Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Release Day Review: Twisted and Tied by Mary Calmes #Review #Giveaway

Author: Mary Calmes
Title: Twisted and Tied
Series: Marshals #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Length: 266 pages

Reviewed by Erin


Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones finally has everything he ever wanted. He’s head-over-heels in love and married to the man of his dreams, his partner Ian Doyle, he’s doing well at work, and all his friends are in good places as well. Things are all tied up nicely… until they’re not.

Change has never been easy for Miro, and when situations at work force the team he’s come to depend on to break apart, and worst of all, his and Ian’s individual strengths put them on two separate paths, he’s pretty certain everything just went up in smoke. But before he can even worry about the future, his past comes for a visit, shaking his world up even more. It’s hard to tell what road he should truly be on, but as he learns some paths are forged and others are discovered, it might be that where he's going is the right course after all. If he can navigate all the twists and turns, he and Ian might just get their happily ever after.

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As a long time fan of Mary Calmes, there's really nothing sadder than when she reaches the end of a series. Her characters always feel like family and friends and their lives are so vividly written it's SO HARD to say good bye. This time it's not any easier. Ian Doyle and Miro Jones became fan (and my own!) favorites from Book 1 and I have fallen more and more in love with these guys with each book. I wasn't sure what to expect in Twisted and Tied, but Mary sure as hell did NOT disappoint. 

This will be an absolutely spoiler-free review because I'd hate to diminish anyone's experience even the slightest so I'll be vague and probably tease a little (I'm mean, sorrynotsorry!). Oh, and if you haven't read the free novella she released on Valentine's Day, Tried and True, stop right here and do that before going any farther!! I mean it, go. Now. Okay, if you're still reading I'm going to assume you've read book 3.5 and I'm not spoiling anything for you from here on out! There are big changes for our boys and the rest of their marshal crew. Mary hints at this in the blurb but you know her, she's going to do right by Ian and Miro and boy does she ever! It was SO much fun watching Ian and Miro interact and know they're married. SQUEE! As with life in general, this isn't the only change going on but sometimes you just have roll with it and see where it takes you. With Ian and Miro it's no different and I've gotta say, I enjoyed the ride. 

The thing that I've loved the most from this series (besides our marshals of course!) is the found family Ian and Miro have built. Not just with their fellow marshals (and the bromance with Eli and Miro makes my heart so, SO very happy), but with Miro's girls (Min, Aruna, Janet, and Catherine) and his boys (Cabot, Drake, and Josue) as well. They've all made this incredible amalgamation of people and backgrounds and it's just awesome to see. Ian's bond with Min also made me smile big. I wasn't expecting it and that's what makes it even better. 

In Twisted and Tied we tie up some loose ends and some others are just starting. Mary has told us we'll see Redeker and Callahan again and word on the street is our favorite metrosexual, Eli Kohn, is getting a book too! I can't tell you how excited I am for THAT! People, Twisted and Tied is the PERFECT send-off for our two beloved marshals. This book has everything you'd expect and probably a lot you don't. There's the same suspense, the same sense of family, the fabulous secondary characters we've all come to love. The plot moves lightning quick, but you never want it to end. Though, honestly, does anyone ever want one of Mary's books to end? Sam Kage is as wonderful and growly as always. Ian and Miro bicker and flirt and LOVE one another as only they can. Ian and Miro and all the rest will stay on everyone's favorite series list for a long time, and there's no where else they should be! Thank you Mary for this amazing, lovable ride!! <3 

Oh and I absolutely can NOT wait for Tristan's narration of this one; it's gonna kick ass! :)


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