Book Reviews

Sleeping til Sunrise (Mangrove Stories 5) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Interracial / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 02-January-2016

Book Blurb

Everyone in Mangrove, Florida, knows Fire Chief Essien Dodd is a saint. He took care of his ex-wife until she died, is raising his teenage daughter alone, and is the kind of man who pulls kittens from trees. All in all, the man’s a catch. But Roark Hammond has sworn off getting involved with a man who’s been hurt before because he can’t guarantee he won’t hurt his prospective love again. If only he could get Essien out of his mind long enough to focus on anyone, or anything, else.

Strong emotions are in play. Essien is lonely but determined to focus on Ivy; Ivy wants her father to have a new life so much that, to his horror, she’s trying to find him a man; and Roark is so scared of the present and past, he won’t allow himself to commit. To have any chance of sleeping ’til sunrise and greeting each new day together, Essien and Roark will have to rethink how they’re living their lives and focus on what’s most important.

Book Review

“Stop trying to set me up,” I enunciated for her.
“Pardon me?” Her eyes blinking as though she were all innocent sweetness… was a crock. “Stop bringing strange men home.”
She scoffed.
Jesus, what had I just said? “I bet you didn’t think you’d be saying that to me until I was eighteen, huh?”

I really adore these novellas by Mary Calmes, and I would love to live in Mangrove, Florida. Each of the four previous installments have been wonderful, and I was excited to read about Essias and Roarke. The fact that I had already fallen for Ivy, Essias's daughter, in Hutch and Mike's story made the reading of 'Sleeping 'til Sunrise' even better.

Essias and Roarke really are perfect for each other, although in their minds, it's all for the wrong reasons. Essias is, by his very nature, a caregiver. He lost his first love because he took the time to care for his ex-wife while she was dying from cancer, and help Ivy through it. Ess is naturally someone who looks after others, and truly cares about their well-being. Roarke is a pediatrician, and while he is also a caregiver, he has a personal emergency occurring that keeps him from wanting Ess to feel obligated to be with him.

It was incredibly sweet watching Roarke, Ess, and Ivy merge into a family. That's one of the things I love so much about this series - everyone in this small town is family and they wouldn't have it any other way. As I continue to say in my reviews of this series, I really wish this book were longer, I could have read about these guys for quite awhile. Thank you, Mary, it was sweet and loving…just what I needed.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novella, 79 pages/20813 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-December-2015
Price $3.99 ebook, $6.95 audiobook
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