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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 atteJory 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....

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A Matter of Time, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Julio Genao
    2019-04-04 21:27

    outrageous fortune.perfectly absurd, and i ate it up like a pig at the trough.you set an alpha top like that before me in real life and i would climb him like a tree, slide backwards onto his cock like a chinese gymnast on crystal meth, and spin like a roman fucking candle.that is all.

  • Nick Pageant
    2019-04-11 18:25

    Let's start with what I like to think is a direct quote from Mary Calmes herself.You're right, Mary. I do love you and I do despair at your plot fuckery. I spent half the book saying this -And the other half doing this -Still, I ate this up and I'm ready for more. Bring it, Calmes!

  • SheReadsALot
    2019-04-03 22:50

    4.5 HEARTS--Confession: I am a Jory Keyes and Sam Kage virgin.Relax...I am Jory virgin, no longer.I have already considered myself part of the Calmes guild, so to say. I love her words, don't care what anyone else has to say about it. She's my crack and I will huff it whenever I want. Her words give me just what I want: hot alpha vs. a matyr-ish lovable, less dominant man. It's like coming back for your favorite treat each time.Now I understand the Jory references to all that come after.Now I get the Sam Kage comparisons.I've read the prototypes. Bathed in the Calmesian springs of yummy manhandling, twirled in the peacoat wearing, I see the light and everything is coming out Jory.How in the world did he get so far in life? It must be pure luck because he's just too fearless to be good for his health. He doesn't follow any logical rules, doesn't think when it comes to the important life threatening stuff and yet still comes out with his life. But there's something saint like and magical about him that drew me to him.He's a magnet, damn it. I'm not going to feel his neck and touch his face like everyone else in the book did (that's hella creepy and if anyone did that to me, they're looking to get crotch punched) Seriously, what's up with that? Random people just touched him like he was the second coming. But I'm drawn to the foolhardy twink. He should not be alive with all the silly yet dangerous situations he gets himself in. Jory...he's just so Jory. He witnesses a murder and instead of being traumatized or fearful of retaliation, he goes to a club and sucks a dick. Why not? And you get alpha detective Sam Kage, who is straight and kind of a jerk to Jory in the beginning, falling under Jory's spell. Throwing Jory against surfaces, grabbing and just being so handsy...that I liked. I was in a mood for an alpha main character who was possessive and borderline obsessive and I got that with Sam. But his struggle with his attraction to Jory, an out and proud gay man...that was real. And that is what sold me on this story. Behold the mighty powers of JoryI'm not rehashing the plot because this is MM romance staple, right here. If you haven't read it, you totally should.I usually dislike following the same couple in a series but I will be following these two, for however many times they break up and get back together again. Both are martyrs, who think it's better to be apart to save the other at different points in their relationship. Both are foolish for one another. I have a feeling this is going to be one long and arduous fucking ride to their HEA. Book #7 is going be released later this year and now I get why Mary Calmes loves Jory because there's something about him.Fuck it. I'm cosigning with this series. Long live Jory and Sam. May these two crazy kids finally get it together.

