Not only is Ian a
Marshal but he’s also a soldier, and he still goes off on secret missions from
time to time. He can be gone for weeks and once he leaves the war zone and
comes home he’s left feeling unsettled. He needs to feel at ease and Ian only
finds that with his partner and best friend. No one else can fill the hole in
his life. Can Miro convince him that changing their relationship to a more
personal one is what they both want, and worth the risk?
ALL KINDS OF TIED DOWN
is the newest release by Mary Calmes. It’s a standalone, but Sam Kage, who makes appearances as their boss, is a main character in her
MATTER OF TIME series.
As a longtime reader of Ms. Calmes’
books, I was
happy to see the blurb for this new one. Yes, some will say she has a certain
type of writing formula and characters that go with it, and that is true. That
doesn’t change the fact that many, me included, find them fun and entertaining.
I certainly feel that way about ALL KINDS OF TIED DOWN.
The story has a lot of
things that I find appealing—law enforcement, in this one US Marshals, but
there’s also good descriptions, a smooth pace, lots of action/danger, and
interesting characters with nicely crafted personalities. Do I wish that the
story hadn’t been told in just Miro’s point of view? Yes. But Ms. Calmes manages to
convincingly express what Ian is feeling and make it believable.
Miro and Ian’s casework is what propels the
story forward, pulling in some interesting secondaries and unique situations
along the way. The relationship between them starts off as friends, so it
doesn’t change into one of lovers until much later in the story. It’s nice
seeing their relationship from that perspective and how it affects every other
aspect of their lives first. Then comes the change, so be ready for a little
steam. Was the book perfect? No. Did I enjoy it? Yes. Will I read it again in
the future? Yes, again.