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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  798 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, a
ebook, 131 pages
Published December 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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I am not a big fan of short stories to be honest, but if there is one author, I would gladly make an exception for, it's Mary !! I don't care how long it is, I will read whatever she writes down ;)

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This short story, kind of reminded me of a mix, between the  "Marshals" and the "A Matter of Time" series. There was no "Jory" type in this one, but Joe did give off that "everyone likes me" and "I will fix your life" vibe ;)

It's also a "partners/ friends to lovers" story, which is why it reminded me t
~Mindy Lynn~
3.75 Stars!

I am not a fan of short stories and the only time I am willing to pick one up and read it is when it's done by an author I read a lot of. Which was obviously the case for this book. I love me some MC. She has been a favorite of mine for a long time so I knew I had to read it. Boy for this to be a shorty she sure did pack in a lot of story. The trope of partners to lovers is a trope I love. This one reminded me of Miro and Ian. It had a similar vibe but totally different stories with
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱*Wanted more depth*⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱

If you know me, you then know I have a hate-like relationship with Mary Calmes , so it's not a surprised that I struggled a little bit with this one. I do however, love possessive men. But I also love them to be alpha male with the capital A. And dominant. The guys here was just possessive over each other. So the book wasn't bad per se, but it not something to write home about.
The stupidity and futility of my situation never ceased to make me groan inside. If
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3 stars!

I had mix feelings about this one somethings I liked and some I didn’t. The MC were great I enjoyed their banter but it was frustrating to see how clueless they were of their feelings. Also with everything going on I felt a bit overwhelming I wished if focused more on the relationship. There were cute and sweet moments add to that some suspense. Overall an enjoyable read just left me wanting more.

Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Calmes is fond of her angsty leading men. They may be mired in a ridiculous lack of self-awareness like my least favourite of her couples, Ian and Miro, from the Knots series. Or they could be apart due to a heaping hunk of misunderstanding. Remember Stefan and Rand? Somehow though, through the human relatability of her outrageous characters, we can’t help but love them. They may not be as unique as Jackson and Raphael but we still root for them with all of our hearts. (I’m still holding out for ...more
Jenni Lea
Nov 09, 2017 marked it as omg-cant-wait-to-read

No need for a blurb. I'll be reading this one regardless.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, comfort-reads, mm, audio
This was my first audiobook by narrator Michael Fell. And while I liked his regular voice, he sometimes made Kade sound like he had to go to the bathroom real quick.

I liked Michael Fell's 'telling voice' more. He had a nice cadence and I quickly got used to him. I also liked the voice he did for Joe and for several other people. But Kade.... he made him sound so constipated... It was a shame because the voices he did for other people were nice and enjoyable.

I'm definitely going to check out more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
~3.5 stars~

The Marshals series is one of my favorites by Calmes, and this book is a bit reminiscent of Book 1.

Joe and Kade are Private Investigator partners. They work together and are roommates as well. Joe has been harboring a big ol' crush on his bisexual partner since he laid eyes on him, but Kade goes through sexual partners more frequently than underwear and doesn't seem the "commitment" type. And Joe definitely doesn't want to ruin his friendship with the man.

Mary packed a lot into this o
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jennifer☠Pher☠ by: Sara
Shelves: m-m
Hmmm...that was, well, it was Mary and it had all the ingredients but something was missing. Maybe it had too many ingredients?

I think it was just too much for such a small book. It felt like all the wonderful ideas for a book but not enough time fleshing any of them out. Does that make sense? It at times read a little like an outline. Know this, see this, go here, feel this.

I totally did not get Joe. I just feel like I missed a whole lot in regards to how he ended up in Chicago. His "estrangem
3.5 stars rounded down because still no 1/2 stars here on GR.

Holy Hell! What is it about me and this book...

In the world of Mary Calmes stories I sadly have to admit this one is not at the top of my list but in a effort to be fair when I saw that it was out in audio book format I was helpless to resist and needed to give it another, on the down side the narrator was not one of the usual suspects...I've gotten use to my Mary Calmes books being narrated by Greg Tremblay, Tristan James
BWT (Belen)
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm sure many, as I did, will draw parallels between Joe and Kade and how reminiscent they are of the partnership and UST between Miro and Ian from Calmes' Marshals series.

Kairos is about Joe and Kade - two Private Investigators in Chicago. Joe spends most of his energy on taking care of his partner Kade, an ex-police officer, who's had a pretty hard road to travel.
He was a knight in shining armor; it was just a bit dented and tarnished in spots.

The two live together, work together, but aren't
Joe and Kade are Private Investigator partners and roommates in Chicago, and Joe is bigly in love/lust with Kade.
I had tumbled into the trap of friendship that longed to be more, and he had moved forward to best friend, to work partner, to roommate, then taken not one more step. I was at the finish line, ready to gift him with my heart, and he went on a detour to get laid.
Calmes does a beautiful job of portraying Joe's anguish at wanting Kade so much, but knowing he can't act upon it for fear o
BWT (Belen)

This was a pleasure to listen to. I really enjoy Michael Fell's narration. Good character voices (and kudos on the female character voices - really well done!), his pacing was terrific, and he brought the characters and the book to life.

Kairos centers around Private Investigator partners Joe and Kade who are semi-struggling to make their business solvent in Chicago. When circumstances surrounding a favor go sideways, Joe and Kade find themselves protecting a witness and very much needing to get

I'm adding a star. I still pretty much feel the same way as I did when I originally read this but I don't like my rating so I am bumping it up.

