Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions.
Takeo's life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight. In fact, the only thing Takeo seems to truly excel at is taking notice of Dwyer Knolls.
When Dwyer and Takeo head to Mangrove, Florida on a real estate buying trip, their tentative friendship combusts and becomes much more. Is their sudden connection real enough to bank their futures on, or should they chalk the whole thing up to the daze inspired by the blue ocean breeze?
©2014 Mary Calmes (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press
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At the top of my list, but then I love anything by Mary Calmes!
Super Sock Man by Amy Lane. Both are super short, sexy and steamy and just make you smile.
LOVED IT! I love his articulation with Asian culture and voices.
Dwyer Knolls already has one foot out the door when his company is re-envisioned by its Japanese owner. While Dwyer is elated he gets to keep his job, he's a little miffed that he isn't partnered with the mysterious and brooding son of the owner. Regardless of partners and pairings, Dwyer seems to have a way with Takeo that no one else does, the two become friends of a sort all while they both harbor feelings for the other. A business trip to Mangrove, Florida changes everything, and these two become lovers in the time it takes to slam the bedroom door.
They can't hide out in Mangrove forever, and a phone call from Takeo's unreasonable father threatens to burst the perfect little bubble they've surrounded themselves with. Life offers them a reprieve and while Dwyer knows he wants to keep Takeo where he has him, in his life and in his bed, he's not quite sure Mangrove is the place to do that.
Calmes has laid the foundation for another amazing series of stories all about love and acceptance. I especially like the tie in with Aaron of Duncan from the Matter of Time world. Calmes has a knack for pairing polar opposites and making the road they travel to happiness, while often times bumpy, believable and attainable. Now we have the marriage of Calmes writing and Greg Tremblay's narration, I assure you it's perfection. Tremblay is very fluent with Asian cultures, phrasings, nuances and the language. His voice flows seemlessly from Dwyer with his dry, witty sense of humor to Takeo and his abrupt, unflinching attitude. But I think my favorite aspect to their relationship was the bond of communication they built before they became lovers.
Short, sexy, fast read that had me smiling the entire time.
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When I saw that this audiobook was narrated by one of my favorite narrators, Greg Tremblay, I KNEW that I had to get my grabby hands on it! When I saw that this book had an Asian, MC, it all made sense. Greg Tremblay is a white guy that can do Asian voices. Really, really well. He doesn't make them sounds like caricatures, he just makes them sounds... correct. Now, I'm a white Jewish girl who knows diddly about Asian accents, but in my very uneducated opinion, Greg really nails them.
The best part of this book, by far, was the narration. Greg puts his all into it, as he does in every story, giving each characters a distinctive voice and feel. I enjoyed the narration so very much.
The story, however, was muuuuch less successful. I thought that these guys moved way too fast once they made the first move, going from making out to looove in a hot second. I also wasn't into how Takeo went from unable to read social situations to a social maven by the end of the story. Everything wrapped up in a neat little bow, and I was scratching my head as to how that happened. Huge decisions are made and huge problems sort of magically disappear by the end of the story.
This wasn't even close to my favorite Mary Calmes story, but I think that the audio narration pulled this one out of the trenches.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
I really enjoyed this short sweet novella. Both Dwyer and Takeo are great characters. This is not your typical romance story arc, as cultural differences are central to the story. Takeo is wonderfully oblivious and brave. My only complaint was that there was not more to the story. I hope we see more of this couple. Greg Tremblay is one of my favorite narrators. He brings such warmth, emotion and depth to his character, it is just marvelous. I don't think I would have liked this book as much if not for his narration.
Entertaining, sweet, great!
Rhys Ford's, Cole McGinnis series, just for the narrator. Maybe Frog or Still by Mary Calmes
The scene when Dwyer hangs up on Tekao's Dad.
Greg made this good book a great book. Mary could write the phone book and I would read it, but Greg really brought the characters alive. He can do an Asian accent better than any narrator. If you like his voice in Cole McGinnis series, you will love this one.
Dwyer is stuck in a job that he may or may not be great at, but that may not be important because he may or may not hate it, anyway. One thing he knows for sure, his new co-worker turned boss makes going to work every day a dream come true.
Takeo is Japanese to the nth degree. He takes everything literally, rarely understands social cues, knows he hates his job, knows he hates his dad, but doesn’t know that the man of his dreams harbors an attraction for him, as well.
Things at the company go steadily down hill, everyone wondering when their axe is going to fall, leaving them without a job. Dwyer is never worried. Why? Well, he just doesn’t worry. Takeo isn’t worried. Why? Well, his dad owns the company.
However, things are about to get really shaken up when Dwyer and Takeo take a business trip to Florida for damage control on a deal gone sideways. Neither man realizes it, but their lives will change from that moment forward, in ways neither saw coming.
Oh Mary. I just love, love, love your books. Takeo is so damn cute! So bumbling and stuffy. The perfect mate for Dwyer, who falls asleep in meetings and makes doodles to pass the time. Of course, everyone loves Dwyer. He can literally do no wrong. And of course, nobody, and I mean nobody, likes Takeo. Except for Dwyer.
The secondary characters are also wonderfully created. From Mak, who secretly wants to run a nightclub. To Gretchen, whose husband proposed to her at a picnic table by the ocean.
Mary never disappoints. The chemistry is super-hot. The love is a slow burn, but so tender and touching, you just know they’re going to last forever.
And then you get the cross-over! We get to hear about, briefly, Aaron Sutter and Duncan Steil. I won’t spoil the surprise but it’s as lovely as it was expected.
I highly recommend this book (and all of Mary’s books) 5 of 5 stars.
Greg Tremblay is one of my very favorite narrators and he does a super awesome job here. His version of Takeo is perfect! I just love how “straight man” he is played – by the books, literal, conservative and then how utterly delicious it is when he lets go and shows his true emotions. Greg does an amazing job with the emotion, letting us feel like we’re there and really getting in to the story.
5 of 5 stars for the narration as well
*** 3,5 stars ***
Audio edition, narrator Greg Tremblay.
2 hours 49 minutes
I really liked this story, much thanks to the excellent narration of Greg Tremblay!
It's the first part in the Mangrove series, and it basically tells us how the story (and series) ends up in Mangrove, Florida.
Dwyer Knolls and Takeo Hiroyuki works for the same company. That's a bit simplified, but let's just go with it. Also, who in their right mind calls their MC for Dwyer Knolls?
Anyway, there's interest from both sides from day one, but it still takes year for them to finally get together. I didn't mind it. It was a slow build and a friends to lovers story. I liked getting to know Dwyer and Takeo and was very happy for them when they got together. And, phew, did they get together!
I don't care if it the story was slightly unbelievable, I just enjoyed the story and Tremblay's narration. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Blue Days Just because one of my favorite audio books, it has everything I crave in it. Handsome Men, Beautiful detail story, Amazing Narrator who happens to be one of my Favorite as well. And I love it all!!!
My Favorite Character was Takeo Hiroyuki. I love how in Japan formal and strict by the book families don't allowed their children to seek their individual happiness. everything has to be for the good of the family and there for many don't end up happy. I like that Takeo-San had to courage to finally let go to his fake self and focus on his needs.
The Character i like the most played by the great and magnificent Greg Temblay was Dwyer Knolls, beause he makes you feel all the emotions Dwyer is feeling as he fall for the Beautiful and tenacious Ice Prince.
The most memorable Character of Blue Days for me was both Dwyer and Takeo they were amazing and it was so cute and enjoyable to listen who they both fall in love for each other... they are both kind of clueless and cute.
this story was awesome what two people in love would do and sacrifice for against family and society
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