M/M Novels

Tied Up in Knots Novel [Marshals #3]

Novel:  Tied Up in Knots

Author: Mary Calmes

Genres: Police, Contemporary, Romance

Released: 2016

Part of Book Series: Marshals #3

Summary: 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.

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

What I like about this series, among the other things that are great and has me tied up to it, is that you can actually read every individual book as a standalone. It would still make sense. You can even take a break from reading the next one (exactly what I’m not doing) and you will be reminded about everything that happened. Of course, you’d miss a lot of things, mainly the joy of reading each and every one of them, the emotions, the desire to either hug or strangle some of the characters, the uncertainty, but they are still very much readable.

Moving on to the actual book, part three of the Marshals series (see All Kinds of Tied Down and Fit to be Tied for the first two), I, again, devoured this part. I started laughing out loud at some of the parts, actually starting asking the characters, like they could hear me, what the fuck is going on, and at one point I had to put it down and take a few deep breaths because of what was actually going on. I almost got teary eyed too and it was on a very surprising scene.

In this third novel Miro has to deal with a lot, a lot of stuff and it drove me a bit nuts too. And Ian being mostly away wasn’t helping at all. Contrary, it made everything worse! And things got so complicated at some point that I actually couldn’t believe it. And I knew they were going to get complicated because a third of the book is layered with Easter eggs for us to pick up. It still doesn’t fully prepare you, though. Shit hits the fan hard. I’m warning you.

But now I have to move onto the next book that since it’s a special I’m hoping to be more calm and fluffy. Also, by the time I would have posted the first review I would probably have read the entire series (le: I did, in fact, read the whole series). Just thought about pointing that out.

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