The "estrangement" still feels off. I didn't understand what the last phone call with the ex was about and I am normally not one of the people who need all the supporting characters to have their own story but I do want Declan to have his.

I still feel like there is more story to be told and I'd love to read it.
Joyfully Jay
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kris
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

This book is classic Mary Calmes. Engaging characters, a plot that is slightly over the top at times, and two men who love each other fiercely. There’s a reason I’ve been a long time reader of this author, and this book showcases why. However, this book felt a little too familiar, and that gave me pause.

I’m going to unpack that last thing first and get it out of the way. So the friends to lovers storyline here, and the characters themselves, felt very much like so
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
A sweet read ... enjoyed this but really would have loved a little more depth added. It felt a bit “surface” and needed a bit more to layer the characters and their situations. I really wanted to see what time on the winery would be like and the chemistry between the family. The storyline was great .. I’m just a bit greedy !
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Uuuuhhhh...I'm not sure but I think the world is ending or...

at the very least it's tilted on it's axis by a few degrees...

I'd been happily waiting for this one...I mean seriously new Mary Calmes men to love...what's not to be happy about, right?

Interestingly enough overall this one was standard Calmes fare and I should have loved it but truly I didn' was ok but that connection that I usually feel and just the overall fun of reading a new Mary Calmes book wasn't there. Try as I might I
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017, arc, dsp, mm

I have no idea how to rate this. I liked the gorgeous cover, I liked the idea of the story, but I'm kinda pissed at Joe's obvious and Kade's oblivious. I even liked Evan and Declan!
But I didn't really care about Kade. I think Evan would be a better one for Joe.
But love is blind, right? Even though Joe saw 'everything' about Kade's sex life (it irked me a whole lot bunch of it).
I'm a patient one, but I lost my patience reading how clueless Kade was. And how devoted Joe to him.
And near the end, I
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book read a little too close to book 1 of the Marshal series for me. We get a cross of Sam Kage and Ian, and the other character is Miro. Joe's mom is a Regina Kage knock off. You know, the mother who is vulnerable with a backbone made of steel. The witness for all the crimes is like Drake from the Marshal series. I could go on and on. I could've enjoyed this more if I had never read that series. That being said, there was still a lot missing from this story. The backstory of the characters ...more
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want more... I loved this! I just love Mary's books. I love how she writes her guys, their families, and friends.
The Reading's Love Blog

KAYROS: parola che nell'antica Grecia significava "momento giusto o opportuno" o "momento supremo".
Voglio iniziare questa recensione da qui, dal significato della parola KAYROS perché quando mi ci sono imbattuta, ho avuto l'illuminazione: "Questa è la chiave di lettura di questa storia bellissima". La Calmes nel suo modo fluido ed accattivante ci trascina nelle peripezie di due colleghi, migliori amici che si sono incontrati due an
Karen Wellsbury
Slightly less Maryesque than others, but still great escapism and littered with Maryisms.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
This was kind of all over the place. It started out as this PI story, with some mystery around the former cop, Kade, and how he lost his job. Then that plot petered out and it became a story of Joe reconciling with his family, over what seemed to be a stupid misunderstanding. Just, not great. Half the plot felt recycled from her Marshalls series.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
No, just no. If you're going to write a story that isn't based on fantasy, sci-fi, the easter bunny or whatever trope that just isn't real (no folks, the easter bunny does not exist), you have to make the storyline and the characters kinda realistic. I had so many eye rolls I was getting dizzy.

Joe and Kade are inseparable. They're best friends, roommates and work together as private investigators. Although they are both gay and Joe has been in love with Kade forever, he has just sat back and wat
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

It’s been a hot minute since I read a Mary Calmes book, so picking up this one felt like coming back home. I am just in love with her voice. It truly shines with every book she writes. Witty and charming, it’s impossible not to fall in love with her characters.

Once again, I found myself enjoying Joe and Kade’s story. Calmes gives them a healthy shot of personality so you really feel like you can get to know them well. In the very beginning, Calmes does a good job of establishing their relations
The Novel Approach Reviews
Joe Cohen has it bad for his roommate and best friend, Kade Bosa. Even though Kade is admittedly bisexual, there has always been a firm line when it comes to the two men taking any relationship further than just the friend zone. But these two have been through so much together and are about to find out that the supposed murder Kade did two years previous while undercover and strung out on drugs may not have been exactly what it seemed. In other words, Kade may have been framed and that will chan ...more
Rafa Brewster
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sigh I'm such a sucker for her friends to lovers.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up ‘cuz Amazon. As a Mary Calmes fan, I grab almost any new title from her right away. Her stories are reliably entertaining and humorous, with a familiar style and feel. Joe and Kade are quintessential Calmes characters, as are secondary figures, with a few trademark references tucked in (yes, a peacoat!), and a smattering of Easter eggs from previous stories. But if Joe and Kade were mentioned anywhere in previous stories, I simply can’t remember them. And if I had to compare, they ...more
Will Parkinson
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed for Will Reads

The last book I reviewed by Mary Calmes, I mentioned the tapestry of her worlds. This book builds on another tapestry, though you might call this one a bit of glitter on the edges of one of those worlds. Bright and shiny and oh, so sexy.

Joe is a good man. So good, in fact, that when he meets Kade Bosa, he's determined he's going to be there to help Kade with what he's going through. (And believe me, it's NOT a pleasant thing. It's one of those incidents that has the power
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is the mary calmes I love but it just wasn't long enough. hope she writes a 2nd book! ... also side note the models on the cover look like they are late 30s maybe even 40ish not 28 and 30, because the description does not mention ages I thought it was about older men because of the cover models.
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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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