  • Mirjana **DTR - Down to Read**
    2019-03-31 17:40

    ***3.75 Stars***I'm folding and finally starting this series....and now that I've read the first books, I don't even know what to say?This was one of the most scatterbrained stories I've ever read, yet so completely addicting! It was over the top and unbelievable, but I just couldn't put the book down. The plot in a nutshell: Jory witnesses a murder. Detective Sam Kage was working on that case. Jory should go in protective custody, but he's all "Naaah, I'll be alright." All of a sudden, Sam starts showing up everywhere Jory is (bit stalkerish, but we'll go with it). One thing leads to another and the detective and our darling Jory end up in a quasi-relationship. Now, that's the main plot...but please keep in mind that there are approximately 7,642 other things also going on. Let's discuss Jory. Jory is beautiful, breathtaking, gorgeous, enthralling, captivating, phenomenal, engaging, marvelous, charming...ok, I'm all out of words and I don't want to look in a thesaurus for more words to describe how unbelievably AWESOME and BEAUTIFUL Jory is to everyone in this book. But here's the thing.... if you asked me to describe him, I couldn't give you more than he's got brown eyes and blondish hair. That's it, that's all I've got. But everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, absolutely LOVES him! I just don't understand why everyone was obsessed with him. He was sweet and kind, but he was also obtuse and selfish, rude and self-involved and at times a downright jerk (That's right Jory....you could have handled the Nick situation better and not turned the poor guy into a crazy, desperate mess). And what the fuck is up with everyone constantly touching him?? And leading him around by the neck? He's a grown ass man...let him walk on his own for fuck's sake! Moving on to Detective Sam Kage. Well, he was one hell of a hot and cold asshole. I wish we got some of his POV, but alas I know that is not Mary Calmes's way. Some were not fans of Detective Kage, but he worked for me.You could tell he really cared for Jory, he just didn't know how to deal with it all the time. He's overwhelmed with these new feelings for a man and afraid of what that means for his career, his family and the future he thought he wanted. But at the same time, he can't fight his feelings for Jory. Jory makes him feel so much....sometimes too much. "You're the first and only man I have ever been in bed with.""I know.""It's something, lemme tell you.""Are you sure this is what you want?""Stupid question. It's all I want.""How come?""'Cause being in bed with you, it's different.""How different?""Like I always figured it was supposed to feel.""I have never wanted anyone like I want you, Jory. I don't even think people are supposed to feel like this."He's so conflicted with everything. But I have to say, he could be so tender and sweet with Jory. You really saw how Jory balanced and settled him. But let's not forget the man is also a brute and has a possessive and passionate side too. He was a great balance of all for me. Things aren't easy for these two....not by a long shot. When times are good, they're great...but when the outside world and reality come crashing in...they can be oh so bad. This is one hell of a bumpy ride. Put on your seatbelt and enjoy. I had never, ever been crazier about anyone else. Sam Kage was the man of my dreams; it was too bad that being with him always became a nightmare.Now, if you don't mind...after the ending here, I'm off to dive headfirst into book 3. I CANNOT believe this book ended the way it did!!!!!

  • Amy Lane
    2019-04-17 17:50

    Okay, I was exceptionally stressed and I needed a story that was going to give me a tremendous happy so I reached for these books, which I had been saving for a rainy day. I could not have chosen better.Jory is one of Mary's most memorable creations--flighty, brilliant, self-indulgent at the same time he'd do anything for a friend, Jory is complex, irritating, and wonderful. Sam starts out the series as a complete bastard--but he's also tormented and pretty in love with Jory so we can forgive him. The two of them together make so much sense that we just physically NEED to see a happy ending for the two of them. My only complaint is that it took two books to get there--but since I loved reading both books, it's not much of a complaint. There are (as is usual for Mary's books) a whirlwind of memorable secondary characters and a charming message about the redemptive power of love (especially for Sam, because that complete bastard thing is not an understatement) and in general? Mary Calmes A Matter of Timebooks are everything we read romance for.

  • Fiona Goodman
    2019-04-07 21:39

    Casting of A Matter of Time. Written review to followJory: Mathias Lauridsen (The only guy pretty enough to make a straight man gay....) Sam: This gorgeous unknown man... Or.... Chris Hemsworth (Blonde,brown hair, check. Slate blue eyes, check. 6"3 inches, close enough...and hot,hot hot!!!) Dane: Hugh Jackman (Hansome, debonair and damn sexy in a tux!). Dane's expression when Jory does something stupid....

  • BWT (Belen)
    2019-03-25 21:33

    I adore Mary Calmes "Matter of Time" series. Anyone who doesn't like it can suck it.I'm rating this 5 stars based on the sheer number of times I gravitate back to this - if I'm in a bad mood or a sad mood and need a pick-me-up - I throw on the MoT series and all is right in my world again.That being said - in the first two books (Volume 1) Sam is a giant ASSHOLE and Jory deserved to be treated better.UPDATED for audiobook:Paul Morey does a good job. I'll admit the first few times I didn't particularly care for Dane Harcourt's voice, but the whole thing has grown on me (after over 20 listens I would hope so).Note for the sticklers: the audio has some flubs, some duplications of sentences, etc., and some mispronunciations. It's not Morey's best work, but when you listen to it as often as I have - you get used to it. BUT - if I'm being honest - and I was rating this going in cold for the first time? I'd give the narration 3 stars.However, this is an audio I listen to at least three times a year (which I used to listen to it at least monthly) so I give it a lot of leeway. *sighs* I just love these characters.

