Title: All Kinds of Tied Down (Marshals #1)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 4, 2014
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Page Count: 290 pages
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
As the vast majority of you reading this review already know, Mary Calmes is kind of THE shit when it comes to writing M/M romance novels. When she gets it wrong, it’s a rare occasion and usually a minority group who think so, and when she gets is right, it is a wonder to behold for all lovers of the M/M romance genre. She gives her characters quirks and flaws, strengths and weaknesses, all in outstanding, meticulous detail.
All Kinds of Tied Down tells the story of two US Marshalls. 31 year old Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones, raised in an unloving, neglected foster home environment, he considers his four female college roommates and fellow Marshalls his family. 36 year old Deputy US Marshall Ian Doyle, a product of a broken home, currently (and reluctantly) re-establishing a relationship with his estranged father after the death of his mother and dating a beautiful, understanding woman named Emma. He also owns a giant, scary looking dog named Chickie Baby.
Miro and Ian have been partners on the Marshall’s team for three years and have grown incredibly close. They are the best of friends and have an excellent working relationship. The story is told from Miro’s POV so we see quite quickly and clearly that he is hopelessly, stupidly head-over-heels in love and lust with Ian. What we also see, that Miro seems NOT to see, is that Ian is ridiculously dependant on Miro’s company and comfort to get him through his own daily life. The subtle hints, glances and slow burn are FANTASTIC here and the build up to the first kiss just about KILLED me! I did have one problem with the story, but it wasn’t a deal breaker. It just kept it from making my fuck yeah, 5+ stars list. Please only read if you’ve already read the book, because this is a spoiler and you will enjoy this book much more if you are able to draw your own conclusions.
- While Ian did not come right out and say it, he did allude to the fact (as did Miro) that the main reason he decided to take Miro on as a sexual partner was because Miro was the only one who would ever be able to satisfy his particular sexual kink. I need several beers and a fun book club to mull that one over with! But I never doubted Ian’s love for Miro.
Edited to add: I just went through and read some detailed reviews from my GR friends and see that Sam Kage, Ian and Miro’s boss, is the main subject in the beloved Matter of Time series. HOLY SHIT! Those books have been on my shelves FOREVER, but there are so fucking many of them, they have scared me off because I’m afraid I’ll get sucked in and neglect my family and friends and primary means of income. But, fuck it, I am going to start them now because Sam Kage? And his mini van driving husband with their two adorable kids? I NEED that story like I need my next breath. Fuck…