Floodgates

Floodgates

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by Mary Calmes
     
 

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Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.

Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little

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Tracy Brandt considers himself a lucky man. He has a wonderful family, good friends, and a dependable job. His love life, however, features a cheating ex who, though out of the house, is not yet out of the picture—with a past that just might get Tracy killed.

Homicide inspector Cord Nolan wants nothing more than to show his best friend’s little brother that he’s a reliable man, but to do that he’ll have to get Tracy to look past the player he used to be. It'll be a tough sell; reputation is everything, and Cord's is tarnished by his past indiscretions.

Tracy and Cord have spent five years trying to suffocate their fiery attraction under a blanket of grudging antagonism. When Tracy finds himself with a target on his back, Cord finally has the chance to ride to the rescue and break through the dam of Tracy's reserve. But he’d better be careful: if Cord is breaking the floodgates to wash away the past, he's going to have to hold tight to Tracy to make sure they're still standing when the tumult recedes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627987370
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
03/03/2014
Pages:
234
Sales rank:
880,551
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

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Floodgates 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by ANN & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Mary Calmes always has the ability to create admirable characters whom readers absolutely adore. Tracy Brandt and Cord Nolan are no exception. Pairing two opposites is what Calmes does best. Tracy is the all around good guy who just happens to find himself caught up in a world of trouble. Readers first meet him running from a reigning fire of bullets. It seems as though someone is out to hurt him and it all connects to Tracy’s cheating ex. As more and more targets are revealed, putting others in danger, Cord is taking Tracy’s safety into his own hands. Much like my favorites, Jory and Sam, Tracy and Cord exhibit a love/hate relationship. As Tracy’s brother’s partner and former manwhore, readers can expect entertaining sexual tension between the two. Infused in the story is Calmes’ trademark humor, which makes all her books absolutely fabulous and endearing. If you’re a loyal fan of Mary Calmes, FLOODGATES will give you much to cheer about. *ARC provided by publisher
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story with the most endearing characters. Nobody does intimacy like Mary Calmes.
NotJustAnyTom More than 1 year ago
OMG, while I loved Jory in other stories, I love Tracy just as much.:) The reviews that detail whatever faults they find, I find droll and tired. This was a delightfully fast paced tale that could have been Made for TV:) Suspend your reality, reader and just let it happen and have fun; AND this is fun.
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CrystalMarie218 More than 1 year ago
Ummm. What can I say about this book? Good question. To be honest, this book could have been given as low as 2 stars just based on characters who had no depth. But the fact is, it became so silly it made me laugh. And the laugh was worth the 3 stars. So, we’ve got Tracey, accountant, whose life seems like it could be snuffed out at any time. Seriously – in this story, he was almost murdered several times. First, by mafia types who were out to attack a certain individual – but OOPS, they hit the wrong place. Seems Tracey’s partner Deema (the spelling of the name might be wrong – I had the audiobook so I can’t check name spellings) has a brother who is high up in the Russian mafia and everyone seems to keep mixing up the two. Including everyone who knows and loves Tracey and wants him to quit working with Deema. Now, that’s an important plot point because they bring out that Tracey’s a rather stalwart personality, trusting implicitly. Of course, as we see, over and over again, his trust keeps getting crushed. His boyfriend Breccan cheated on him twice that he found out about, once by walking in on the guy doing his best friend Sean on Tracey’s couch, and once he found out because he’d been attacked (remember he keeps getting almost murdered) and another person was attacked on the same day and as it turned out she was carrying Breccan’s baby. OOPS! Now, considering the fact that Tracey has almost been killed by a guy who seems set on murder – he’d already murdered a former boyfriend of Breccan’s – one would expect that the cops, of which two of them are Tracey’s brother Alex and Alex’s former partner Cord would be all over Breccan. Instead, after Cord informs Tracey of this horridness, Breccan walks into the hospital room and Cord leaves them together. Uh, what? And uh, what again? Seriously, it’s obvious that Cord has a thing for Tracey and that Tracey likes, but distrusts him, back. (Tracey really needs to work on his trust thing. Trusting Breccan and not trusting Cord?) And yet, Cord leaves him with a man that I would have expected the police to be all over. And to be honest, the book would have been more believable if the police had been all over Breccan and if Breccan had been the bad guy. I wanted Breccan to be the bad guy. It would have made sense to me. But no – he was just one of those guys who thinks sleeping around shouldn’t count against him. Instead, the bad guy ended up not showing up until the last minute. I so hate it when that happens. Plus, the bad guy shot Tracey point blank with a glock and there wasn’t a scratch on him? Uh…what? To be honest, this is 7 hours and 53 minutes I won’t get back. And that’s just wrong. But I couldn’t give the story less than 3 stars, because it made me laugh. It wasn’t supposed to make me laugh, but it did. Cord kept up a stream of “I’ll protect you” and then would leave. And Tracey trusted implicitly when he shouldn’t. Add to that, he was kind of clueless. Of course, so was Cord. This was a case of the incompetent police inspector protecting the guy who was too stupid to protect himself. It was too impossible to believe not to laugh. And I laughed a lot. And what’s even worse than losing this 7 hours and 53 minutes? I want to read Alex and Deema’s story next, because from the sound of this story, the author’s gonna match Tracey’s business partner with his brother. And won’t that be a match made with guns and bullets? Not to mention his clueless brother Evan who is adorable and at times quite spot on, but the rest of the time had his mind up in the clouds somewhere. And if you’ve reached the end of this review, and wondered how my ratings scale doesn’t really match my ramblings and thought “that’s three minutes and twenty-two seconds I’ll never get back” well, you know how I feel. ;) Story Rating: 3 stars Narration Rating: 4 stars Overall Rating: 3 stars Reviewed by a-nony-mouse for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*