Wednesday, November 28, 2012

But For You

Title: But For You
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-027-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Life is going well for partners Jory Harcourt and Sam Kage. They’re still crazy about each other, enjoy their jobs and have two adopted kids they adore. It even looks like Jory might have moved past the ‘trouble magnet’ part of his life. He even drives a mini-van and drives the kids to school. The only way life could be better—a bigger house.

But with Jory and Sam, nothing stays quiet for long. They can’t even go to a family reunion without trouble following—a hit man pulls a gun on Jory. Sam’s guilt ridden and sure a missing witness for the US Marshall Service is behind the problem. And just when Sam thought it couldn’t get any worse, an old flame shows up. Jory won’t let anyone disrupt his family and he’s ready to do battle for the people he loves. He won’t let anyone hurt Sam or his kids. Ever.

I’m sad. Not because I didn’t enjoy But For You, but because with its release, Ms. Calmes has ended her popular A Matter of Time series. As much as I could wish she’d continue, I also have to commend her for the decision—that she knew when it was time for our look into the lives of Jory and Sam to come to an end.

I loved the changes in Jory and Sam. Jory’s finally turned into an adult. He’s now responsible, has stopped running, confronts problems head on, takes care of his kids and fights to protect the ones he loves. Sam is just as much of a bad-ass but he’s also a loving partner and caring father. It’s a wonderful change in both men and Ms. Calmes did a great job with their growth. 

 Jory’s still a trouble magnet, bringing danger and action into their lives. But this time it’s not all his fault. Problems from Sam’s past and his work with the Marshall Service all add to the volatile situations they face. It makes this part of the story not only fun but fast-paced. But there’s other things going on too. We’re allowed to see the family side of the guys and get acquainted with cute kids, Kola and Hannah. There are lots of returning family members at the reunion and it supplied a few laughs and a bit of excitement—remember the hit man?

Anyway. Sam and Jory are still in love and even if they’re parents, it doesn’t mean they don’t find time for sizzling hot sex. There’s bantering dialogue, crazy situations, a smooth plot, vivid imagery and I think all the loose ends are tied up. Even Aaron Sutter had the chance to meet the love of his life. It’s a win-win for everyone.

So, I guess I have to say farewell to Sam and Jory and will need to satisfy myself with rereading the series unless Ms. Calmes decides to write another book sometime in the future. I can only hope.

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