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We then meet Detective Sam Kage. Oh, he's stoic, oh so stoic. I found it adorable every time he popped up wherever Jory was. It was teetering the line of stalking, but his infatuation was adorable. I loved that Jory read the signals well and finally gave Sam what he was craving.

Not as graphic but nothing wrong with that. I was a little thrown off by the appearance of Dane. I thought for sure something romantic was going to happen between him and Jory, but boy was I off. Not quite sure how I feel about him. If you took him out of the book entirely, I don't think it would make much difference. He just didn't do much for me.

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The angst between Jory and Sam drove me a little batty at times, and the ending was a little rushed, but overall, this was a great read for me. By this point, review readers know that "A Matter of Time" is one story broken into four novellas packaged into two books, so just make up your mind to buy both volumes--ultimately, they're worth the time and money. The setup isn't unfamiliar: Straight, superbutch cop Sam Kage is stunned to find himself falling for gay, hypercute and significantly younger Jory Keyes, a witness in a murder investigation; criminal complications distract Sam and Jory as they bend, break and remake their relationship.

I have to admit that there are significant flaws in "A Matter of Time," starting with the tiresome recaps that occur at the start of parts 2, 3 and and, oddly, in two other places as well. Next, both books are narrated by Jory, who can be smart and funny but also stubborn and ditzy. While this is all supposed to be part of his charm, there are more than enough scenes of Jory putting himself in danger while Sam and half the police force try to take him to task. Then there's the question of Jory's universal physical appeal.

Friends, acquaintances, strangers in the street Even his straight boss, an extremely unlikely yet rather interesting star architect named Dane Harcourt, feels more love for Jory than anyone else in his life. And yet I found myself, to my own surprise, returning the books after I'd finished them to reread the evolution of Jory and Sam's relationship. See all reviews. Customers who bought this item also bought. Fit to Be Tied. Tied Up in Knots Marshals. There's a problem loading this menu right now.

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The sex scenes were boring and completely forgettable. Basically, there wasn't much I could say that I liked. View all 25 comments. I didn't want to need him What can I say about this book? I barely read on weekends so I thought why not start this one because it wasn't that long. Book 2 was also included so yeah, I am hooked and almost finishing book 2 now. Ok, onto the review now. Jory is a young guy who witness a murder. That's the premise of the book.

The thing is Jory is not stupid and he doesn't want anyone taking care of him but he's not expecting Detective Kage to be that hot and "special". The only thing I know is I had to start book 2 and now I am biting my nails while I finish book 2 because I can't freaking wait for book 3 so that's why I gave this one 3. View all 50 comments. Bummer it's not still a freebie! Just looked it up. Heather is so good about letting us know!

That sucks because they are quite pricey but there are 2 books in one. Apr 08, Shelley rated it it was ok Shelves: Does Mary Calmes do this? It's Acrobat all over again! WHY does he have to be so perfect? He has the power to deflect bullets with his cosmic radiance. He solves the worlds problems with tea?! And needs to realise that he is not English! Nor is he Ghandi! He's a walking aphrodisiac. In my defence, it's free and Jory just got his arse handed to him, which was fun.

Plus, my edition includes the next book, so I shall persevere will a fresh attitude and try really hard to laugh it all off and follow the plot View all 16 comments. Oct 17, Julio Genao rated it liked it. Hilarious and irritating and heartwarming and silly as fuck. But also so sexy I am compelled to add a couple extra x's to the word.

View all 35 comments. Written October 23, 3. L quite hurt and angry right now Book 1 I just finished listening to book 1 in Vol. I need much more of these men. I know it will be too many long hours. These guys will hurt my heart, there'll be some sobbing, I'm going to be so d mn angry Written October 23, 3. These guys will hurt my heart, there'll be some sobbing, I'm going to be so d mn angry — but yet so addictive good to listen to in the autumn darkness.

He is dancing and partying at clubs and gay bars and there are a huge gang of needy h rny.. As the kind and sweet friend he also can be , is Jory one night trying to help a poor hurted girl-friend. She needs him to help her to get her cute little puppy dog from her former mean and beating hubby's house. Jory then becomes the witness to a very brutal murder.

