Audiobook Review: Tied Up in Knots (Marshals #3) by Mary Calmes

Miro Jones is living the life: he’s got his exciting, fulfilling job as a US deputy marshal, his gorgeous Greystone in suburban Chicago, his beloved adopted family, and most importantly, the man who captured his heart, Ian Doyle. Problem is, Ian isn’t just his partner at work—Ian’s a soldier through and through. That commitment takes him away from Miro, unexpectedly and often, and it’s casting a shadow over what could be everything Miro could ever dream of.

Work isn’t the same without Ian. Home isn’t the same, either, and Miro’s having to face his fears alone… how to keep it together at the office, how to survive looming threats from the past, and worst of all, how to keep living without Ian’s rock-solid presence at his side. His life is tied up in knots, but what if unknotting them requires something more permanent? What would that mean for him and Ian? Miro’s stuck between two bad choices, and sometimes the only way to get out of the knot is to hold tight to your lifeline and pull.

Listening Length: 9 hours and 48 minutes
Narrator: Tristan James

Let me start by saying I am sitting in a walk in freezer as I write this because just the thought of Tristan James in my ear with the overly sexy words of Mary Calmes is way too much for me not to be all hot and bothered by. *coughs* Yeah, this was hot when I read it but OMG it was so hot to listen to.

I simply adore that Tristan James has not only provided the narration for this series but also for the cameos that appear because for me and my OCD that was amazing and perfect. Gah. I need to hear him do all the voices now.

I always have trouble reviewing audio books because honestly, I can only do audio books IF I have read the book before. It has nothing to do with the author or narrator, I just have issues being read to for the first time BUT I am so in love with listening to book to have the characters come to life through my earbuds wherever I decide to listen. I listened to this in a lot of places; mostly at work where I blushed feverously with Miro and Ian and their actions in and out of bed. I also listened on my way home from work as well as to and from yoga where I may have yelled at a number of characters for the shit they were doing. But regardless of where I listened, I enjoyed myself so damn much.

Mary Calmes writes the best romances between men who just do it for me. I love the Alpha men who aren’t afraid to be vulnerable and I love their partners that will back them up no matter what. The romance is always swoony with declarations and adorations in this that hit me square in the solar plexus as the narrator truly gave life to these men as they work out their issues so that they can be together.

I thought I lost it toward the end when the shit hits the fan but again, OMG that whole deal with Miro in the truck and Ian just asking him to put the heat on? I mean, how can a hopeless romantic survive stuff like that being said in my ear? It’s crazy. Truly crazy and I am in love with it. I need to go stalk the backlist of Tristan James and hear him to all the stuff because sometimes, the man saying four letter words in my ear made me pause to make sure I only groaned in my head and that they weren’t audible. Goodness. So freaking hot.

This book was so good. I need more of these two though because there are things I need to witness and some things that need to be taken care of so I really hope there is more. Have I said I need more yet?

So yeah.

Calmes and James make a great team and I fell hard listening to this story just as hard as I fell reading it. It always amazes me when I dig an audiobook but with this pair, a girl can’t fail.

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