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Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture - with a past that just might get Tracy killed.

Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend's little brother that he's a reliable man, but to do that he'll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It'll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord's is tarnished by his past indiscretions.

Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy's reserve. But he'd better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he's going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they're still standing when the tumult recedes.

©2014 Mary Calmes (P)2014 Dreamspinner Press

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Matter of Time Lite

If you liked A Matter of Time you will like this book. It is complete with a "Jory and Sam like" MCs, namely Tracy and Cord. It has a good murder mystery and protector vibe, a loving family on Tracy's side, and all round fun listen. Although there are a couple of characters that seem to go nowhere; which leads me to believe there may be a sequel. The narrator does a good job overall and really kept me engaged. I actually like the audio better than the ebook. Worth a credit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • JC
  • 12-01-14

Actually better than the ebook version.

What made the experience of listening to Floodgates the most enjoyable?

Yes. The narrator had a pleasant voice, he inserted some acting into his narration but wasn't over-the-top.

Would you recommend Floodgates to your friends? Why or why not?

I don't actually know anyone else in my circle who reads m/m romance...

What about Michael Anthony’s performance did you like?

Pleasant voice, sounded like he actually enjoyed narrating the story, and characters were distinct enough that it wasn't hard to follow the dialogue.

If you could rename Floodgates, what would you call it?

It's All About Breckin.<br/>Or<br/>There's Something About Breckin<br/>Or<br/>Being Breckin

Any additional comments?

Story would have been a lot better if the whole thing didn't revolve around the ex-boyfriend. He wasn't even interesting or likable but everything was about him.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Mary Calmes=Crack for the Soul.

Would you recommend Floodgates to your friends? Why or why not?

Well, I finished this little "gem" on the way home from work today.<br/>What can I say that every other review hasn't already? <br/><br/>My Audible App: "MICH, YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!" <br/>Me: "Ok, But Audible, I keep rating Mary Calmes books with like 3 stars worth of eh!... Why do you keep recommending them to me!!??"<br/>My Audible App: Because apparently you like books with 2 hot guys getting themselves in all sorts of shenanigans, HEA's, and I think cops and Russians?<br/>Me: SOB, it's a conspiracy.<br/><br/>Well, the narrator was good. Relaxing to listen to and was a perfect fit for Tracey, the main character. Oh Tracey. He was sometimes so VOID of common sense through the book that I had to wonder how he put both shoes on in the morning. <br/><br/>Listening to the storyline is a whole other bag of WTF. I gave in to the plot and just let it happen at about 50% thru when I realized the holes in the story were too big to ever fill.<br/><br/>The author tried to set up a murder mystery (?) in the background of this terribly dramatic love triangle of sorts. Tracey falls in love with Brecken the hot doctor. Brecken falls in love with, well, pretty much everything with 2 legs. Cord, the hot cop and best friend to Tracey's brother, is in love with Tracey. Tracey of course, has no idea. And then somehow we end up in a love triangle murder mystery and ooh, ooh…there is even baby mamma drama. <br/><br/>The book even has a hot Russian import/export guy with a weird backstory, that we never learn about but gets brought up annoyingly every 30 pages.<br/><br/>If you aren’t following my review, than you know exactly how I felt for 85% of this ridiculous book.<br/><br/>I will say this, the narrator of the audio book was great. This was the first time I listened to Michael Anthony, and he portrayed the twinky Tracey to perfection. I also liked his rumbly, grumbly, growly (yes, I am making fun of the author) version of Cord.<br/><br/>Shamefully, I give this book 3 stars on the high end. Mary books are so addicting, and I keep coming back to them!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Nice but maybe ripping of herself?

As a mary calmes fan i may expect too much when i start one of her new books - and i did enjoy this one. But i think she borrowed the personallities of her MC from Jory and Sam (matter of times series) Not complaining because i liked them but still it feel a little like deja vu.
The story is fine and if you havent read/listened to the other books u migth enjoy it more. If u loved the other books u will either like this just because it kinds of remind u of them or dislike it for the exact same reason.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good narration

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

Typical great Calmes!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to say, I loved all of Tracy's family, Loved Cord! Good characters with depth

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

First time for me and he did a great job! I would listen to others he narrates!

Who was the most memorable character of Floodgates and why?

Tracy

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B+ rating...

My Quickie Review:
Overall: 4.0
Performance: 4.25
Story: 3.75

Aww, I loved this book. There were a lot of things about this story that I loved...Cord was an awesome hero. I loved how the author showed his want through subtle things. I loved that show of vulnerability about him.

