Reviewed by Susan
TITLE: Tied Up In Knots
SERIES: Marshalls #3
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 260 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 16, 2016
Miro Jones is living the life: he’s got his exciting, fulfilling job as a US deputy marshal, his gorgeous Greystone in suburban Chicago, his beloved adopted family, and most importantly, the man who captured his heart, Ian Doyle. Problem is, Ian isn’t just his partner at work—Ian’s a soldier through and through. That commitment takes him away from Miro, unexpectedly and often, and it’s casting a shadow over what could be everything Miro could ever dream of.
Work isn’t the same without Ian. Home isn’t the same, either, and Miro’s having to face his fears alone… how to keep it together at the office, how to survive looming threats from the past, and worst of all, how to keep living without Ian’s rock-solid presence at his side. His life is tied up in knots, but what if unknotting them requires something more permanent? What would that mean for him and Ian? Miro’s stuck between two bad choices, and sometimes the only way to get out of the knot is to hold tight to your lifeline and pull.
This is one of the most anticipated series releases of 2016 and it does not disappoint!
When we last left Miro and Ian, they were settling in as partners and lovers and Ian had finally realized that he had to stake his claim on Miro in a permanent way. But things are not going smoothly. Ian’s deployments with his Special Forces unit are coming more and more frequently and it is causing both of them tremendous angst. Ian is finding it harder and harder to leave Miro and Miro is having more and more trouble holding it together when Ian is gone.
As always, Miro’s life is a whirlwind of work and friends and there is never a dull moment. He continues to collect people who are drawn to his looks and personality and with Ian gone, he is not as careful in his dealings with others as he should be. Ian is noticing all the attention that Miro is receiving from others when he is away and he is not liking it one bit. The lovers are coming to the realization that something has to give if they want to have the happy ever after together that they both crave. This leads to more angst than we have previously seen in the series.
The story is filled with a mixture of favourite and beloved characters. You cannot have a story about Miro and Ian without Miro’s girls and their fellow Marshalls. And of course, Sam Kage. Sam is true to form and steals every scene he is in.
We also cannot have a Marshalls book without the element of danger that comes from being a US Marshall. This time both Miro and Ian have ghosts from their past threaten their present.
The writing is classic Mary Calmes, very fluid and easy to read with the interwoven plotlines that characterize her books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to finding out what happens next.