Jory Harcourt doesn't have to go looking for trouble. Wherever he goes, it seems to find him - particularly when his partner, Sam Kage, is working undercover on a federal task force.
After the recession forces him to close his business, Jory goes to work as a matchmaker and event planner. From there, it's only a matter of time before his big mouth and up-front attitude make him the rope in a tug-of-war between a trust-fund baby and a drug-smuggling criminal. Then, as if that situation weren't delicate enough, Jory's undercover lover shows up working for the smuggler.
Between the men who want him and the men who just want him dead, Chicago is getting a little crowded for Jory, so on the advice of his brother, his boyfriend, and the FBI task force, he heads for Hawaii...where a serious accident threatens his quality of life. Can Sam and Jory keep the faith and prove that their relationship really is bulletproof?
©2011 Mary Calmes (P)2013 Mary Calmes
I love almost all of Mary Calmes' books. Jory and Sam are one of my favorite couples. I LOVE Jory and the way he looks at life, he is so much fun. But I hated the narration.
The relationship between Jory and Sam.
I don't understand why they switched from Paul Morey, he was great as the narrator for the first 4 books. Mr. Gelder has a very nice voice but there was no deviation in his tone for the different characters. Sam is suppose to have a deep, gravely voice and in this book he had anything but. It detracted from the story b/c I have read the all books and listened to the first 4 books with Paul Morey. It really ruined it for me and if Mr. Gelder does the final book, I will not purchase it.
Absolutely not. Paul Morrey wasn't a stellar narrator for the first two volumes, but at least you could tell when Sam was speaking...he had his low gravelly/growly voice down pat.Dane had the most ridiculous accent, but at least I could tell who was speaking. Gelder is a reader, not a narrator. I had to quit listening and drag out the book because he was ruining the story.
The continuation of the "epic" love story between Sam and Jory. I love these guys.
Sean Crisden, Shannon Gunn, Jeff Frez-Albrecht, Brad Langer, Chris Patton, Charlie David, Kevin R. Free, Paul Fleschner... pretty much any good narrator, even Paul Morey would have been so much better than Gelder.
Well, I especially loved the part where Jory and Sam meet up in the dark behind the club. Oh.My. :)
A wonderful continuation of the love story. Too bad Gelder ruined it for me.
reading with a coffee in my hands
No. I read the series as they came out.
I really enjoyed the entire book but Jory& Sam together is always great.
Narration. I had a hard time figuring out who was speaking. There is no deviation in tone between characters. The only other complaint I have is the awful music played in between chapters. Forget trying to relax and read this.. The music makes it impossible.
Sam. I can't say why! ;)
I have had this book since March 2013, but after listening to Matter of Time Vol. 1, and immediately followed by A Matter of Time Vol. 2...I found myself sick of the characters and did not want to continue with their journey. So here it is July 2015 and I can say that after 'a matter of time' I finally remembered I had the book and listened to the story. I think Amy Lane stated in her review of this book that Jory's character matured a bit in this story and I agree. I was not put off by Jory's scatterbrain nor Sam's dominance...in fact the love between the two was mutual, which is something that I didn't see in the first two books. So, I like this book (though the premise is a bit farfetched---there is not that many gay rich men falling over one dude---sad to report) and would recommend, although I would advise a little bit of time between stories. I just discovered there is a #6 to this series...after a matter of time, we will see :-)
I would change the narrator. He has a nice voice, but his inflections at the end of sentences was a bit irritating. You know that thing where some people talk like each sentence is a question? That's how it sounded to me. Sentences that do not end with a question mark sounded like it did. Also, there was very little variation between character voices which made it difficult to tell which character was speaking in scenes where there are several characters talking and there weren't narrative clues like 'x said' then 'y said'.
Other annoyances were how the narrator spoke too fast, where he stumbled a few times and repeated some words or seemed like he was about to say something else.
Less of the whole 'Everybody Loves Jory' thing. It was getting really tiresome with how everyone just loooooooves Jory, wanted to sleep with him, or look like him, how everyone just kept telling him how beautiful, perfect, etc. he is. It would have been nice if Sam Kage had more scenes rather than all those random characters.
Not unless he can change the way he narrates. Don't talk as fast, don't end sentences like they're questions when they aren't. Or having weird pauses within a sentence. He actually did Sam's voice pretty well, which is what stopped this from getting 1 star for performance.
Nope. Not really that kind of book.
I wouldn't mind buying this again if they got the same narrator that did the first 2 books (Morey) to re-do this one.
For the first four books in this series, the audio version was certainly better than the print, due to a fantastic reader. This book, however, was pretty poorly read. I find myself wishing I had read the print version instead.
