TWO 4 Star and THREE 3 Star Reviews for Easy Evenings (Mangrove Stories #4) by Mary Calmes #MM #Romance


Title: Easy Evenings (Mangrove Stories #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Mary Calmes (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: November 18, 2015 – 77 pgs


Lazlo Maguire doesn’t do relationships—he does transactions. Six months of the year, he’s an expensive rent boy in Manhattan, and he moves so fast that settling down could not, would not, ever enter his mind… except for once. Britton Lassiter he meets man to man, not as hustler and mark, and it’s too good to be true when the lawyer wants to keep Lazlo even if he has to share him with the job.

But Lazlo has his reasons to walk away from the man he’s grown to love. The other six months of the year, he is laid-back Laz, a shopkeeper in the sleepy coastal town of Mangrove, Florida, where the artist he never allows himself to be in the Big Apple shines through. He lives for his time by the ocean, the place he hides his secrets and nurses his broken heart.

Then fate intervenes, and Laz gets the surprise of his life when he spies Britton in Mangrove—but it’s not meant to be… not until Britton sees the change in him and wants to be a part of Laz’s new life so that every evening can be easy… together. Hopefully the secrets that tore them apart won’t come back to haunt them.

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I really enjoy this series. While they are all stand-alones, they are all just great little stories.
I really liked Lanzlo’s character and all the hard things he’s had to go through in his life, but his willingness to accept and change his life for this little surprise that shows up in his life.
However, I will say that the breakup/makeup part of the story really struggled for me. The fact that there was such anger that seemed misplaced and then quickly fixed… just didn’t quite work for me.
Other than that though, I liked the story along with the characters (even the horrible mother).
I would have thought the rent boy type of story had been overdone but Mary Calmes was able to bring a new twist to it. I immediately fell in love with Lazlo but it took me a while to warm up to Britton, but once I did then things really got exciting. Why you ask? Because that was when I could put this book down. The more I read the more I kept hoping for a HEA. I loved the sex and the exchanges between Lazlo and Britton. My hats off to Mary Calmes and will definitely go back and read the rest of the series.


So having not read any of the previous books in this series I will admit to being a little lost but I rolled with it.
I really liked Lazlo’s character and felt bad for him after having a mom and sister like he does…
What I was not a fan of was the misunderstanding that broke up Lazlo and Britton then the way all was just forgiven like no big deal you got a restraining order out on me I still love you. That made no sense to me at all and then everything moved so fast after that and they are living together it was really just honestly crazy to me.
So while I liked Lazlo’s character and some of this story I was not a fan of Britton and how fast everything moved after that. So I am sad to say as much as I have love Mary Calmes books this one was just not for me..



I was sure that if anyone could make rent-boy meets lawyer work as an m/m romance, it would be Mary Calmes. Having finished the story, I’m not quite so sure.

I fell for Lazlo at the start. I loved his refusal to apologise for working as a prostitute. I enjoyed his relationship with his friends. But in trying to make Lazlo a sympathetic character, I feel like the author went too far into daytime drama mode and made his backstory too terrible to be convincing. I believed in the fifteen-year-old sent out to sell himself by a mother with addiction problems. What I failed to believe in was the hold Lazlo’s mother still had on him as an adult.

In contrast, Britton is just a little too good to be true. The suave lawyer is patient with Lazlo, great with kids and able to overlook Lazlo’s job (although it did break them up once).

The connection between the two men confused me while they moved past misunderstandings and a restraining order at warp speed before the relationship became so sweet it made my teeth hurt.

After the author added a convenient child for instafamily charm I was ready to put the book down. I’m not sure which is more implausible: the easy adjustment of a grieving child to a new home and new parents or the two young, single gay men thrilled to be her daddies.

I’ve loved Mary Calmes forever so I’m going to give this a pass and pretend it hasn’t happened. Too convenient, too sweet and far too easy, this definitely isn’t my favourite of her books.



Hmm…well, I gotta say it, though I hate to, but since this is an HONEST review…I gotta say that this is my least favorite of the Mangrove series and my least favorite book so far by Mary Calmes. Mizz Mary, I adore reading your stories, but this one just didn’t do much for me. I would have given it a 2, but because it’s by this author and because the book had some romantic factors I’ve come to expect from this author, I’m giving it 3 stars.
The 4th book of the series is about Laz and how he ends up with a 3 year old daughter as soon as the book start. That part wasn’t even in the blurb. No hints at all so I was surprised. His daughter “Kitty” was cute, but how she talked was very grown-up. It was like a 14 year old in a 3 year old body or something. I wasn’t convinced.
The romance between Laz and Britton wasn’t convincing either. Britton found out that Laz didn’t want to quit being a rent boy not because he enjoyed it, but to provide for his ungrateful sister and mother. Yeah, he found that out, but I think he was all over Laz too fast. I mean, this was the guy you served a restraining order against…
Idk, like I said, this didn’t do much for me, but I still look forward to reading other Mary Calmes books in the future.


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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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