Book Reviews

Lay It Down by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 16-March-2016

Book Blurb

Paradise can be hell.

Most people would say being stranded in the villa of Spanish shipping magnate Miguel García Arquero on the beautiful isle of Ibiza wasn’t such a bad deal. But Hudson Barber isn’t one of them. To him, being stuck without a passport in a foreign country far from home is a nightmare, made worse by the fact that the person who did the stranding was his flighty twin brother. 

Unwilling to turn Dalvon in for identity theft, Hudson is forced to wait, but meanwhile he discovers the chance to rehabilitate Miguel’s failing local businesses—enterprises left to Dalvon’s inexperienced care. The flagging ventures are a badly wrapped gift from heaven, and if Hudson can turn them around, he might be able to leverage the experience to finish his MBA.

Then Miguel returns to Ibiza, and instead of finding a boy toy, he discovers Hudson has turned his cold villa into a warm, welcoming home. Miguel’s path is clear: convince Hudson to lay down his defenses and let love in.

Book Review

The joy of a new release by Mary Calmes is almost indescribable. However, if you, like me, read everything she writes, then you'll understand when I say that girly squeals might have come from my throat this time. Just saying. Not to mention the description for 'Lay it Down' sounded absolutely fabulous, and just what I needed. A sweet, funny, hot romance, between a billionaire and a guy who always needs to be in control. Or, as Miguel's mother said, and I'm paraphrasing, "a tiger and a panther."

"I kept people at a distance; Dalvon clung to everyone, hoping against hope that this time, this person would keep him and stick around."

I adored Hudson and the fantastic collection of colorful secondary characters right from the start. I did feel bad for Hudson that his twin brother was such an impossible jerk, but I was excited to see what Hudson was going to do with the businesses until he got his passport back and was able to go home to his life. If only the success that Hudson created was as easy to do in real life. But that's why I read fiction. *grins*

“Looking up at him, I was worried for a second that maybe he was upset, but the way he was staring at me, watching his fingers move though the strands of my red hair, he was not. He was enjoying touching me, and my stomach clenched tight in reaction. So fast. I’d never fallen for anyone in my life this fast. It was absolutely terrifying."

Oh my goodness. Hudson and Miguel were FUN. Hot and totally sexy, but fun. Miguel flustered Hudson so much, and Hudson turned the billionaire into a bit of a romantic! Dalvon, however, forgot to mention one tiny little detail about the other reason he needed to leave Ibiza, and again, he left Hudson holding the bag. Hudson, being the good man that he is and knowing his twin well - having taken care of him his whole life - does the right thing, but now he finally has someone standing by his side.

Loved it! Mary, honestly my friend, is there anything you can't write well? This was wonderful, and I fell in love with Hudson and Miguel, but mostly Hudson. I understood his insecurities and vulnerabilities. I would be thrilled to see more of these two, but I understand - their story is told. Thank you, Mary!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novella, 126 pages/40149 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-March-2016
Price $4.99 ebook, $14.95 audiobook
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