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:(
Since the point of revisiting this series was to review the audiobooks, I have to say that I was not looking forward to this book in particular because of the narrator.
I love Mary Calmes, I love Sam, I love Sam and Jory together.
This book was mostly about Jory and Jory on his own makes me crazy.
Add to that they changed narrators and gave us Jeff Gelder who did a TERRIBLE job with this – sorry – but he did – especially in comparison to Paul Morey – and this was just not a pleasant experience for me. I didn’t care for his voice choices, I think he falls flat a lot of the time, he mispronounces things, the terrible music in between chapters… He just didn’t work for me.
As far as the story goes, there were some really touching reunion scenes, but I just go nuts with all the men so infatuated with Jory and his “cluelessness” and that seemed to be the bulk of this story.
There are a ton of other reviews out there extolling the virtues of this book – but – for me – since Jory and Sam spend more time apart than together in this book – it just wasn’t for me.
So, for the story 3 of 5 stars and the narration 2 of 5 stars, Overall 2.5 of 5 stars
I really enjoy Mary Calmes books if I read them as escapist fantasies/soap operas, and I've reread or re-listened to the books in this series many times. I bought the Audible narration for Bulletproof along with the book while reading through the A Matter of Times series, but the times I've reread Bulletproof I have my iPhone's VoiceOver feature narrate it instead of using the narration by Jeff Gelder, because I find his reading takes away from the story so much I don't enjoy it.
It was a happy ending I enjoyed, though I would have liked an explanation for how it happened as it did, if it was a realistic portrayal of how such things can occur. Part of my mind was wondering if it was possible, and that was distracting.
The narrator had an odd, unnatural tone for much of the dialogue, frequently saying lines in a way I almost never hear anyone say anything in real life. He wasn't always consistent with the character voices he used, and sometimes it was hard to tell who was speaking. Also, the tone he used at times was completely off for the situation he was narrating, such as when he had Jory chirp, "Love you!" to Sam in the cheery tone someone would throw over their shoulder as they walked out the door, when Jory was actually lying in a hospital bed, falling back into unconsciousness after being out for days, while terribly injured, after he miraculously survived an incident.
I did like the book as an escapist read, and as part of the series, but I really disliked the narration.
I really hope Mary Calmes has the narration redone. I would actually buy an improved version, given that I periodically have gone back to listen to the series whenever I need a reliable escape!
"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.
"More Jory and Sam!"
Great to hear more about Jory and Sam, rated among my top five fave couples.
Why change narrator? After I slowed narration down to three-quarters it was fine, and by end I had adapted to new narrator.
Hate the music between chapters, just get rid of it. Don't need to tell me title of book every chapter.
So my complaints are about narration, but loved the book, and will listen again, but must slow it down.
"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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