Book Reviews

The Fix Is In (Torus Intercession 4) by Mary Calmes

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Bodyguards / Romance / Action/Adventure / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 02-November-2023

Book Blurb

How can a man who doesn’t believe in things that go bump in the night possibly protect a man who does?

It’s safe to say that Shaw James is a pragmatist who has no patience for anything but the facts. He is good at assessing threats and focusing on a clear objective when he goes out on a job for Torus Intercession. But he hasn’t had to be a detective before, it’s all brand new, so why his boss chose him to figure out who may, or may not, be trying to kill Benjamin Grace is beyond him. Protecting a paranormal investigator from whoever—or whatever—may be trying to kill him is completely out of Shaw’s wheelhouse, and how is he supposed to help find an attacker when the guy he’s sent to protect maintains that the threat is ghostly in origin? It’s insane, and Shaw does not do insane. Benjamin Grace is going to be a problem.

But Benji is nothing at all like Shaw imagined he’d be, and the fixer is spellbound from their first meeting. Benji is kind and can laugh at himself, doesn’t take things too seriously, and, more than anything, he wants to help everyone. The man is inarguably Shaw’s polar opposite, and he brings out every protective instinct in Shaw. Best of all, though, is that Benji seems every bit as enchanted by the man sent to protect him.

Together, Benji and Shaw must work to figure out what’s happening in the small town of Rune, Oregon, and it quickly proves more difficult than it should be to keep Benji alive. When it goes from difficult to seemingly impossible, Shaw packs Benji up and takes him back home to Chicago where the most frightening thing is Shaw’s own big, loud, loving, and overly-invested-in-his-love-life family who can’t seem to resist meddling in his affairs.

Or not. Turns out the scariest thing might just be Benji, the guy who seems perfect for Shaw.

Book Review

I could imagine myself at home instead of on this whack-a-doodle assignment.” ~ Shaw


A down-to-earth realist of a man and a paranormal investigator are at the heart of this fourth book in Mary Calmes’ ‘Torus Intercession’ series. Shaw James is the seventh son of a seventh son and really, he should be more of a believer based on that and his Scottish ancestry, but he grew up in a household full of no-nonsense. Benji Grace, on the other hand, is invested in the possibility of spirits, ghosts, and demonic intervention. Shaw is a meat eater and Benji is a vegetarian. Shaw is a very big man and Benji isn’t. Two more different men couldn’t be found if I went looking for them.


Shaw and the rest of the guys at Torus are convinced that their boss, Jared, somehow seems to pick their jobs in a way that each guy gets the job they absolutely do NOT want. Personally, I think Jared is a matchmaker disguised as a fixer, because so far each of the men have ended up with the love of their life after he placed them on assignment. This time Jared has Shaw heading to Rune, Oregon (a little coastal town that will appear in a future book by this author) to protect Benji, a paranormal investigator, who seems to be the target of someone wanting him maimed or killed.


I was so out of my depth with him. Talking to him, being around him, everything was so easy. It made no sense.” ~ Shaw


The mystery/suspense/thriller portion of this book is very well done, but the true joy comes from the insta-love between Shaw and Benji. Benji is convinced it’s because they’ve known each other in a previous life, while Shaw is just trying to figure out why he’s so comfortable with this man right from the get-go as that isn’t his norm. I definitely could’ve had more interaction with Shaw’s enormous family as much hilarity ensued there, but the taste I got will have to suffice. Needless to say, I enjoyed every moment of this book and look forward to the next installment. Thank you, Mary, for bringing me such wonderful men to enjoy!




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 287 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 29-December-2021
Price $4.99 ebook
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