Sunday, July 20, 2014

S.E.X. Review~ All Kinds of Tied Down

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.

Brilliantly written, All Kinds of Tied Down by Mary Calmes hit every one of my buttons. Cop drama, sexy men, and enigmatic secondary characters, Ms. Calmes delivered everything this reader/reviewer wanted in a book.

U.S. Marshalls Miro and Ian have been partners for a few years and work with a group of professional and energetic men. Together, they wade through the dangerous life of retrieving, guarding and protecting witnesses for the federal government.

Throughout this dangerous job, Miro found himself in lust and love with his partner, the very straight Ian.  A combination surely not for the faint at heart.

Miro, strong and personable, was tasked with not only a strong willed partner, but one who was also a small force unto himself. Ian had the uncanny knack of throwing himself into the fire, especially when it came to protecting Miro.

Ms. Calmes characterization of Ian left me smiling, laughing and slightly teary-eyed as more of the man’s layers were revealed. Strong and stoic on the outside, yet yearning for love internally, Ian’s personality tempered with the infusion of love from Miro.

Yes, Ian was written as a straight man with a penchant for wanting to spend more time with his partner than his girlfriend, but Ms. Calmes’ subtle innuendos created a believability that gave credence to Ian’s awareness that he longed for his partner, Miro.  Slight touches, invasion of space, anxiety when Miro was hurt, all directives of a man who loved his friend and eventually, in love with his friend.

I am never disappointed when reading a Mary Calmes book and All Kinds of Tied Down did not disappoint. The interludes, encounters, characters and sex were well- written and explosive.  A recommended read.

Definite S.E.X.
A five handcuff review

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