Author: Mary Calmes
Book: Twisted and Tied
Series: Marshals, Book #4
Page/Word Count: 266 pages, 84K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
4.5✨s – Wow, what a roller-coaster, bungee-jumping, zip-line ride of a story! The word “twisted” is quite suitable for this plot. I was so excited for this fourth-and-a-half book about one of my top favorite couples, and it satisfied almost all of my expectations when it comes to Miro and Ian. Well, after I was afraid I’d be utterly shattered a couple of times. No, I can’t tell you why, because I promised I wouldn’t give spoilers! Action and events are really fast moving, rocketing along from one scene to the next. There’s still lots of the sharp banter and snappy comebacks I enjoy so much. But most of all, it’s about the near-symbiotic relationship between Miro and Ian and their unshakable love for one another.
I can tell you that we get to see or hear from nearly everyone important to Miro and Ian, at one point or other, as well as a few people from the background in previous books. Easter eggs and a nod to Rhys Ford still pop up too. With both men being alpha males, Miro and Ian still butt heads and argue in spite of, or maybe because of, the deep connection between them. There’s a little less sex than in most of the prior stories but that doesn’t matter because it’s everything else going on around them that’s important. But…I didn’t like the way it ended very much. It wasn’t just focused on Ian and Miro enough for me. That’s what took it down from a 5 star read.
I did go back and read books 2 and 3 plus the recently released “Together Tied” novella, since I wanted to brush up on past events. If you haven’t read the first Marshals stories, I highly recommend that you do, as they don’t stand alone. I’m certain fans of The Marshals and Mary Calmes will snap this one up!
About Mary Calmes:
Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.
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