Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he's not very good at is sticking around afterward. He's a nice guy; he just doesn't feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he's spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn't realize that Michael's mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him. Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner.
He's raising his nephew, trying to leave his unsavory job, and starting his own business, a process made infinitely more difficult when a series of hits takes out some key underworld players. Still, Dreo is determined to build a life he can be proud of - a life with Nate as a cornerstone. A life that is starting to look like exactly what Nate has been seeking. Unfortunately for Dreo - and for Nate - the last hits were just part of a major reorganization, and Dreo's obvious love for Nate has made him a target too.
©2012 Mary Calmes (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
I read the reviews and thought that it might be cheesy, which I was okay with, but it turned out to be boring in addition to cheesy, which was disappointing to say the least. I would have picked a different book if I had realized that.
No. It's not the best.
Hmm...Sean did a great job with Dreo, but I was sort of annoyed by Nate's voice, which is the majority of the audiobook.
In a positive note, I really liked Dreo and wish that the story had been from his perspective rather than Nate, who is literally so perfect and likeable that he is boring as hell. I found myself so annoyed with his ex-wife to the point that I wanted to skip past all the passages with her in it, and there were waaaay too many side characters and I couldn't keep track of who was who. Every time another one showed up I had to stop and ask, "Wait, who is that again?" I wouldn't recommend this book, there are a lot better cheesy romances out there than this one.
One more thing: why was it called "Acrobat"? I still cannot figure out what this title has to do with the book. Hmmm.....Nope, still don't get it.
Yes. A great narrator can make a book come alive, and that's just what Sean Crisden did.
Nate, of course. But I loved Dreo and his nephew Michael, too.
I laughed a lot at Nate's clever interaction with nearly everyone he met.
I love Mary Calmes' books and characters. And I especially like experiencing them a second time on audio with narrator Sean Crisden. My only, and rather significant, issue with Acrobat was that Nate was just too perfect. I like some flaws in my heroes, and I couldn't find a single one. Still, it was a wonderful contemporary love story with an incredible cast of supporting characters. Recommended!
I loved this book when I read it and Sean Crisden just brought it to a new level. I love Nate and Dreo's story and I really wish they had a sequel. This is a really sweet romance between a English professor and a mob bodyguard with a heart of gold. What's not to love? Ms. Calmes does what she does best, write sweet romances with lots of emotional drama. Definitely worth a credit.
Sean Crisden, sure. He was a great narrator. But judging from this story, Mary Calms is not for me.
Don't know that there was one that jumped out at me as a favorite.
The narrator made it that much better because he's good at what he does. If he wasn't, I wouldn't have stayed all the way through the book.
Book Format: audio
Relatable characters: not really
Ratio of sex/plot: equal
Well written/editor needed: See personal notes below
Would I re-read?: probably not
Personal thoughts: It took me a long while to get into this book. Nothing happened for a long time in the beginning. The middle was entertaining. The ending felt too long by a chapter and a half. I liked the two main characters, Nate and Dreo, though I felt like Nate's ex-wife was a bit annoying. She was too clingy for my tastes. I also wondered at Nate's calmness about falling for a guy who works for the mob and not having a clue about anything mob related. The characters beyond Nate, Dreo, and Michael didn't seem to add much to the story either. There were a lot of empty conversations that seemed to make up most of the story.
There were a lot of little things I questioned. But, overall, if I ignored those things, I did enjoy listening to the audio book. The narrator was very good, especially because he could speak Italian. I think if I'd read this as an ebook or a print book, I would have put it down. Again. As it was, in the middle of the opening info-dump scene, I put it down. People convinced me to pick it up again. The narrator was what got me through it, I think. He did a great job.
Avid audible listener!
I have read once and listened twice to this audiobook, so safe to say, I am a fan of Acrobat and Mary Calmes.
Initially I found Nathan to be arrogant (and no one is liked *that* much), but realized he is just playing a game of "I want to be liked, so I will do whatever it takes to be liked." Once he finds someone who really loves him and can give him what he wants/needs, he becomes a *regular* person.
I liked the many characters and their personality differences. It's nice to have extras that add to the story rather than just fill space.
I also liked the mystery of the guy on the balcony.
Definitely worth a listen...
Wonderful story! I even did some odd jobs at work so I could were my headphones and continue listening!
I'm Married 25 years with 5 sons. I love romance anything to do with love, love and more love. I am officially a audible junkie :)
I didn't read the print version
I can't remember lol
I was disappointed in this book. To me the first half was boring and seemed way to long. The second half was better. It didn't evoke any feelings when I listened to it. I liked to be swept into what ever book I'm reading and I wasn't feeling this one.
What is there not to like, Mary Calmes (the best) and Sean Crisden as the narrator!!! This is one of my favorite Mary Calmes books. I have read it several times and will listen to it again as well.
The scene in the laundry room between Nate and Dreo.
The best as aways!
Buy it, you will not be disappointed!
I loved reading this book over and over again, and now that I listen to it I am in heaven
A Matter of Time
Life to the characters.
It takes me away from reality.
Acrobat is not technically (according to Goodreads) part of the Matter of Time series, but it has characters that will show up in the series, so I included it there. Nathan Qells dates Duncan Stiel in Acrobat who later marries Aaron Sutter in Parting Shot and Aaron Sutter dated Jory in Matter of Time. We also meet Dr. Sean Cooper in Acrobat, who along with Duncan Stiel show up in All Kinds of Tied Down. Six Degrees of Mary.
I absolutely loved this book. It’s easy to love a Mary Calmes book, so that’s no big thing, but in Acrobat we get some amazing characters and a sticky-sweet romance with big hearts, a fantastic family story to go along with it and some exciting action and adventure.
First there is Nathan Qells. He can do no wrong. He got his high school BFF pregnant, married her, had an amazing son, and now divorced, they are still BFFs. He teaches at a university where all the hot young things want him, but he doesn’t even know it! Though he is always involved in a relationship he is never really involved in the relationship. Until Andreo.
Andreo Fiore. Mmmm. Delicious. He is a sweet, sexy mobster – going straight (legit is maybe a better wor ) so that he can have a full life and family. Dreo is the guardian for his dead sister’s son, Michael, and it is through Michael that Nathan and Dreo connect.
Nate is wonderfully clueless about himself and life in general, but always manages to do and say the right thing. Except in relationships, there he manages to stay just a bit disconnected and aloof. When he finally clues in that Dreo has been attracted to him for years, the sparks between them ignite and hot sex ensues.
Between the family and the love there is the mob. Mobsters don’t like gay men apparently and it causes some pretty big problems. Like a stab to the gut problems. But, in the end, true love wins and happy is ever after.
The audio version:
Just two words on the audio version of Acrobat – BUY IT! It’s great. Sean Crisden does an amazing job with the narration, giving Dreo such a sultry voice and making Nate all the more “cute and clueless but wonderful”.
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