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  • Mist and Marrow

  • Breaking Tradition, Book 2
  • By: Mary Calmes
  • Narrated by: Nick J. Russo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

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.

©2022 Mary Calmes (P)2022 Mary Calmes

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Good story

This was an interesting addition to the series. I loved the characters and the dry humour which was throughout the book had me smiling. The narrator was also excellent.

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  • 27-07-22

Loved it!

Great story, I love Linny and Wade! This story has it all, love, laughter, drama, tears and suspense. I recomend to read/listen to book one in the series first, for a better understanding of the story. Also a great narrator.

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  • john boyland
  • 30-07-22

Not as good as the first book

This book was not as interesting or compelling to me as the first in series. Just read like a sequel for sequels sake.

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  • Rhonda Jones
  • 30-09-22

2nd in the series

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!Awesome! Loved it. Seeing Lenny strong taking more control and still having Graham name to back him up, Wade trying hard to fight it is a hoot.

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  • Lady Lovely
  • 20-09-22

Love this couple

If you have read or listen to the first book how could you possibly not love this couple finally getting together! The story line is really sweet edit times you find yourself laughing and loving both the main characters so very much! I recommend this as a good read/listen.

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  • monchari
  • 24-08-22

Wonderful

I love the book and I had been imaging what Wade and Linden's voices would be like. This is exactly what's in my imagination.

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  • javaontherocks
  • 24-08-22

Enjoyed the story, the narration not so much.

I'm very disappointed in Nick J. Russo's performance. I've several books narrated by him and have enjoyed them all. With this book, I struggled to distinguish between characters. The voices all sounded the same and blended into each other. It's annoying when authors change narrators in a series. The first book narration is much better than this one.

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  • Kat
  • 26-07-22

Unfortunately disappointed

It kills me to say this, because I genuinely enjoy MC’s quirky writing normally, and I was so excited for this couple…

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The plot was just not really there. I felt like the constant explanation of the things we already knew became tedious fast. There seemed to be scenes that could have been less awkwardly thrown in…

There were a few scenes I did enjoy, and they were with the couple themselves.