Floodgates by Mary Calmes

FloodgatesFloodgates by Mary Calmes
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel:  71,040 Words
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Nobles
Roses:  3

Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.

Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little brother that he’s a reliable man, but to do that he’ll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It’ll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord’s is tarnished by his past indiscretions.

Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy’s reserve. But he’d better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he’s going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they’re still standing when the tumult recedes.


I really am a fan of Mary Calmes.  I don’t care that her style is a bit formulaic.  It works for me:)  This particular book though was not as good as others.  It was mainly that it felt…loose.  There were threads that made no sense to have and then leave hanging, in particular Tracey’s boss. I know it is accepted in the end but it just felt like there was more there.  Then there is Breckin’s cheating.  I get the crazy stalker going after those that Breckin cares about but what about the man Tracey caught him with.  This is a friend of Breckin’s but is never gone after…doesn’t make sense.

The writing itself is good.  Mary Calmes has a way to draw you into the story and give you details without making it totally overwhelming.  I quite enjoy her writing style.  The plot is a bit thin and seems a bit stretched.  I don’t buy the whole going to another state with police escort for something like this even with family involved it was a bit much.  The characters are what always make me smile.  I love the possessive, domineering alpha and the snarky “bottom boy”.  It’s a thing that works for me and makes me smile.  This isn’t the most stimulating of writings but for a comfort read that makes you feel good it is great.

So overall, the characters and writing worked for me.  I thought they gave something different to the story and made it fun to read.  The plot though and storyline had a few too many holes to make this a great read though.  If you want a feel good read though this is a good one.



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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 Saturday, April 19th, 2014, in Book Review, Contemporary, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, Three Roses, TJ and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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