- File Size: 2201 KB
- Print Length: 154 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 15, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077WRJMQJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,709 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kairos Kindle Edition
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I’ll start off this review by saying that I don’t really like friends to lover stories. The whole I can’t tell him I love him because I might lose him gets old after a while. The beginning of this book followed that trope to the tee. Joe drove me crazy the whole first half of the book. Kade wasn’t much better to be honest, but since we just got Joe’s point of view he was the one that was annoying me. The secondary characters were what made the book for me. They were all wonderful.
This is Mary Calmes and although I am sure she is going somewhat for realism, I never found any of her books to be particularly realistic. There were some plot holes throughout, especially at the beginning. I just wish the book was a bit longer. It seemed like it was just getting to the good part and then it was over. Seeing where the story ended up, I would definitely read more about Joe and Kade if the author continued the series.
All in all, the book was okay. It wasn’t my favorite by any means, but I enjoyed the second half a lot. If the first half had been as good I would have rated it higher.
Joe and Kade are besties who are private eyes that work together. While Kade has lost his family, Joe is merely estranged, and by his own choice. Joe has been in love with Kade from the word go, but Kade has men and women in and out of his bed like a rotating turnstile. Moving from friends to lovers is done with very little angst, though the chemistry between the men is definitely Calmes’ signature scorcher.
I found the plot amusing, the asset they’re protecting adorable, and the shenanigans that Kade forces upon Joe to be a bit over the top, but Joe’s love means huge barrels of forgiveness. The story is fairly straightforward, though, with little in the way of danger and death predictions.
The secondary characters are all quite interesting, and Joe’s mother is simply awesome! She alone makes this book worth reading even if it wasn’t worth it otherwise. She collects people, and her methods aren’t particularly subtle.
There is some character growth, but the book as a whole isn’t long enough for any significant strides beyond the two MCs coming together. I was a bit disappointed at the end, because it seemed rather abrupt. Perhaps it is because it will flesh out into another series. If so, I’m willing to check it out and see where it goes.
While I enjoyed Kairos, I was hoping for more original content and less Miro and Ian two point oh. I’m rating this at three stars, and I recommend it, with the warning that it will seem very familiar to anyone who has read the Marshals books.
I voluntarily read an ARC copy of this book for Divine Magazine from Dreamspinner Press with hopes for but no obligation to provide a review.
**Same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.**
As a few other reviewers said, it was a poor imitation of the Marshalls series first book. And not any where near as engaging. It was so short on development as to almost read like an outline of a fully fleshed Mary Calmes story.
None of the characters were captivating except possibly Declan. The family members, we were told, loved one another but still were so self absorbed and business oriented, they let nearly three years pass and never reached out to a devastated Joe. Sure, the father, mother and two brothers each hired a private investigator to track down Joe...but they Never Contacted him!!! Three years!!! And the mother. I didn't care for her at all. Her personality with it's innocent cutesiness one moment then badass mama bear pronouncements the next just turned me off completely.
I'm disappointed. Mary Calmes is an excellent author who always grabs the reader and envelopes us in her character's lives to such an extent we don't want the book to end.
Just not with this book.
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If you like Mary Calme’s books you will enjoy this one. I enjoyed both Kade and Joe, and liked the side characters.Read more