  • Wendy
    2019-04-12 23:31

    Reread June 25 2016. I absolutely love this series, reading it alsways makes me feel better. There aint nobody like Jory !! I wish I had a Jory in my life ;) <305-05-2015This book was just ridiculous. It was OTT and pretty much not believable. Still...I could not put it down !! I stayed up until morning reading it...it's like crack...bookcrack. Sam was a bit of an asshole and I hope he changes a bit in the next books (which I will be reading asap). Jory was a bit of a doormat...I hope he finds his balls back because I like him better with balls. There is only one complaint I have and that's that it's a bit lacking on the sexyside. I am used to M-M books that are a bit more graphic...this is a lot of fade to black and not very descriptive. Thats what I liked so much in the cut & run series. So 4,5 stars instead of 5 because I like my m-m books steamy HOT !! But that's a personal preference :)

  • Barbara➰
    2019-03-25 19:32

    After reading the Marshals series, I was intrigued by Sam Kage. I get Mary’s newsletters and there’s always a snippet from Jory and Sam. I mean what’s not love about an uber mysterious alpha where you catch glimpses of his loving family side.I have no idea how to rate this. Can you hate a book so much that you love it? I don't think I've ever read a book that's had me in such a quandary as to how to rate it. I honestly don't know whether I loved this book, oh Jory how I loved YOU. Or whether I hated it..Sam Kage I'm looking at you. Well, let me tell you just in case you missed my status updates.I FUCKING HATED SAM KAGE. He was awful. He was a mean, rude, bullying abusive Asshole with a capital A. What a dick. I don’t think I have ever hated a main character as much as I hated Sam Kage. I kept hoping and hoping he’d come around and quit his asshole behavior. But sadly nope. Oh yeah, he does come around but then what does he do? Leaves. Yep. This book stressed me out to no end. The push/pull was exhausting. Sam couldn’t make up his mind if he wanted to screw Jory or shoot him. Poor Jory. Yes…I am team Jory. If I have to take sides, I choose Jory. I loved him. I loved his crazy ways. The only thing I hated was I wanted him to tell Sam to go fuck himself on a rusty knife. Yes, that is how much I hated Sam. Sadly Jory didn’t man up there for me. Shame on you Jory. I still love you though. 😘Thanks to my friends to whom I incessantly asked questions and privately ranted and cussed at over this book (Bo and Janie I’m looking at you).So why did I give it 5 stars? Because I kept reading it. It evoked some strong emotions no less and it was just a crazy fucked up mess. Am I going to read the next one you ask? Yes because I don't think I got to stab Sam enough in my mind.

  • Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
    2019-04-08 19:46

    There are not enough words in the English language to tell of my love for Sam and Jory. Add to that Paul Morey's absolutely perfect narration and you've got a story that I will listen to over and over. I can't even count how many times I've listened to this since the very first time in 2013. I know that I listen to this, at least, once a week. This will always be my favorite. It was the first audio narration that caused me to listen more than once. *sigh* I love it. I adore it. 09/08/2015 re-read (listen) number gazillion and one while I drive my son back to college after the long weekend.11/29/2015 re-listen, 01/06/2016, 03/27/2016, 2/15/2017, 5/2/2017, 7/1/20171/15/2018 reread infinity+1

