Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Release Day Review: Twisted and Tied (Marshals #4) by Mary Calmes

twisted and tiedTitle ~ Twisted and Tied (Marshals #4)

Author ~ Mary Calmes

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~ 13th March 2018

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance, Mystery/Suspense





Marshals: Book Four

Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He’s head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he’s doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely… until they’re not.

Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke. But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he's going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after.


Jane’s Review

I absolutely adore this Marshals series and have a bit of a fangirl crush on Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones and his husband and partner Ian Doyle. They are way up there on my list of favourite fictional couples. I love them both individually for different reasons but together as a couple I can multiply that by ten. Add in their adorable giant sized dog Chickie Baby and I’m just a goner! You really need to read this series from the beginning to understand their characters and how far into their lives we are. Included in that is the best Valentine special ever (book 3.5). There is quite a big crossover with the A Matter of Time series as Sam Kage is Ian & Miro’s boss but it's not necessary to have read those to really enjoy the Marshals books.

Ian and Miro’s lives are running pretty smoothly at this point in time, but in this volume we see the rug metaphorically pulled from beneath them. Miro doesn't deal well with any change to his status quo due to his background, so when his job changes and he has to potentially confront similar situations, he has a lot to deal with. Ian and the rest of the team have become an essential stabilising influence on Miro and the changes that are made to the team shake Miro’s very foundations. The arguments that ensue between Ian and Miro about Miro taking on this new job, whilst coming from a point of concern about Miro’s heart not being repeatedly trampled on and him not coping with the situations he may have to deal with, are pretty brutal. There is a lot said during the arguments and I thought Ian was out of order a few times, though I did get that he thought he was protecting Miro. He always protects Miro *swoon*. When Miro realises that his entire team are being reshuffled, not just him, he panics. He realises that nothing will ever be the same but it does give him some perspective and he sees Ian's point. Kage is repeatedly questioned over the reshuffle but it's clear he knows his team well and where their skills will be best utilised.

The arguments are quickly put to one side with the reemergence of Miro’s nemesis. These events had my heart in my mouth once more, I always panic when he shows up. Once again I was surprised by the turn of events. Miro and his nemesis have a weirdly convoluted but respectful relationship and this was cleverly tied up, well, to some extent anyway.

We get to see more of Miro’s ‘other family’, his girlfriends, as they rally round for each other again and as the dust settles on the turbulent times, it transpires that Sam Kage is indeed a great, insightful boss and maybe everyone is where they need to be.

I just loved this book and spending time with my favourite sexy Marshals and will be hanging on for any morsel the author chooses to throw our way about them. Their love and devotion to each other shine from the page and the dialogue and style that these books are written in is sublime. This sums them up perfectly and is the reason they hold a special place in my heart:

“Him calling me his love never failed to drench me in heat and make my pulse leap. It was one of those things: a gruff, growly, beautiful man being vulnerable and using an endearment that was all mine - it was enough to make me want to drop to my knees for him right there.”

If that doesn't make you salivate with anticipation, I don't know what will. A brilliant series that I continue to reread and I can't wait for more.

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all kinds tied downAll Kinds of Tied Down (Book #1)

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.


fit to be tiedFit to Be Tied (Book #2)

Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are now partners on and off the job: Miro’s calm professionalism provides an ideal balance to Ian’s passion and quick temper. In a job where one misstep can be the difference between life and death, trust means everything. But every relationship has growing pains, and sometimes Miro stews about where he stands with his fiery lover. Could the heartstrings that so recently tied them together be in danger of unraveling?

Those new bonds are constantly challenged by family intrusions, well-intentioned friends, their personal insecurities, and their dangerous careers—including a trial by fire when an old case of Miro’s comes back to haunt them. It might just be enough to make Ian rethink his decision to let himself be tied down, and Miro can only hope the links they’ve forged will be strong enough to hold.


tied up in knotsTied Up in Knots (Book #3)

Miro Jones is living the life: he’s got his exciting, fulfilling job as a US deputy marshal, his gorgeous Greystone in suburban Chicago, his beloved adopted family, and most importantly, the man who captured his heart, Ian Doyle. Problem is, Ian isn’t just his partner at work—Ian’s a soldier through and through. That commitment takes him away from Miro, unexpectedly and often, and it’s casting a shadow over what could be everything Miro could ever dream of.

Work isn’t the same without Ian. Home isn’t the same, either, and Miro’s having to face his fears alone… how to keep it together at the office, how to survive looming threats from the past, and worst of all, how to keep living without Ian’s rock-solid presence at his side. His life is tied up in knots, but what if unknotting them requires something more permanent? What would that mean for him and Ian? Miro’s stuck between two bad choices, and sometimes the only way to get out of the knot is to hold tight to your lifeline and pull.

Review :: Amazon


Meet Mary Calmes

MaryCalmesMary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.



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