Author: Mary Calmes and Caleb Dickinson (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: July 28th 2015 (first published March 4th 2012)
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Trevan Bean has a job that’s going from illegal to frightening, a boyfriend who may not be in his right mind, and a guardian angel who might actually be evil incarnate. Add to that the reappearance of his boyfriend’s estranged family, death threats, kidnapping, and the struggle of saving money to realize a dream, and Trevan has a lot on his plate. But Trevan is up to the challenge: he promised Landry a happily ever after, and Landry’s going to have it if it kills him!
It just might.
Landry Carter was a broken doll when they met two years ago but has grown into a partner who can stand at Trevan’s side…most of the time. Now that Trevan’s life just got scary—and Landry just got himself kidnapped—Trevan has to hope Landry’s love stays strong through this newest challenge, because the happily ever after won’t happen if Trevan has to go it alone.
I love Mary Calmes. Like a total hetero, non-stalking, would totally try to refrain from making crazy eyes at her if we ever met LOVE.
I think this love is no better proven than with my absolute and total enjoyment of this story. Because the characters in this book? They all be batshit cray-cray boo. Seriously. Looney toons bonkersville.
I love it! Such is my love and total admiration for Mary Calmes’ writing. Because very few writers can take such possessive craziness and such complex characters and…completely and totally make it work. Trevan and Landry need each other. To live, to breathe, to…be.
“Our relationship was a twisted, codependent mess, but it worked for us, and within the snarl that it was, we functioned pretty well.”
Caleb Dickinson perfectly narrates all the characters. He does an especially brilliant job with both the subtle nuances of possessiveness and jealousy and the more overt devotion, fidelity and LOVE that Trevan and Landry feel for each other. He captures Trevan’s strength, Landry’s manic highs, aggressiveness and submissiveness, and the not-so-subtle true scariness of Trevan’s friend Conrad “Connie” Harris (who happens to be a contract killer), along with all the other characters without ever once going over the top or campy.
I absolutely loved Dickinson’s narration. This story grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the very last word. If you are a fan of possessive alpha males and great narration – I cannot recommend you grabbing this up with both greedy little hands as soon as possible.
And can I just make an aside here? I really, really want a story centering around Connie.
“Sometimes just breathing the same air as you soothes me, and sometimes I get this overwhelming urge to snap your neck. When I want to see you, I see you; when I want to kill you, I walk away. Some people I don’t walk away from, T, so never let anyone tell you that you’re not special. You are very fuckin’ special.”