Mist and Marrow By Mary Calmes

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Mist and Marrow (Breaking Tradition Book 2) By Mary Calmes

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Book/Novel Title: Mist and Marrow

 

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Linden Van Doren is in a strange position. He’s an emancipated omega holding down two jobs, so he should be out from under anyone’s thumb but in reality, there are still weird lupine rules to follow. For instance, if an alpha wants to court him, he’s not allowed to say no. If that same alpha asks for his hand in bonding, however, as there’s no contract that anyone holds but him, he can certainly say no to that. And would. He trusts no alpha to keep their word even though they’re the only ones who could make his dreams come true. It’s all very confusing and a bit ridiculous but until all omegas are free to do whatever they want with their lives, his odd circumstances are the norm. He’s also doing his very small part to help others—and that just became a problem.Wade Massey is a homicide detective with the Chicago PD. He’s partners with Avery Davenport, which puts him in close, continual contact with Avery’s friend, Linden Van Doren. Wade isn’t sure what it is about Linden that drives him nuts. And annoying the hell out of the stunning omega should make Wade want to stay away from him. The problem is, he can’t seem to do that. Besides, Linden needs a keeper. Wade has never actually met anyone who needs someone looking out for them more and really, no one but Wade can be trusted to do it and keep their hands off the tantalizing man.When the FBI comes knocking because omegas have gone missing, Wade finds out that Linden has been far more active in the fight to help other omegas than he imagined. When both men are drafted to help, they are suddenly thrown together in a situation where, for once, neither of them can walk away. Wade’s been great at making excuses and Linny’s been fantastic about hiding his feelings. None of that works anymore.Linden knows he wants Wade—he knew the night the possessive human carried him out of hell—but loving someone who can never return his feelings is stupid and Linden’s finished with that. Wade’s never been attracted to a man before and perhaps it’s not desire or lust, but simply his protective instincts gone wild. If neither of them can be brave, there’s no hope for the future. But perhaps just winnowing through the mist of confusion down to the marrow where the truth lies will set them both free.Trigger Warning: Discussion of repeated sexual abuse of a main character, including when he was a minor. No abuse occurs on page.
This is not as good as muscle and bone which is fast-paced and exciting. This is slow, kinda flat. Wade is OK but I didn’t like Linden in the first book so trying to make him special in this one doesn’t work for me. I actually wish Wade was paired with Peck or a friend of Graeme.
I loved the characters, but once again I am disappointed with how abruptly the story hits the climax and then just ends. Still a good read though.
Hierarchies are designed. They become as real as they are believed to be. In reality though, they’re illusions that can be dispelled like floss on the breeze. Rethinking the designs often creates a better world.
One of the major ways Mary Calmes has improved her writing is that she no longer seems to think cramming sex scenes into every chapter of an MM book is a necessity. I loved her Change of Heart series, but when I reread it now I am irritated by how much the story is overwhelmed by the sex. She did a really nice job of balancing the desire for titillation with the desire for a true love story. The mystery/action elements are not as well balanced and could have used fleshing out, which would have resulted in a longer book. Her books have gotten shorter without the sexual clutter, so adding in some extra action or fleshing out the mystery could have provided more value.
This book was almost as good as the first book in this series . I recommend this book highly . I’m hoping that in the future the author will return to this series and write another two are three books !
I loved the heading in this book. Again any angst was solved easily or brushed over but great story and lovely couple

 

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