  • Christina
    2019-04-18 17:42

    Warning to all you Jory fans out there, this is going to be rough.This was one of the most irritating and annoying books I've read in a long time and it's mainly because of the MC, Jory. The story is told from the first person narrative, by Jory. Jory is the most perfect person to walk the face of the Earth. At least this is what EVERYONE thinks, apparently except for me. Colleagues, friends, ex/new lovers, anyone who's fortunate to lay their eyes on the halo of light that surrounds him, loves him. This is not an exaggeration. Nobody could keep their hands off of him. They all thought he could be a model and all you heard was "God, you are beautiful." *rolls eyes* The thing is, I could probably get into the character (a little) if everyone didn't fall head over heels for him. I felt like the author was jamming his beauty and how perfect he is down my throat. By the time the third person was entranced by him, I wanted to kill him. Yes, he's good-looking and always wants to help people but he is not perfect. He treats his ex-lovers like shit and honestly he makes some extremely stupid decisions. (view spoiler)Now onto the writing. I finally pinpointed what aggravated me about the dialogue. It was choppy and clipped. Questions were answered with questions and it appeared over and over again. "Yeah, I know." "You know?" "Whaddaya want?" "What do I want?" "What do you want to eat?" "Eat?" "Yes, eat." "I'm okay." "Okay?" Grrrrr.....the repetitiveness aggravated me to no end. A few more issues to wrap up. We have the possessive and pushy cop, Sam. At first I was intrigued by him. His abrasiveness didn't bother me but after a while even he grated on me. I didn't feel like he was genuinely confused about his sexuality. He seemed to be just going through the motions. The plot was predictable and honestly this seemed more like a day in the life of Jory rather than focusing on the crime/suspense aspects. Chapter one started off good. Jory finds himself witnessing a murder. Then it goes right in to his personal relationships with a little of the crime portions of the story thrown in here and there. It doesn't really pick up until the end.The sex scenes were boring and completely forgettable.Basically, there wasn't much I could say that I liked.

  • Jenni Lea
    2019-03-25 15:41

    Re-read number... one gazillion? two?

  • Ingela
    2019-04-10 22:28

    Written October 24, 20144 Stars - Great start to an engrossing heart-breaking (long) love storyBook #1 and #2Collection Volume with book # 1 and # 2 in the A Matter of Time series.See my full reviews here:#1 - A Matter of Time 1 (3.8 stars)#2 - A Matter of Time 2 (3.7 stars)..all together a good 4 star "read".***********************************************************I've listening to the 12:17 hrs audiobook narrated by Paul Morey. He was fabulous.***********************************************************I LIKE - Oh Yeah! I just want more by now.**********The A Matter of Time series by Mary Calmes: (view spoiler)[M/M contemporary romances about gorgeous 22 years old Jory Keyes and the men (and friends) in his (Chicago) life. Book # 1-2: or Vol.1 Book # 3-4: or Vol.2 Book # 5-7 ..and shorties: (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • CrabbyPatty
    2019-04-18 19:37

    Finished this the other night. Jory drove me crazy, although I did get to a certain point in the book (about 70% in) and realized that Jory didn't drive me as batshit crazy as before, so I guess that's progress ....... right? Anyhoo ..... Jory Is Perfect. Jory is Gorgeous. Jory is Clever, Funny, Resourceful.Jory is Fabulous in Bed.By the way, his architect boss Dante is also perfect, gorgeous, rich. You get the picture.Sam, a closeted hunky cop in the Jake Reardon fashion, meets Jory in the course of a murder case, and along with the rest of the world, pretty much instantly falls for him. Lots of hot sex, much discussion of Sam's rippling muscles and six-pack - Yes! Double Plus Good.But then ... (view spoiler)[ there were just so many parties and dinners (where Jory charms everyone), so many secondary characters and various families (they all fall in love with Jory), so many misunderstandings (wait, Sam wants to date women? No wait, now they are back together forever, wait .....), so many subplots (Dante's birth family, Domenic, that strange "adoption" by Dante), more murder and mayhem, more running from the killers, a new job, a new apartment, an old apartment with a murder, a capture and amazing escape, a gunshot, hospitals ...... and a final round of "Baby, I love you forever - I'll never leave" and then Sam is gone undercover. (hide spoiler)] Whew .....Mary Calmes is generally a 4 out of 5 stars read for me, but this book had just too much what-the-fuckery about it. Of course, I am planning to start Volume 2 tomorrow ...

