Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Quiet Nights
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: Mangrove Stories #2
Heroes: Kelly & Coz
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 80 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 9, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: It’s a lovely little life Kelly Seaton leads. He’s got his own landscaping business, a nice little house, and his best friend, Cosimo Renaldi, and Coz’s goofball family who have adopted Kelly as their own. Sure, it’s a little lonely at night, but it’s a sweet deal, and Kelly can’t chance ruining it by letting on that he wants more—has always wanted more—with Coz.
Then Kelly’s past comes to town, bringing bad memories and hurt feelings that start to break Kelly down, and Coz just doesn’t understand why Kelly won’t let him be the support and strength that Kelly’s always been for him. They’ve already been through war, Coz’s devastating injury, and starting new careers in Mangrove, Florida. Why shouldn’t they face their chaotic pasts and build their future of quiet nights… together?
Kelly and Coz have been friends for years since they met in the military and with no family of his own, Coz’s family adopted him. But when the man Kelly thought was ‘the one’ comes into town and Coz finally decides to go on a date, it throws his content life into a spiral. But when Kelly learns that Coz may reciprocate his feelings, will Kelly be willing to take a chance on a relationship when their friendship means so much to him?
I’ll freely admit that I’m biased when it comes to Mary Calmes stories. There’s just something about her writing that really pulls me in and this one was no different. But what I loved about this one is that Coz is missing an arm and he’s self-conscious about it. Kelly doesn’t see Coz as any different but that doesn’t stop Coz from feeling abnormal. I also loved the banter they developed in their friendship, it made me chuckle and smile like crazy. They were funny and adorable and I just loved the connection between them especially when the jealousy and possessiveness came out.
I really loved this one but I wished it had been longer because I felt like there was more of the story with Kelly and Coz apart than they were together. Not in the sense that they weren’t in the same scene but in that they were ‘separate’ emotionally speaking… if that makes any sense lol. I just would have loved to see more of their banter and some of that jealousy that popped up.
All in all, though, another great story by Mary Calmes. I’m glad she decided to make a series out of this town because it was great to see Dwyer & Takeo again. I loved the chemistry between Kelly and Coz and absolutely adored the friends to lovers feelings but also the fact that Coz had a ‘disability’. Can’t wait to see who gets their story next!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*