As a huge fan of Mary Calmes and her Matter of Time series I was ecstatic to finally have the opportunity to check out her new book Parting Shot. Parting Shot tells the story of Duncan Stiel and Aaron Sutter and I have to be honest, I loved it! I’ll admit I wasn’t ready to let go of Sam and Jory when the final book was over but Duncan and Aaron had me just as invested and I ate their story up.
By Mary Calmes
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.
What was it that I liked so much about this story? First it’s the fact that Ms. Calmes has a great voice, she has the ability to suck a reader in from the very first page and keep you going straight through til the end. It isn’t the first time I have found myself devouring one of her books in one sitting. I love the combination of a hot steamy romance along with a good plot. This isn’t just about sex, there is actually a story going on with a couple of twists and turns and a lot of laughs.
We only got brief glimpses of Duncan in earlier books (Acrobat and But For You) but now we get to see who he really is and what makes him tick. From the little we learned of him in Acrobat I couldn’t stand him, in But For You I was intrigued but in Parting Shot I really liked him. I wish we could actually have seen more interaction with him and Sam Kage but I was just happy that Sam made a brief appearance in the book.
We’ve seen a bit of Aaron Sutter throughout the Matter of Time books and I have never cared for him. Even in But For You when he was being somewhat redeemable I didn’t feel any connection towards him. Parting Shot completely changed my opinion of him. I fell in love with Aaron and definitely found myself understanding him better.
Duncan and Aaron make a great pair and I loved seeing them together, they balanced each other nicely. I wouldn’t mind seeing more from Duncan and Aaron in the future and I am very interested in seeing where they go from here. If you are a fan of the Matter of Time series you definitely need to check out this book.
I love Mary Calmes and can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
For more about author Mary Calmes check out her website here.