Kairos (Crabbypatty’s review)

Title: Kairos
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 137
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

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….

Joe and Kade are Private Investigator partners and roommates in Chicago, and Joe is bigly in love/lust with Kade.

I had tumbled into the trap of friendship that longed to be more, and he had moved forward to best friend, to work partner, to roommate, then taken not one more step. I was at the finish line, ready to gift him with my heart, and he went on a detour to get laid.

Calmes does a beautiful job of portraying Joe’s anguish at wanting Kade so much, but knowing he can’t act upon it for fear of losing his friendship with him. And Joe realizes he is the cornerstone of Kade’s reconstructed life without his family and his career and fears what will happen if they aren’t together, even just as friends.

In a detail packed first chapter, we learn why Kade is no longer a cop, along with a myriad of details and background. All the flashbacks, asides, memories, and recollections are a bit convoluted, but once the plot gets into gear, it is gripping. We meet Declan, a witness to the crime and conspiracy that can clear Kade’s name, and then everyone goes on the run.

On the run to … California to Joe’s Tuscan-like family villa on their hugely successful vineyard. And suddenly, all the drama and suspense in Chicago is over … nothing to see here folks, move along and the plot moves into Joe’s family dynamics. This sudden juxtaposition did not work for me personally, but I liked how Joe and Kade finally figure out their relationship and OMG the sex is seriously hawt. Declan is an interesting character and Joe’s mother Nora is a wonderfully nurturing “Jory-eseque” character whom everyone adores and reveres.

The first part of Kairos is in the 4.5 star range for me, while the second half is around 3 stars, so my rating is 3.5 stars. I realize that other readers may not feel the abrupt change-of-focus is a deal breaker (as I did) and rate Kairos quite differently.


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

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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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