Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Floodgates by Mary Calmes~ Review and Giveaway

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Title ~ Floodgates

Author ~  Mary Calmes

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Genre ~ M/M Romance

Release Date ~ 3rd March 2014

Rating ~ 4 Stars

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Synopsis

Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.
Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little brother that he’s a reliable man, but to do that he’ll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It'll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord's is tarnished by his past indiscretions.
Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy's reserve. But he’d better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he's going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they're still standing when the tumult recedes.

 

Macky’s Review

If this book had no blurb, a blank cover and was only done in pictures I could  STILL tell you within minutes that this is a Mary Calmes story!

I fell in love with her books the day I picked up A Matter Of Time and got involved in the long running, romance between endearing trouble magnet Jory Keyes/Harcourt and big gruff, "MINE" detective, Sam Kage and since then its a foregone conclusion that I have to have every book she gifts us with.

I'm a Calmes girl and I'm proud to say it!

So let's get to Floodgates and the members of the cast who make up this enjoyable story, and I've got to say like always I've just had the best time with Tracey and his tangled, convoluted love life, which in this case ends up putting him in more than a spot of bother and into the path of another gruff, possessive homicide cop, the hot, sexy "come to momma" Cord Nolan, and once again Tracey, who thinks he's just plain Mr Ordinary (with his deep brown, long, thick black lashed eyes and cheekbones to die for, LOL) is totally clueless about his appeal to all the guys in his life: The beautiful cheating ex boyfriend, who wants back in his life. The possibly dodgy, very protective Russian boss and business partner, who has you thinking there's much to him than meets the eye. The drop dead gorgeous brothers (one a famous actor and one a DEA agent) and the loving dad, each one of them willing to drop everything to have his back… and of course the close, really likeable BFF's, who form his little entourage, and their boyfriends/wives/girlfriends who love him to death!

Sound familiar? Well I suppose it is because let's be honest this is the 'Calmes formula' that keeps most of us coming back to Mary's books again and again, and you either love it or you don't. Simple as. Me? I adore it and even though there are times when even I find myself chuckling to myself at how the world, his wife, mother, kids and the dog, end up falling for the 'Joreyesque' character, I still can't help being glued to every page, thrilled by the sparking tension and chemistry between the two main MC's and the hot, sensual love scenes that she writes so well! And godammit, I fell just as much in love with Tracey as everyone in the book , because he's such a sweetie and so endearing. As for Cord... OMG! He's a hottie and a half. All Grrr and growl but still vulnerable in his need for Tracey to see him in a different light. He's been a player and Tracey can't see past that, despite the fact he's always had a deep down attraction for the big hunk, so you're feeling the magnetic push and pull between them right up until the moment when they finally give in and when they do....WHOOP!! Its hot! What more do you want in a sexually charged, love/hate, man on man romance? I was in my element.

To be fair, even though the Mary signatures are there, I don't think Tracey is quite as 'perfect' as a certain somebody so he does retain his own personality and I never thought of him as just another carbon copy. This was his story and it kept me feeling the loves!

Then there's the actual crime/mystery side of the plot. It was a bit OTT at times and I did have a few eye rolls, plus to be honest I guessed the bad guy as soon as he appeared on page but am I bovvered? Bovvered! Am I ? No I'm not... Because it was still fun, dramatic, entertaining, steamy, engaging and just plain enjoyable. I loved it and its another keeper for me. I was a bit disappointed though that we didn't get more of his Russian business partner Dimah. He wasn't featured as much as I thought but I'm thinking there's possibilities there for a story of his own and I'm pondering with the way it ended whether there's going to be a follow up with him and a certain Mr Gorgeous who seems straight, but who knows, this is Calmesworld so never say never!!! Or am I just projecting what I really want.... Hmmm?

Sooooo, final verdict...

Works for me so I say go forth Mary fans, indulge and buy! I don't think you'll be disappointed at all. I certainly wasn't.

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Purchase Links

AMAZON US | AMAZON UK

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WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

 

Giveaway

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49 comments:

  1. The tangled and convoluted love life got me quite interested.

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  2. This book sounds awesome..thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. This book is on my TBR wishlist. Looking forward to reading it!!

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  4. Thanks for the great review. I have this one waiting in my TBR pile.

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  5. I love Mary's books - she is an auto buy for me - would love a chance at winning a copy of Floodgates.

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  6. This books is on my wishlist. It looks so good. Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

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  7. can't wait to read this book!

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  8. would love to win this book :)

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  9. I love a good m/m romance and throw in some action and boom we've got ourselves some hotness lol.. thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Definitely want to read this! Sounds great.

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  11. The book sounds great. and Macky's review makes it even more appealing. Another addition to my TBR list

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  12. It's a beautiful cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  13. Cant wait to read. .sounds great

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  14. I'm a Mary fan, so I guess I'll just have to read it! ;)

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  15. Sounds awesome,love the cover
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  16. Nice twist on my favorite trope, Brother's best friend lusts after little sister. I don't think I've read a M/M with this set up before.

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  17. Thanks so much for the review!

    --Trix

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  18. Would love to read this! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  19. Mary writes intensely emotional reads and this one sounds incredible. I'm soooo dying to read this and hope I win!

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  20. I think this looks like a great read and I added on my tbr! Thank you for the chance.

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  21. So excited to read this author's work!

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  22. The is on my TBR list! Sounds so good!

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  23. This sounds like a great read! I have my fingers crossed that I win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. I love Marys book and would really like to win this

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  25. Sounds awesome. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  26. Sounds great, plus I love her books :)

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  27. I think that I enjoy M/M romance, actually I don't think...I know I do. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  28. I always enjoy reading Mary's books. Looking forward to Floodgates. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. Always looking for new m/m books! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I am interested in reading this book
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  31. I'm with you about the 'Jory-esque' character. I like it and don't mind reading a different story with a similar feel to the character. I'm just a fan period.

    I look forward to reading this one. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  32. Thanks for the review. Looks like another good one from Mary Calmes!

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  33. Sounds like an awesome book!

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  34. Your review clinched it for me.

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  35. Sounds good. Can't wait to read! Thanks for the chance!

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  36. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a fun read :)

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  37. I am interested in reading it. I am so grateful for the reviews that help me decide what books to buy. :)

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  38. Lori Daamen Jolly

    Sounds like a interesting read and am looking forward to checking this one out . Thanks

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