Then there was Tracy's family...I loved them all so much. When he moves back home for his safety? Some of the best scenes in this book.

Full disclosure...while I know that I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook...I listened to it all within a matter of two days, I put off writing the review for a few days. And now I'm having a difficult time remembering details. The story didn't stick with me. So, yes it was enjoyable at the time, but it wasn't one of those stories that stuck with me because it touched me deeply. It was fun, entertaining, and in a few months, I'll be able to listen to it again and it will be like a brand new audiobook.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Boring narrator, okayish story

Would you try another book from Mary Calmes and/or Michael Anthony?

Mary Calmes is a guilty pleasure read. You know there's not much substance there, but you read it for the fun of it. The narrator was boring and should never try a Russian accent ever, ever again.

Has Floodgates turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nope.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Michael Anthony?

Not likely. There was not enough energy in his acting.

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

Erm. Cord was hot?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Classic Calmes, I loved it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Of course, because it's a damn good book!

What did you like best about this story?

The banter back and forth between characters, I was in stitches, especially with Tracy and his family.

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

I have not but I was quite impressed, will definitely look for more of his work.

If you could rename Floodgates, what would you call it?

Why do you even ask this question, what is wrong with the title? Why fix what isn't broke.

Any additional comments?

Cord Nolan met Tracy Brandt five years ago when he arrived at his then partner’s house for a party and tried, unsuccessfully, to pick up his partner’s younger brother. Since then Alex has gone to work for the DEA and Cord has been promoted to homicide detective. He’s also spent very little time in way to many beds, but still hasn’t been in the one bed he longs to roll around in, Tracy’s. <br/><br/>Tracy is fresh off a bad break up after catching his ex-boyfriend Brecken with another man. Little did Tracy know that the other guy wasn’t the only guy… well, person, that his ex was getting friendly with. After Tracy is attacked not once, but twice, his over bearing, over protective family close ranks, along with Cord to ensure Tracy’s safety. Tracy has been so busy trying to convince his ex that he is, in fact, an ex that he has missed the change in Cord. But when they are forced to spend several hours alone on a plane, no possible route of escape, Tracy is finally forced to see the man that now stands before him. Long gone is the player from all those years ago that tried to get Tracy to ride him to the store, literally. But it’s hard to start a relationship when there is a psychotic killer systematically knocking off Brecken’s exes.<br/><br/>This was a fast paced, action packed, thrill ride of a story. There was suspense and a bit of mystery with the death of one man, the attack of a pregnant woman and two subsequent attacks on Tracy, Cord is convinced they are all related, but how? And all the while Cord is working the case he is trying to keep Tracy safe and convince Tracy that he loves him and wants to protect him forever. The chemistry between them is electric and undeniable, though for the first half of the book they manage to keep their hands to themselves. But once they open that door and there is no going back, they can’t even be in the same room without a small touch, a hand on the cheek, brushing back the hair.<br/><br/>It wasn’t just the mystery and the suspense that was a constant current throughout the book, or the love story of Cord and Tracy as it grew and engulfed them. It was the way all the characters were with each other. I had so much fun listening to Tracy with his family, that scene in the bedroom with the musical coffee cup, that was hysterical. And the banter between characters as well had me in stiches half the time.<br/><br/>Narrated by Michael Anthony and I’m always in awe of a narrator that can take a wide cast of characters and give each one their own unique voice. Anthony truly brought Calmes words to life with little nuances and tone inflections, like Tracy when he looks at Cord and asks “What?” so innocently knowing full well what it is. And Cord’s usually exasperated sigh, that little sigh always made me chuckle.<br/><br/>Definitely a must for those that love Mary Calmes work as much as I do. There is mystery, suspense, lots of action, romance, passion and such a fun HEA! <br/><br/>

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A must listen

I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end. The characters are well developed, the plot is fluid with minimal angst and continuous intrigue. Loved Tracy and Cord and the development of their relationship. The journey to reach the HEA is perfection. I especially like that some of the characters from this book appear in some of Rhys Ford's books. Makes me wish for a combined effort. Now that would be a read!!!

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  • Lifesavr
  • 599 Spruce Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
  • 03-23-17

Another great but straight forward romance

I generally can't figure anything out, but this story I kind of did. It completely a silly romance story, cheating, dead bodies and hot cops, and I liked it alot.