Book Reviews

Easy Evenings (Mangrove Stories 4) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 07-December-2015

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

I have grown to love these novellas in Mary Calmes's 'Mangrove Stories' series. At first I wasn't so sure since I'm used to full length novels by this author, but it didn't take me long to fall in love with Mangrove, Florida, and with each of the couples introduced. This author has a true gift and I'm so grateful that she's willing to share it with me. Lazlo fascinated me from the first moment he appeared in a 'Mangrove Stories' book. I knew that when Mary wrote his tale it was going to be explosive.

"But the straight-laced attorney had distinguished himself because of the trust he’d placed in me from our initial meeting. We’d met as equals, just two guys, and because of that, ours had never become a relationship in which he paid me."

Laz and Britton couldn't be more different if they tried. He's a wealthy, high-class attorney, in New York City who handles million dollar cases. Laz works six months out of the year in New York as a high-priced rent boy and has been hustling since he was sixteen, when his mother made him to provide for the family. The other six months, Laz spends in sleepy Mangrove creating his art and selling it in his shop. Britton wanted Laz to be his happily ever after, but Laz couldn't do it. A lot of fights happened, and then Laz ended it and walked out.

So when he sees Britton in Mangrove, having opened an office with a friend, Laz assumes all is forgiven and he's being given a second chance. Well, that hope is dashed when Britton slaps a restraining order on him. *snort* Unfortunately, Laz is presented with a three-year old daughter he knew nothing about, Katie, or Kitty as Laz calls her, and he needs a lawyer to help, but Britton's partner is out of town. What now?

“God, you’re a pain in the ass.”
This was new. “What?”
“I wondered how you could simply stop, change your whole life for a daughter you didn’t know, and then it hit me.”
“I don’t—”
“You never wanted your life. You never wanted to do what you did,” he said gruffly. “You hated it, in fact.”

Oh, Mary, you really hit me hard with this installment. Once Laz's reason for whoring became obvious, it made so much sense, and his reconciliation with Britton was bittersweet. I adored Kitty and the changes she brought about. This was probably the sweetest of all the stories to date, and I greatly enjoyed it.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novella, 77 pages/22239 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-November-2015
Price $3.99 ebook, $6.95 audiobook
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