Reviewed by Susan65
Title: All Kinds of Tied Down
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Tristan James
Series: Marshals #1
Heroes: Mrio Jones/Ian Doyle
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 9 hours, 1 minute
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 24, 2014
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Review: I’m finding it difficult to find my words when it comes to reviewing this audio. On the one hand, there were many parts I totally loved, especially running into Sam Kage from the A Matter of Time series. Sam was a hated, but then a beloved, all-time favorite character for me, so he was what kept me listening to this audio – even though I was reminded why I hated him at first. Funny how that happens. Regardless, he is Miro and Ian’s boss and that, in and of itself, kept me invested.
I think it may have been the narrator that threw me out of the story because his voice, though engaging, doesn’t change much between characters, and in an audio, it’s imperative that you know who’s speaking. I’ve decided I am going to move onto book two, but I will go the ebook route and see if that works out better for me. Sometimes a book doesn’t translate too well into audio, and I believe this is one of them.
Even though I really enjoyed the antics between Ian and Miro, the abundance of secondary characters, especially the four overbearing girlfriends of Miro, made the experience a bit daunting. I look forward to seeing how things move along for both Miro and Ian, and I am hopeful the change of format is the winning ticket. All of those great reviews can’t be wrong.
Overall Impression: I liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*