  • R * A Reader Obsessed *
    2019-03-25 22:25

    *Audio edition* Oh come on!!! You have got to be freakin kidding me! That ending? That cliffhanger?? Really?Well I can see how some readers take issue with Jory and how loved he is on immediate sight. I admit that it was a bit over the top and I'm not sure how I would have interpreted many of his interactions had I read the book instead of listened to it because the narrator had me envisioning him a bit dismissive, a bit aloof, a bit wishy washy - with a dash of player thrown in.This is only my second foray into Calmes' works. The way she writes Jory, the man could probably solve world peace among his long list of other talents. (view spoiler)[He literally has complete strangers inviting him to family dinners, diffuses fights with a look or a word, makes things magically better with a hug and/or a cup of tea, and has every man and woman (gay or straight) in love with him within 5 minutes.(hide spoiler)]However I can see the appeal of this series. There's definitely some good humorous banter and sexy talk and heat (no erotica here). The GFY developed pretty quickly but apparently that's to be expected (please see above). I had to suspend belief just a little but it works. What is it about the angst of a cop who can't come out of the closet? (Ahem, I'm talking to you Jake Riordan.) Sam does get his shit together after so many fights I lost count - only to have us pulling out our hair with the ending. Does that make for a compelling read? Sure! At least I can safely breathe a sigh of relief that the whole series is out. There's no waiting an interminable amount for the next fix.

  • KatieMc
    2019-03-23 21:44

    old book, new format Audiobook edition! This one is a for Irina.Book comments:When I first read Jory & Sam, I was not completely sold. Jory was likable, perhaps a bit too likable. And Sam was a bit creepy. I mean, he keeps popping up out of nowhere and barks orders at Jory. It doesn't feel romantic to me. Honestly, Jory has so many good options that are not Sam, I just don't get it. Jory says he is crazy about Sam, but I don't feel it. What I do feel is the bromance between Dane and Jory. I bet I'm not the first to secretly wish that Dane goes all GFY and this turns into a socially acceptable incest story. There are several more books, and (view spoiler)[Sam seemed to fly the coop at the end of book 2 (hide spoiler)], so game on, right? Has anyone done a Sam Kage vs. Jake Riordan smack-down? Or perhaps a comparative essay? Because for all the similarities, they couldn't be more different.Audiobook comments: Paul Morey is a very good narrator. I didn't find his voice irresistible, but he did juggle the characters really well. His pace was a bit slow even at 1.5x speed, so I listened to most at 2x. His Jory was spot on, I think he really captured the happy-go-lucky, everyone adores me but I am not conceited-ness of Jory. Sam came off as thick, maybe that is spot on as well? The jazzy music between chapters is cheesy and perfect.Final verdict - the book overall is still 3 stars, but the audiobook was fun and warrants one more half star.

  • Meags
    2019-04-19 22:34

    3 StarsI’m having an internal battle of two strongly contrasting opinions. The first involves total bafflement and a reoccurring manta of, “what the shit just happened?!” The second is reminiscent of a typical fangirl response, sounding a bit like, “ERMIGOD, I loved this so hard!!”Because, seriously, what is this witchcraft!? How can I be bitching and moaning at every turn throughout this book, trying to decipher what the deal is with everyone loving Jory and Sam, when they both displayed (several) moments of rage inducing behaviour, yet…YET…I couldn’t stop reading, regardless of all the nonsensical bullshit. I literally went from this...To this......within the span of 5 pages. Over and over and over again. This keeps happening to me as I explore all these beloved Calmes books. It’s like a love/hate thing, where my love always overpowers my hate, even when my rational self tells me I’m being silly and shouldn’t like them as much as I do. Eh! Onwards to the next story!

