A Matter of Time (A Matter of Time #3)

Title: A Matter of Time (A Matter of Time #3)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: club lighthouse
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: novel
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Summary Review: It seems that Jory and Sam are on the ‘outs’ but can they get back together and have a much better relationship? It could happen.


Three years have passed since Jory Keyes was kidnapped, shot, and left by his lover, Detective Sam Kage. Jory walked through fire and came out the other side stronger. He changed his name to Harcourt and shut the door forever on a past full of pain. Jory now owns his own business, and has a life he enjoys. What he doesn’t have is love. He’s been unable to make that deep connection with another man, the kind of connection he’s only had with Sam.

When a chance encounter brings Sam back into his life, Jory doesn’t know what to do. But for Sam there’s no hesitation. He wants Jory back and this time he wants him for keeps. When Sam is called away to a crime scene in the middle of the night, Jory realizes that his fear has nothing to do with being emotionally vulnerable. Why, he wonders, is he so damned uneasy?


At the end of Book II Jory was kidnapped, a rescue attempt went awry, and he took a bullet intended for Sam. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and Sam, broken hearted because Jory was injured trying to save him, decided to go undercover at the request of his Captain, to find out who had put out the contract on Jory’s life and was also behind a major drug syndicate. He knew that  if he didn’t go undercover he would have been under investigation by Internal Affairs and could be charged with interfering with an ongoing investigation because of his relationship with Jory.

Devasted after Sam left, Jory the party boy becomes Jory the cock whore as he sleeps with anything that moves. His life is in such a downward spiral I wondered if he could ever get out from under all of the alcohol and one night stands that had become standard fare for him. During the three years Sam was away he also had a relationship with businessman Aaron Sutter, which lasted 18 months. However before and after Aaron his personal life was a mess as he went from one nameless, faceless man to another for one night stands. He was on a self destructive path in his personal life, but on the other hand his business was thriving, so at least something was working for him.

The author for some unknown reason uses almost 10% of the book on Dane’s wedding. We are treated to scene after scene of the groomsmen being drunk from the various bachelor parties, the bride-to-be and Jory haranguing them to be on time for the wedding, and the piece de resistance, the elaborate wedding, another time waster. For me there didn’t appear to be any purpose to all of this because none of these people would be heard from again other than Dane and perhaps his new wife, so I had no idea why the wedding could not have been dealt with in a few pages rather than the elaborate soap opera it became.

Sam emerged from his undercover assignment after laying low for about a year after it ended, and his objective was to have Jory back in his life. At the same time, Aaron, Jory’s ex boyfriend returned from abroad and decided that he had given Jory enough time to have his fun, so these two men were jockeying in the ‘Jory stakes’ to be the man in his life. Jory didn’t know who he wanted – in the red corner was Aaron who wished to change him to be his creation and showpiece and in the black corner was Sam who just wanted his heart. He cared about Sam but they had the same issues as before, and at times the angst and indecision between him and Sam was silly because with Jory everything was a big drama.

As you can tell from my comments, Book III was a huge disappointment to me – there were so many wasted opportunities to focus the story on Sam and Jory, the protagonists. Instead, much of the book went off on a tangent and centred on minor characters in whom I had no interest, as well as a lavish wedding that was irrelevant, IMO. The same spelling and editorial errors that were evident in A Matter of Time Book II continued in Book III, which I expected because the series was written as one story.The prose was just as over the top and here’s one example –

I loved her hair, long and curly, the colour of copper, red and gold at the same time, completely wild and her freckled skin and smiling rosebud mouth. when she took the lacquered chopsticks out of her purse and put up her tresses, pieces tumbled out, stray curls falling down the back of her long neck and forward into her lovely pale blue eyes. Rick reached out and twisted a piece around her ear. He was drowning in her after only moments. ….The long lashes looked like they had been dipped in gold

The one character that I really cared for in A Matter of Time Book III was Sam who showed time and again how much he loved Jory. Unfortunately, like in the previous book, Book III went off track several times with  the number of new characters, as well as Jory’s indecisiveness about whether he wanted Sam back in his life.

I really wanted to like Book III which I thought would be pivotal to peeling back the layers of the relationship between Sam and Jory and set the stage for the big finish. In my opinion this didn’t happen. It was as if the author had lost her way and decided to introduce a whole bunch of new characters, and had Jory playing matchmaker to some of them while his own romance was pushed aside.

I have no idea where Book IV will take me because I haven’t started it but I’m very afraid that this series may just fizzle. I hope not, but it seems headed that way. Book IV has to make a huge leap for me to give this series the thumbs up. I know that my opinion about these books differs quite a bit from others that I have seen recently, and the series has many fans, however I can only tell you how I feel about it so far and you know what they say about opinions, …….. everyone has one. 🙂 My advice is to check out other reviews before you make up your mind about this series.

A Matter of Time Book III is not a standalone book and should be read as part of the series.

A Matter of Time Series


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Ellie NY

I have to honestly say I loved this series and would highly recommend it. I’ve read and reread it several times now. I understand the publisher may have suggested to the author that it be published in four parts because it was too long as one book. I purchased and read all 4 parts at once. My only suggestion to the author and publisher is to hire a really good editor. Otherwise, I honestly hope your review does not dissuade others from reading the series as it is truly wonderful IMO.

