Monday, August 27, 2018

Fit to Be Tied (Marshals #2) by Mary Calmes

This one was quite the ride! Though the first half of the book was easy going, made us see how 6 month after the ending of the previous installment our couple are getting used to being not only best friends and work partners but also lovers. Things are doing well enough even though Miro wants more than Ian feels he can offer. Yet things take a HUGE turn when Miro's life is in danger.

In the first book in the series we've briefly met Dr. Craig Hartley. When Miro was in the police force he was the one who got him arrested but also saved his life (while sustaining a stab wound from said Dr. Hartley..). Somehow the psychopathic Dr. Hartley is fascinated by Miro and though he wants to do "good" by him and keep his company (asking he visits him in jail twice a year) he also doesn't have any problem admitting he also wants to kill him. When Hartley escapes prison Miro's life is in danger! His boss finds him and Ian a place to "hide", while still continuing as Marshals in a different area yet things don't go so smoothly over there and not only because it's too hot to breath and the new boss is obnoxious.

Dr. Hartley is truly a sick sonofa%*#&. Wasn't easy to read of his interaction with Miro. Broke my heart. But in a way, in the end, it didn't just made Miro stronger it also brought Miro and Ian to an understanding they didn't share before. This time Miro finds the words to articulate to Ian what he needs from him and why and for the first time Ian realized exactly what being with Miro is all about and so he can get his priorities straight.

As was in the previous installment we have many little instances of Miro and Ian's work, some made the reading a bit confusing with A LOT of minor characters being introduced to us and some that made this book sweet and special because Miro is all heart even if he looks the tough guy and though Ian isn't the nicest guy out there he IS a good guy who knows who he is working to help save.

I really enjoyed this one, especially the change in dynamics between the two. I'm not a fan of BDSM usually and as the first book made it SEEM like we're getting into a D/s sort of a relationship in this one things start to shift and change. I found it wonderful that both men could and would change places for each other because though they are both the kind who want and need to be in control, they also want sometimes to be able to give it away and the only one they feel RIGHT doing that with is with each other.

Off to read the next one :)

Read on:
25-26 August 2018

Marshals in a Romantic Suspense (MM) series by Mary Calmes. The series contains 3 full length novels and one novella, all focusing around Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones and his partner and former Green Beret Ian Doyle. They've gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends but now it's time for the next step...

The beautiful story of Miro and Ian takes a full 4 novels but as Mary promised, we'll get more characters from the books hitched together just no more of our MC (To be published 2020)

If you're read and miss Jory and Sam from "A Matter of Time" you'll be glad to discover Sam Kage to be Miro and Ian's boss with the slightest appearances of the rest of the family. There are a bit more of cross-overs from other books and series (like "The Vault") as Mary loves doing.

I LOVED this series. Loved the way their relationship progressed throughout the books. Their dynamics, including the dominance part which I really enjoyed went both ways. Miro and Ian are perfect for one another but two stubborn guys like these two stuck together can't be easy especially with everything they have to deal with in their daily life (like Miro being chased by a serial killer who is half in love with him and / or calling him his true friend and half plotting to torture and kill him. Complicated! Yet Mary did such a wonderful job with these two. Making them go through fiery loops only to give us the best possible closure.

1. All kinds of Tied Down (Published 3 July 2014) ★★★★½
2. Fit To Be Tied (Published 18 September 2015) ★★½
3. Tied Up in Knots (Published 16 September 2016) ★★★★
3.5. Together Tied (Published 14 February 2018) ★★★
4. Twisted & Tied (Published 13 March 2018) ★★
5. Eli’s ??? Callahan (To Be Published 2020)
6. Redeker & ???  (To Be Published 2020)

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