Monday, October 10, 2011


Title: Bulletproof
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-152-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Suspense Sequel
Rating: Golden Blush
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Money troubles during the recession force Jory Harcourt and his partner to close their business and he goes to work as an event planner and matchmaker. It’s not a job he enjoys and his mouth and attitude gets him in hot water and he gets fired. In typical Jory fashion, it’s not long before he finds himself stuck between two men who wants him…a trust fund baby and a drug-smuggling criminal…neither who want to believe he’s in a committed relationship. And things only get worse when Jory’s undercover husband, Sam, turns up working for the smuggler. 

Jory’s in over his head and suddenly he’s in danger so on the advice of his brother, partner and the FBI, heads to Hawaii. Except a tropical paradise isn’t far enough away, if someone wants you dead, and a serious car accident threatens his quality of life. In its aftermath, can Jory and Sam’s relationship stand firm…are they really bulletproof? 

Bulletproof is release five in Mary Calmes’ Matter of Time series and it takes up months after the last book left off.  Note: You need to read the others first.  It’s well written, has a complicated plot with plenty of interesting secondary characters…some old, some new…fun, bantering dialogue, lots of action, danger, and blistering hot sex. When it starts, Sam’s already gone undercover working on his federal task force and Jory’s missing his husband/partner terribly.  

Let me just say upfront that I love Jory and Sam together, so I was thrilled to learn Ms. Calmes had written an addition to the series. And I’m glad she didn’t change Jory’s show he’d grown…it would have been disappointing. There’s just something about Jory and his non-existent brain/mouth filter that’s appealing and it only adds to his endearing flakey, flighty personality that she writes so well. And back to the Sam issue. I adore the big hunky detective and how much he loves Jory, so I admit to being disappointed that he was ‘away’ undercover for so much of the story. He was spoken of, see in flashes a few times, managed to be with Jory for a few minutes or hours during the first half or so, but that’s it until near the end when he makes a permanent reappearance. But when he does, he and Jory are just as committed, intense and passionate as always. Take it from me the scene where they reunite is great and shows a couple of the guys who wants Jory just who he belongs to. 

Things have gone from scary to dangerous and worse with the smuggler/bad guy that Jory rejected, so you know there has to been an action packed black moment and Ms. Calmes gives us a good one. Without giving out too many details, I’ll just say that its heart wrenching, filled with fear, pain and angst, and could have life altering effects on Jory and Sam’s relationship. So, get this book and read it. You’ll enjoy it. I did. Oh, and if I could have a wish, it would be another book in the near future, the next one featuring Jory, Sam and kids. That I’d like to see.

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