Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: (Not officially in the Matter of Time Series, but related)
Narrated By: Sean Crisden
Heroes: Nathan Qells and Andreo Fiore
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 6 hrs, 34 minutes, Unabridged
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Audible Release Date: January 11, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he’s not very good at is sticking around afterward. He’s a nice guy; he just doesn’t feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he’s spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn’t realize that Michael’s mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him. Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner.
He’s raising his nephew, trying to leave his unsavory job, and starting his own business, a process made infinitely more difficult when a series of hits takes out some key underworld players. Still, Dreo is determined to build a life he can be proud of – a life with Nate as a cornerstone. A life that is starting to look like exactly what Nate has been seeking. Unfortunately for Dreo – and for Nate – the last hits were just part of a major reorganization, and Dreo’s obvious love for Nate has made him a target too.
Acrobat is not technically (according to Goodreads) part of the Matter of Time series, but it has characters that will show up in the series, so I included it there. Nathan Qells dates Duncan Stiel in Acrobat, who later marries Aaron Sutter in Parting Shot, and Aaron Sutter dated Jory in Matter of Time. We also meet Dr. Sean Cooper in Acrobat, who, along with Duncan Stiel, show up in All Kinds of Tied Down. Six Degrees of Mary.
I absolutely loved this book. It’s easy to love a Mary Calmes book, so that’s no big thing, but in Acrobat we get some amazing characters and a sticky-sweet romance with big hearts, a fantastic family story to go along with it, and some exciting action and adventure.
First, there is Nathan Qells. He can do no wrong. He got his high school BFF pregnant, married her, had an amazing son, is now divorced, and they are still BFFs. He teaches at a university where all the hot young things want him, but he doesn’t even know it! Though he is always involved in a relationship, he is never really involved in the relationship. Until Andreo.
Andreo Fiore. Mmmm. Delicious. He is a sweet, sexy mobster – going straight (legit is maybe a better wor ) so that he can have a full life and family. Dreo is the guardian for his dead sister’s son, Michael, and it is through Michael that Nathan and Dreo connect.
Nate is wonderfully clueless about himself and life in general, but always manages to do and say the right thing. Except in relationships, where he manages to stay just a bit disconnected and aloof. When he finally clues in that Dreo has been attracted to him for years, the sparks between them ignite and hot sex ensues.
Between the family and the love, there is the mob. Mobsters don’t like gay men apparently, and it causes some pretty big problems. Like a stab to the gut problems. But, in the end, true love wins and happy is ever after.
The audio version: Just two words on the audio version of Acrobat – BUY IT! It’s great. Sean Crisden does an amazing job with the narration, giving Dreo such a sultry voice and making Nate all the more “cute and clueless but wonderful”.
Overall Impression: both the book and the audiobook were Amazing!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*