Title: But For You (A Matter of Time #6)
Author: Mary Calmes and Finn Sterling (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Release Date: March 24th 2014
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.83 stars out of 5
Jory Harcourt is finally living the dream. Being married to US Marshal Sam Kage has changed him—it’s settled the tumult of their past and changed Jory from a guy who bails at the first sign of trouble to a man who stays and weathers the storm. He and Sam have two kids, a house in the burbs, and a badass minivan. Jory’s days of being an epicenter for disaster are over. Domestic life is good.
Which means it’s exactly the right time for a shakeup on the home front. Sam’s ex turns up in an unexpected place. A hit man climbs up their balcony at a family reunion. And maybe both of those things have something to do with a witness who disappeared a year ago. Marital bliss just got a kick in the pants, but Jory won’t let anyone take his family away from him. Before he knew what it felt like to have a home, he would have run. Not anymore. He knows he and Sam need to handle things together, because that’s the only way they’re going to make it.
I think I highlighted/bookmarked more quotes and passages in this book than in all of the others combined. I love Sam and Jory. What may be considered mild spoilers ahead!
It’s five years since Bulletproof and Sam and Jory are settled into married life happily with two children, Kola and Hannah. Normally, I stay away from kids in stories, but the introduction of their kids didn’t put me off because Calmes tempers what could be the annoyance of little kid talk with humor in a way that I just flat out enjoyed.
Hannah was looking up at me like I was the village idiot.
“If Kola can’t lick Chilly, you can’t lick Daddy.”
I had a terrible image of giving Sam a blow job just then, and he probably knew it, which was why he grabbed me and covered my mouth with his hand.
But it’s not all kids all the time, thankfully. There’s more than enough “Sam and Jory” time to not get lost amongst the day-to-day living with kids in suburbia trap. Also, come on, this is Jory – trouble finds him constantly.
My husband, my brother, family, and friends would say that yes, Jory Harcourt is a trouble magnet, but I think it’s more coincidence than anything else when fate decides to screw with me.
Between an ex of Sam’s showing up and bringing with it some questions about Sam’s past…
“I’m not sitting in your lap. This is not a tantrum I’m throwing, and you don’t get to treat me like a drama queen or a petulant child. This is you caught in a lie of your own making. Finish the story or I will get out and walk home and you can go back to work and pick me up later when it’s time to go to your mother’s.” His eyes locked on mine. “Your choice.”
“You’re madder than I thought.”
“I’m not mad,” I assured him.
He wasn’t getting an answer. I just waited.
“Close the door,” he breathed.
Leaning out, I grabbed the handle and pulled it shut before turning back to him.
I was startled by the look on his face. “You don’t get to leave me,” he whispered, and his eyes were cold and dark like water under ice.
The transformation was scary. “Sam?”
His eyes were narrow slits. “I forbid it.”
Then there’s the hit man at the family reunion, which keeps Sam away from his family for a few eventful days, Kola getting hurt at school, Jory and the kids witnessing a terrible crime, and Jory almost getting kidnapped (again!)…
“Why do you keep letting me go?”
“Why do you keep going?” I asked back, knowing from the haunted, raw look in his eyes that I was seeing a man absolutely eaten up with guilt and worry and pain. He was sick that he had not been there for me or Kola or Hannah.
“I always think if I want something done right, that I absolutely must do it myself.”
But together Sam and Jory are stronger than anything they come up against.
“I belong to you, Sam Kage,” I cut him off, pulling him down into a kiss. He devoured me, and I whimpered and whined, tightening my legs, wriggling beneath him, burying my hands in his hair.
“You,” he said, his mouth hovering above mine, his tongue sliding over my bottom lip, “are fucking mine, and you’re the only person who gets me and lets me be me.”
“I know that, which is why you should never, ever leave me. Right?”
“Right,” he agreed before he kissed me again.
Because Sam and Jory are the best!! They can weather anything together and always come out stronger on the other side in spite of it all!
“I love you too,” he growled and pounced, and I was in his arms, crushed in the iron embrace, his face pressed to the side of my neck as he shivered hard.
“Not leaving you, never leaving you. We’re good, we’re solid. But for you, where would I be?” He just breathed me in. “I don’t care who you loved or who loved you. I’m not jealous because look where you are. You chose me and our life, and you’re not going anywhere without me or the kids.”
“No,” he promised as he lifted his head and took my face in his hands. I saw it in his eyes, the emotion surging through him, and then he was kissing me violently, completely, missing nothing as he devoured my mouth. “Never—” He kissed harder, deeper, his mouth so hot and wet. “—leaving you, you’re mine, you make it all work.”
I couldn’t think of anything better.
As for the narration: Finn Sterling is wonderful!! Even though this is actually my least favorite Jory voice of all, overall it’s hands down my favorite audio narration of the series.
This is an audio I listen to at least monthly. sighs I just love these characters.
A Matter of Time Series
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