Friday, January 5, 2018

Flashback Friday: Steamroller by Mary Calmes #Review #Giveaway

Author: Mary Calmes
Book: Steamroller
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Publication date: September 5, 2012
Length: 160 pages

Reviewed by Erin


About the last thing Vincent Wade expected was for Carson Cress to ask him out. Vince is a dedicated biology student and a bit of a loner. Superstar quarterback Carson is larger than life, and he lives under a public microscope. There’s no way they should work. But Vince is learning that sometimes people just come steamrolling into your life and all you can do is hang on for the ride or lose your heart in the process. If their relationship can survive the fallout when an injury derails Carson’s future plans, maybe Vince can finally find something to believe in. 

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I can't begin to tell you how many times I've read and listened to Steamroller by Mary Calmes. I've lost count, no lie. Whenever I'm in the mood, or in need of a story to make me feel like home, I pick up Steamroller. New Adult stories are among my very favorites and when it's written by the ever awesome Mary Calmes well, then it's a double win. I live in Lubbock so for Steamroller to be set in my city makes this even more like coming home for me. Vincent and Carson are so swoonarific (it's a word, just go with it) they'll make your heart melt and your sighs loud and many. 

Talk about opposites attracting. The nerd and the star quarterback is a tried and true romantic trope and it's really hard to pull off well, but in Mary's very capable hands, it completely works. As unbelievable as the story line itself really is, as a reader you don't even care because Vincent is the gruff and grumpy asshole you can't help but love and Carson is this larger than life guy but who somehow, is so nice and genuine that you want him and Vincent to be together. There are misunderstandings, side characters galore, some fancy cooking, and of course the romance. Steamroller is everything quintessential Mary Calmes. Insta-love that shouldn't work but does, snark, rapid fire dialogue, secondary characters that are almost as, if not equal to, the fabulous main characters. A bit of hurt/comfort, and throw in a bromance and evil parents and really, guys, this is all the things we love about Mary. I'm not going to go into detail about the story itself, just savor it. You'll thank me, trust me. 

The story isn't very long--you'll finish in a couple of hours at most--and at the end, you'll be sad because you'll want more. If you've never read Steamroller, be ready for Vincent and Carson to vault to the top of your favorite Mary couples. They will, I promise. As an extra special treat, I highly recommend listening to the audio version as well. Joshua Macrae does a spectacular job. His voice is dreamy and captures both Vincent and Carson perfectly. I am an audiobook addict and fanatic and I'm here to tell you this is one of the best ones there is. Oh and Mary, if you ever get the urge to visit these two again, DO IT, PLEASE?! I know there are lots of us who'd absolutely love to see what these two are up to! 


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  1. One of my flashback books both to read and listen to is Sara Alva's Social Skills.

  2. I've got two favourite flashback books both by Amy Lane, "If I Must" and "Do-Over"

  3. Be The Air For You by T.A. Chase

  4. Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane

  5. I haven't been reading M/M long enough to have a favorite flashback book. Even the older ones are new to me.

  6. He Completes Me by Cardeno C

  7. Not in particular. I have some favorites that I re-read (or listen to) from time to time but not ones I'd consider flashbacks yet.

  8. Thanks for the flashback. Hadn't heard of this one and will tbr. That's why I like these flashbacks. Mine really is flashback to 2003 when I started reading gay fic, it's a hard-boiled mystery, one of 4 of his to win a Lammy: Blind Eye, by John Morgan Wilson.


  9. Ethan, Who Loved Carter by Ryan Loveless!