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Matter of Time: Vol. 1 | [Mary Calmes]

Matter of Time: Vol. 1

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....
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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

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    Donald VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, United States 03-28-13
    Donald VALDOSTA, GEORGIA, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Time is the answer..."

    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.

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    Elaine Portland, OR, United States 05-28-13
    Elaine Portland, OR, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Kudos to Morey's characterization of Det Sam Kaje!"

    An enjoyable series made better by the narrator. Morey's characterization of Sam Kaje is incomparable!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rob in Fresno Fresno, CA United States 03-29-13
    Rob in Fresno Fresno, CA United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Many characters but very little story."
    What did you like best about Matter of Time: Vol. 1? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Calmes again?

    Probably not.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    ebony LANSDOWNE, MD, United States 02-04-13
    ebony LANSDOWNE, MD, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Love the story!!"
    What did you love best about Matter of Time: Vol. 1?

    I loved the whole concept of the story. I loved how it showed the way true love should be..


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything it kept me interested the entire time. I couldn't out it down.


    What does Paul Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices were great he really brought out the story..


    If you could take any character from Matter of Time: Vol. 1 out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jory's brother and Sam


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J odense v, Denmark 01-16-13
    J odense v, Denmark 01-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "LOVE this story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Matter of Time: Vol. 1 to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Paul Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Cant really tell you - nothing?


    Who was the most memorable character of Matter of Time: Vol. 1 and why?

    se above...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Libros Lover Booklandia 01-27-14
    Libros Lover Booklandia 01-27-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Time Out"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Has Matter of Time: Vol. 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it has made me resolve never to purchase another book by Ms. Calmes.


    What does Paul Morey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love his characterizations and will usually listen to anything he narrates, but this story is so bad, even he can't save it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    IMHO, I'd have to say no. I know Ms. Calmes has a large number of fans, but I am not amongst them.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 03-11-13
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 03-11-13 Member Since 2012

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "JUST WOW!"

    I did not expect this. I was totally blown away. This was my first gay romance and let me tell you, I am so glad I picked a Mary Calmes book. Jory is simply an amazing character, and Sam... gush gush*** is just all alpha cop male!

    I loved how Jory and Sam's relationship started. I just simply blushed all night as I listen to this... I thought it would be weird or something... all hardcore male domination or something... or gushy girly male romance. But let me tell you...this was drama, action, undercover cop stake out and totally real deal male/male relationship. I wonder how Calmes did it. I mean...how to write from a gay male perspective and do it so well was simply amazing. Plus... Jory was just FUNNY!!! I totally laughed out loud...like ALOT! LOVED IT!!!

    Narrator was great. I loved his voice for Jory and Sam... so great.

    Great Buy b/c I am hooked... but a good credit too.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sydney ROYAL PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, United States 02-08-14
    Sydney ROYAL PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I love Jory & Sam..."
    Would you listen to Matter of Time: Vol. 1 again? Why?

    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!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Matter of Time: Vol. 1?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Paul Morey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you could rename Matter of Time: Vol. 1, what would you call it?

    So Jory...


    Any additional comments?

    Love ya Mary Calmes keep making those awesome couples! I love Logan and Jin too!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 06-20-13
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 06-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "the narration was okay"

    This one is hard. I liked it but I was exasperated a lot with the Jory Keyes/Harcourt & Sam Kage relationship. But I think the narrator didn't help.

    Detective Sam Kage was investigating an attempted murder and had to protect Jory as a witness to that crime. Sam started off making snide comments about Jory, his looks and sexuality, but it became clear Sam was really curious. After taking a walk on the wild side with Jory, Sam starting warring with what he wanted versus what he thought he should want/have versus what his family/society expects him to have.

    I don't know if I like Jory and Sam as a couple. Jory brings out the best in Sam, but Sam doesn't bring out the best in Jory--I think Dane does, but Dane is his straight brother/boss.

    Detective Sam Kage needs to get a mental health evaluation. I don't know what's wrong with him, but whatever it is, I am sure he will require some shrink time.

    Jory may need to see someone too because he started this book off as a callous and indifferent young 22 year old. Detective Sam Kage basically brought out the inner doormat in Jory. If Jory bent any further for Sam, he would have broken his back. At the end, the Aloof Jory was an emotional mess and Sam was still a self-centered bully, lacking self-awareness and a true appreciation of the emotional upheaval he creates.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 05-02-13
    Amazon Customer United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "My fav Calmes story made even greater by narrator"

    I love this story, with strong characters unfolding their convoluted personalities and twisting paths toward each other, over several books and sequels. I read Matter of Time v 1 and 2 twice before buying the audible version. Paul Morey is one of the best male narrators I've ever heard, good to see such a story matched with such a narrator. He gives a distinctive, expressive voice to each character, major and minor alike, male and female. His dark, growly Sam Cage voice is deep enough to show up on the Richter scale. And yet Paul Morey can reveal every nuance of Jory's charmingly mercurial personality with his voicings. And his pace in the narrative portions is deliberate, unhurried, but always compelling.

    Dreamspinner Press, are you listening? So why did you switch to such a low-talent narrator in the sequel "Bulletproof"? I bought it without checking narrator, and was gobsmacked to find that it wasn't Paul Morey narrating the story. More about that in my Bulletproof review.

    I don't want to see my favorite stories turned into movies or plays. I do want to hear them read as a performance. I can't wait for the audible version of "But for You", are you listening Dreamspinner Press and Ms. Calmes??? I won't buy it if either Jeff Gelder or Andrew Schwartz narrates. If The Perfect Paul Morey isn't available, there are plenty of other talented narrators like Sean Crisden and Eric G. Dove. Sam and Jory's story deserves to end with better treatment in the audible version.

    Thank you DSP and MC and PM for a fabulous first four books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "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!

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