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Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Matter of Time (A Matter of Time #3) by Mary Calmes

One gulp read! Though I started quite late yesterday I ended up reading till after 3 a.m. - note to self - DON'T start reading the next one in an "unappropriated" hour... ;) So, yep, another great installment. We start right were we stopped and quite quickly the plot moves three years later to where Jory is in life - a MUCH better on many levels but naturally not romantically. 

As I've just mentioned, the book starts with Jory kidnapped by Dominic (Sam's partner). Jory survives and yet he went through quite the ordeal and the fact Sam didn't stick by his side during his recovery tore a hole through his heart, and yet when the story moves forward three years, we see a slightly maturer Jory - He opened his own company with Dylan (his partner), moved to a better apartment even was in a serious relationship up until recently. Yep, doing quite well. 


When Sam appears Jory clearly doesn't want anything to do with him, though I gotta say, Sam DID have his reasons for leaving, in his head I'm sure they made sense even if the people around him saw him as just a coward, I'm not sure what to think actually, he did the best he could in his mind and while he put Jory through hell it's not like he was living in heaven.. One thing is pretty obvious, Sam will NOT take no for an answer, he wants Jory back, this time forever and so he gets as pushy as only he knows how until Jory succumbs to what he truly wants in his heart as well - to be back with the love of his life. 

Jory is confused, on the one hand he showed himself he is able to move on considering what he had with Aaron. They were together for a year and a half and it only ended when Aaron wanted the relationship to move further and Jory wasn't ready yet. But thinking about the relationship when Sam is offering himself back to him only makes Jory realize just how WRONG Aaron is for him and how unsatisfying compared to what he had with Sam even if they were only a short while together. So while he wants Sam he is still unable to trust him. Lucky for them, Sam's impossible stubbornness was able to break through Jory's resolve so they could have their third (?) chance at romance.   

Though I'm VERY understanding when it comes to Sam, I gotta say he felt TOO pushy. I mean, I get that he didn't want to give up on Jory and since Jory kept pushing him away he had very little to do but push back, and yeah I realize what Jory loves about him is the way he uses his strength to make Jory do his will, I"m not a fan of the idea and since this time around Jory didn't seem he's into it - it didn't feel right. I'm not THAT annoyed with it, I guess it's Sam being "true to character" and also it was what brought them back together so I'll forgive Sam with this one as well..

I have two last complaints! First WHERE THE HELL WAS DANE?! He's on his honeymoon in case you're wondering, but it also means that except for ONE scene he is absent from the story. I was SO waiting to get MORE of him and what becomes of his and Jory's relationship now that they are brothers, so getting practically NOTHING was heart wrenching! Second, near the end there's a scene in which Jory meets Sam's family when they are truly back together and though it was great because it came full circle it was a bit too cheesy for me. I think it was meant as the happy ending that it was, and yet considering how the previous ones ended it felt a bit too much. 

Before I close my review I gotta say that though I had my compaints in this one (unlike the previous ones) this was still a great installment! Really enjoyed it and only reduce half a star in total. The story ends (at last!) with a clear HFN so I really don't know what the next ones are going to be like. I enjoyed all installment up until now, I love Jory, Dane and Sam and getting more of them is a sweet promise. 

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.  


Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 157 pages, 4 May 2016 / On GoodReads
 
 
ABOUT THIS SERIES
 
A Matter of Time is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Contemporary MM Romance series by Mary Calmes
Telling us the story of Jory (Keyes) Harcourt & Detective Sam Kage romance story. The relationship buildup goes through the books, don't expect the HEA or even the HFN too soon - these guys have a lot to go before they can sit and watch the sunset together, yet throughout the series they do formalize their relationship and later on adopt two kids. 

