Title: A Matter of Time (A Matter of Time #3)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy Link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
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.