Kairos (Renee’s review)

Title: Kairos
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 137
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.6 stars out of 5


Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.

Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for….


The Marshals series is one of my favorites by Calmes, and this book is a bit reminiscent of Book 1.

Joe and Kade are Private Investigator partners. They work together and are roommates as well. Joe has been harboring a big ol’ crush on his bisexual partner since he laid eyes on him, but Kade goes through sexual partners more frequently than underwear and doesn’t seem the “commitment” type. And Joe definitely doesn’t want to ruin his friendship with the man.

Mary packed a lot into this one. Joe and Kade’s respective histories played an integral role to the unfolding of the story. And both needed some closure in some key areas.

Thankfully, both men get their personal resolution in an overlapping way with each other, making it ideal that they’re each there to support the other as the events take place.

Calmes uses the “kairos” theme in multiple ways. She starts the book with the definition – “a time when conditions are right for the accomplishment of a crucial action: the opportune and decisive moment”. This theme is demonstrated in the way their historical paths converge. It’s also the name of Joe’s family’s business. (My friend, Ele, said it’s a Greek word having to do with the weather, but shrugs.

The insta-love that Calmes is famous for made more sense in this story, since our MCs knew each other for years, and Joe clearly had feelings for a while. I won’t spoil Kade’s take on that – you’ll have to read it for yourself.

A dose of eyebrow waggles by 3% made me fall right into the Calmes comfort. There are peacoats and guns, but not quite as much We’re gonna die now that is ever-present in so many other stories.

My biggest niggle was the way in which Joe severed ties with his family years ago. It was pretty shaky and didn’t make a lot of logical sense, nor was the reason his family stayed out of contact for these years. Not very believable.

Calmes lovers will like this a lot! And can we take a moment to admire that cover again? Gorgeous!

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Galley copy of Kairos provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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