4 Stars for Blue Days (Mangrove Stories #1) by Mary Calmes #MM #Romance @dreamspinners


Title: Blue Days (Mangrove Stories #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Mary Calmes (Dreamspinners)
Publication Date & Length: November 5, 2014 – 98 pgs


Falling for a coworker is rarely a good idea, especially for a man getting a last chance at salvaging his career. But from the moment Dwyer Knolls sees the beautiful but socially awkward Takeo Hiroyuki, he seems destined to make bad decisions.

Takeo’s life is a string of failed attempts to please his traditional Japanese father. Unfortunately, succeeding in business turns out to be just as difficult for Takeo as changing from gay to straight. In fact, the only thing Takeo seems to truly excel at is taking notice of Dwyer Knolls.

When Dwyer and Takeo head to Mangrove, Florida on a real estate buying trip, their tentative friendship combusts and becomes much more. Is their sudden connection real enough to bank their futures on, or should they chalk the whole thing up to the daze inspired by the blue ocean breeze?

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**Audiobook Review** (5 Stars for Narrator, 3 Stars for Book)
Normally I start off talking about the book, but with this book, I MUST start off with a nod to the narrator… *Standing ovation* Beautifully done. I’ve listened to quite a few audiobooks and I have to say Greg Tremblay, you, did a FANTASTIC job. The Asian inflections, the variety in the voices, the jokes you brought to life.. Just amazing. I wish every book could be as entertaining to listen to as this and not even for the content. The cadence and rhythm was simply great.
Now, for the actual book, I found myself a bit confused at times as to what the point of the book was… until they got to Mangrove. I understand the background and setting up the friendship before relationship factor, but for me it fell a bit flat and felt so long before the characters actually got to where they realized there was more there than just camaraderie. Once we genuinely got to know Takeo I really liked him. He was everything Dwyer saw in him before that point. Their conversations were humorous especially as Takeo opened up.
I just didn’t find myself connecting with either of the main characters until the very end of the book and then it was all smooshed together. I’d have liked to see them work on their relationship instead of being so focused on the work side of things earlier on in the book. However, I did enjoy the book over all and felt for poor Takeo and his sad life so it wasn’t a total loss.


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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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