  • Susan
    2019-04-13 17:28

    3.5 starsMy dentist is going to be a RICH man! This book is so sugary that I have a mouth full of cavities.Jory is perfect.Sam is perfect.Dane is perfect.Everyone is so freaking perfect.But here’s where my weakness comes in: I love any freaking book with a closeted cop and his more-than-likeable love interest.EVERYONE loves Jory…so why should I be any different?Yes, this book is too sweet.Yes, this book is unbelievable.Yes, everyone in this book is gorgeous and charming and attractive and sexy.Yes, this book should annoy the heck out of me.Yes, Mary Calmes only knows how to write anti-angst.But, I kinda can’t help it. I’m hooked. I'm not blind to the flaws, but I am drawn in. Like Mac in Life Lessons and Jake in the Adrien English series, I want to knock Sam over the head and tell him he's being an IDIOT! (God, I just can’t deny the cop and the lovely man coupling.)I’m a sucker…I know…

  • Marte - Thunderella
    2019-03-23 15:37

    This was just one big continuous journey of "what the fuckery"...

  • Sara
    2019-04-02 18:31

    This is a crazy story. It is. A Crazy In Love Story and I am stupidly, crazy in love with it. Sure, there is so much that I could totally pick on or at... I mean, everyone loves Jory, tells him he is beautiful, wants to feed and fuck him. But you know what? I kinda want to see those eyes, those lashes he has and take him for dinner and pretend he was straight for a night. Maybe? Who knows. All I know is this book gave me all the right feels when I needed it. “Jory Keyes,” he said softly, his fingertips smoothing over my eyebrows. “What if I missed you?” I can't believe it has taken me this long to read this. *whispers* Sorry, JL... I finally get it. I get it. I think everyone knows the score about who Sam and Jory are so I won't get into all of that. There's no need. Right? Anyway. Sam and Jory. Jory and Sam. These two are a mess and perfect for one another. Having met Sam much later in life when I All Kinds of Tied Down, the warm fuzzy feeling I got when Miro saw Jory pick up Sam and that kiss. Ugh. I knew then when I finally smacked myself in the head I needed to read their story to see how they get there. The man took my breath away and he had no idea he was doing it. Crack. This book is so addictive. I did nothing but read this in a day and this is the first two books. The on again, off again deal with Sam and Jory was torture and the things that come out of Sam's mouth just about turned me into a permanent puddle of goo. The man is amazing and it's a good thing I have major crush on closeted cops because though he's amazing, he pissed me off more than once and he really pushed it with this end. So yeah. I am beyond pissed off at that end but I immediately bought volume two and am a ball of freking fracking ginger anxiety just knowing... ARGH. Sam, you have some 'splaining to do! Let me not forget to mention how much I adore Dane Harcourt. When I first met him, I really liked him and the way he and Jory interacted. By the end, the man made me cry and it was a good cry because he is such a good guy. Dane is gorgeous and awesome and bossy, but Jory likes the men in his life to boss him around. So it's all good.

  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    2019-03-24 16:24

    TEN MILLION ★'s...if you expect any kind of review out of me you are insane. Thank God for the next book because that ending, well that ending could erase all the ★'s. But it won't, because I have the next book and I believe, I have faith and I WANT! Read.

  • Bev
    2019-04-12 23:48

    Well, I didn't want to like this compilation, cos you know, nothing else can compare to 'Frog', sighs....BUT I did like it although Jory took a bit of getting used to I have to admit, sooo kind, sweet and good but Sam, rawr!! Alpha male hottie, without a doubt. 4 stars from me.

  • Jenni Lea
    2019-03-27 21:25

    5 stars for the story.3 stars for the narration.

  • Claire
    2019-04-17 17:25

    What a frustrating book !On one hand, I literally couldn’t put it down. On the other there were so many twists - both storywise and characterswise - that didn't feel realistic / logical/solid enough that it annoyed me (to put it mildly!). + I guess the book must have been rewritten at some point, and not correctly re-read leaving some weird gaps in the story toward the end. So the book slid from 5 stars to 4, then 3.5.But again, I couldn’t put it down and I really want to read the next ones in the series.

