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Friday, May 13, 2016

But for You (A Matter of Time #6) by Mary Calmes

Though I enjoyed this one, it's not one of my favorites. My problem was, not unexpectedly - there were too many kids / scenes with kids and basically they took too much page space, even though I DID find myself laughing out loud in a few scenes with them, it wasn't really the kids as it was Jory being himself. 

There's no doubt both Sam and Jory grew up in the last couple of books, they are now not only a couple but a family of 4 having adopted two kids in the past three years since the last installment. 


It was sweet seeing Jory as the "mother hen", working mostly from home and doing his best to be the best parent he can to his two kids - 6 years old Kola and 4 years old Hannah. Sam is even more driven in being the family's protector than he was when it was only he and Jory in the picture which doesn't always get a positive reaction from Jory, but all in all they are finally one (not that) big happy family, having around them the people they care most about. Jory has a bigger family now, it's not just him and Dane, it's also Dane's wife and two kids and he also got a sort of father and mother figures through Sam's parents as well as many more relatives through Sam's siblings, spouses and kids. It's even more pronounced in this book as all of Sam's family travel to Phoenix for an extended family reunion.  

It's not possible for Jory and Sam to stay safe in a book is it? But unlike previous books it's actually solely  "Sam's fault" when he decides to look for a witness who disappeared in Pheonix while they are there.. things don't go as planed not to mention there's a "ghost from the past" who comes to visit - Sam's ex, one that Sam kept from Jory.. I totally got Sam's reasoning and I'm glad what made Jory anxious was not the fact there's an ex (= pure jealousy) but the fact Sam lied about it in the first place and then kept it a secret until he was confronted. 

Jory's decisions in this book shows how much he has changed from the guy who jumps into danger or doesn't even acknowledge danger to someone who puts his family first, mostly the kids' safety. I think even Sam is surprised with how level headed Jory CAN be in life/death situations. But not only that, the way he shows responsibility when his kid got hurt also shows that unlike Sam he was  more concerned of safety than "getting even".

Though it wasn't my favorite installment and though there was no real "need" for this book, thinking of the "regular" way romance novels finish telling a couple's tale - I think it DID give us a point of view I was glad to have seen - a mature Jory, working in the job he enjoys, maneuvering beautifully all the parts of his life - working, being there for the kids, having a healthy relationship with his partner and not forgetting his close family and friends. He might be juggling quite a lot but it's obvious he's happy and content in his life. 

I don't know what more Mary has for Jory and Sam but since I'm already addicted to Jory's POV I don't care that much :) also, truth be told there is so very little left to this series! I'm SO going to miss Jory wherever my readings take me. 


Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 242 pages, 12 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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