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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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Ehh on the story, but a great narration.

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**

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Short, Sexy and Steamy!

Where does Blue Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top of my list, but then I love anything by Mary Calmes!

What other book might you compare Blue Days to and why?

Super Sock Man by Amy Lane. Both are super short, sexy and steamy and just make you smile.

What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

LOVED IT! I love his articulation with Asian culture and voices.

If you could rename Blue Days, what would you call it?

Sunny Days!

Any additional comments?

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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5 stars = I freaking LOVED this audiobook!!!

I adored Blue Days, both the story that Calmes has penned and the way that Tremblay brings the characters to life. I've already listened to it three times - a feat made easier by the fact that it's not quite three hours long. That said, even if it were longer it would be on my re-listen to pile because I enjoyed the story that much. So much so, that I've added the title to my buy list so that I can add it to my library permanently.

Told from Dwyer's point of view, Blue Days is the story of an office infatuation that is over before it started when the object of Dwyer's affection is placed in a position of authority over him (and because he thinks his boss is straight). While an office romance wasn't necessarily off the table (even if Dwyer didn't act on it), sleeping with the boss is... until it isn't. An unexpected business trip to the Florida Panhandle puts Dwyer in closer contact with Takeo than he ever expected and, after he gets the signal that his boss isn't as straight as he thought he was, Dwyer finds himself unable to keep his hands... and lips... and other body parts to himself. [And the B&B's owner wasn't the only one enjoying Takeo expressing his pleasure, loudly and repeatedly, lol.] While I'd typically say that it was unfortunate that what happened in Mangrove didn't stay in Mangrove, for Dwyer and Takeo, their outing may turn out to be the best thing that could have happened to them -- but you'll have to read or listen to the book and decide for yourself.

Personally, I recommend grabbing the audiobook because Greg Tremblay reminded me again why I enjoy his vocal performances so much. Tremblay is amazingly talented and does such a wonderful job of creating distinct voices for each of the characters, that I've yet to listen to an audiobook narrated by him and get confused as to which character is taking center stage at the time. He makes me feel the characters' emotions, giving me a front row seat on the rollercoaster ride that is Dwyer and Takeo's romance. Because I was able to listen to Blue Days via the Romance Package, I'm going to treat myself to the next installment in the series so that I can spend more time with Calmes and Tremblay and the interesting residents of Mangrove, Florida.

NOTE: I listened to this title via Audible's Romance Package.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Cute but too short

If you’ve listened to books by Mary Calmes before, how does this one compare?

It's my least favorite so far, all her other books have seemed more developed to me. I feel like this book started pretty well but then at some point the plot was just rushed through, kind of like all the plot outlines are there, but the details have not really been filled in.

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I wish this book had either been simplified or allowed to take up more space.
The plot was fine, but felt rushed to me.
The characters were interesting, but I feel like I was not really allowed to follow them on their journey.

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  • CK
  • 01-08-18

Great narration, ok story.

I was very impressed by the narration, especially the Japanese accents. However, the story and character development just wasn't on par with Ms. Calmes' better works. Still, I enjoyed listening to this and happy it was included in the Romance Package.

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Just OK!

I love Mary Calmes books but this one didn't do it for me. Takeo and Dwyer fell in love way too quick for me. I think in the end they gave up a lot for being in a relationship for only a hot minute. As always Greg Tremblay did a great job.

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Short and sweet

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.

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Good story made great by Greg Tremblay

If you could sum up Blue Days in three words, what would they be?

Entertaining, sweet, great!

What other book might you compare Blue Days to and why?

Rhys Ford's, Cole McGinnis series, just for the narrator. Maybe Frog or Still by Mary Calmes

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene when Dwyer hangs up on Tekao's Dad.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

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.

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Very enjoyable, I love Greg Tremblay's voice.

I would definitely recanted this read to anyone that loves M/M fiction, Mery Calmes is one of the best.

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Wonderful

What a wonderful story! I loved the romance and perspective - strong, down to earth, romantic without rotting your Cupid’s teeth. Great great story and a great reading. I’m in love. :)

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  • Caroline
  • 05-09-15

One of my favourites

I enjoy all of Mary Calmes's work and this is one of my favourites, and the narration is especially good.