Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication date: December 15, 2017
Length: 137 pages
Reviewed by Erin
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, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.
Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for….
A new Mary Calmes book right before Christmas is the Best. Present. Ever! A little over the top, a bit unbelievable at times, but Kairos is chock full of all the things we love about a Mary Calmes book. Lovable, if clueless at times, characters, banter that is sharp and witty, and a pace that is lightning quick. I've said this before, but one of my most favorite things about a Mary book is that you feel like you're dropped in the middle of a scene, a conversation, and expected to just go along. Which we do, happily. Which makes us feel that much closer to the characters, as if they're friends we're just catching up with. I'll admit the first few books of Mary's I read, many years ago, left me a bit flummoxed and disoriented at first what with all the names and keeping track of who was who, but now I love it. It's like coming home, like visiting old friends even though they're brand new, and it let's me know that I'm definitely reading a Mary Calmes book.
Kairos starts off with Joe and Kade in the middle of a conversation (see what I mean?! :) ) which quickly turns into a quasi argument where we learn a lot of information. First and foremost, Joe is head over heels in love with Kade. Who of course doesn't know this. Then we're thrust into the middle of a mess involving Kade's mentor and a kid named Declan. Joe and Kade are private investigators and are in the middle of a case as we begin Kairos but as things are often wont to do in a Mary Calmes book, things go astray quickly, and really, in the best kind of way. The easy camaraderie between Joe and Kade will remind you of Miro and Ian from the Marshals series, (the lusting after you best friend notwithstanding) but it's such a delight in and of itself it doesn't matter.
There is insta-love, another trademark of Mary's, but as always, it just somehow works. What also works is how things come full circle and Joe winds up back with his estranged family and they all pick up as if he never left, only this time Kade and Declan are along for the ride. Since this is a novella things move fast, but again, you just enjoy the flow and ease that Mary's words bring you. You'll smile a lot, maybe roll your eyes a time or two, but in the end you're going to be happy and wanting more as any true fan always does. I enjoyed Kairos immensely and ummm ... that cover didn't hurt my enjoyment in the least either. Gorgeous!! I hope Joe and Kade pop up again somewhere, sometime, because I loved these guys.
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