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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (September 18, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 18, 2015
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- Language: English
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Yes, I am an Ian and Miro fan. Unequivocally. I know other reviewers were surprised by this one. I wasn't. Mary hit this one out of the ball park by taking every little loose thread from book 1 and tying it up. I wondered in book 1 what the point of the Elgin visits were. I kinda thought maybe they were so that we could see Ian caring for Miro. Oh no, Dr. Craig Hartley is front and center in book 2 and it did not surprise me in the least. After that was made clear in this book, I waited because I know Mary is a master at tying emotions and actions together to create a perfect storm.
So here we have Miro with his foster home background wanting the stability and permanency of marriage. And we have Ian who sees it as a stumbling block to his career. He is 150% committed to Miro so why's the guy gotta want the paper and the ring? It puts his back up that Miro doesn't trust in his love and doesn't see his side of the issue. Underlying this is the fact that Ian has no clue what his deployments do to Miro. Yeah, he misses Miro when he's gone but it's different than the way Miro misses him. Miro misses him in a singular fashion that has to do with the fact that Ian's in danger and if something happened to him, the military wouldn't even call him to let him know. The fear Miro lives with undermines his confidence in his relationship with Ian and when Ian refuses to marry him, it makes the fear of losing him grow larger.
Ian's headspace changes a little when Miro defends him at Ian's dad's birthday party. No one's ever stood up for him before and Miro's anger at Ian's family for their treatment of him surprises and deeply touches Ian. This is really the first step in what happens to Ian as the Craig Hartley part of the story unfolds next. Miro's defense of him, so fierce and unbending, opens a door in Ian's mind and his thought processes start to shift.
When Dr. Craig Hartley escapes, and kills again, it's obvious there is a leak somewhere and Sam Kage (always a delight to have on the page) sends Miro and Ian to Phoenix undercover to keep Miro safe while they catch Hartley. Of course, Miro makes noises about Ian not going because the thought of Hartley going through Ian to get Miro scares Miro more than the thought of Hartley getting him. And make no mistake, Miro is terrified of Hartley who has promised to have Miro under him and his scalpel one day (from book 1.)
Ian and Miro get up to their usual antics in Phoenix, driving their boss there completely bonkers within a month. Miro finds a crying child and leaps into action to help him with Ian hot on his heels. They foil a child pornography ring, saving the little boy and his sister. Turns out the kids belong to the Spanish attache and they end up surrounded by the FBI, Homeland Security and the State Department. At that point, the FBI nabs Miro and Ian for a task force. (And yeah, *cough* Mary so needs to give Zane Chandler from the FBI a book. Maybe set him up with the hunky Efrem from Homeland Security. Two hotties for sure.)
The task force job is no big deal. Pretend to be muscle for a drug dealer to nab the big drug dealer. Unfortunately, the fact that the FBI is running this is the key to what happens next...Hartley gets Miro. And the leak is revealed. The scenes between Hartley and Miro are bloodchilling. Mary does an excellent job with these. And what goes through Miro's head here is really important to his love story with Ian.
For himself, Miro's about given up. Hartley's been head tripping him from the beginning before Miro ever met Ian. Now that Hartley actually has him, Miro feels almost resigned to his fate at the hands of the serial killer. But when he starts to think about how his death will affect Ian, everything changes. He realizes if Ian were in his boots he wouldn't give up. He would keep trying to get back to Miro. This energizes Miro despite his injuries and being drugged. He manages to escape.
When he wakes in the hospital Ian is there. A very changed Ian. This is where the shift in their relationship occurs. Both of them have arrived at a very different headspace from the beginning of this book. Ian has had to stand helpless while Miro's friend Aruna is called to make decisions about Miro's care in the hospital. He's had face what it's like to have Miro be gone and not know what's happening to him, a frightening look into what Miro goes through with each of Ian's deployments. He's now desperate to marry Miro. But Miro is still frightened and he knows Ian is too. Hartley is still out there. He doesn't want the decision to marry made during such a bad time.
Also during the Phoenix part of the book, Miro's insecurities regarding Ian and his vulnerability during his capture by Hartley make him keenly aware of how much he wants Ian's domination in bed. Although primarily a top, Miro has been a bottom before and likes it. With Ian, his partner's need to be held down always dominated their sex and he's never bottomed for Ian nor has Ian asked him to. But the sexual dynamic in this book shifts some from the first book and we see Ian being more demanding and dominant than he was before. We see him topping from the bottom and Miro's need to have Ian inside him comes out clearly after he escapes Hartley. It's obvious that this situation is going to be remedied before the end of the book.