This sexy, but straight, Detective Kage is just everywhere and pops up all the time from now on. He is there ready to "save" Jory from other men, from walking home alone, from to many drinks One thing leads to another and pretty soon we have a start on a long, tough, heartbreaking grand love story. Just tastefully and when we need it. I more than one time wanted to slap and scream to that big rough Detective Sam.. On the other hand; this is fun, intense, emotional, captivaiting and a quite interesting reading and listening. This will be a long and bumpy ride. I'm glad I can listening and 'live' on with my RL in the same time.

View all 46 comments. I can't find any new books to read so I end up re-reading a bunch of books that I barely even liked to begin with. This one is a fine example. I don't like Sam Kage all that much in this book, which is strange since he's my favorite character in the Marshal's series.

Jory is like one of the most unserious characters I've ever met and quite stupid. Why do everyone need to touch him all the time?! B oth of the characters kinda annoy me in this series. Yet here I am, re-reading it. I need to get out of this Also one thing I didn't remember was the awful sex description. It so far from hot that it's scary and I had trouble finding out when they actually had sex.

That's not fun, believe me. Overall, I hate myself at the moment. But that's kinda normal. I hate more the fact that nothing seems to interest me anymore. I'm losing interest in everything. Is Jory's boss and the main architect for one of the premier architectural firms in the city, Harcourt, Brown, and Cogan. And is view spoiler [lover to Kurt Pratt. He has a wife Rita Pratt and kids of his own. I hate characters like this; must read to understand.

I heard it loud and clear. When the experiment was over I would go on my way and he would go back to sleeping with girls, auditioning the mother of his children. I was an interlude, intermission—all the I words applied here. Even if I made myself seemingly indispensable, even if I thought he could not live without me—in the end he would live without me because it was not what he wanted. His heart was not connected to his dick.

He could sleep with me from now until he died and still not love me because he was not hardwired that way. Men loved women, not other men. This was a truth like any other for him. Rain fell, the sun shone, men loved women.

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I was wasting my time thinking it could ever be anything more A good thing, considering I had actually shelved this book as a ' checked-wont-read ' book, but later decided to give it a shot anyway. And I'm glad I did. The story had action, friendship and awesome characters. Jory had witnessed a murder and refuses to go into witness protection.

That means his life is in danger and Sam has made it his mission to keep him safe ; by showing up everywhere Jory is though not really stalking as he is a cop and it is his job? But keeping him safe is not as easy as people are coming after Jory and they want him gone. Stupid to give anyone power to make me feel one way or another—except my boss. Only Dane Harcourt got to yank my chain. Sam's possessive, controlling and demanding, while Jory is kind, loving, sweet and easy-going.

Together they sort of balance each other out. I also really enjoyed Dane Harcourt , Jory's boss is his assistant and the main architect designs houses. Overall, it was a nice read, though not the best, but one of the better books from Mary Calmes. There's just something about her writing that keeps making me come back And as there's insta-lust , instead of insta-love , I was quite happy, even though one of the characters were falling the words ' I love you ' haven't been mentioned so yay: Will I read this again in the future?

Audible Rounded up to 3 stars with an extra bonus-star for Paul Morey What for a stupid story strange ride! After my last book that was ingeniously written but very depressing and without a single sex scene I wanted to pick up something romantic, easy-going and hot! And because my dear friend Irina is living through her Paul Morey 's phase right now and even created a new shelf in his honour. I thought, it could be a perfect opportunity to listen to a book that would remind me of Adrien Mystery o Audible Rounded up to 3 stars with an extra bonus-star for Paul Morey What for a stupid story strange ride!

This went not as smoothly as I imagined. The story seemed to be exactly how I expected, BUT the narrator was a hard bit of work for me to enjoy his voice. I got used to the narrator's voice, to his long pause after every sentence, to his posh accent and even grew used to him and started enjoying it It deteriorated to break-even! That's all that comes to my mind when I think about what I've been listening to. HE had to pretend to breath hard and growl with pleasure reading these annoying sex scenes!

