Book Review: Lay It Down by Mary Calmes

Reviewed by Nikyta

LayItDownTitle: Lay It Down
Author: Mary Calmes
Heroes: Hudson/Barber
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 126 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 16, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner PressAmazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: Paradise can be hell.

Most people would say being stranded in the villa of Spanish shipping magnate Miguel García Arquero on the beautiful isle of Ibiza wasn’t such a bad deal. But Hudson Barber isn’t one of them. To him, being stuck without a passport in a foreign country far from home is a nightmare, made worse by the fact that the person who did the stranding was his flighty twin brother.

Unwilling to turn Dalvon in for identity theft, Hudson is forced to wait, but meanwhile he discovers the chance to rehabilitate Miguel’s failing local businesses—enterprises left to Dalvon’s inexperienced care. The flagging ventures are a badly wrapped gift from heaven, and if Hudson can turn them around, he might be able to leverage the experience to finish his MBA.

Then Miguel returns to Ibiza, and instead of finding a boy toy, he discovers Hudson has turned his cold villa into a warm, welcoming home. Miguel’s path is clear: convince Hudson to lay down his defenses and let love in.



When Hudson’s brother takes his passport and abandons him at a villa in Ibiza, Hudson has to wait until Dalvon ships the passport back before he can leave. But he’s not going to let Dal ruin his life with his selfish acts and before he knows it, he’s roped into taking care of some of Miguel’s businesses. Weeks later, when Miguel comes back to Ibiza, he finds the partner he’s always wanted and now it’s up to Miguel to convince Hudson that he can’t leave the home he’s inadvertently created.

I ADORED this book, it felt just like Mary’s older stories that made me originally fall in love with her. I loved that Hudson took being stranded on Ibiza so well. If it were me, there’s no way I’d be able to put up with Dal and his childish actions so it made me really admire Hudson as a character. I also really liked Miguel even though he doesn’t show up until a little ways into the story but I really enjoyed the way he reacted to Hudson. It was so sweet. Just loved these two!!!

My only issue with this book is that there was too much sex for my tastes. I loved the connection between Miguel and Hudson but this book would have been perfect if it had one or two less sex scenes, IMO.

In the end, one of my favorite stories so far this year! I’ll definitely be buying the audio (if one is made) and hoping this one gets a sequel because I just LOVED Miguel and Hudson. I WANT MORE! If you like Mary Calmes, looking for a little smut with a cute, interesting story, definitely give this one a go!

Overall Impression: I loved it!

*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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