Parting Shot



Title : Parting Shot

Author : Mary Calmes


Publisher : Dreamspinner Press (BUY HERE)

Genre : M/M, Contemporary

Length : 264 pages (e-book)

Published : July 19, 2013

Rating :  ★★★



A Matter of Time Story 

Life has never been easy for Duncan Stiel. His childhood was the stuff of nightmares, and his day job as an undercover police officer forces him to hide his true self and occasionally lands him in the hospital. So when he finally meets the perfect man, it comes as no surprise that everything falls apart around him. What Duncan doesn’t expect is that the hardest hurdle to get over before he can make a life with Aaron Sutter is the one inside himself. 

Everyone thinks Aaron has it all—looks, money, fame, and success beyond measure. Everyone, that is, except Aaron. At the end of the day, the cameras stop flashing, friends go back to their own lives, company business is handled, and Aaron is always alone. The moment he meets Duncan Stiel, Aaron knows he’ll do anything to hold onto the larger-than-life detective. But when he realizes money won’t buy him the ultimate happiness, Aaron needs to find the strength to give Duncan something much more important—his heart.


I’m pretty sure everyone who reads Mary Calmes’ books knows what they’re getting into before reading it. This has stayed true to that; graphic sex and Mary Sue characters. I know some people who love and some who hate it. I think after this installment I’m reminded that her books just aren’t for me.

The book starts off really great and quick with Duncan, the closet case cop from Acrobat, thinking about getting back to Chicago to follow-up on his one night of mind-blowing sex with Aaron Stutter, the billionaire who tried to steal Jory away. Duncan should really be focused on the undercover job he’s currently immersed in. Literally, at a bust with the drug cartel, and he can’t stop mooning for Aaron. He gets injured and gives a heads up to his bad guy boss about the bust, gaining him a promotion. They give him a few days off so he calls Aaron. Aaron is conveniently in New York and the two decide to spend his weekend off in Aaron’s hotel. They decide quickly they want it to be something but the weekend ends and Duncan is back to his undercover work that goes very bad very quickly. Somehow, the drug cartel learns there’s a mole and he and two of his coworkers are beaten and tortured for answers. At the last possible second he’s saved and wakes up in the hospital. He learns his old friend, who was pretty intriguing I have to say, watches over him and called the cops when he knew Duncan was in trouble. His next visitor is Aaron’s brother who tells Duncan that Aaron has decided to keep away because he’s in a power struggle for control of his company with his father. The brother states that Aaron being gay is the only thing his father has to hold over him and it would be best for Duncan to stay away. Duncan agrees to stay away.

A few months later their paths cross again and they learn how much their situations have changed but not their need for each other.

Okay, if the book had stayed on that path it would have been pretty good. It’s everything that happens after that sent it downhill fast. Basically Duncan takes Aaron on an undercover job to a small time crook who wants to screw Duncan so bad gives them an invitation to his private sex kink island. Of course everyone on the island wants Duncan and is in awe of Aaron Stutter. This part of the book just seemed silly and pretty creepy in the hawt department. I mean, they talked about the room the were staying in being bugged and Aaron continued to refer to Duncan as Detective. They did this right in front of people like somehow people couldn’t hear them, too!

If I could split it up I’d say the story started as a 4 and ended as a two so I’ll average it out at a 3. I do know some people love this author’s work and that’s great. However, for me personally, this book took a very unrealistic turn and was frankly bordering on ridiculous at the end. I enjoy a little OTT but with the OTT characters and situation they were put in it became too much for me. I think I’ve finally learned my lesson this author’s formula stories just aren’t for me. I know a lot of other people may love it. This is just my opinion.

Rated 3 stars by Whit


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