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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  4,691 ratings  ·  566 reviews
Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he’s not very good at is sticking around afterward. He’s a nice guy; he just doesn’t feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he’s spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn’t realize that Michael’s mob muscle uncle and guardian, ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press
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Andrea The timeline is a bit foggy, but it's definitely set before Parting Shot ... you don't have to read it before Tied Up In Knots. There are barely any…moreThe timeline is a bit foggy, but it's definitely set before Parting Shot ... you don't have to read it before Tied Up In Knots. There are barely any overlapping characters with the Marshals series ... and the plot point this touches on get explained in the book and are understandable without having read Acrobat^^(less)

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Heather C
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Nobody!!
Recommended to Heather C by: Lauraadriana
This went from my I Don't Think So shelf to my Faves shelf!!
Disclaimer: I am NOT a Mary Calmes fan, so don't think for a second that this is one of those mushy, gushy, gaga, groupie reviews!

What you should expect:
♦ Everyone loves Nate.  Either they want to fuck him, work with him, be his best friend, be in his family, or be him. Wait, wait! There are a few people out there that want to kill him, but I'm sure they would have loved him if they ever got to know him!
Dreo was ITALIAN
♦ Nate wa
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Let’s go through the Mary Calmes checklist:

1. Is there a Jory?
Yes, his name is Nate and he’s a professor
2. Is there a Sam?
Yes, his name is Dreo and he’s a mob enforcer/hitman/bodyguard–turned-contractor
3. Are there children?
Yes, one grown and one teenager, Michael
4. Does everyone, including straight people want the Jory?
Yes, all the men, women, and children (and parents) all love Nate.
5. Is there instalove that was actually hidden love for many years?
Yes, Dreo has loved Nate for four years.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, m-m

2.5 stars.

Welcome to Nicelandia. Introducing Nate Qells…


Dear Nate,

I've read your story Acrobat and I think it is best to write you a letter to properly express how I felt about your book. First of all, let me tell you that I really adore your ex-wife, Mel. As it is, I've read quite a lot of books that feature super bitchy ex-wives. Your ex is definitely the opposite of bitchy and annoying. I was delighted to read that you and Mel are best friends even after you've been
Mar 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to, m-m
Dreo, you smooth bastard!
4.75 “Tesoro… dammi un bacio…” stars.
You know what? I tried to find a picture of someone that looked like my Dreo, but nada, nothing. I couldn't find anyone who looked like him... it would be a really good idea to watch some mafia movies and see whether any of them look like him. But anyway, I can only provide you with someone who looks a little like my Nate, he also doesn't look very similar, but it was the closest I could get. I did find some yummy descriptions of Dre
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**3.5 stars**

This book was on its way to being a 5 star read for me. I was loving Nate, Dreo, and all of the secondary characters. I dug the age difference and I didn't even mind the mafia angle, which I normally hate. However, as I read more and more, I grew increasingly irritated. Here is why:

1) Why is everyone so freaking perfect? I hated how Nate did everything (volunteered, taught, fought off rowdy kids, organized events, mentored, cooked) and did everything perfectly. He had NO flaws, whic
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Why bother with Jesus when Nate is around. Nate is perfect, can do no wrong. Everyone loves him. And this makes for a very boring protagonist, not to mention narrator.

I wouldn't mind so much, but the plot was so loopy, so meandering, it required vast amounts of patience not to sneer and roll my eyes every other page.

There were so many plot lines, so many secondary characters, so much randomness, it was like dumping in three cups of sugar when one will do.

The focus was more on Nate and the convo
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
You Want To Read About A REAL Alpha Male? Look No Further!

A lot of authors try to do the alpha male; sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Mary Calmes' character Dreo is an alpha male and holy crappola is the man a big hunk of hotness.

But first the synopsis...
Nate Qells is a sexy 45 year old English professor. He's got a great life. An awesome kid in his mid 20s, an ex-wife Melissa who's his best friend and the mother of his child, and a fulfilling career. Nate, though, has never been
Well, once I realized Dreo was the other mc and not Sean, all was golden. I was ready to DNF right then and there when I was reading Sean had a date with someone else but was still trying to get with Nate. But that's my bad for not really reading the blurb.

See, I've been on a Mary Calmes kick lately and I knew most of my friends loved this one so I just wanted to read it. Who cares what it's about was my motto lol. Well, I'm glad I decided to take a gander at the blurb instead of DNF'ing becaus
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Susan by: Wendy
Re-read September 2018
Yes, still deliciously ridiculous. It was awesome.


Dreo!! I loved Dreo. So alpha.

"You wanna be mine so badly.
Nate. Say yes… you wanna be mine.”
“Yours. Yes,” I barely whispered the words.

