All Kinds of Tied Down
As the vast majority of you reading this review already know, Mary Calmes is kind of THE shit when it comes to writing M/M romance novels. When she gets it wrong, it's a rare occasion and usually a minority group who think so, and when she gets is right, it is a wonder to behold for all lovers of the M/M romance genre. She gives her characters quirks and flaws, strengths and weaknesses, all in outstan ...more
We have the first-person POV (Miro's in this case); the best friend and partner who's straight/in the closet; the waiting and unrequited crush; the drama along the way (bad guys to catch, cases to solve); many secondary characters; and a cherry-topped ending.
The guys in All Kind ...more
Update: I'm craving something awesome - so a re-read is in order (2019)
I don’t often have these kind of reading experiences, where everything just clicks for me, and I’m immersed in a series for days on end.
I’m not going to review each book, most of them were 4.5 stars, but the overall feel, the way I felt while reading this entire series deserves a 5 star.
At times I was grinning like a ...more
This was really, really weird.
In this iteration, Jory is a federal marshall and is tall and muscular. That's not the weird part. The weird part is that the story starts at 53%.
In gaming, quite often there are mini-missions before the actual missions, where you are allowed to get the hang of your controls before the story proper starts. Sometimes that's written as a training camp, or maybe a Non Player Character will walk you through a simple set of tasks: crawl here, ...more
I really wish I could review this one properly.....but alas I am on vacation and my internet connection is shit.
But here's why I loved it....
--the friends to lovers trope
--the dynamic between Miro and Ian
--the delicious sexual tension and chemistry
--the slow burn
--the underlying suspense/mystery
--the steam in the second half
--the intensity of the relationship between Miro and Ian
Maybe it was perfect timing but I really really loved this one!
Damn this was a good book. I loved it. But then again who wouldn't love two handsome alpha men going at it. I loved the storyline, the suspense, the hotness. It does take half of the book for the MC's to get involved (sexually), but I really didn't mind, because the built-up was nice and the story was interesting. Once they do get together...sparks are flying mmmm.
I will definitely read this one again and I'm gonna check out some more books by this author because I like her wri ...more
Come on, dude. You know you wanted a piece of a young, pre-racist, pre-crazy Mel Gibson.
Our bros are Miro and Ian. They are U.S. Marshals and have been partners for a few years. Miro is the gay, yet stable, one. Ian is the "straight" one who is a little unpredictable. A wild card. You know, the kind of guy that the chief has to yell ...more
I'm relieved to say....It didn't suck!
After reading some early comments by reviewers I was a little worried All Kinds of Tied Down was going to be another Floodgates, which I really, REALLY, did not enjoy. But it was so much better!
Yes, Miss Mary still has a coat fetish (but would she be Mary without it?), as well as other oddities, but there is a definite lack of the overusage of ex boyfriends and adorable small children. (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]
But I didn't love it. Maybe I'm just i ...more
You know, this book is actually not so bad. There are some things that bother me, but if I look away from that, you get an enjoyable plot line, with some awesome characters, a good friendship, and a book filled with actions. But like I said, there are some things that I just can't look away from, so I won't up the rating more. That being said, I enjoyed this re-read.
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Still doing re-reads*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱
I decided to re-read this series, so ...more
Mary Calmes is my crack. I don't apologize for loving her stuff. Sure, it's formulaic, but once I embraced that fact, I realized the formula works for me. It's my comfort food. She's my mac-n-cheese of m/m romance.
The best parts of the Mary Calmes formula are the over-the-top characters who love each other fiercely (MINE! MINE! YOU. ARE. MINE!) and have really really hot bend-you-in-half sex, and guns...there are always guns.
The worst parts of the Mary Calmes formula are the myriad of s ...more
Still 5 Stars!
In anticipation for Fit to be Tied, I listened to this to refresh my memory. I'm happy to say I haven't changed my mind one bit. It's Mary Calmes so there's always a little disbelief, but it was still hot and claiming and yummy fun. I love me an alpha and when there's two - even better. Miro and Ian are perfect for each other, and I can't wait to read more about them!
This was my first Mary Calmes book and I'm quite impressed. At first it read like a b ...more
This is one of those books where I wonder: Am I reading the same books as everyone else?
Or is it me? I guess IT IS ME because I've counted 13 friends who read it and I couldn't find a single bad review. So, don't take my opinion in consideration if you want to read this story.
• I can take a 36 year old guy being in the closet, for whatever reason. I respect that. At least he knows what he likes: guys. He is deceiving others, but not himself. What I cannot believe is Ian, being ...more
↑↑↑ This was pretty much me. I absolutely devoured this book. It was an entertaining, fast-paced read that I never really had any desire to put down at all.
These two were crazy, hard-assed U.S. Marshals who constantly leaped off balconies,
...were definitely not afraid to body slam a few criminals and get rough,
...and who sometimes went all-out, guns blazing.