Hi Ellie I know that this series has many fans and I was quite looking forward to reviewing it when someone recommended it to me. I loved the first book and Book II was OK, but Book III, not so much. Sometimes things just don’t work the way you hope. For me Book III had a lot wrong with it, starting with almost 10% spent on a wedding. I felt that this time could have been spent moving the main story along – but that’s just me. I also don’t feel that the book improved after the wedding, and I’m… Read more »
While over all – even with all its problems – I enjoyed this series, Book III was not my favorite. I could live with the time gap, but as a whole…NOTHING happens in this chapter. Okay, there’s the wedding, but as relates to Sam-Jory, not much. Personally, I didn’t mind the wedding part, but that’s just me 🙂 I also got a bit annoyed with Sam. Well, more with the way he seems to change personality. What I mean is he is pushy with Jory, not giving him options while chasing after him. Then all of a sudden, he says… Read more »
Danae I thought that the whole wedding was really over the top – almost 10% if the book was spent on a wedding (according to my Kindle) that seemed to me to be totally irrelevant to the main thrust of the story, which was supposed to be the “romance” between Sam and Jory and the investigation into who was behind the contract that was out on Jory. I think that Sam was pushing Jory because he realized that there was another man on the scene, Jory’s ex. IDK. I’m glad you said that Book IV is better. So far Book… Read more »
Justacat >>But the thing is, I truly don’t think there’s any way to get even close to maximum possible enjoyment from these books reading them, or viewing them, as individual novels. I just don’t think they’re constructed that way, and I don’t think they can be fairly read that way <>But the thing is, I truly don’t think there’s any way to get even close to maximum possible enjoyment from these books reading them, or viewing them, as individual novels. I just don’t think they’re constructed that way, and I don’t think they can be fairly read that way <<… Read more »
Hi Wave, I totally understand why you are reviewing the books this way – I’m sorry if I didn’t make that clear enough! It was the author’s choice to publish as four books, and separate reviews is one of the natural and inevitable consequences. I wasn’t meaning to be critical of you at all. I was more making this point for other readers. From my perspective, the bad review of Book III wouldn’t justify not reading the entire series; or rather, it wouldn’t necessarily ultimately govern whether a reader would like the “series as a whole.” That was the point… Read more »

Thanks for explaining Justacat. I know you were not being critical but just suggesting another perspective for other readers. 🙂

It’s always difficult to rate a series, especially one like this where all the books are immediately available but the reviewer has to write separate reviews. I hope that Book IV is the piece de resistance.

This entire series is a bit of an exception for me – all your critiques of the writing, etc., are valid, Jory’s ridiculously perfect (and in fact, many of this author’s first-person protagonists resemble him in this regard, and in the Jory-Sam dynamic; it becomes annoying), and yet…there’s something about it (by “it” I mean the entire four books taken as a whole) I find incredibly appealing, something that draws me back repeatedly – charm, quirkiness, depth of feeling, a certain complexity of emotion even. But the thing is, I truly don’t think there’s any way to get even close… Read more »
Oh, I remember book 3 now. And yeah, there really WAS a lot of irrelevant content, though I recall having the feeling that much of it was meant to show that even though Jory was in a dark place, emotionally, he was still the same guy, underneath it all. I’m not entirely sure that it succeeded, if this is in fact what the purpose was. I already mentioned the editing and punctuation issues, in my comments to book 2, so I won’t repeat myself other than to say yeah. Same, here. Personally, I would have liked to see the missing… Read more »
Tis >>Personally, I would have liked to see the missing block of time in more detail. To actually SEE the things both guys went through while apart. Specifically, I would have been interested in knowing what happened to Sam during that time and how his thought processes worked, as well as seeing how, exactly, Jory managed to become so lost.<< I kept wondering what happened to Jory, the quirky, sweet individual that I had come to know who disappeared and became this stranger that I didn't want to know. The book was all over the place and instead of telling… Read more »

TCBlue, yes. OMG, how could I have forgotten the horrible, horrible punctuation, spelling, etc. etc. It was distracting and I had to force myself to “just let it go”.


Hi Sherry

I know that this series has many fans but as a reviewer I can’t just overlook the editing and spelling errors. Some sites can because there’s no mention of these errors in other reviews but I have to consider my own integrity.

I’m holding out hope for Book IV. This book is the only one where I could not go to 4 stars.


I love the series as a whole; the quirkiness, humor, etc. etc. But I was disappointed in Book III as well. Like you, after all the wedding hoopla and then……huh? Will be interested in your take of Book IV.

Alexi Silversmith

See, this is what I *thought* might happen, when I read that there was a three year gap in their relationship. You have to be really on the ball to pull such a long interruption off. Ah, well. Thanks for taking the bullet, Wave!


I don’t know what Book IV will bring. It might be a vindication for all those fans of the series. I think I must have read a different book going by at least 2 reviews I have seen on this series. In one case I don’t think the reviewer even read the book. I’ll email you a link to the review and you can tell me what you think. Don’t go easy on me – I can take it.

Alexi Silversmith

Well, I suppose I’m pretty impartial, since I haven’t read the books at all, and probably won’t. Go ahead. But I’m going to bed now, so I’ll get back to you later!

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