Lots of people said that Mary Calmes is like crack, and they’re right. But after reading this book I think Mary Calmes is actually on crack.

This book was ridiculous. And I loved it.

Nate is absolutely perfect. Everyone loves him. Women throw themselves at his feet as do me

Oh I get the reference and metaphor Ms. Calmes with Nate contorting himself for everyone and I mean everyone because Nate was so saint like in this story that it almost made me gag. Nate was a good person (I get it) But how good is he if he's lived next door to sexual napalm aka Andreo Fiore and didn't even notice it until fate stepped in?

Saint Nate, shame on you! I'm going to get ready to strip you of your sainthood for sleeping on this hot alpha, male of a delicious Italian man.

Jun 17, 2014 rated it liked it
So the first 50% was kind of like this.

It’s the Everybody Loves Nate Show. I had to endure scene after pointless scene where Mary shows just how perfectly awesome Professor Jory Nate is. Everyone loves him or is in love with him. He is beautiful and charming and changes people’s lives. Even scary mob bosses can’t help adoring him.

Then there’s Dreo.

There wasn’t enough Dreo, IMO. He’s possessive and hot and speaks Italian and bends Nate like an accordion when he fucks him. Yep, I'm in love with Dr
Rosa, really
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alpha lovers with a vibrator

Another reread cause I need a sweet treat. YUMMY GOODNESS.

My review boils down to this: DREO. DREO, DREO, DREO. OMIGAHILUVYOUSOMUCH, DREO!

Tesoro...dami un bacio...

Voglio fare l'amore con te.

Ti amo, tu sei tutta la mia vita!


I'm gonna put an ad on and the only thing I'm going to say is, "Do you have chocolate brown eyes that turn black with lust when you wanna fuck me on a bathroom floor?"



Okay, fine, I'm not that mean. (view spoiler)

I just
Written November 29, 2014

3.3 Stars - Sweet amusing, cute hot and well made 'feel-good' & 'forget-reality' M/M reading

This was what I could call a niceness-romance.
A sweet story with all of Ms. Calmes well-known attributes. I was amused and moderately engaged. Nothing tumultuous memorable but a nice M/M reading (or listening).

I listened to the 6:34 hrs audiobook and it was very well narrated by Sean Crisden. ((view spoiler)
Amy Lane
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To understand Acrobat, you have to understand Dreo. Patient, self-sacrificing, and brave, Dreo will do anything for family, including wait for Nate to come around and see him as a man and not just as a shadowy figure lurking in his life and across the hall. But when Dreo finally unleashes all of that pent up yearning? *melt* I also loved Nate, the guy who wanted to be everything to everybody, the guy who would contort his psyche to be what a lover wanted and then walk away when he felt the perfo ...more
4.5 Stars


I don't even know where to start about how fine Dreo's character was. I loved the whole book, but Dreo YIKES! Made me BLUSH!! Swoon, shiver, shudder (maybe pant a few times)!

So Nate Quells is a professor of Literature at the University of Chicago. He's 45 and had a 28 year old kid with his best friend.

His life is a good life, he loves his son, his family, his son's mom is his best friend. He loves his job and is very good at it.
Gail Carriger
Gay contemporary romance, May December. English professor gets accidentally involved with a hot young mob hit man, hyjinks and happily ever afters ensue.

Mary Calmes is probably one of my favorite romance authors. Many of her books are comfort reads for me, and this is definitely one of them. Nate is a truly appealing main character and great central voice, incredibly likable. The drama is fun and fast-paced, there are lots of themes of found family which I always enjoy. The sex is hot yet also s

Even more amazing on audiobook with Sean Crisden's narration being more delicious than I hoped for. *swoon* I loved it. Thank you again Jolly Sparkledust! xxx


This is my comfort read, I don't even bother listing when I read it anymore. Now the lovely Jolly Sparkledust has gifted me the audible edition so I can swoon over Dreo Fiore in audio too! Thank you!!!! <3


Re-read for me today. I'm in the mood for some hot Italian, and that's all Dreo!

Just as delicious as I remember
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
There was a lot I enjoyed about Acrobat.

It was far from perfect, but it worked for me on many levels.

Most of all it was well written, witty, funny centered around a wonderfully personal, and genuine likable guy. The rest of the cast was equally charming. The three endearing and lovable main characters, that made up their own little family which I adored, had me wrapped around their little fingers in no time.

Nathan Qells was almost too good to be true. He had an amazing and carefree attitude, che
Forgive me if I don't make sense or ramble. My mind is still... yeah. It's total goo from this.
My plan is to get you to really see me.

Sweet Saint Brigid and all the other patron saints that I could call upon to deal with the man that is Andreo Fiore. Le Sigh. Le Ugh and Le Unf. That man is so freaking sexy.

