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 is the first book I have read by Mary Calmes and I can tell you that it definitely won’t be my last. I loved this book. The story is told in the first person from Nate’s perspective, and it was done in such a way that I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I got a complete picture of what Nate looked like and while I would have loved to know what was going on in Dreo’s head, I didn’t feel like I missed anything.
Nate is a professor of English at the University of Chicago. He’s one of those people that everyone loves, but not the type that you hate because of it. The opening scene of the book sets the stage quite nicely, but had me wondering where Dreo would come in. When we first meet Dreo he’s the reserved guardian of Michael, the neighbor that Nate has practically adopted. Little did we know what a hottie Dreo would turn out to be. This is a quick paced story packed with lots of secondary characters and some action along with mystery. The description of the book from the publisher does a fantastic job of summarizing what happens, so I’m not going to go into more detail, because otherwise, why read the book?
What I enjoyed most about this book was the sense of family that Ms. Calmes was able to develop and how I felt like I really knew all the characters and could invite them over for dinner. This is going to be a comfort read for me, one of those stories that I return to when I need a little pick me up. I really didn’t want this book to end. I would LOVE to read more about Dreo, Nate and Michael in the future. Read this book if you like hot alpha ex-mob muscle, sweet nerdy English professors, or simply like a good story about the power of love, presence and friendship!
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