It was funny and lighthearted, while still portraying a great relationship between Jory and Sam.
The narrator for the previous books in this series was fantastic.
Hmm... think this was a great title for the book, so I wouldn't change it.
I love very one in the book...
I have and some books hes great but I rather the other narrator from the first two narrated this book. He had all the voices right so I hope the next book he is back!
Some parts made me laugh Jory is funny....
Bring back Paul Morey!
Gelder was terrible. He read the lines as if he were speed-reading and in staccato bursts. It was grating and turned a good follow-up to the series into a Did Not Finish. I now have to just make do with the Kindle book and check first before I buy the audio for But For You when it comes out. If it's not Paul Morey, I'm not buying. In fact, I'm going to ask for an exchange for Bulletproof since I could only tolerate one page:(
but I am on to the next one...it's addictive - for me at least...and that Jay...what trouble he is...I relate I think...a right brained scatter that manages to work itself out...maybe that's why? Of course, the fantasy about having a lover like Sam may be the best reason...and you, Mary, pull the story together just when it gets tedious...I commend you for that...Jeff, you're a good narrator, it's just not the same. Whenever I hear Dane and Sam's voice, I have to stop and think about it...but...keep on going Mary...if you can keep me interested without knowing why, I'll keep reading them...Dear Listener...I can't tell you why, but keep on going...
I would, but only as part of Mary Calmes "A Matter of Time" series. And in Kindle or paperback - not the audiobook. It's a nice mental escape, with plenty of drama, angst, and love.
My favorite is probably still the protagonist in this series, Jory. He continues to be endearingly annoying, but more annoying in this particular book. The fact that everybody, straight, gay, undecided or indifferent, either wanted to be with Jory, greatly admired him, wanted to protect him, was jealous of him - or all of the above - took much more than a stretch of the imagination.
I'm sure Charlie David or Alexander Collins would have been wonderful. While Mr. Gelder's voice was clear and he enunciates well, his voice was borderline robotic, and given to short, staccato bursts of sentences. He doesn't differentiate between the different characters except Jory and Sam, and many times it's hard to follow who's talking. His narration detracted from the book, IMO.
It inspired me to avoid fraternizing with mobsters and clingy exes who never got over me. But I tend to not do that anyway.
I'm a Mary Calmes fan and while this book was as much a fun, adventurous romp as the others in the series and her other books, it was not as well written. It can be read as a stand-alone, but to be honest if I had started with this book I never would have continued with the others. The character dialogue was very juvenile in many places, and the extra characters and endless dangerous situations Jory found himself caught up in was a bit much. It was like she was trying to throw everything and the kitchen sink into this book.
"Oh dear :( not as good bring back Paul Morey!"
I was looking forward to the third volume with more tales of Sam and Jory but this volume is not as good as the first two - a great sadness to me!
Having spent around 20 hours with Paul Morey's characterisation in the first two volumes the change of reader is to say the least bizarre and somewhat disappointing. There is nothing wrong with Jeff Gelder's reading it's just not Paul Morey.
I suspect the change of narrator has influenced my enjoyment to some degree.
"Fabulous!! Great story"
no, Only if done by a different narrator.
Sam, love the Marshall.
\\\\\\\\\story felt rushed there was no significant pauses, please use different narrator, could not tell which people were speaking in this story if I had not read this before would have not known who was who.
"Enjoyable sequel but spoilt by poor narration."
I loved the previous book " A matter of time" and fell completely in love with all the characters.The audio book was so well narrated by Paul Morey it was easy to relax and fall into the story, this book however is for me, a very different experience, the story is still good but I thought the narration by Jeff Gelder rushed, robotic and monotone and it spoilt the whole book. He has a totally different style of narration and and a very limited vocal range making it hard work to listen and connect with the story, I felt alienated from much loved characters. Sean Crisden would have been a better replacement as the have a similar tone and style.
"Amazing Follow Up Story"
This is a continuation from Matter of Time and if you love Jory and Sam you'll love this book as well.
As always Jory manages to find himself in trouble and with Sam undercover for a mission things only escalate.Mary Calmes once more wrote a great and quick passed story with a lot of sidelines so that the reader won't be bored to read all through it only about the main two characters. It truly is a gift of Mary Calmes to manage to make the reader anticipate the encounters between the two protagonists and she always delivers in the most hot fashion!
Now as far as the audiobook goes Jeff Gelder delivers a great Jory, but I prefer Paul Morey's Sam. It's annoying to have in every chapter the reminder of the book's title like you can ever forget but oh well. This reading also way better than the he did in Trusted Bond, more paced and with more diversity in voices. So really not to much to be dissatisfied over
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