Fit to be Tied (Lily G’s Review)

Title: Fit to be Tied (Marshals #2)
Author: Mary Calmes  Narrator: Tristan James
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 12-06-15
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Mystery/Suspense
Length: 7 hours and 43 mins
Reviewed by: Lily G Blunt
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.8 stars out of 5

Deputy US Marshals Miro Jones and Ian Doyle are now partners on and off the job: Miro’s calm professionalism provides an ideal balance to Ian’s passion and quick temper. In a job where one misstep can be the difference between life and death, trust means everything. But every relationship has growing pains, and sometimes Miro stews about where he stands with his fiery lover. Could the heartstrings that so recently tied them together be in danger of unraveling?

Those new bonds are constantly challenged by family intrusions, well-intentioned friends, their personal insecurities, and their dangerous careers—including a trial by fire when an old case of Miro’s comes back to haunt them. It might just be enough to make Ian rethink his decision to let himself be tied down, and Miro can only hope the links they’ve forged will be strong enough to hold.

The series overall:

What I particularly enjoyed across the series was Miro and Ian’s relationship development, their banter, the hot sex scenes, and the love that blossoms between them. I also liked the overall story arc involving Craig Hartley, the serial killer who becomes obsessed with Miro and the suspense connected to this. Chickie Baby, Ian’s massive dog, provides some light relief as well as being important in each of the stories.

On the whole the writing is good and entertaining with well-developed main characters, although some dialogue and certain superfluous scenes and characters could have been pared down. I didn’t like the four interfering and domineering female friends of Miro so much. The wide range of characters and cases became a little confusing and OTT at times and often didn’t seem to have a relevance. This was especially so in Book 3. Avid fans of Mary Calmes will love it.

I’m thrilled that Tristan James narrated all three books as I dislike a change of narrator mid-way through a series. His voice is sexy and husky—perfect for this story, his intonation and pace add interest to the storytelling and dialogue, and his distinction between characters, especially Miro and Ian is subtle but clear. And Craig Hartley’s voice is just creepy. Great job! 5* for his performance throughout the series.

Fit to Be Tied:  

My favourite out of the three in the series. I originally read this a few years ago and loved this one. There’s lots of action and Ian and Miro have plenty of scenes together, some quite emotional. They’re head over heels in love, but Ian doesn’t feel the need for a marriage certificate to seal what they have between them. And Craig Hartley is on the loose! Lots of excitement and suspense, along with super hot sex scenes and some humour mixed in.

Marshals Series

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Audio copy of Fit to be Tied provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


Lily G. Blunt writes contemporary gay romance. She loves to explore the relationship between two men and the intensity of their physical and emotional attraction. Angst often features in her stories as she feels this demonstrates the depth of the men’s feelings for each other. Lily is forever writing imaginary scenes and plots in her head, but only a few ever make it to the page. There never seems to be enough hours in the day despite having left the teaching profession to concentrate on her writing!

Lily discovered the wonderful world of m/m romance novels five years ago via fan fiction and went on to write stories in her spare time. With the encouragement of her friends and readers she decided to publish some of her work. Lily subsequently self-published several stories via Amazon and later published short stories with Torquere Press, Wayward Ink Publishing, and Pride Publishing.

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