Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
A retired SEAL is about to face his toughest assignment yet. As a nanny…
Fixer. Bodyguard. Advocate. Brann Calder is expected to play all these roles and more as a member of Torus Intercession, a security firm guaranteed to right what’s wrong. In the military, catastrophe was his specialty. Five months out of the service, Brann is still finding his way, so a new assignment might be just what he needs. Unless it includes two things sure to make a seasoned, battle-trained veteran nervous: life in a small town, and playing caretaker to two little girls.
Emery Dodd is drowning in the responsibility of single fatherhood. He’s picked up the pieces after losing his wife and is ready to move on now, hopeful that his engagement to a local patriarch’s daughter will not only enrich his community but will grant his daughters some stability too.
The only thing standing in Emery’s way is that he can’t he seem to keep his eyes—and hands—off the former soldier he’s hired to watch his girls until the wedding.
Emery’s future is riding on his upcoming nuptials, but being with Brann makes him and his family feel whole again. Too bad there’s no way for them to be together.
Or is there?
No Quick Fix (Torus Intercession #1) is the quintessential Mary Calmes story. It has all the elements I love about her stories and characters, including the main character. I can sit back, giggle over the dialog (always snapping smart, cute, and connectible) and just sink into the romance that I know is about to happen. Plus the kids, great wonderful kids. And a dog named Winston. Ok, that did it upteen times over.
Brann Calder is Mary Calmes’ archetype hero. He’s gorgeous, great at everything he does, kids and animals adore him (so do readers), he has a bruised heart wanting recovery and needs someone to love him. And a home. Here the author dumps him into a job that will give him all three if everything works out…which of course they will eventually. Because with a Calmes book it’s the journey to the end we know that’s coming. How will they get there?
And who does it involve?
In this case (well, it’s not unusual with her novels) it takes a small town or village, all of whom we get to know. From the women of the baseball team, to the captain of the Vol Fire Department, the people at the dinner and bakery, and the Veterinarian’s, we get to meet and like or love them all. And they in turn love Brann, take him right to heart.
But before that? It’s a family that is in sore need of a change of direction and heart. Emery Dodd and his two daughters (and one Westie) have several problems. One the loss of a mother and wife that still haunts the family. Two, Emery has agreed to a business arranged marriage for the betterment of the town and his family, whether they like it or not. And nothing should stand in the way of that marriage going forward so perhaps a bodyguard is needed. Enter Brann Calder and an explosion of possibilities and fireworks.
If you are not familiar with how the classic Calmes main character acts, than watching Calder “superhero” his way through the town almost on day one will engender more than a few eyerolls. But if you’re a lover of Jory and Sam, a reader of Frog, or Timing, or Marshals or I could keep going, then you know that’s the classic Calmes main man in action. And we love him and her for it.
Because as he’s performing all these acts of bravery or compassion or whatever they may be, he’s also learning that he’s been missing out on something in his life and now it’s staring him in the face at every level, furred (dog), child, and man. And a town that clearly needs him.
I’m so hooked every time. From the moment he tiredly exits a car and ends up staring into a child’s daunting glare. I’m there with him, especially as he meets that challenge and heads into the next, cuss words and all. He had me at “shit”. And “awesome”.
Love that whole family.
Wow, I’m torn between wanting more of Brann and this town and more of the other men in the Torus group who clearly need their own HEA. Mary, can’t I have both? lol
And yes, I highly recommend this story and the author. When I have need of a comfort read, a hero and a romance, Mary Calmes’ stories have often saved the day. Adding another now.
Cover art: Reese Dante. Yes, that is Brann Calder to the core. Love it.
Sales Links: Amazon
Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published March 19th 2019
SeriesTorus Intercession #1