Book Reviews

Where You Lead by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 04-January-2014

Book Blurb

ATF agent Peter Lomax isn’t a hearts and flowers kind of guy, but he can be possessive, and it caused problems until Carver Fleming. Carver may be part of the art world, but he gets Peter, loves belonging to the man, and Peter treasures the way Carver understands them together.

Carver loves Peter, but he's fully aware that six months doth not a commitment make. Carver wants to make the relationship last forever, but he’ll have to leave their life in Chicago to take care of the family he loves. He wants to do it with Peter by his side, but going from the city of Chicago to tiny Colt, Kentucky is a big change.

Carver has only one Christmas wish: Please, oh please, let Peter fall enough in love with Carver's family to follow Carver home.


Book Review

Hands down one of the best holiday stories I've ever had the pleasure of reading. My only complaint was it was way too short. I could have kept going and going and going with Pete and Carver. Throw in some more of Pete with his ATF partner, Elliott, and their incredibly funny and oh so accurate male juvenile humor and I would have read these characters for hours and hours. Maybe even days.

Six months of being incredibly in love with Carver and on the way to his parents' home for Christmas, Carver lets Pete know that he's moving home to Kentucky to help his dad care for his mom and he'd like Pete to transfer to the office in Louisville. Carver is going to continue his art and open another gallery. Pete isn't real thrilled that Carver just dumps this on him and he's reeling in shock and anger. Plus, Pete has never been in such a small town in his life, population three thousand. *gulp* Carver just wants Pete to enjoy the days they are there and to keep an open mind. Huh.

I loved everything about this short story, Mary, but I want more. I loved the differences between Pete and Carver. You've got the tough ATF Special Agent who hunts, he drinks beer, and as Carver says wears "breeder clothes", and there's the artist with the art gallery who might not swish but it's not too difficult to figure out he's gay. Carver's dad was so relieved because Pete was more like him and since he's the only guy Carver has ever brought home, let's just say Dad was a tad nervous. *grins* The small town life was wonderful and familiar in some ways as I grew up in the South. Carver's mom with her fears of being a burden with her stroke and beginning dementia just about broke my heart and reminded me how very important family is.

This is a guaranteed re-read and will remain a favorite for many, many years to come. Thank you, Mary!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and audio
Length Novella, 82 pages/16280 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-December-2013
Price $3.99 ebook, $6.95 audiobook
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