ARC Review: Tied Up in Knots by Mary Calmes

Posted September 16, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

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ARC Review: Tied Up in Knots by Mary Calmes
Tied Up in Knots
by Mary Calmes

4 Stars


Released: September 16th 2016
Series: Marshals #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 260
Format: eARC

Recommended Read!

“I just love the combination of Calmes’ writing style with her version of action and suspense. It’s unbeatable in my opinion.”
~ Under the Covers

TIED UP IN KNOTS is the third book in the Marshals series and it’s probably the most unique one yet. Again, we’re plunged straight into the action with Ian and Miro, one of my favorite M/M couples. But what’s cool about this book is that if you’re a fan of Rhys Ford’s Sinners series, you can recognize a couple of characters in this book. How fun is it that St. John and Morgan are in this book as well? Don’t worry if you haven’t read Ford or anything, you’ll still be able to enjoy this book, but it’s just nice for fans who read both authors to see the cross-over in this book. If I didn’t love Mary Calmes already, I’d love her even more for adding this special touch to her books. It’s very hard to integrate well-loved characters from another author into their own series, but I think Calmes does it well without overshadowing her own characters and also doing the cameo characters justice.

In addition to that, I think the action and suspense in this series gets amped up in this book. Right from the first page, Miro is thrown into some serious business and from there, it only seems to heat up as people are pointing fingers at Sam when some evidence is tampered with. Miro blows a gasket when the words “dirty” gets thrown around because he just won’t let anyone badmouth his boss.

As much as I love Miro in this book, the change in Ian Doyle is great. We’re seeing a much softer side of this tough guy and I loved all the little, sweet moments that was interspersed in the writing. The actual writing of this book also felt a little bit different too. There’s less banter and hanging around with the guys and more action and suspense. I think Calmes was really trying to make this book bigger and better and I think she definitely achieved it. I know there’s another book still to come, but I’m already hoping she continues with more books in this series. I just love the combination of Calmes’ writing style with her version of action and suspense. It’s unbeatable in my opinion.




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About Mary Calmes

Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She loves buying books and going to conventions to meet her fans.


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Glad their story is still strong


Thanks for the review Annie

Amy R
Amy R

Sounds good, adding to my wishlist.

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Hope you ladies enjoy!