Gotta say, Mary knows how to tickle me in all the right places! (Take that as you will.)
Sometimes the best day of your life is the one you never saw coming.
Joe Cohen has devoted the past two years of his life to one thing: the care and feeding of Kade Bosa. His partner in their PI business, roommate, and best friend, Kade is everything to Joe, even if their relationship falls short of what Joe desires most. But he won’t push. Kade has suffered a rough road, and Joe’s pretty sure he’s the only thing holding Kade together.
Estranged from his own family, Joe knows the value of desperately holding on to someone dear, but he never expected his present and past to collide just as Kade’s is doing the same. Now they’ve stumbled across evidence that could change their lives: the impact of Kade’s tragic past, their job partnership, and any future Joe might allow himself to wish for….
The last book I reviewed by Mary Calmes, I mentioned the tapestry of her worlds. This book builds on another tapestry, though you might call this one a bit of glitter on the edges of one of those worlds. Bright and shiny and oh, so sexy.
Joe is a good man. So good, in fact, that when he meets Kade Bosa, he’s determined he’s going to be there to help Kade with what he’s going through. (And believe me, it’s NOT a pleasant thing. It’s one of those incidents that has the power to destroy your life, and Kade could self-destruct over it very easily.) Kade needs a keel, and Joe is going to be it. The problem? Joe is head over heels for Kade, but dares not say it. He’s willing to be Kade’s friend, and that will have to be enough.
As we read through the story, we find the two of them involved in a bit of shady business. Death and stuff like that. You know, things that will really ruin your day. Well, it’s not about to get any better.
They meet another man, who knows things that Kade doesn’t want brought to light. There are secrets buried, and he wants them to stay that way.
Yeah, those pesky secrets never listen, and like it or not, Kade is going to have to confront them head on. Fortunately, Joe is in his corner.
As the story progresses, we find out that Joe left home when he came out as gay, and his family were…less than supportive. He and his mother meet again, and she’s telling him that she’ll divorce his father and leave him and her others sons behind and move to Chicago to be with Joe. Well, instead of waxing lyrical about it, how about we just do a snippet?
“And it wasn’t just your father. It was Bren and Sayre too. If they were all going to keep avoiding even speaking your name, then I was washing my hands of the lot of them.”
“Now you’re lying,” I said, pouncing. “You can’t be without any of them.”
“But what, I could be without you?”
I was back to feeling like crap.
“Well, I’m done with stubborn men. They can all just stay here and stew, and I’ll move to Chicago with you.”
“You would not enjoy Chicago,” I said adamantly, stunned that she would even consider such a thing for me. I knew she loved me, but I never expected her to consider leaving the others to be close to me.
“I don’t enjoy not having my family all together either,” Mom chided, scowling for a moment before her face brightened and she smiled wide. “But look, I have replacement children already, so I can leave at any time.”
This book was Mmm-mmm good. Good to the last drop, you might say. I loved Kade and Joe, and even the supporting characters were well-rounded and fun. There was one guy I wasn’t overly fond of (he’s a great character, but you’re gonna hate him because he’s so…smarmy), but even he filled his role very well.
All in all, if you’re a fan of Mary’s, or even if you haven’t heard of her, you’ll want to read Kairos.
Oh, as for the bit of glitter, pay attention to a few subtle things said in the story, and see if you can figure out who Mary is talking about! (Think of them as Easter eggs for people who like her stories. I know I squealed when I saw it.)