Book Reviews

In A Fix (Torus Intercession 2) by Mary Calmes

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Romance / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 23-September-2020

Book Blurb

How can a man unaware of his own worth ever hope to value anyone else…

Croy Esca is a fixer at Torus Intercession, paid to guard, advocate for, and help those in need of the services his boss, Jared Colter, provides. But that doesn’t mean he’s willing to expend the energy to invest himself in the people he’s assigned to help. Professionally, Croy goes in, gets the job done, and doesn’t allow for anything that might resemble interest—which mirrors the way he handles his personal life as well. He’s been described as aloof, apathetic, and incapable of feeling anything approaching empathy despite his boss’s continual mentoring.

Those lessons aren’t easily learned, though, when you’ve been taught that you’re expendable.
When Croy is assigned to act as bodyguard to a billionaire during a long weekend trip to Las Vegas, he expects another in and out job made all the more tedious by the company he’ll be keeping, and his loathing of Sin City. What he ends up with, however, is far more than he bargained for.

FBI Special Agent Dallas Bauer is good at what he does, some might even say he’s consumed by his work, to the point of insomnia and at the cost to anything resembling a full life. Hit it and quit it is Dallas’s grind. Then Croy Esca comes crashing into his life, and it doesn’t take long before he’s struck by how desperate he is to make sure the fixer doesn’t become the one that got away.

When Croy’s assignment evolves into something so much more dangerous and complicated than he could have ever predicted, and his and Dallas’s lives collide, the fixer finds himself in a fix. One Croy is not altogether sure he wants to escape.


Book Review

I made a promise to myself and Mary Calmes that I wouldn’t make the same mistake with my preconceived expectations about what ‘In a Fix’ should be as I did when I read ‘No Quick Fix’. Good thing too, since I was surprised and intrigued many times as I read this latest installment in the ‘Torus Intercession’ series. What remained true to form is an incredible love story, action and adventure, a few unexpected surprises, some angst, majorly hot sex, and wonderful secondary characters.


Croy Esca is an interesting man. He was raised in a "one-percent" household but when he came out at eighteen, he was disowned and tossed out. That was fine, he put himself through college and moved halfway across the country. He changed his surname to his maternal grandmother’s, was a cop for six years before he decided he didn’t like the way that organization was run, and then Jared hired him at Torus. Croy is a thinker, or perhaps I should say deliberator, as everything is run through his brain and analyzed.


None of this, in and of itself, makes him supremely interesting. What does, however, is his lack of understanding of himself. For a man who spends the majority of his time thinking things through and analyzing everything, he’s a little clueless about his own personality. Watching him discover these things was more than half my fun in this story, and no, I’m not going to tell as this book deserves to be enjoyed fully without any spoilers.


Dallas is a bada** FBI agent who really needs to take advantage of the department therapist as he’s seen so much he rarely sleeps anymore. Dallas falls asleep leaning against Croy’s shoulder within hours of meeting and that causes him a bit of consternation until he sees what the two of them could share together. Croy is a little more resistant but not much *grins*. This is definitely insta-lust and insta-love but it’s so well written I didn’t even care. I’ve come to expect certain things from Mary Calmes’s books and if you’re a follower of hers, then you’ll recognize Croy as you’ve seen him before in other characters. 


Now Mary, that was a mean thing to do letting me know in the afterword that Locryn’s story is next and will be released in the fall? You know that he is a complete mystery and I’ll be salivating waiting for his story. Until then though, thank you for Croy and Dallas. You’ve given more characters to love!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 292 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 25-August-2020
Price $4.99 ebook, $12.99 paperback
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