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Paradise can be hell.
Most people would say being stranded in the villa of Spanish shipping magnate Miguel García Arquero on the beautiful isle of Ibiza wasn’t such a bad deal. But Hudson Barber isn’t one of them. To him, being stuck without a passport in a foreign country far from home is a nightmare, made worse by the fact that the person who did the stranding was his flighty twin brother.
Unwilling to turn Dalvon in for identity theft, Hudson is forced to wait, but meanwhile he discovers the chance to rehabilitate Miguel’s failing local businesses—enterprises left to Dalvon’s inexperienced care. The flagging ventures are a badly wrapped gift from heaven, and if Hudson can turn them around, he might be able to leverage the experience to finish his MBA.
Then Miguel returns to Ibiza, and instead of finding a boy toy, he discovers Hudson has turned his cold villa into a warm, welcoming home. Miguel’s path is clear: convince Hudson to lay down his defenses and let love in.
Now my only choice was to lay everything down and surrender.
I adore the stories from Mary Calmes, so very much.
This was exactly what I needed after an emotional read. I needed to get lost in a book and feel all the gooey feelings, because goo is good.
We meet one Holden Barber (a fellow ginger) as we wakes to a distraction outside and below his bedroom window. Holden quickly handles the situation, with the attitude only a Calmes leading man can pull off and then we learn a bit about Holden.
You see, Holden has been stranded in a gorgeous villa on the island of Ibiza. He’s been stranded by his weenie twin brother Dalvon who has taken away any quick escape Holden could have to get off the island. Dalvon was supposed to be marrying one Miguel García Arquero Spanish shipping magnate and um also, sugar daddy, but weenie twin brother has bailed and wants Holden to clean up the mess he’s left. It’s a good thing Holden is a man of integrity and knows how to get things done.
Hopefully, if I do a good job until Miguel gets here, maybe he’ll buy me a ticket home.
I love how we begin the book smack down in the middle of this situation. It lent to the story and to the character of Holden. We see straight away how he handles a stressful situation and his ability to not only do damage control but to acclimate himself to the employees and people of importance to Miguel and his businesses. It was interesting that we see Holden doing all of this and know that Miguel won’t be back for some time and despite the “engagement” to his twin brother, Holden and Miguel have never met.
“We don’t run with the same crowd, Miguel and I. We’ve never actually met.”
“But now he has a rare opportunity to change his life.”
I was so anxious for these two to meet. Being told that Miguel likes his men to be submissive and from the looks of Dalvon, a bit of a boy toy, I was jonseing for Miguel to see the strong, strapping Holden kicking ass, taking names and though he won’t admit it, becoming part of this eclectic family at the villa and on Ibiza.
And then when it happened? I giggled, squirmed, smiled and hugged the hell out of my Nook because this is the reason I love Mary Calmes. The instant attraction. The instant lust. The instant OMG I WANT YOU AND I DON’T CARE WHY!! Yeah, this is my kinda Calmes.
In seconds, the need was there, pounding and insistent, to have those eyes on me all the time, forever and ever. How crazy was that?
I am too frigging happy right now to go into detail but I can without a doubt tell you I loved the hell out of Holden and Miguel. So so so much. Le sigh. I’m a happy freaking ginger right now.
Lay it Down has everything you could ask for from Mary Calmes, as it’s the classic story telling that has me and my friends jumping on the MC train and never getting off. There are shenanigans, there is the alpha male, there is insta-lust, there is hot sex, there are the flutters of emotions and yeah, there is romance. Ah, the romance.