  • Vivian
    2019-04-04 19:28

    Bucking the crowd or somehow I read a different book. Put in spoiler tags cause my grievances reveal significant plot points.(view spoiler)[Sam is a complete and utter ass and I want to smack Jory until he realizes he DOES NOT need that hot--cold shit Sam seems to think is reasonable. No caring human being is that inconsiderate about basic feelings and no! Not giving Sam a Go Free card cause he's having an identity crisis. I get the once even twice, but they go three times 'all in'.I liked the developing relationship between Dane and Jory, but there was so much not explained prior to the adoption that I felt like I missed part of the story. Sure they're like peas in a pod or sirens for women and men, each calling one sex until they become enthralled. Yeah...that was a bit too good to be true, too. (hide spoiler)]I think the reader needs to buy into the fantasy aspect right away or this is not going to work. I suppose, I liked Jory and I was interested in his story, but the events surrounding his life are surreal. It's a production with some zealous directing and a plethora of drama points. In the end, I was aggravated by this book because there were several times when I was really enjoying it and going with it when all of a sudden a random monkey wrench was tossed in and wrecked the flow. It was like playing Chutes and Ladders and constantly being sent back to the beginning again.

  • Èmina
    2019-04-18 16:42

    I started out liking the story even though I got a bit confused when Jory started naming one friend after another but I thought it was ok and soon I will be able to tell who was who and get to know the secondary characters a bit better.If you thought the same....good luck to ya!!!Jon, James, Rick, Mich, Evan, Michael, Mary, Jill, Sue, Alexander, Cleopatra, Madona, Cher and so on and on and on....one name after another...seriously Jory knew almost every person on this planet (well ok that is not true and the names I listed are wrong but after reading thse 2 books I felt so overwhelmed by the sheer number of people that get mentioned). What sucked even more is that only like 5 people (or so) matter at all to the story...the rest are just there to tell us how many people Jory knew and that he got around and that he was soooooo loved. They have no depth and are totaly unnecessery.The character of Jory was at times very funny, nice and cute...at other times I just felt the author should kill him and give us a new MC...he is seriously too stupid to live. One thing after another happens to him and he just ignores it...WTF!!!People are trying to kill him and he just goes out dancing with friends...hello!!!!So the cute thing about him kinda stopped being cute early on.Not to mention that I kinda started feeling sick of hearing how much and how fast everyone...and I mean everyone wanted him, craved him, lusted after him and so on...seriously if he had lice I bet they would have loved him too.The character of Sam.....oh boy...I seriously felt he was a better "bad guy" then the killers who were after Jory. Evil, selfish and selfcentered.Just do this...find a place in the book where he and Jory are not together but Sam wants Jory back...and read their dialog...it starts with Sam saying what he wants...Jory tries to say something but does not get past saying "Sam", cos Sam interrupts and talks on...Jory tries again but Sam interrupts, Jory tries again and so on and on and on.I got so sick of it.The boy is a class A doormat and the cop is a psycho.It also does not help that the words "he put his hand on my throught" or "he put his and on my neck" came up like 20 times on almost every page....that seems to be the main thing almost every male character does to Jory in these 2 books.The secondary male characters...well...clingy much?? Seriously the only MAN in these books is Dane..everyone else is bitchy, moody, clingy or just plain psycho. The females were though better then in some other M/M books...they had diversety, some were nice, some cute others bitchy and so on....except for those who wanted Dane...they were just psychoticaly clingy too :DThe story plot...well there was one...then it kinda just went away. Jory witnessed a crime and was now hunted by some bad guys and since he was too stupid to hide or go into the witness protection program he now had the stalking cop Sam trying to "protect" him untill the trial.(by the way Sam is like the worst cop ever...just sum up what specifically he has done to protect Jory or just sum up what the rest of the police team has done...lol).I actually had no problem with the plot except it had no conclusion in the first book...and in the begining of the second book we were kinda told that it was all over..the bad guy was now gone and Jory was safe. (no more then half the page was dedicated for this). Then it starts all over again...same old...and again it does not get resolved compleately which is one of the reasons for the cliffhanger...The endings for these 2 books were the worst ever...WTH!!!If I did not have book 3 and 4 allready I would not have bothered with this anymore...I hate it when an author ends books on so bad cliffhangers...it's cheep and unnecessary. I don't know...parts of these 2 books I liked, some even very much but the annoying stuff kept being repeated over and over again and I just got sick of the characters and the story which lead nowhere.

  • Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
    2019-03-23 17:38

    DNF @ 22%Well, I tried. Twice. This was ridiculous, over the top idiocy and I wanted to strangle Jory during every single second of it. So, say you witness a man being brutally executed right before your eyes, and you're only alive due to the fact that the murderer is under surveillance by the cops and they were close enough to the scene to save your pathetic ass. Do you:A) bad mouth the cop who saved you and march off into the middle of the freezing night wearing nothing but club clothesB) refuse witness protection when you're the only witness to murder committed by a drug lord who will send his minions after you, because clearly your boss takes top priorityC) go clubbing every night with random friends and get so drunk you can't hold your head up when you promised to keep a low profileD) all of the aboveE) go into wit-sec because you love life and want to continue breathing, and it's not like you have any family to miss you anywayIf you're a sane person, you chose E. If you're Jory, you choose D. Because he's a fricking idiot.That's just the first chapter. The next three chapters proceed pretty much exactly like this:All the women in Jory's office are totally in love with Jory's boss, who loses interest in any woman when she starts getting too attached. Every. Single. One. Because they're all hopeless, whiny women with low self-esteem. Every man that Jory's ever slept with seems to have the same problem. So you have this same basic conversation in every chapter, with only slight variation*:"I like you.""Well, I don't.""No, but I like you.""Nothing's changed.""Com'n now. Just talk to me." *gets all grabby hands*"No.""But I like you.""Get over yourself.""I won't let you go." *more grabby hands*"Um...""I like-like you.""I'm leaving now.""You can't just walk away."*Kage: "I'll protect you. God, you're annoying. Let's go eat.""Okay."And round and round it goes. This is not how people act. This is not how people talk. I'm done.

  • Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
    2019-03-26 16:43

    6/15/2016 I have given up on keeping count of how many times I've read and/or listened to this series. It's a testament of my love that it's been so many times. On to another re-read of A Matter of Time, Vol. 2.2/15/2017 nothing to say. My read count (across all editions) says it all.

  • Trisha Harrington
    2019-04-07 18:25

    I have always loved this series, and this book contains volumes one and two of the A Matter of Time series. Is it perfect? Nah. But I still love reading these characters and I always love revisiting a couple and their beginning.Mary Calmes is amazing at writing these types of pairings and I have to admit, I love them! I've always had a thing for possessive guys and in this, Sam is possessive as hell! So that kind of hits the right spot with me and it always makes me happy. Even though there were times I wanted to whack Sam on the head, this was so close to perfection it isn't even funny. Jory, he was just lovable and cute and sweet, and I kind of felt bad for him at times. He was just everything Sam needed and I wanted Sam to be everything he needed. But it doesn't really happen like that in this book. They have things to get over first and that's why this series is so amazing. It works! You actually feel the growth (or I did) in their relationship.The fact Sam's family are so great too, it just made me happy. And the there's Dane and he's great too. There are very few unlikable characters in the series. There was one I really disliked pretty much straight true, but others probably liked him, so... yeah.Overall, this is a really sugary sweet book. Some might not like that and others will devour it. Personally, I was one of the latter. And I highly recommend it if you want a fun, sweet read.

  • Lyn
    2019-04-06 18:45

    Even though I managed to mostly enjoy this book, there were issues with the story that I just couldn’t get over. Like how it’s constantly mention how Jory is so perfect and gorgeous. Everyone Jory meets becomes infatuated with him (male and female). It made no sense to me how someone who is wanted dead by the mob can move around so freely with his day to day life with no protective detail. There were minimal attempts made on his life. Considering again that the mob wants him dead, he has no issues developing more and more friendships. There doesn’t seem to be any concern that Jory might be endangering anyone he comes in contact with and develops a friendship with. The back and forth between Jory and Sam was also very frustrating and exhausting. When they were together and not at bickering (which was not often), they were my favorite kind of couple. As for his boss/brother, everything to do with that was just ridiculous and overdone.