Parting Shot by Mary Calmes

Parting Shot MaryParting Shot by Mary Calmes
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel:  69,966 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  4

A Matter of Time Story 

Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn’t expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself.

Everyone thinks Aaron has it all—looks, money, fame, and success beyond measure. Everyone, that is, except Aaron. At the end of the day, the cameras stop flashing, friends go back to their own lives, company business is handled, and Aaron is always alone. The moment he meets Duncan Stiel, Aaron knows he’ll do anything to hold onto the larger-than-life detective. But when he realizes money won’t buy him the ultimate happiness, Aaron needs to find the strength to give Duncan something much more important—his heart.


This is the seventh book in a series that until this one has focused on Jory and Sam.  Aaron and Duncan are friends of Jory and Sam.  Jory and Aaron dated for a while but it never worked.  Aaron and Duncan meet and sparks fly.  Both men are in the closet.  Duncan decides quickly that he is willing to come out of the closet for Aaron but the two men are separated by Duncan’s undercover work and then by Aaron’s brother.  When the two manage to get back together again it is sizzling hot.


Mary Calmes has a certain style to her main characters.  They are interesting and gentle.  Now Duncan may seem like a different type but he isn’t.  Duncan just wants to help people and doing that is why he is injured a lot.  I really enjoy her characters.  There is always a lot of love.


The writing was good.  The story is a bit choppy in points but smooths out quickly.  The characters are interesting and kinda fun.  There isn’t a lot of true conflict between the couple.  There is the short separation of the two but they get past that very quickly.  I am disappointed by the fact that there really isn’t development in the relationship.  It truly is insta-love.  I had some hope of a little conflict between the couple.  It was just a sweet little love story.



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I'm a plain Jane who longs to put her imagination to work. I'm not a writer but I like to read.

Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, Crime, Four Roses, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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