Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: May 7th 2012
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Romance, Adult 18+
Length: 250 pages
Provided by: Net Galley
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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.
Acrobat by Mary Calmes is a different kind of romance then so many others I’ve read lately (that’s not good or bad, just refreshing). Nate is a great guy. He’s a loyal friend, a great ex, a loving dad, a cool prof . . . BUT don’t date the guy, lol. He is many things but willing to commit for the long haul, as in willing to work at a relationship to make it work, he has always, totally failed at managing (we won’t count his ex wife as that was him being a good man and friend.).
Enter Dreo and Michael. Michael is Dreo’s nephew (he did adopt him but they still refer to each other as uncle/nephew) and Nate’s neighbour. He’s also 16 and is often left alone due to Dreo’s work (being a mob boss’ bodyguard means lots of weird hours) so he ends up hanging out with Nate. Nate having been a dad himself and a prof, takes this in stride and helps out – probably thanks to missing his own son who is now grown.
Now, Nate and Dreo have lived next door to each other for 4 years and while Dreo has been in love with Nate, Nate has been oblivious. It takes Nate being beaten up and then seeing him with a would-be suitor for Dreo to man up and start to show his feelings for Nate. Problem – he’s mob muscle so being involved with Dreo is NOT healthy for Nate.
Now that you have to basics, lol, I will tell you that Acrobat is a wonderful read. The characters are fun, hot, frustrating, and at times annoyingly real. Acrobat isn’t instant love, nor is it friends since childhood but rather a quirky mix of the two. Feelings are there, but they are so under the surface that Nate, poor twit that he is romantically, doesn’t notice for so long. Of course, there is the age difference – which at first Nate freaks over. I do understand his POV on this but they are both grown men with their own lives, jobs, and families by the time they meet so no, it’s not a ‘real’ problem, just a perception issue.
I have liked most everything I’ve read of Mary’s but I loved Acrobat! And Dreo was the best character in the book, IMHO. He was alpha, sweet, protective, possessive, and just all around yummy (and Italian!). He also works to change his life to be a better father-figure to Michael and to be a descent partner for Nate – without being asked to change!
If you love M/M Romance, do not miss this one! Acrobat was fast paced, explosive, emotional, and hot. I read it in one sitting and have already reread it once, lol. A truly wonderful read.
Mary Calmes currently lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, with her husband and two children and hopes to eventually move off the rock to a place where her children can experience fall and even winter. She graduated from the University of the Pacific (ironic) in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into the work. She can even tell you what her characters smell like. She also buys way too many books on Amazon.