The whole series is told from Jory's POV. Jory is one of my absolutely favorite characters, he is a JOY to read. He is funny, and a bit strange, he is very good with little details when it's about people but real life and everything around him? he can totally miss out on. Though he is basically an orphan he acquired a family through his boss - Dane Harcourt. He was the best personal assistant Dane could ask for, but after years working together they come to the conclusion they are much more than a boss and employee and so they part ways work-wise so they can become each other's family. Dane is also a character I absolutely LOVE. 


Detective Sam Kage is a complicated character. His whole life he saw himself as straight but he can't deny the attraction he feels toward Jory. He has a lot of struggles concerning his sexual identity, mostly when it comes to what he expected his life to be and also the fact he is a cop and being one and having a relationship with a man doesn't work that well together. Sam has a very loving and caring family but though they love Jory almost as much as he does, he is more close minded and so it's hard for him to find the path to what he truly wants. But when he finally realizes Jory is "it" for him, he is determined to NEVER let him go and doing all he can to be by his side and protect him (from himself mostly, or rather from his tendency to ALWAYS get into MAJOR trouble). 


Sam is truly the "alpha" in this series, it's usually not something I care for, but though he has his temper, Jory is mostly amused when Sam gets all ruffled up. Jory wants to "submit" to him, but their relationship is still very equal. Even when it comes to taking care of life and death situations they find themselves in. Jory is NOT a "damsel in distress", on the contrary. 


The 7th installment - "Parting Shot" - is different from the others focusing on another couple - Aaron Sutter and Duncan Stiel. We've met Aaron in the 3rd installment, he and Jory were in a rather serious relationship for a year and a half while Sam was away breaking apart the drug cartel who were responsible for Jory's injury in the 2nd installment. While Aaron and Jory stayed friends it was mostly Aaron staying close enough in case he and Sam broke up.. later on he tried replacing Jory with a sort of "duplicate"/"replica" of Jory until Jory makes a strange decision near the ending of the 6th installment to try and "hook him up" with Duncan Stiel a Detective he and Sam meet on their stay in Phoenix. Really enjoyed this one as well, Aaron and Duncan fit in a way I didn't see coming. It was so very different from Sam and Jory and also I loved seeing Aaron in a different lighting or rather seeing who he REALLY is. 


Notes -

  • Originally, the first 4 installments were published on their own, which is why I have separate reviews for them. A while back they were discontinued and instead of them two books were published -  "A Matter of Time Vol.1" containing the first and second installments and "A Matter of Time Vol. 2" containing the third and forth installments. It's basically the same. 
  • Jory and Sam's story is basically told in the first 6 installments. The 8th installment is a free closure novella of Sam and Jory getting re-married. The 7th installment as mentioned above is of a different couple (also mentioned in the 8th installment)
  • The 4 bonus short novellas - "Just Jory", "Ears, Eggs & Bunnies", "Hannah's Big Night" (told from (10 years old) Hannah's POV) and "Another Day With Jory" are free online reads (click links to read). 
  • If you've just finished this series and BUMMED that it's the end, it is and it isn't.. you can catch many glimpses of Sam (and a bit of Jory and the kids) in "Marshals", where Sam is the boss of the two MCs. 

Books:

1. A Matter of Time, #1 (published 1 October 2009) ★★★★★ 
2. A Matter of Time, #2 (published 2 November 2009) ★★★★★ 
3. A Matter of Time, #3 (published 30 November 2009) ★★★★½
4. A Matter of Time, #4 (published 15 December 2009) ★★★★★
5. Bulletproof (published 1 September 2011) ★★★★½
5.5. Just Jory (published 9 October 2012) ★★★★★ 
6. But For You (published 12 October 2012) ★★★★
6.5. Ears, Eggs & Bunnies (published 18 April 2014) ★★★★
7. Parting Shot [Duncan StielAaron Sutter(published 18 July 2013) ★★★★★
8. Piece of Cake (published 12 August 2015) ★★★★
8.5. Hannah's Big Night (published 27 November 2015) ★★
8.6. Another Day With Jory (published 24 December 2016) ★★★
 
 

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