Title: Twisted and Tied (Marshals #4)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: March 13th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 266 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Marshals: Book Four
Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He’s head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he’s doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely… until they’re not.
Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke. But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he’s going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after.
So, once again, those with an ARC have been instructed to not allow any spoilers whatsoever into their reviews. Which makes this a real bitch to write out – because, man, do I want talk about this story!
You know I started out a little nervous about where this was going from the blurb, but I was also really excited for this being it’s the last story in the Marshals series told from Miro’s POV.
Then once I began reading, whoo! Let me tell you boys and girls, BIG changes are coming….
“You have to think about the whole picture, and if you do that, I’m gonna be all right.”
“Without a doubt,” he agreed. “I mean, have you ever known Kage to be wrong?”
And I thought about that for the first time that day, just about him, about my boss and how his mind worked.
“Sometimes instead of being all twisted up about something, you just gotta have a little faith.”
Changes that mean Ian and Miro don’t always see eye to eye…
“Stop thinking I could ever leave you, all right, and I’ll stop thinking you’ll tell me to go.”
It was a powerful thing, taking for granted that the person you loved would simply be there through thick and thin, forever. It was faith and trust, neither of which I was any good at before Ian.
“That’s what our marriage is gonna be about, sticking it out because we love each other more than anything.”
The love between them though is too strong for anything to get in the way…
I took a breath so I wouldn’t do something stupid to ruin the moment. Like cry.
“You’re my husband, and I didn’t think that would ever be something I would want, and now it’s the only thing I do.”
I nodded, and he laughed softly against my back.
“All that goes ditto for you, huh, tough guy?”
“Hold me tighter, ’kay?”
And so he did.
Even a monster…
He breathed in deeply. “Leaving Chicago is so odd. I never thought I would.”
“I’m glad I was able to see you.”
“So am I,” I whispered, and I realized a part of me was happy because this, right here, was finally closure.
Especially when it’s time to say goodbye…
I was the one who saved him.
I was the one who visited him when he was locked up in Elgin.
I was the one who sat and listened for hours on end to his thoughts, to the why of what he’d done and became his witness—the voice in his head, he’d told me once—and eventually, after he saved my werewolf, a man I didn’t break out in cold sweats over anymore.
We weren’t friends, it wasn’t that, but we were… something. I’d have to figure out what at some point.
And at the end of it all, his family – Ian and the girls and a few other friends who love him – will always be there for him. Especially Ian.
He was mine, my husband, my partner in all things, and the job didn’t matter, only life did, and for my life, there was Ian.
I loved it. I loved it and can see all the changes that happen only making them all stronger. I’m looking forward to new threads being used to weave new stories, and getting to see what happens next in the Marshals universe, even if it’s not Miro who will be the single POV narrating it all.
I think I might just go ahead and re-read this right now.
P.S.: Tristan James is going to kick this audio’s ass. I cannot wait!!