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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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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 08-23-15

So Much Promise But !!!

I'm afraid this book irritated me quite a bit. I really do try and give a story a chance and I liked the way this one began but all of a sudden the good intro gave way to what seemed like another story entirely - one that seemed to be about this character called Dane and from what was being presented I couldn't find anything to like about the guy (read, boring). Nor did I like all the whining the author had the women characters going thru. Actually both the women who liked Dane and the men who liked Jory were irritatingly needy - it was ridiculous. I was like ENOUGH ALREADY! If I heard them say "Jory" one more time - it all just seemed like "filler." Its kind of like in horror movies when the girl gets the call from the stalker she keeps talking to the guy rather than hanging up! I felt that same frustration about Jory and Dane. I noticed other reviewers had similar impressions. (For better character interaction I'd suggest another author's books about Ty and Zane in the Cut and Run series. They are funny, delicious, angst ridden and sexy.) Maybe I'm not being fair because I simply couldn't get thru the book - I just couldn't stomach all the self glorification of Jory and Dane - everyone else appeared pathetic. And like I said a lot of the "dialogue" was monotonous, just different characters saying the same thing. I don't have a soap opera mentality and I would rather have an author stick with the main characters than populate it with boring ones. I hate half written sex scenes, either have a sex scene or don't. Don't give some estimate details then say after that.
Overall I will try the next book and at under 10 bucks is it was OK but far from anything great.
The narrator was bland with Jory's voice but OK with others so I not sure about the whole delivery of the story.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, bad narrator

Having read this book before purchasing the audio book, I can say that this is the wrong narrator for this series. Narrator is dull. Jory is this wonderful character, who is suppose to be spunky with a little snark thrown in. After listening to this book, the whole story just comes across boring and that is because of the narrator, not the story. I recommend reading this one instead of listening to it.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I LOVE Jory and Sam

This story is continued for several books but the time spent listening is well worth it.
I love their story and as a lesbian women, I understand Sam's life. I really enjoy Sam and Jory. I also love the Marshal's story that is three books.
I enjoy Mary Calmes writing and really enjoy the long books in audible.

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Not her best

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I like Mary's writing and police procedurals, but this story is just about Jory. There are just too many characters who don't really matter to the plot line. (I'm very good with a plethora of characters as I have read Anne Rice for years).

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Calmes again?

I love her Marshalls Series.

Which scene was your favorite?

Where Jory meets Sam's mother for the first time.

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

Not really

Any additional comments?

I'm mad that I started this because I have to now purchase the rest (or at least to the end of the current storyline) to see who this ends.

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my first book

good ol cop story, with the out going guy that can never be held down without the boyfriend. relationships are typical drama.

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  • Heather
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 07-15-17

Given enough time

This story takes lots of time and 4 "books"; (volumes 1 & 2) before you get a HEA. Having said that: this is a really good series. Not my favorite (Timing & After the Sunset) but certainly my #2 series for Mary. Jory sets the bar for Mary's classic ditzy but smart; doesn't know he's beautiful, male lead. Sam is classic gorgeous Alpha male. Don't know if Mary wrote this series first, but these are the character types that flavor most of her other books. A good read and a good listen

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JORY KEYES

I love me some Jory myself.. I enjoy the story and I love the narrator I didn't want to stop but I have work and I need sleep 😴

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Get On With It Already

I have real mixed feelings on this story and really wasn't sure how to rate. I've read other things by Mary Calmes and really loved them. But this story was a roller coaster ride but almost too much of one for me. The on again - off again relationship between the main characters is almost exhausting. There were times I wanted to take one guy and smack the other guy with him. There seems to be so much caring and yet they both keep questing their feelings and seeking out other people. I also really hated the ending of the second book. Of course I'll listen to the next one and really hope that this all turns out alright in the end.

The narration worked really well in this audio version and you could easily tell when there was a switch between speaking characters.

