Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody - he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw.
While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective. And though Jory may survive the danger, he may not survive a broken heart.
©2010 Mary Calmes (P)2012 Mary Calmes
I enjoyed the story for the most part. The backstory was a bit confusing. I am not sure if it was because of the main character Jory's ADD or what but I found myself lost on a couple of occasions and I had to go back to pick up the story. Perhaps it's my own ADD kicking in. Additionally, I found it difficult to relate to Detective Kage or even like him for that matter. However, as the end of book 2 drew to a close, I finally began appreciating Sam Kage. The ending was exciting and engaging with a typical cliff hanger...now I have to get started on Volume two.
Right from the beginning, I did not find Jory particularly likeable. Add to that the three main characters are sooooo beautiful that people are constantly, obsessively, asking the three of them out. Many of them having a very hard time taking 'no' for an answer. I was able to over look most of that (even though it was annoying) but Sam (the love interest) showed abusive behavior a couple times. I know they were supposed to have kind of a half assed, not really legit, dominant and submissive relationship, but there was one point where Sam told Jory that if he ever left him, he'd kill him. That is a red flag, run far far away. It pretty much lost me permanently there.
Sorry I just can't ignore domestic abuse.
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Dane. I actually was hoping Jory would dump Sam and get together with him.
When I first listened to this audiobook, I was binge listening to anything and everything I could find on Audible that sounded even ½ decent. I do remember that I didn't particularly care for it. But recently I just gave the Sinner's Gin series a second go (the first time around I only listened to the first book) and I ended up marathoning the whole thing.
So, I figured I might have been a little too harsh on A Matter of Time. Nope. Nopenopenopenope. I will be straight up and say this was a DNF (did not finish) for me, but out of the 12hrs and 13min, I only left the last 15 min. I just could not do it.
An enjoyable series made better by the narrator. Morey's characterization of Sam Kaje is incomparable!
Sam is a great character. His internal conflict is believable. Jory is a weak character who needs to get over himself. The lesser characters are nearly all well written but there are far too many of them. When we meet a secondary character we also meet his coworkers and most of his family. However, few of them contribute to the actual story line.The exciting thread of the book is supposed to be that hit men are after Jory. Apparently they are all bumbling idiots. Jory freely follows all his standard routines of home, work, and clubbing, but is seldom threatened by those who are chasing him.Jory's interactions with the people who love him, are bitchy at best.The narrator is great. He creates believable, likable voices for each character and accurately switches to the correct voices throughout the dialogs.
No not really - but it is not a bad performance. The voice of the storyteller was a little bit different in my head - younger sounding and lighter.
The main character, who also tells the story - Jory. He is weird, flawed and absolutely perfect at the same time. His personality is actualy the main reason why this is an amazing story. You cant help loving him and the way his mind work. It makes you listen to the story with a smile on your face.
Cant really tell you - nothing?
Best book by Mary Calmes by far - but you might want to wait until you can listen to all of the books in the "Matter of time" series - because this book is only the begining of the story.
I loved the whole concept of the story. I loved how it showed the way true love should be..
Everything it kept me interested the entire time. I couldn't out it down.
The voices were great he really brought out the story..
Jory's brother and Sam
Everyone should try this book. It took me a while I kept going back in forth reading comments but i took the plunge and glad I did. Mary Calmes is a wonderful writer and I love all her books. I can't wait for Volume 6 to be released to audio.
I love this series. I have listened to all volumes several times over. Mr Morey is my favorite narrator for the series too. I find the characters engaging and the story captivating all of the way through. I really wish that Ms Calmes would continue on with these characters. I enjoy living in their world!!
Yes. I usually re-read this novel once every six months. Jory and Sam's story is just the right amount of angst, love, hate, sex, and danger. I love Jory's inability to listen and get into trouble, but I love Sam's inability to not chase after him. Great story!
When Sam takes Jory to lunch with Maggie (Sam's girlfriend at the time) and gets into an argument with Jory to eat something before finally yelling "Just Eat something Baby!" and storming off. Poor maggie is like "Did he just call you Baby?" That scene is priceless.
Yes! I love his voice! He can make a deep sultry tone and a lighter more feminine tone. It's always good to have a narrator "Play" the part and Paul Morey does that to a T.
Love ya Mary Calmes keep making those awesome couples! I love Logan and Jin too!
Someone who likes characters that are shallow and vapid, who care nothing about endangering their lives, and who lives up to every 'Mary Sue' trope in the book.
No, but it has made me resolve never to purchase another book by Ms. Calmes.
I love his characterizations and will usually listen to anything he narrates, but this story is so bad, even he can't save it.
IMHO, I'd have to say no. I know Ms. Calmes has a large number of fans, but I am not amongst them.
The book had the potential to be so much better, but I have no compassion or love for any of the characters. Mr. Morey is the best thing about it.
Paul Morey did such an excellent job with his narration of this book as well as A Matter of Time Vol 2. Sam and Jory are a favorite couple and their characters really came through. I will continue to listen to the rest of the books in the series by Mary Calmes.
"Entertaining story read by a great narrator"
I've listened to this a couple of times and also had it in the car with my partner who enjoyed the story.
Good story line with humour and pathos - well recommended!
"A great read, errrr listen :-)"
I don't normally go for books about gay guys when they are written by women. I know, sexist, but I have to say this was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. About 3/4 of the way through I could tell what the ending would be but there were still a few twists and turns to come. I have given it 5* because I thoroughly enjoyed it and have purchased the second volume looking forward to more of the same. Only thing I missed was if Nick (the doctor) went off permanently with the guy our star offered him as a blind date. However, I can live with that. I guess Volume 2 might give us a clue with that and with what happens to the Cop, sorry detective lol. There are enough people in the story to keep up the momentum. Last comment, there was just enough sex detail in the story without being mindlessly crude. Thanks for that.
"Good-ish story with caveats"
Don't read this if you've ever had a controlling boyfriend. While the main character wants this, it's a bit close to the edge of being too much when not in the bedroom
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