last three years has made Miro immune to Ian’s volatile personality. Then again, three years of being partners has also led Miro to develop more personal feelings for his straight partner. When Ian gets called in for a mission for the Army, he comes back knowing exactly what he wants – Miro. Unfortunately, he needs Miro to make that first move. Will Miro be able to realize that the one thing he’s wanted for the last three years is up for the taking?
Oh, how I loved these boys! I will freely admit that I’m a Mary junkie. I’m completely biased when it comes to her stories because she writes likeable, yet strong male characters that still have a bit of vulnerability to them. Miro’s weakness is Ian. He can’t seem to deny anything Ian asks for. Yet, Ian’s weakness is Miro, so it evens things out. The two are like an old married couple even though they’re just best friends. They know just about everything about each other and compliment one another well. Where Ian is aggressive and standoffish, Miro is calm and soothing. Then again, they both have relationship issues but Ian seems to provide the caring and love that Miro so desperately needs and vice versa. I adored the two of them together so much, I didn’t want the book to end!
The story, while showing their relationship as both friends and eventually lovers, follows them along on their jobs retrieving witnesses, rescuing them from dangerous situations and even taking down drug dealers. As Deputy US Marshals, they’re given many cases they have to follow up on and I loved seeing different situations and the dangers in each of them because it gave the story a good amount of suspense and action.
My only issue with this one is that I felt like there were a lot of secondary characters introduced that made it hard to follow who was who, who was good and who was bad. Some characters were from previous Calmes books and that was hard for me to follow because I didn’t read the previous books that they were in. It got confusing a few times since Miro and Ian meet so many people, I just couldn’t keep track of them no matter how hard I tried. Plus, there was always that feeling like there was a backstory to Miro and Ian that we didn’t get to see. So, I suppose reading any book with Sam Kage in it would be beneficial before reading this one just to keep the Marshal team straight.
All in all, I still loved this story. I adore Mary Calmes books but this one was filled with sexual tension, funny banter and suspenseful moments. I loved that it was friends to lovers and that it took well more than half the book for them to act on their attraction. It’s filled with suspense, sweet moments and hot moments. And I desperately hope this will continue into a series because I’d love to see more of Ian and Miro and the situations they land themselves in!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*