Release Day Review by Kristie: Kairos, by Mary Calmes

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Kairos, by Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 15, 2017

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars


Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.

Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.

Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for….


M/M Pairing
Gay Character
Bisexual Character

Kairos is… not at all what I thought it was going to be. It’s still VERY MARY, but when I read the blurb, I got one impression, while reading the book was a very different thing. Not a bad thing, just not what I’d expected. It also reads very similar to another pair of partners Mary has a series about. Not exactly the same, again just similar enough that the parallels are easy to see.

There is suspense, action, drama, and all the fun things I expect from a story about two private investigators. More of that than the romance I was looking for. The UST and total need that Joe has for Kade is there, but felt like a more minor part to the story until about the last third of the book. I also think the pacing of this made me feel off balance.  Like all that fun suspense and action and drama was slam packed into the story and then BOOM… there was a switch that went off and the story shifted from under my feet and focused more on the romance.

And I loved all that suspense, all that drama, all that action. It was true Mary Calmes writing with lots of character names, things to follow, story to grip on to. I wanted to hold on to that part of the story for dear life. It felt like it was going somewhere really big. Add in the amazing secondary character, Declan Kemp, and I was hooked for real. I LOVED Declan and wanted more and more and more of him. I found myself wishing more of the story focused on him because he was so interesting.

I loved the romance too. That UST that Joe has for Kade is clearly not one sided. Even though this story is told from Joe’s perspective, I could feel the heat coming off Kade. Alas, that part moved all too quickly for me. As it started I was so glad because, finally we are getting somewhere with these guys. And then it was over. It happens so quick and that made me sad. Because when that UST and build up finally starts to go somewhere, I kind of expect it to simmer for a while before the end of the story. Perhaps I’m just greedy. Novellas can make me that way. Greedy for more because when I find myself loving characters that I know in my heart could go somewhere, could move on to more, maybe a series or just a full length novel, I get mad when it ends. And really, I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to know more… more about Joe and Kade, more about Declan. More about everything. I sort of think if the story had more balance for me I would have enjoyed it more than I already did.

In the end, I recommend this for all the die hard Mary Calmes fans out there. You’ll all enjoy this a lot. Because if there is one thing this book has going for it, it’s the characters you fall in love with just because of who they are. Pick it up!


Mary Calmes believes in romance, happily ever afters, and the faith it takes for her characters to get there. She bleeds coffee, thinks chocolate should be its own food group, and currently lives in Kentucky with a five-pound furry ninja that protects her from baby birds, spiders and the neighbor’s dogs. To stay up to date on her ponderings and pandemonium (as well as the adventures of the ninja) follow her on Twitter @MaryCalmes, connect with her on Facebook, and subscribe to her Mary’s Mob newsletter.

You can purchase Kairos from:

Publisher | Amazon | iTunes | Google Play | Barnes & Noble

Or add it to Goodreads

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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