Acrobat by Mary Calmes has been on my TBR list for ages. I don’t know why I waited so long–I really, really liked it.
Let me start off by saying: this isn’t a perfect book. There’s an excessive number of secondary characters, everyone is weirdly physically affectionate, and, even though Nate and Dreo have known each other for four years, there’s an element of insta-love to their relationship.
However, I could not put this book down! Despite the quirks, the writing was completely engrossing. Calmes has the power of phenomenal writing to overcome any shortcomings.
I loved, loved, loved Nate’s relationship with Dreo’s nephew, Michael. Nate is a natural caretaker, so seeing him look after Michael–making sure he’s eating, doing homework, etc.–was so sweet. It was like he and Dreo were co-parenting before they even realized it.
Once Nate opens his eyes and really sees Dreo, the chemistry between them explodes off the page. They could have spent the rest of the book in bed and I wouldn’t have even been mad!
Nate’s ex was spectacular and hilarious. I really appreciate when m/m authors aren’t afraid to write good female characters.
There is so much to enjoy with Acrobat. Mary Calmes creates characters you can’t help but fall in love with and weaves stories that captivate you from the word ‘go.’ I plan on reading many more of her books and enjoying every single one.
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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 seeking. 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.