Monday, June 24, 2013


Title: Still
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-695-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Sivan Cruz and Walter Wainwright have been a couple for seventeen years. They’ve even raised Walter’s two children together, but it doesn’t mean their relationship’s stable. In fact, it’s falling apart because they don’t communicate like they should. Sivan’s convinced Walter doesn’t love him anymore, when in fact Walter’s feelings haven’t changed. But when Sivan suggests a divorce, Walter’s hurt and agrees when he should have said no. During the months they’re apart, Sivan tries to move on but isn’t really happy. Walter determined to get his husband back, but doesn’t know how to go about it. Can these two men find a way back to each other or will they suffer in silence, alone and unhappy?

Still is the latest release by multi-published author Mary Calmes. It’s nice for a change reading a story about an older couple, even if they are an established one that’s having trouble. It’s the reality of life which is all too often overlooked, so kudos to Ms. Calmes for tackling the subject.

It’s a well thought-out story with a steady pace that has minimal external conflict. In this case that’s okay because the story focus is squarely on Sivan, Walter and their relationship.  The personalities of both men are nicely developed and the details of their life make you understand why they shouldn’t have separated. Despite the seriousness of the premise there are still plenty of lighthearted moments and some even made me chuckle, because Sivan is pretty illogical at times. Walter I really liked. He’s determined to win his husband back despite the man’s stubbornness. 

Some might complain that this story is a bit slow but I don’t agree. The pace works for what’s going on in the lives of these men. It’s warm and entertaining and had some twists I didn’t expect. And best of all, had the happily-ever-after I wanted. I hope you enjoy it as much I did.

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