Fit to be Tied (Renee’s review)

FitToBeTiedTitle: Fit to be Tied (Marshals #2)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 18, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 228
Reviewed by: Renee
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.

Mary Calmes, what do you do to me?

I enjoyed the first Marshals book. It was a typical Calmes, with action and a friends-to-lovers story.

THIS, though. THIS was Calmes crack on steroids. This book kept me awake until 2 am last night. And then I was upset because I couldn’t keep the story straight anymore between the REALLY long blinks I kept having, so I had to put it down and finish it today instead.

Miro and Ian have been together for about 6 months now. And all is not sunshine and rainbows. They love each other, yes. They want to be together, yes. But there is a big SOMETHING that is coming between them. It is the source of many arguments. Neither man is right. Neither is wrong. But this something is there, and it’s the elephant in the room that won’t be ignored.

This part of the story alone would’ve give the book 5 stars from me. “Why?” you say. Because as much as I adore Mary, she rarely puts the angst in her stories between the MCs themselves. The angst is external to the relationship 9 times out of 10 in her other stories. But when it’s actually IN the relationship, she flat out nails it, and makes me have the feelz like nobody’s business! So I BEG for Mary to put the angst between the MCs. She makes it hurt so good. I’m evil that way.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, remember the serial killer that Miro had to converse with behind bars reminiscent Clarice/Hannibal Lector from Book 1? Yeah, well, he escapes prison, of course. And he’s after Miro, his favorite person. There is a sadistic side to Ms. Calmes. You’ve seen this side of her before with another character, Jin. She doesn’t hold back, this clever woman. It was full on Silence of the Lambs in this book! Never a dull moment.

But it wasn’t the typical level of “suspend your disbelief” that I have to employ sometimes for Calmes. I actually felt like I was reading a suspenseful thriller. I was hooked, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

I was so excited to see that Miro and Ian’s story wasn’t over when I heard this book was coming. I thought their HEA was done with Book 1. And it may be done again. But I have a sneaking suspicion Mary has left things open just enough to bring our boys back again. There is no cliffhanger, we get our HEA, but it could happen 🙂

For those who fan-girl (or fan-boy) all over the 6’4″ of muscled hotness that is Sam Kage – multiple cameos here for you!

One of her best! Thank you, Mary. I will be rereading very soon!

Drinking game disappointment: Number of times “Make no mistake” appears in the book = ZERO!! She’s breaking form! Number of times “Forgive me” appears in place of “I’m sorry” = two. Much less than usual. And no peacoats!! Psssst. I think she’s onto our game.

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I love boys who love boys! I'm in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.