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  • Steven
  • Ankeny, IA, United States
  • 02-10-17

Overall good with some mixed feelings

Jory Keyes is a young gay play boy type who likes to go clubbing and entertains one night stands. After witnessing a murder however, his life is changed forever. Suddenly there are people out to get him and he finds himself under the protection of detective Sam Kage, an older man who is straight. Sam's opinion of Jory's lifestyle is not very high but throughout the course of the book he finds himself being more and more protective and worse yet attracted to the younger man. Jory has a problem with being protected and brakes protocol more than once going out into a dangerous situation when he should not causing Sam to step in and get him out of danger. Sam is a big, rugged hunk of a guy and Jory also finds himself being attracted to him. The character of Jory is a little shallow but develops further in other books of the series. Sam however is a pretty solid character who wrestles with the fact that he is attracted to this younger man. The book is pretty much about this chemistry as it develops between the two. My only problem with the book is that both characters are perfect tens in appearance and not very realistic. Every woman wants them and every man wants them also. They each apparently have relationship problems that they've dealt with but as they're described in reality they could probably have anyone they want. Overall the book was very good and entertaining with lots of drama and humor added in. Plenty of hot sex scenes between the two main characters to help you with your fantasies. The book is part of a series however and I'll give you fair warning that it ends in a cliffhanger. I gave it it four stars out of five.

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Gotta love Sam and Jory!

When I first read this series I really, really loved it and it’s what put me in the Mary Calmes fan club for life! There’s a bunch about this story that I still adore, but I’ve noticed that this particular Mary story isn’t one I re-visit often and so I decided to do just that. I wanted to see my guys again and I wanted to write a formal review, seeing as I haven’t yet.

What can I say? On the one hand, I absolutely love Sam Kage and find him amazingly sexy and endearing. He’s Alpha to the core, and that really appeals to me, so when he finds himself in love with the train-wreck that is Jory and he’s all mushy – yeah – that really does it for me!

(I find myself comparing this story to Kaje Harper’s Life Lessons series – the cop/gay guy is too similar to ignore, but, honestly, that series really delves far more deeply into their relationship in a way that feels more realistic while this tends to be a bit more about the action and adventure. So they are kinda like apples and oranges in that resepect.)

On the other hand, Jory makes me crazy. I didn’t ever really bond with him as a character. He’s pretty self-involved, but in a clueless way. I never understood, besides his good looks and talents in bed, why everyone loved him so much. I suppose he has a “heart of gold” but he’s always in trouble! (When he gets kidnapped near the end, his inner monologue makes no sense. There’s no sense of urgency or fear and I think that doesn’t make sense given how much he’s supposed to be in love with Sam by this point…)

The thing about this series is it’s length. It is LONG. There is just SO MUCH DRAMA! Then, at the end of this, Sam LEAVES! That makes me crazy! (I’ll be saying more on this in the next review, when the two not only end up apart for YEARS but also end up having relationships with other people while they’re apart!)

So… you have to keep reading, because by now you’re totally enthralled and wondering WTF will happen to these guys next, because, obviously, it ends in HEA, but WOW, they’ve got a rough road to get there!

The other thing that kinda makes me crazy is all the secondary and tertiary characters. It’s supremely evident when listening to this, because there are so many side little stories and whatnot. I’m just not so sure how vital they are to the overall story.

We get that Jory is clueless. That’s hit over our head over and over. We get that Sam’s in the closet. We get that everyone loves Jory. There are a lot of little moments that illustrate this for us, and I’m not sure we needed them all.

Finally, the narration.

First, there is this horribly, cheesy lounge music at the beginning of every chapter that I despise! I just have to grit my teeth when it comes on.

Next, I love Paul Morey and he does a great job voicing Sam and Jory. Unfortunately he’s been around long enough that his voices also sound like other characters near and dear to me, so when I hear the evil guy who kidnapped Jory near the end sound like Shane from Amy Lane’s Promise series, I kinda get freaked out! I know it’s not his fault, and depending on what order you’ve listened to books, that voice may be weird coming from Shane but… It’s just something I noticed this time around.

So… If this is your first exposure to the series I don’t want you to think it’s not good. Because it is. It’s one of the best out there and the figures are almost iconic if you know Mary and her stories, Sam and Jory are kind of a theme for her.

I’d read a few reviews before deciding if it’s for you, but really, if you’re an m/m fan, you’re gonna need to read this and you’ll love it, I’m sure

Overall, for the narration and this book.