Reviewed by Morgan
Title: Sleeping ’til Sunrise
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: Mangrove Stories #5
Heroes: Essien Dodd/Roark Hammond
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 90 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 16, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Everyone in Mangrove, Florida, knows Fire Chief Essien Dodd is a saint. He took care of his ex-wife until she died, is raising his teenage daughter alone, and is the kind of man who pulls kittens from trees. All in all, the man’s a catch. But Roark Hammond has sworn off getting involved with a man who’s been hurt before because he can’t guarantee he won’t hurt his prospective love again. If only he could get Essien out of his mind long enough to focus on anyone, or anything, else.
Strong emotions are in play. Essien is lonely but determined to focus on Ivy; Ivy wants her father to have a new life so much that, to his horror, she’s trying to find him a man; and Roark is so scared of the present and past, he won’t allow himself to commit. To have any chance of sleeping ’til sunrise and greeting each new day together, Essien and Roark will have to rethink how they’re living their lives and focus on what’s most important.
Review: This is Essien’s story, the hot new fireman who lives next door to Mike and Hutch. His super-funny and more grown up than she should be for her age daughter – Ivy – is pushing him to find someone and settle down. Essien doesn’t want to because: a) he remembers the pain of losing his wife and he doesn’t want either of them (him or Ivy) to go through that again; and b) he doesn’t want to expose Ivy to a slew of temporary lovers. He figures in a few years he’ll be ready to date when Ivy is in college.
Roark is the town’s pediatrician, and he and Essien have been dancing around each other for months. Roark has a secret and it keeps him from pouncing on Essien but it’s taking it’s toll on him. Essien notices and pushes Roark for answers.
Ivy’s urging gets through and Essien goes after the one he wants: Roark. He pushes through Roark’s concerns and together they get their HEA.
These mangrove stories are short and hot! Lordy – Essien is hot and the way he manhandles Roark and just lays everything out about their relationship – hot! The way Takeo calls Aaron Sutter and gets Roark’s family to back down – hot! The way Mike and Hutch keep teasing Essien – hot! The way Dwyer looks at Takeo – hot!
So… yes. This is another wonderful little addition to the mangrove series. Essien and Roark are a sweet couple and it was great seeing all the guys again. I love love love love Aaron, so extra bonus points for him being in the story again!
I think the concerns Roark has are valid, and I do wish we’d learned more about that issue, but I was glad Essien had decided that, either way, it didn’t matter so long as they were together.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*