Book Reviews

A Matter of Time: Vol. 1 (A Matter of Time, Books 1 and 2) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 30-July-2013

Book Blurb

Jory Keyes leads a normal life as an architect’s assistant until he is witness to a brutal murder. Though initially saved by police Detective Sam Kage, Jory refuses protective custody—he has a life he loves that he won’t give up no matter who is after him. But Jory’s life is in real jeopardy, especially after he agrees to testify about what he saw.

While dealing with attempts on his life, well-meaning friends who want to see him happy, an overly protective boss, and a slowly unfolding mystery that is much more sinister than he could ever imagine, the young gay man finds himself getting involved with Sam, the conflicted and closeted detective. And though Jory may survive the danger, he may not survive a broken heart.


Book Review


To be completely honest at the start of this, I will admit that I re-read this series prior to writing the reviews. The reason? The first time I read these books I was in love, lust, and awe over them and there was no possible way I could have formulated a coherent review. Heck, I'm not sure now I'm going to be coherent! I can honestly say that the 'A Matter of Time' series by Mary Calmes is absolutely one of my favorites of all time. Jory and Sam are on my list of favorite couples and the fabulous supporting characters make these books shine even more.

Jory Keyes has the supreme bad luck of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When his friend asks him to go back to her home and get her dog for her, he never imagines that he'll witness a murder and destroy a two-year undercover operation. Of course, it just sort of seems to be Jory's inherent, ADHD bad luck. His bad luck continues as one of the detectives he meets is Sam Kage, a huge pain in Jory's butt. Jory refuses any type of witness protection and Sam is completely frustrated trying to deal with him. In return, Jory is disgusted by having to deal with Sam who is straight as an arrow and not exactly politically correct in his speech.

I fell madly in love with Jory from the first minute. I think because I could really empathize with the way his brain worked and it made me laugh out loud a lot! His relationship with his boss, Dane, is magnificent and provided a lot of laughs. Jory is not hung up on having a relationship and, in fact, the longest one he's ever had was six months. Jory enjoys one-night stands and at some point he wants to find someone who loves him and wants a life with him. There's just something completely enchanting about Jory and I fell hard.

Now, Sam is a different story. It took a while before I was willing to give Sam a chance. Granted, he was amazingly tender, sweet and loving in the beginning but Sam has a whole lot of phobic issues to deal with and he doesn't handle them well. I'll just say at the end I wasn't feeling the love for Sam.

I can truly say that this was an amazing beginning to the series. There is angst and drama but it is nicely spaced with great humor and laughs. I cannot wait to see what else the author has in store for me.






Once again I will reiterate that I waited to write this review until I had re-read this story and series. I loved the fact that this second book in the series started out immediately following the end of book one. Not to mention that Jory and his boss' relationship is so incredibly sweet and touching. They both need family and it took them a while to realize that was what they had together.

Jory and Sam are really struggling in this book. They are on and then off again with Sam not willing to give up his dreams of having a wife and kids. Unfortunately, every time they have problems, Jory runs away from dealing with them. So, basically, both of them keep running away from the realities of their lives and their choices. It made for some very frustrating moments! Jory has testified against the murderer but it turns out someone else was there that night and is out to kill Jory. It seems everyone else involved, even those in protective custody, have been killed leaving only Jory as the witness.

This book dealt a lot with relationships, friends, family, lovers, partners, and all of the mess that can entail when we surround ourselves with these relationships. I loved it. I hated how it ended but only because I'm crazy about Jory and I hated seeing him hurt. Sam still has a lot to learn about compromise and how it takes two to make a relationship and that each person has a say in the decisions affecting both.  It was devastating to watch and I really hope the author redeems herself in the next book!





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Additional Information

Format ebook, print and audio
Length Collection/ 2 novels, 280 pages/111701 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-July-2011
Price $6.99 ebook, $17.99 paperback, $17.99 bundle, $19.99 audiobook
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