But the story isn’t just about Dreo. There is actually a story here and it was one that I adored. I loved Nate, Dr. Nathan Qells, our narrator. Nate is the kind of person who will bend o
Ok, so here's the thing...

I was feeling a little out of sorts for a couple days so I decided I needed some comfort food...translate stories. Needless to say I went to my go to stories and it became 'Mary Calmes' time.

I've read 'Acrobat' and a while ago I decided I wanted the audio book so it's been sitting patiently waiting for me. Well, it's patience as rewarded when I went scrolling through my list of books and my brain lite-up an said "Yes, this is exactly what I need."

So my original revie
Loved it!
I am not one to like age gaps but this one was done with such flare that it worked.
The characters were just perfect for each other and made a cute couple and a great family.
This book did what Again tried to and failed...I dont mind the dominance game if that is what is wanted, but I am not fond of the whole I am going to tell you what to do and you are going to do it thing.
Emma Sea
Plot = 3/5 2/5, Dreo = 10/5

Oh Dreo *sigh*

Manly, forceful, firearm-wielding, Italian-speaking, hoodlum-killing, lover-cherishing Dreo.

Mary Calmes, get out of my head, and cease writing my dream alpha-male archetypes.
* A Reader Obsessed *
3.5 Stars

Whelp. There’s not much to say here.

I’m going to deem this another “cozy” Mary Calmes. I was pleasantly stoked to find this loosely connected to the A Matter of Time series, intermittently featuring supporting character Duncan Stiel, but that’s beside the point.

Here, Nate doesn’t even know he wants his handsome neighbor until said handsome neighbor makes it known. And in grand Mary fashion, things move hot, wet, and fast. Literally.

Totally absurd in that you know there’s going to be a
I have this theory that at least one main character in every Mary Calmes book is Jesus. Seriously, it's been my experience that the primary character is usually this perfect paragon of manhood. He's beautiful (of course), kind to the point of canonization, everyone in the whole world loves him, he's modest and gutsy, he's just... Jesus, basically.
When I read a Calmes book I think of that old Carpenter's song Close to You, you know; birds falling out of the sky and angels singing and shit. And y

description - Narrator: Sean Crisden

*3,5 stars*

As review of this book I will quote some of the witty things that was said by my fellow GR friends.
I had so much fun reading these reviews. They were almost more fun than reading the actual book.

The book really was a “It’s the Everybody Loves Nate Show.”

“Sweet amusing, cute hot and well made 'feel-good' & 'forget-reality' M/M reading”

Nate was great. Blablabla
I mean, the man was living 4 years next door to Dreo. He practically raised his nephew. And all of
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well , I don't know how to review this book .
On the one hand there are elements that are crazy ! I believe that this author is renowned for having a character who is universally loved by all , and that would be Nate .
Nate is perfect , really perfect ! Men and women fall at his feet ( although he is oblivious ) , he teaches , mentors colleagues , and takes teenagers under his wing .
Everyone loves him , even ex-students that he gave a hard time too ( they are grateful ) , he can't walk around the
Tara♥ {MindforBooks}

I can't even with how ridiculous this was. Basically if you have read A Matter of Time series you have read this book but somehow Nate managed to be even more of a second coming than Jory.

I pretty much spent most of this sending eyeroll emoji to Susan. It's actually all her fault I read it in the first place.

Mary is book crack and good craic. Totally ridiculous but also really addictive and so easy to read.

Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I loved Nate, Dreo, Michael, Melissa and Ben and many more people that were in this book. There's just something about how Mary Calmes writes it's so real and she pulls you in. Nate and Dreo were so refreshing especially Nate he was so honest and didn't play games, ask him a question and he answers honestly whether you want to hear the truth or not, lol I hope she's not done with them. I know a lot of times people are leery about the females in m/m but I have to tell you I had ...more

Despite the constant eye-rolling in the second half of the book, I did manage to finish it. I'm not sure I would've read this book but it was entertaining enough in audio.

***2.8 stars***
Why am I not surprised, again this is about all the beautiful, wonderful, gorgeous "god like" characters. Nate is perfect and can do no wrong, everyone loves and adores him. An okay story with some nice moments and an improvement in some areas. I was hoping for more, too bad it didn't deliver.
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Mary Calmes believes in romance, happily ever afters, and the faith it takes for her characters to get there. She bleeds coffee, thinks chocolate should be its own food group, and currently lives in Kentucky with a five-pound furry ninja that protects her from baby birds, spiders and the neighbor’s dogs. To stay up to date on her ponderings and pandemonium (as well as the adventures of the ninja) ...more
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"It doesn't work like that."

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