No Quick Fix (Renee’s review)

Title: No Quick Fix (Torus Intercession, #1)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary/Suspense
Page Count: 289
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5


A retired SEAL is about to face his toughest assignment yet. As a nanny…

Fixer. Bodyguard. Advocate. Brann Calder is expected to play all these roles and more as a member of Torus Intercession, a security firm guaranteed to right what’s wrong. In the military, catastrophe was his specialty. Five months out of the service, Brann is still finding his way, so a new assignment might be just what he needs. Unless it includes two things sure to make a seasoned, battle-trained veteran nervous: life in a small town, and playing caretaker to two little girls.

Emery Dodd is drowning in the responsibility of single fatherhood. He’s picked up the pieces after losing his wife and is ready to move on now, hopeful that his engagement to a local patriarch’s daughter will not only enrich his community but will grant his daughters some stability too.

The only thing standing in Emery’s way is that he can’t he seem to keep his eyes—and hands—off the former soldier he’s hired to watch his girls until the wedding.

Emery’s future is riding on his upcoming nuptials, but being with Brann makes him and his family feel whole again. Too bad there’s no way for them to be together.

Or is there?

This both IS and ISN’T your typical Calmes.

The core group of guys, who I think will all get books in this series, were included in the typical part. They are a group of men who work for Torus, a PI-slash-rescue-operation? Maybe? I’m a little fuzzy on that part because it was described as “anything to make your life better”, which was a bit weird.

And some of the names Mary comes up with? Always make me smile. I think she throws Scrabble tiles in the air and finds some consonants and vowels that go together to make a sound. Perhaps they’re popular in other countries, and I’m not trying to be insensitive, but since these books always take place in America……Croy Esca and another named Locryn. (Just an entertaining observation so please don’t come at me with tales of your cousin named Locryn because you’ve missed my point).

I’m a Mary fanatic, and she always has unpopular names in her books. AND I LIKE IT.

Brann, our exclusive POV, is five months out from his career of being a Navy SEAL, and is going on a babysitting/bodyguarding job in Nowheresville, Montana.

And when he meets the girls’ father, Emery Dodd, he fall into insta-Calmes-infatuation. And while that’s pretty typical, these two actually go months before acting on anything. That tempered the instalove for me.

Addressing the elephant in the room, since Emery is engaged to someone else for most of the book, there is no cheating. It also meant lower steam, but what was there was very nice indeed.

Add in a touch of relationship angst, and I was happy.

Looking forward to more on this group of men!

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Galley copy of No Quick Fix provided by author 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.
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