Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review: But For You by Mary Calmes

Reviewed by Fehu
But For You (Matter of Time #6) by Mary Calmes
Dreamspinner Press
Novel: 242pgs
4.5 Pants Off

Jory Harcourt is finally living the dream. Being married to US Marshal Sam Kage has changed him—it’s settled the tumult of their past and changed Jory from a guy who bails at the first sign of trouble to a man who stays and weathers the storm. He and Sam have two kids, a house in the burbs, and a badass minivan. Jory’s days of being an epicenter for disaster are over. Domestic life is good.

Which means it's exactly the right time for a shakeup on the home front. Sam’s ex turns up in an unexpected place. A hit man climbs up their balcony at a family reunion. And maybe both of those things have something to do with a witness who disappeared a year ago. Marital bliss just got a kick in the pants, but Jory won’t let anyone take his family away from him. Before he knew what it felt like to have a home, he would have run. Not anymore. He knows he and Sam need to handle things together, because that’s the only way they’re going to make it.

For all fans of Jory and Sam, this book is a must have! Jory and Sam have come a long way to be together and this is the final book in the series. The finish is less dramatic than the previous books, while it still has some action/adventure scenes and a murder plot, the book focuses on Sam and Jory's family life. They have settled down in new jobs, grown up some, and have two wonderful children...who are learning to use smaller water guns, to check if their teacher is the wicked witch of the west.

But For You visits on some unfinished threads and relationships, which Jory and Sam had. For one there is a secret that comes to light from Sam's undercover stint, which threatens their family. Also it was nice to have a visit from Aaron, one of Jory's ex-lovers, who is finally on his way to a happy ending of his own. Jory is shown as a parent and he is doing well in this new role, he is more stable and mature and not the danger magnet that he was, which makes a nice change!

There are still the funny dialogs and the sexual tension that I loved in the previous books and I loved to see Sam and Jory interact with their kids, so this has been a great ending for a good if not an emotionally turbulent series.

Jory and Sam's kids are fun and remind me a bit of Jory, personality wise, their questions about how things work or about certain behavior, like kissing(Hannah is not allowed to lick the cat, but why can Daddy lick Pa?) are sometimes hilarious and it was interesting to see Jory being an adult, he did come a long way from the first book! Sam, well he is still a caveman and fiercely protective of his family and he is around more.

Mostly this book is about Sam and Jory's happily ever after, which is still not as peaceful as one might imagine but made for a fitting ending of the series.

4.5 Pants Off

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