All Kinds of Tied Down

Author: Mary Calmes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Release Date: July 4, 2014

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4

Format: EBOOK

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Two partners couldn’t be more different than Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones and Ian Doyle. Miro is calm and collected and Ian is all fiery energy, ready to burst into action. The other agents in the department don’t understand how Miro can put up with Ian’s antics, but Miro can’t imagine depending on any other person in a life-and-death-situation.

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.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Gayle

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