Tooth and Nail by Mary Calmes


Nineteen-year-old Dylan Shaw is possibly the most beautiful thing Malic Sunden has ever seen. After Malic rescues Dylan from an attack, Dylan makes it very clear that he is more than interested, but Malic won’t even consider sleeping with Dylan because of his age. Malic is sure he’s not good enough for Dylan, who has his whole life ahead of him, and can’t conceive of burdening Dylan with his secrets.

But the darkness in Malic’s life won’t be denied, and soon Dylan is drawn into the dangerous paranormal world that is Malic’s reality. Malic fights tooth and nail to push Dylan away, to keep him safe… no matter that Dylan is the key to Malic’s strength and the only hope for his future.

My thoughts: 

This is book two in the Warder series and we already know Malic from the first book His hearth. There he is introduced as a loner with a tense relationship with Ryan. He seems to be the only warder left without a hearth, so now it is his turn.

I found the story was quite different from the first one. Where the first one solely focuses on the relationship between Ryan and Julian, here Malic is constantly out fighting and, as a consequence, getting into one trouble or other from which his friends have to rescue him. That Dylan is always there somehow and won’t be driven away is somewhat a side product. Malic wants him, but then again doesn’t, and can’t make up his mind what to do with him. I found this a bit over the top. For a notorious bad boy he was decidedly too good (aren’t they often?) and just couldn’t bring himself to get together with Dylan for fear of hurting him. I kept thinking, for Christ’s sake, now, go already!

Other than that it was an interesting sequel as it gave more insight into the world, how the guys fight, what other creatures are out there etc. And Malic is quite delicious, which is always a good thing.

I am wondering, however, whether there will be another instalment. Two books is not very much, considering it is called a series, but it seems all the boys are taken, so who is left? Unless, maybe, more and other beings come into play. We will see, I suppose.

Title Tooth and Nail
Author Mary Calmes
Publisher Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 978-1-61581-692-7
Buy link Buy Tooth and Nail

2 Comments Write a comment

  1. I liked the book too. I liked “His Hearth” a bit more, I think it was the basic romance of it that pleased me most. I really hope that there are more to this series as I can see more charcters that were in this story that will segue neatly into more linked books – not every character has found his hearth.

    I must admit I read lots of Mary Calmes books in a row, because they are quite short – I had work seriously competing with my reading time. I also listened to some in audio fomat. So I was completely immersed in her writing.

    I read a comment elsewhere that Mary Calmes always has a character that is “too nice for their own good” in each of her stories. I think that may be true, but I hope that doesn’t become her formula or I will be over her work very quickly.

    She’s got something in her there that is totally amiable and keeps me interested.


  2. Sair, I thought that somewhere it said Malic was the last warder to have found his hearth…
    Those were the first two books I have read of Mary Calmes, so I can’t say a lot about her work, but I must admit that the comment about always someone being too good for his own good seems to be right so far. We’ll see…I agree, if they become a formula it tends to become boring.


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