HE had to try to put all his belief in his voice to let Sam appear not as a stupid asshole but as a straight muscle bulk with an excessive dominant tendency. Don't ask me about Jory. It was already said enough by the other readers. I found a new automatically-not-buy author.

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I found a new narrator who doesn't need my unconditional compassion - at least he's being paid for reading such books. And not too less, as I heard. View all 29 comments. Sep 19, Line rated it did not like it Shelves: I had this on my Kindle, so I thought I would give this a try And boy, oh boy did this not work for me. I am obviously in the minority with my GR friends, but Jory was THE most condescending, superior, annoying character I have read in a while. I should mention that I threw in the towel around the scene with Sam's sister and her husband's best friends So freaking weird and ridiculous.

This dude is described like the second coming of christ, and it was disturbing. His best friend wants a relationship, a doctor stalks him, to get him in a relationship, I thought his boss wanted him for a relationship apparently not , Sam Kage, a homicide detective, who is STRAIGHT wants a relationship. But Jory of course wants NO relationship. He grew up in foster homes you see, and he is not ready for a relationship. One night he's in Sam's bed and he's so not ready, but the next morning he SO is And my teeth were aching with the over-the-top-sweetness And then, then Sam's sister view spoiler [borrows Sam's apartment without Sam's knowledge to have a rendezvous with her husband's best friend And Jory is this weird all-knowing, heavenly, chill 'father' The way he 'handled' Sam, was so condescending and I was cheering for Sam, to throw the sister out on her ass Jory witnesses a murder, but he can handle himself he was in foster care, you see and he don't need no man to help him The dude is almost kidnapped and still, he's like I can handle myself!

Luckily Sam takes over here, but I did so much eyerolling and shaking my head that it's a wonder anything is still attached! This story was NOT for me! Puh-lease spare me and give me a character with more grit and decency. Apr 19, Natasha rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was my response out loud literally like 15 seconds ago: Let's talk about Dane. He's my favorite in this story by far. He's so trustworthy and loyal and reliable.. There are so many lines about him that I just adore. Sam can rot in a cave for all I care.

How could he act so loving and caring and nuts and then just turn into a raging asshole and break my poor Jory's heart? You know what I say to you, Sam Kage? View all 3 comments. Jul 01, SueC rated it liked it. So I started off cackling outrageously. Then I felt a bit meh. Then I was all like "yeah right, the ditzy 22yo twink Jory is suddenly all wise and magically steering the big bad cop Sam be still my beating heart into a doe eyed lap dog with hand petting and cups of solve-all tea".

Then I ended up so illogically jealous of this kid who's name kept reminding me of a fish called John Dory. I mean everyone is so thoroughly enamored and in lust with him it had me mentally launching hand grenades So I started off cackling outrageously. I mean everyone is so thoroughly enamored and in lust with him it had me mentally launching hand grenades at him.

Everything was about Jory. Imagine having everyone fawn all over you everywhere you go. Practically throwing rose petals at your feet and hand feeding you at any given opportunity. Naturally the great big hunk of spunk cop falls under Jory's spell and they consummate their relationship in all manners of frenzied testosterone filled hijinks no complaints here 'cause it kind of saved the whole thing for me.

The sex was hot; there is no other way to describe it. Then something happens to Jory and that was the end of the story. Sam was the saving grace but unfortunately even my review was essentially about Jory. Jory, Jory, Jory too. View all 19 comments. Nov 02, JenMcJ rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was so rattled by the ending apparently I lost my mind. Be warned this book literally ends in the middle of a sentence.

You need to pick up the story in book 2. This first book was really interesting. It is from Jory's POV although there is some head-hopping to Sam occasionally as we watch him basically go through his life. He accidentally witnesses a murder while doing a friend a favor and from there we start down the life path of Jory. He turns down protective custody because he works for Dane, an straight architect that is like family to him.

Now he is being protected by Sam the Detective. This is GFY in style. Sam was not gay until he fell for Jory frankly, everybody falls for Jory or Dane in this book but Sam is very conflicted over it all as you would imagine. View all 10 comments. Feb 17, Susan rated it really liked it. October Original Rating: February Reread Rating: I enjoyed it, consumed it in a weekend, and in my mind, it was the kind of series that served a purpose. It was a series about too-perfect characters, in too-perfect relationships, with too-perfect HEA's.

