4.5 and 3 Star Reviews for Lay It Down by Mary Calmes #MM #Romance


Title: Lay It Down
Author Name & Publisher: Mary Calmes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 16, 2016 – 126 pgs


Paradise can be hell.

Most people would say being stranded in the villa of Spanish shipping magnate Miguel García Arquero on the beautiful isle of Ibiza wasn’t such a bad deal. But Hudson Barber isn’t one of them. To him, being stuck without a passport in a foreign country far from home is a nightmare, made worse by the fact that the person who did the stranding was his flighty twin brother.

Unwilling to turn Dalvon in for identity theft, Hudson is forced to wait, but meanwhile he discovers the chance to rehabilitate Miguel’s failing local businesses—enterprises left to Dalvon’s inexperienced care. The flagging ventures are a badly wrapped gift from heaven, and if Hudson can turn them around, he might be able to leverage the experience to finish his MBA.

Then Miguel returns to Ibiza, and instead of finding a boy toy, he discovers Hudson has turned his cold villa into a warm, welcoming home. Miguel’s path is clear: convince Hudson to lay down his defenses and let love in.

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I just love Mary Calmes and really love this book. This was a quick easy read and I really loved the way Ms. Calmes portrayed Hudson and Miguel. I absolutely love Mary Calmes writing style. She keeps the pace of the story really sharp and that clearly comes across in her writing. That is no time to take a break from the book you just have to keep reading. Every moment is just filled with heat and this book was very engaging. It was clear that Mary Calmes has done it again; because once you pick up this book you won’t be able to Lay It Down.



I can never get enough of Mary Calmes, so of course I had to read her latest book. This one is about Hudson, who is stuck on an island because his twin brother ditched him there with no passport. Fortunately, Hudson has a place to stay, a very fancy villa owned by his brother’s boyfriend. Of course the boyfriend, Miguel, falls for Hudson so it‘s a HEA.
So, I dislike Hudson’s brother. I don’t care how many times Hudson says that Dalvon is actually sweet underneath…he’s one of the WORST BROTHER EVER. Seriously, he not only ditched Hudson and stole his passport…Dalvon also decided to date Hudson’s ex behind his back and leave Hudson to take care of his mess…it involves drugs, police and an unhappy drug dealer.
I liked Hudson, but I wasn’t feelin’ Miguel. Maybe cause he wasn’t really shown much. He just didn’t have much presence and it sucked cause I was looking forward to a sexy Spanish billionaire. That’s why this book is a 3 for me. I likedit enough to finish reading it cause it‘s by one of my fav MM authors, but at the end I was like “eh.”


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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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