Book Review: All Kinds of Tied Down (Marshals, #1) – Mary Calmes

Published: July 24, 2014
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Format: Novel
Genre And Theme: LGBTQ, Romance, Thriller, Action
Length: 290 pages, ebook
Characters: Miro Jones, Ian Doyle

Blurb: 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.

I’ve read quite a few books from Mary Calmes and I’m generally satisfied with everything I’ve read from her. I find her writing exceptionally fun and consistent.

This is another one of those fun stories. Fun because I enjoyed devouring each and every page of it. Miro and Ian are a match made in heaven for me. You can feel the chemistry between them from the get-go. They actually reminded me a bit of Ty and Zane.

I loved Miro’s backstory. It’s a very fascinating background and I’d really like for the author to dig deeper into this. A story that has something to do with his obvious Easter European ancestry perhaps? Lol. This was released four years as the first book of a series and the fourth one is about to be release two months from now, so that “digging deeper” on Miro’s backstory is merely wishful thinking on my end.. Hah!

Ian as the total opposite of Miro’s character is very much swoony just like the way Miro was describing him. I thought he’s real funny and I absolutely adore his voice. His temper and straightforward approach with things are a fun to read especially with his interaction with Miro.

I also loved the timeline of the story here. You can actually feel the progression in the story and its characters. I loved the different angles provided by the author for its future release to expound. There’s the serial killer, th witsec kids and interesting characters that we may see in the author’s future/other books.

I’d definitely read the next books off this series!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

About the Author
Mary Calmes believes in romance, happily ever afters, and the faith it takes for her characters to get there. She bleeds coffee, thinks chocolate should be its own food group, and currently lives in Kentucky with a five-pound furry ninja that protects her from baby birds, spiders and the neighbor’s dogs. To stay up to date on her ponderings and pandemonium (as well as the adventures of the ninja) follow her on Twitter @MaryCalmes, connect with her on Facebook, and subscribe to her Mary’s Mob newsletter.

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