Now, I very rarely reread books. Too little time to get to read all the books out there even once! And I always just assume the stories will never be as good as the first time. But when a friend jumped into reading this series recently, and loving it, I was tempted. And life was busy and challenging, and I needed that comforting, predicatable read, so I dusted off those mobi files and jumped in.

Yes, I enjoyed it as I had the first time. But so much was lost on me or overlooked that original read-through. And all those assumptions I made about the too-perfectness of everything? The books are told from Jory's 1st person POV And Jory sees things a certain way. And he processes things a certain way.

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And that doesn't always make it the way things are And it released, for me, so many new nuggets and removed so many old niggles. The "everybody loves Jory" syndrome that started to wear on me in the past, didn't bother me as much this time through. Because what was interesting is that Jory didn't always love Jory. He didn't see himself as beautiful despite everyone saying so. He didn't see himself as a catch, despite everyone wanting him. He was "just Jory" And that grunting, emotionally-stunted, neanderthal Sam? Well, let's be honest, I loved me some Sam from the get-go.

Sam is scared, not as tough as he seems. He's an all or nothing kind of guy. He doesn't always process his emotions. But when he does, it's done.

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And Jory and Sam? Where I used to think their relationship was this easy insta-love thing, I came to realize that what it actually was was 2 guys who loved each other with such abandon, with such care, because they're each the only one who could handle the other As Jory puts it "the sun shined, the rain fell, and Sam Kage loved me".

Now, things that hurt me the first time through, that tainted my happy place Again, details I'd missed that the author subtlely sprinkles throughout the story, I discovered. And it allowed me to accept how things played out and not hold my own emotions against the characters.

And it helped me see the author, Mary Calmes, in a totally new light. She's always told a good story I missed that from the first read. Found it in this one.


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So, if you haven't read this series, I say go for it But don't get lost in the "mine"s and the "eyebrow waggles" and the "Sam! And if you've read it before and dismissed it as just a basic, feel-good read, well I encourage you to give it another go. I think you'll find it's much much more there. View all 4 comments. Jun 12, Irina rated it really liked it Shelves: Audible This was exactly what I needed. A steamy, angsty mm romance with a bit of suspense, drama and my favourite part - a hot police detective deep in denial. I didn't even care about minor things that might have bothered me some other time - the unrealistic feel to the story and slightly manipulative cliffhangers.

It still worked very well for me and the narrator, Paul Morey, has made the experience even better. Great beginning to the series! View all 31 comments. Jun 27, Susan rated it really liked it Shelves: Sam is being an ass, but I still love him. View all 5 comments. Oct 21, Kelly H. Maybedog rated it really liked it Shelves: Apparently the four were written as all one book but the publisher felt it was to long and cut it into four parts.

I'm very angry with the publisher. These are emotionally draining. I'm going to review all of the first four together because they really are one book. I was crying at the end of book 2. This series effed me up. Calmes played with my emotions like my dog plays with stuffed toys she's trying to kill. There are so many ups and downs I felt like I was on Galloping Gerty. Ok, enough with the similes. The point is that this is an emotional roller coaster ride. Okay, that was a metaphor, not a simile.

The story is very linear. Jory sees bad thing, Jory needs to go into witness protection but refuses. Hot cop follows Jory. Jory works and we find out everything about Jory's work. Jory deals with cop. Jory deals with bad guys. It would be annoying if Jory weren't so wonderful. Of course everyone agrees. Everyone in the story loves Jory. Here is Jory's interactions with every single gay man we meet: Come home with me. Then later in the story: Jory is kind and sweet and loving to his stalkers. Same with his boss.

Every woman who meets him falls in love with him and will not accept when it's over. She throws herself at his feet and makes a complete fool of herself. Every single single woman. Of course, we love him, too. Of course, all the good characters are wonderful and we love them all. They all love Jory, even homophobic family. But so do I.