And when these two eventually gave into their mutual attraction for one another? I don't even need to say it, but it was hawt.
Especially co ...more
Loved it just as much (if not more) the second time.
I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to read this book.
Deputy US Marshall Miro Jones is partnered with ex-Special Forces soldier and Green Beret Ian Doyle. As the blurb says Ian is the kind of guy who can start a brawl in an empty room so Miro has his work cut our for him. I just loved these two, their relationship, how it developed and everything especially Chickie.
There’s no point making thi ...more
Mary Fuckin' Calmes.
You fabulous, crazy girl, you!
This is how I felt after reading "A Matter of Time 1 & 2". So high.
Because this was one wild fuckin' ride.
I get it. Trust me, I've made this same point to many people *cough* SheReadsALot, that MC is just SO EXTREME.
Okay. But get this. Come closer. Closer. Listen.
It's so campy, and now that I can finally sit back and appreciate it FOR its campiness... I'm all up in the hizouse. It took me ...more
Chasing bad guys off buildings...
Shit blowing up...
And everything that makes a Mary Calmes book awesome like pies and peacoats and everybody and their mothers love and adore the MC, etc., etc. I loved it!
Thanks to Rosa and everyone who joined us on this BR! ...more
Can I have an Ian and Miro and live in Mary-land forever and ever?
God, how I love Mary's writing. All her characters are so intense, I love them all.
Both Marshals, Miro and Ian have been working together as partners for the last 3 years. Miro is convinced Ian is straight, even though he himself is out and proud.
When Miro starts to question if Ian is indeed as straight as he thought, he decides to take a chance.
It was almost scary to realize that if I was read ...more
I'm so glad I read this book even though I was a bit scared I wouldn't like it since some of my GR friends loved it and some didn't I wasn't sure how it would be for me, but I'm glad I followed my book instinct and gave it a go.
"All Kinds Of Tied Down" is the story of deputy marshal's Miro and Ian who are not just partners at work, but also best friends. Miro is attracted to Ian, but things are complicated since Ian is straight but Miro can't help being close to him anyway he can.
Wow...what a difference 2 years can make. Even though I have already read this, I was not bored this time and I loved them together. All the things that bothered me the first go round didn't this time. It's still OTT because, hello, it's Mary Calmes, but that's one of the things I love about her books. There were plenty of swoon-worthy moments between them as well.
On a side note, I read this first before her A Matter of Time series and this is what got me interested in Sa ...more
DNF @ 71%
Yeah, I read that so far and didn’t enjoy it. Actually, I pushed myself to finish it. I told myself the second half would be better but no, it didn’t happen and I couldn’t keep reading any more. I got bored even the action parts couldn’t keep my focus and my mind wandering everywhere. I think it was just me so don’t pay any attention to me and read it, I hope you enjoy it!
You see, I have a serious, serious thing for Timothy Olyphant. And that thing is especially potent when Timothy Olyphant is being Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in Justified.
I also have big love for the film The Silence of the Lambs.
No swoon for Hannibal the Cannibal.
So imagine me reading a book that has Deput ...more
Of course I rectified this.
New Mary Calmes is a balm I never want to quit.
*claps* Let the Rapture commence!!!!
3 1/2 Stars - Cozy feelgood romance in a prime good Ms. Mary Calmes style
So this went out to be my last finished romance 2014, an 9 hrs audiobook narrated by an old acquaintance by now; Tristan James. A GFY cop partners story. ~ A good last one!!
I wished for some amusing and sweet Mary Calmes M/M-time and I absolutely got just that.
If All Kinds of Tied Down had been my first book by her should I probably had loved it, happy-danced and raited it much higher. ...more
Deputy US Marshals Miro and Ian are work partners and best friends, although gay-and-out Miro harbors a ferocious crush on ostensibly straight Ian. Did I mention that I love these guys? Would you like to know HOW much I love them? Well! I love them so much, that at the 25% point I realized I wo ...more
This is one of my favorite Mary Calmes books (oh, who am I kidding, almost all of her books are my "favorites"!) and I just love the relationship between Miro and Ian. It's a bit of a slow burn - but the payoff for that is huge.
The dominance and submission, without it actually being D/s, is H.O.T.
And the action, of which there is a lot, is really fun to read (or listen to).
UPDATED FOR AUDIO BOOK DEC 9, 2014, 01/2015, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08/2 ...more
My hunger for Ian Doyle’s company had gone from casual appreciation and friendship to a craving for the man himself that sat like a cold, hard stone in the pit of my stomach.
Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has been partners with Ian Doyle for three years. He’s the calm and rational one who keeps the hot-headed Ian in line. Over the years they’ve gone from strangers to teammates who always has each other’s backs, and to best friends. And Miro has been secretly craving Ian, but because Ian is st...more
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