Going back to Chicago and their friends and teammates at the US Marshals office doesn't change the fact that Hartley is still out there. (OMG Ching's promise to Miro about getting Hartley makes you want to know far more about Wes Ching.) Yes, the leak is now gone, but Miro doesn't want to hide. He's struggling to come to terms with what Hartley did, and not just to him. And the unspoken thing here (Mary's good with those unspoken things) is that Miro never stood up to Hartley. He knew Hartley could sense and see his fear of him. Hartley has always had the upper hand with Miro and that is one of the author's loose threads.
It was inevitable that Miro face Hartley. I had no doubt whatsoever that Mary would tie this book up with just a mention that Hartley was caught or killed. That would have been the easy way out and Mary Calmes does not take it. I give her full kudos for bringing Hartley and Miro face to face once more, with Miro again at the disadvantage. But having Miro fight back and learn that he can overcome the odds without Ian at his back, that he can face his greatest fear (outside of losing Ian) and conquer it, that he can fight any battle on his own is masterful. It brings every psychological element of this book together in a handful of moments when Miro puts Hartley down.
Miro's laughing and happy despite a couple of bullet grazes. Ian's crazed that Hartley got to Miro again and he wasn't there to protect him. Kage settles the whole Hartley issue for everyone by having the guy sent to ADX Florence which is a supermax prison in Colorado that no one can escape from. That ties up the loose end of Hartley forever although he does still have followers, a thread Mary could use in future books.
Everything is now in place for the HEA and wow, what a HEA it is. Mary does this in a soft, understated way that only serves to underscore how very much these two characters need, want and love each other. It's all about their banter and cupcakes and what marriage really is to both of them. Oh yeah, and topping. It's about that too which is perfect for these characters.
Five star sequel in my book. Mary Calmes has managed to satisfy my lust for Ian and Miro while totally bringing every element from book 1 through to 2 and seeing them through to the best conclusion. A more than satisfying read. I can't wait for Miro and Ian to show up again, whether in one of her other books or in a book 3 of their own. With the propensity they have for getting into trouble, she shouldn't have any trouble writing a 3rd Marshals book.
Hands down, the first book in this series, All Kinds of Tied Down, will be one of my favorite reads from 2015...because I've read it at least 3 times now and loved it even more every time. So, I was dying to get my hands on this second book...and it did not disappoint.
Miro and Ian...gah. I really, really love them. But all is not perfect in their world right now. Miro wants to get married. Ian has to go on spec ops deployments and Miro wants the security of knowing he will be the one Ian comes back to or that he will be the one they contact if something happens. Ian doesn't get that. He has NO DESIRE to get married. Been there, done that, not doing it again. And it's causing some serious stress between these two guys. I have to admit, when this conflict first arose, I was not a fan, although I could understand the two points of view. They both just let it become so much bigger than it really should have been. But both these guys are big personalities...they experience things with a lot of drama...something that I was a bit surprised about until I got more settled into the book.
But as the book progresses, their focus shifts as an old nemesis of Miro's shows back up. It puts them in uncomfortable circumstances and away from the protective shield of Kage, as the two have to relocate to protect Miro. I love how much of an influence Sam Kage has on these books/stories. Overall, he's not on the page that much, but his personality and character is felt throughout the entire book...for readers of his series, that's a phenomenal thing. (I still have to go back and finish his and Jory's books.)
There's so much to love about these books...the non-stop action, the insight into the Marshals service, the wonderfully romantic and sexy moments, but at the heart of what I love is just how reliant these two, strong, alpha men are on one another. They are partners who have one another's back on the job and at home. There is just such a deep connection between them that I can feel through every single one of their interactions. Yes, even their fights. They are simply and utterly perfect for one another and I can't imagine one without the other. He truly would be missing his other half. I ADORE that about them...and it comes across every single page and that's what makes these books just so good.
And I probably should take note of the subtle changes to the cover. I now know the meaning of "ice in your veins"...there is a scene in this book that seriously caused a physical reaction to it. Well done to Mary Calmes...that could not have been an easy choice, but the scene was chilling and in my estimation just perfectly done.
I adored this book and definitely recommend this whole series...two books at this point in time. I'm not sure if there will be more because the story was complete at the end and I feel good about where these two guys are. I LOVE them and will note that I plan to buy this one in audio when it comes out. I loved the first one in audio and think this one will be just as good.
Note: You need to read both books. These are not stand alone novels.
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This book started out great for me. I loved watching Miro and Ian as a couple and as partners. Miro wants to get married but Ian’s not ready.Read more