Thursday, May 31, 2012

Acrobat by Mary Calmes

Title: Acrobat
Author: Mary Calmes
My Rating: A+

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Dreo and Nate
Release Date: May 2012
ISBN: 978-1613725009
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Forty-five-year-old English professor Nathan Qells is very good at making people feel important. What he’s not very good at is sticking around afterward. He’s a nice guy; he just doesn’t feel things the way other people do. So even after all the time he’s spent taking care of Michael, the kid across the hall, he doesn’t realize that Michael’s mob muscle uncle and guardian, Andreo Fiore, has slowly been falling in love with him.

Dreo has bigger problems than getting Nate to see him as a potential partner. He’s raising his nephew, trying to leave his unsavory job, and starting his own business, a process made infinitely more difficult when a series of hits takes out some key underworld players. Still, Dreo is determined to build a life he can be proud of—a life with Nate as a cornerstone. A life that is starting to look like exactly what Nate has been looking for. Unfortunately for Dreo—and for Nate—the last hits were just part of a major reorganization, and Dreo’s obvious love for Nate has made him a target too.

My Review:

Wow, what a really powerful and amazing love story. I love the way this book is set up. Because I really didn't pay that close of attention to the story description, I thought the story was going a whole other way and happy about it. BUT the passion that Mary Calmes writes into her characters is so real and so true, once things started changing, I was excited about it.

There was so much about this book that I simply loved:
*Melissa- Nate's ex-wife. He slept with a woman once...and yep, got her pregnant. They were teens, he was gay, but they stayed married for 10 years and remain best friends 30 years after the fact. I love how close they are and how she keeps pushing him to find a man that he can fall in love with, because she knows he's never truly been in love in a truly passionate way.

*Ben- Melissa's husband, who is close to Nate too despite the history there with his now wife. The camaraderie there is awesome...and actually this is true of all of Nate's friends. He's someone that's smart and fun to be around and his friends recognize that. Everyone, both men and women, are drawn to him because he's a genuine person.

*Michael- the 16 yo that lives across the hall with his uncle Dreo. He's come to rely on Nate as a parental figure and I really love their relationship. It's filled with mutual respect and love. I enjoyed their scenes together in this book as much as anything.

*Nate- I loved his character. I loved the fact that he doesn't see his own appeal. He genuinely cares about people and that comes across in everything that he does from teaching his classes to hanging out with friends.

*Dreo- OMG, best character ever and I NEVER thought I would say that about a guy who works as a mobster's bodyguard. Michael came to him 4 years ago when Dreo's sister died. He took the job so he could provide a good home for Michael. That home brought him to living across the hall from Nate. He's NEVER let on, not even a hint, that he's interested in Nate or that he's even gay. But when he decides to let go of his emotions and to become involved....OMG, this guy is so incredibly sexy in his passion and need and love for Nate. So sexy. There's a vulnerable side to him too because he lays it all out there. Such a gorgeous aspect to this story.

I really adored this book. The witty dialogue was fun to read and kept me laughing out loud throughout the entire book. Dreo is this quiet, huge guy, but he has so much emotion within him, it takes the emotional level of this book through the roof. There was even a bit of suspense that added to the drama of it all and I do love a bit of suspense added to my romance novels. The entire book was just incredibly well-written and I am so glad that I got to read it.

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