Reviewed by Nikyta
Author: Mary Calmes
Heroes: Kade & Joe
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 137 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.
Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.
Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for….
Joe’s been estranged from his family for the last few years. After their reaction when he came out, he packed up his stuff and moved to Chicago where he ended up meeting Kade and opening their own PI business. Joe’s molded his life around Kade to the point that they work and live together. Sadly, Joe’s harboring an unrequited love for Kade but knows nothing could ever happen between them because while Kade might be bi, he’s definitely not into Joe except as friends. But when their latest PI job leads them right to a witness that might be able to clear Kade of the crimes in his past, Kade forces Joe to come face to face with his own past, which leads him right into a possibility of the future that might include Kade right by his side in literally every way imaginable.
Let me just say, this book feels more like the ‘old’ Mary Calmes. Not sure if that makes sense but it’s because there were barely any flashbacks….which if my memory serves me right is how her earlier stories are. Maybe? Maybe not? But either way, I loved the fact we didn’t spend a majority of this book in the past! With that said, that’s not really why I loved this one. It’s because of the characters. I loved how much chemistry there was between Joe and Kade. I adored the fact that Joe was so enamored with Kade he literally would go speechless at times. As for Kade, I loved that he was so possessive. It was sooo obvious the emotions between them, I’m surprised Joe didn’t notice how much Kade noticed Joe! I understood why they didn’t want to rock the boat so when they finally get together, it’s like a tiny bolt of lightning. Just loved it!
While I ADORED this story, my biggest issue was with Joe and his family. It took a while to find out why Joe left and I can kind of understand his reasoning but I was confused why everyone was so happy to have him back yet they never once tried to contact him while he was gone. It was weird to me because they told him never to leave again yet if they cared that much, why was there radio silence for almost three years? Also, I was a little confused on why Joe went from being in marketing to becoming a PI since that’s a huge leap in occupation.
All in all, this was an amazing story. I was drawn in right from the beginning and was hooked throughout. Kade and Joe dance around their feelings when it’s quite obvious they both want more. I loved how much chemistry there was and how suspenseful the beginning was. I hope this isn’t the last we see of these two because I think Declan deserves his own story now!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*