No Quick Fix

Torus Intercession, Book One
Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
Series: Torus Intercession, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs
Categories: LGBT, Romance
4.6 out of 5 stars (272 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A retired SEAL is about to face his toughest assignment yet. As a nanny...

Fixer. Bodyguard. Advocate. Brann Calder is expected to play all these roles and more as a member of Torus Intercession, a security firm guaranteed to right what’s wrong. In the military, catastrophe was his specialty. Five months out of the service, Brann is still finding his way, so a new assignment might be just what he needs. Unless it includes two things sure to make a seasoned, battle-trained veteran nervous: life in a small town, and playing caregiver to two little girls. 

Emery Dodd is drowning in the responsibility of single fatherhood. He’s picked up the pieces after losing his wife and is ready to move on now, hopeful that his engagement to a local patriarch’s daughter will not only enrich his community but will grant his daughters some stability, too. 

The only thing standing in Emery’s way is that he can’t seem to keep his eyes - and hands - off the former soldier he’s hired to watch his girls until the wedding. 

Emery’s future is riding on his upcoming nuptials, but being with Brann makes him and his family feel whole again. Too bad there’s no way for them to be together. 

Or is there?

©2019 Mary Calmes (P)2019 Mary Calmes

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4.5 Stars

Scott R. Smith does another good job bringing all the characters to life and setting an easy listening pace in this contemporary romance with a likeable cast and a very Calmesian plot. 😘 Single POV, with no cheating, plenty of heat later in the story, a bit of a mystery to play out, and a very happy ending. I loved it. 

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Great New Series - Super Plot - Excellent Cast

This is another wonderful dimension to the Mary Calmes universe of storytelling. Although an improbable scenario of a retired Navy Seal becoming a nanny in rural Montana, it nonetheless became a sweet story of family and love. I look forward to the next book in the series. It would be cool to do a crossover with Miro Jones and Ian Doyle from the Marshals Series with Brann and Emery’s story ... and have both Tristan James and Scott Smith collaborate on the narration. The Marshals are looking for a fugitive in rural Montana and need Brann’s help. One suggestion: The narrator blew it on the pronunciation of Montana’s state Capitol City, Helena: the proper pronunciation is HEH-LUH-NUH, NOT (!) HE-LAY-NA. The story of naming of Helena Montana is widely known as it was a compromise name between Union and Confederate veterans of the Civil War....and even then there was a disagreement as to the proper pronunciation. Scott Smith’s performance was fantastic except the constant mispronunciation of Helena (HE-LAY-NA), so 1 star exception.

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Perfect Quarantine Period Listen

This book is just what I needed for this crazy quarantine period. It's low in angst. Great story. Enjoyable cast of characters, specially Olivia and April. There's a bit of humor injected in some parts of the story and I have laughed out loud a few times. There's also a bit of mystery. Frustrating in some parts because of Brann's stubbornness, but I don't blame him one bit. The story actually touches a lot of tough subjects and emotional aspects, but Mary Calmes found a way to write it without being too heavy on the angst. Also, there's a lot of steam once the MCs got together. Mary Calmes knows how to write some sexy scenes! I enjoyed Scott R. Smith's narration of this book. He is a new-to-me narrator and his performance was great. I can't wait for the next book of this series.

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All fixed in the end.

No quick fix was right up my alley. Any small quibbles with this story are excused as I found it delightful, heartwarming, touching and romantic. In addition we get a bit of a mystery and murder to be solved! What's not to like? Also a cast of interesting and diverse characters to keep the story interesting and moving along.

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cant wait for book 2.

story needed more, but overall enjoyable. can't wait for book two. performance was very good.

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I did not care for this narration.

I could only listen to part of the first chapter. This narrator's voice did not pair well with the main character's "voice" in my mind. I found it distracted from the story for me.

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Great story. Great narration.

This is the great book if you need a positive emotional boost that includes pretty men. The narrator was an excellent choice.

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Narration really dragged down an average story

Putting Scott R Smith on my "do not listen to" list. Every sentence started acceptably loud and fast and ended more drawled out and way too breathy. Every sentence! It was very annoying. It added an unrealistic feminine quality to every character's voice. And while the main character's voice was acceptable, once you got more than two characters in the scene, narrator frequently got the "voices" mixed up and they were already hard to distinguish. This is the second book I've listed to by this narrator and I won't listen to another. Sure, there are much worse narrators out there, but he's narrating a well known, well liked author. I expected better. I am a Mary Calmes fan but this wasn't one of her best stories. It would have been significantly better if it weren't written in first person, another perspective to liven up the story a bit. Bran came across as way too perfect in actions and temperament yet was constantly berating himself while story line "said" he had an abundance of confidence.

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I loved it.

A lovely story. It was heartwarming from very early on. The writing is good, the location is easy to visualize. I'm glad I bought it and the time listening was very well spent. This is my second Mary Calmes book after Stand in Place. I enjoyed them both, but No Quick Fix more. I'll keep reading and listening to her. I'm confident to recommend it.

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Good book bad background noise

I thought the story was good and the narrator was great. Am I the only one that can hear all the background noises? I hear freaking birds and traffic. It takes me out of the story and drives me crazy.

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  • Kindle Fairy
  • 09-12-20

Great to relax to

I was looking for something warm and relaxing to listen to without much angst or devastation and it was very difficult to find one that also had a good narration. As soon as I played the sample I started to relax. This is a great, heart warming story, with just enough action and drama to frustrate the path of romance and create a few chuckles. Trigger warning: this deals with themes of grief and loss, of a mother and wife but is handled well by the author.

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  • Alice
  • 09-28-19

Wouldn't recommend

So unbelievable I kept rolling my eyes. It's like a Disney romance with two princes. Actually the story pretty much follows the plot of The Sound Of Music but with no singing and less children. But it was cute, you know... The children were the best bit.

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 07-28-19

good book

there are only a few bad things about this book, the mc sometimes goes very out of character and gets extremely distracted by stupid things when important information it being given to him this leads to him constantly interrupting other characters and ignoring important details. the only other thing is the narrator is a bit bland for the roll

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-07-19

No Quick Fix

Well read,feel good story of high quality I have come to expect from Mary Calmes. The characters were extremely likeable. A good read.