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All Kinds of Tied Down Novel [Marshals #1]

 Novel: All Kinds of Tied Down

Author: Mary Calmes

Genres: Police, Contemporary, Romance

Released: 2014

Part of Book Series: Marshals #1

Summary: Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they’ve gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

As a marshal and a soldier, Ian’s expected to lead. But the power and control that brings Ian success and fulfillment in the field isn’t working anywhere else. Ian’s always resisted all kinds of tied down, but having no home—and no one to come home to—is slowly eating him up inside. Over time, Ian has grudgingly accepted that going anywhere without his partner simply doesn’t work. Now Miro just has to convince him that getting tangled up in heartstrings isn’t being tied down at all.

Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.

I have this thing where I skip reading novels that are written in first person. Dunno, I just don’t really like them that way, never did. Still, when I do read a novel written in the first person, they might become some of the books I like a lot, and that seems to be the case with this book as well.

I would split this book in three parts: torture, calm, and bliss.

Torture Miro is great, I like him, I really do, but during this part of the book I wanted to smack him on the head repeatedly. He’s so, so oblivious about what is going on he puts gay men in a bad light. I literally had to stop reading a few times to calm down. Which brings me to the second part.

Calm I don’t know how to do this without giving out spoilers, so let’s jut say that there comes a time when these sweet boys (Miro and Ian, of course) get to see things on their own. There, that should do for being spoilers free. And so we go to the third part.

Bliss All I can say is that when things get good, they are so, so good.

I devoured this first book and since I am actually planning on writing these reviews in between each novel, I hope to be able to give out more focused opinions on each book as opposed to smashing everything together (see the Captive Prince review for reference).

That being said, I absolutely loved this book, it was great! Nothing seems too rushed, nothing is forced, there is actual communication between characters (thank G!), and the chemistry between them is so good. You like police+romance novels? Go for it!

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