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I love Mary Calmes. Like a total hetero, non-stalking, would totally try to refrain from making crazy eyes at her if we ever met LOVE.
I think this love is no better proven than with my absolute and total enjoyment of this story. Because the characters in this book? They all be batsh*t cray-cray boo. Seriously. Looney toons bonkersville.
I love it! Such is my love and total admiration for Mary Calmes' writing. Because very few writers can take such possessive craziness and such complex characters and...completely and totally make it work. Trevan and Landry need each other. To live, to breathe, to...be.
"Our relationship was a twisted, codependent mess, but it worked for us, and within the snarl that it was, we functioned pretty well."
Caleb Dickinson perfectly narrates all the characters. He does an especially brilliant job with both the subtle nuances of possessiveness and jealousy and the more overt devotion, fidelity and LOVE that Trevan and Landry feel for each other. He captures Trevan's strength, Landry's manic highs, aggressiveness and submissiveness, and the not-so-subtle true scariness of Trevan's friend Conrad "Connie" Harris (who happens to be a contract killer), along with all the other characters without ever once going over the top or campy.
I absolutely loved Dickinson's narration. This story grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go until the very last word. If you are a fan of possessive alpha males and great narration - I must recommend you grab this up with both greedy little hands as soon as possible.
And can I just make an aside here? I really, really want a story centering around Connie.
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Landry and Trevan meet at a party. Landry is used to being used and gives himself away. He was kicked out for being gay and moved far away to go to school and has been on his own since.
Trevan is a runner for a crime boss. He doesn’t kill or do anything more illegal than collecting debts, but he has to be tough. He’s got important contacts keeping him safe, but his life is far from simple. He wants to get out, open a restaurant and keep Landry safe and grounded.
Landry – with the help of Trevan – is an up and coming jewelry maker and artist. Without Trevan he is… lost.
Their relationship isn’t perfect. Both are ridiculously protective and possessive and jealous. But they love one another passionately. Together they fit. Together they work.
Apart… not so much.
Trouble starts up again when Landry’s long lost brother comes to town claiming his mother wants to see him because she has cancer. Nobody believes this story but they can’t say no. So they travel to Las Vegas since the timing is right and they need to get out of town anyway.
While in Vegas everything blows up. Trevan’s boss is killed. Landry is kidnapped. Landry’s family implodes and Trevan is offered a life he can’t refuse.
Finally, when the dust settles, it’s Landry and Trevan together again, and back on the path they’d been planning… forever.
This is one of Mary’s dark stories. She likes her share of angst (ie 3 years of separation for Jory and Sam – no- I can’t forget that!) but these guys are really perfectly flawed. They are intense. They are passionate. But they love one another and together they are beautiful.
The secondary character, Conrad (aka Terrance – we met him in Duncan and Aaron’s book Parting Shot) is awesome. So fierce, but on the edge, super-hero tough, but so tender. I’m hoping we’ll one day see him in his own story.
Caleb Dickinson – hand picked by Mary for the narration – does an amazing job with the voices. Trevan is awesome, just as I’d pictured he’d sound and Landry is as sweet as I’d hoped.
If you are a Mary fan you won’t want to miss this in audio format, the book is wonderful and the audio only adds to the enjoyment.
I highly recommend this for fans of “broken MCs” and to all of Mary’s loyal subjects.
5 of 5 stars
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