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Torus Intercession, Book One
Narrated by: Scott R. Smith
Series: Torus Intercession, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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A retired SEAL is about to face his toughest assignment yet. As a nanny...

Fixer. Bodyguard. Advocate. Brann Calder is expected to play all these roles and more as a member of Torus Intercession, a security firm guaranteed to right what’s wrong. In the military, catastrophe was his specialty. Five months out of the service, Brann is still finding his way, so a new assignment might be just what he needs. Unless it includes two things sure to make a seasoned, battle-trained veteran nervous: life in a small town, and playing caregiver to two little girls. 

Emery Dodd is drowning in the responsibility of single fatherhood. He’s picked up the pieces after losing his wife and is ready to move on now, hopeful that his engagement to a local patriarch’s daughter will not only enrich his community but will grant his daughters some stability, too. 

The only thing standing in Emery’s way is that he can’t seem to keep his eyes - and hands - off the former soldier he’s hired to watch his girls until the wedding. 

Emery’s future is riding on his upcoming nuptials, but being with Brann makes him and his family feel whole again. Too bad there’s no way for them to be together. 

Or is there?

©2019 Mary Calmes (P)2019 Mary Calmes

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Well read,feel good story of high quality I have come to expect from Mary Calmes. The characters were extremely likeable. A good read.

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  • 19-06-2019

4.5 Stars

Scott R. Smith does another good job bringing all the characters to life and setting an easy listening pace in this contemporary romance with a likeable cast and a very Calmesian plot. 😘

Single POV, with no cheating, plenty of heat later in the story, a bit of a mystery to play out, and a very happy ending. I loved it. 

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  • Muse
  • 24-07-2019

Great New Series - Super Plot - Excellent Cast

This is another wonderful dimension to the Mary Calmes universe of storytelling. Although an improbable scenario of a retired Navy Seal becoming a nanny in rural Montana, it nonetheless became a sweet story of family and love. I look forward to the next book in the series.

It would be cool to do a crossover with Miro Jones and Ian Doyle from the Marshals Series with Brann and Emery’s story ... and have both Tristan James and Scott Smith collaborate on the narration. The Marshals are looking for a fugitive in rural Montana and need Brann’s help.

One suggestion: The narrator blew it on the pronunciation of Montana’s state Capitol City, Helena: the proper pronunciation is HEH-LUH-NUH, NOT (!) HE-LAY-NA. The story of naming of Helena Montana is widely known as it was a compromise name between Union and Confederate veterans of the Civil War....and even then there was a disagreement as to the proper pronunciation. Scott Smith’s performance was fantastic except the constant mispronunciation of Helena (HE-LAY-NA), so 1 star exception.

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  • DJR
  • 20-11-2019

Narration really dragged down an average story

Putting Scott R Smith on my "do not listen to" list. Every sentence started acceptably loud and fast and ended more drawled out and way too breathy. Every sentence! It was very annoying. It added an unrealistic feminine quality to every character's voice. And while the main character's voice was acceptable, once you got more than two characters in the scene, narrator frequently got the "voices" mixed up and they were already hard to distinguish. This is the second book I've listed to by this narrator and I won't listen to another. Sure, there are much worse narrators out there, but he's narrating a well known, well liked author. I expected better.

I am a Mary Calmes fan but this wasn't one of her best stories. It would have been significantly better if it weren't written in first person, another perspective to liven up the story a bit. Bran came across as way too perfect in actions and temperament yet was constantly berating himself while story line "said" he had an abundance of confidence.

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  • TLD
  • 17-11-2019

I loved it.

A lovely story. It was heartwarming from very early on. The writing is good, the location is easy to visualize. I'm glad I bought it and the time listening was very well spent.
This is my second Mary Calmes book after Stand in Place. I enjoyed them both, but No Quick Fix more. I'll keep reading and listening to her.
I'm confident to recommend it.

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  • L. Fischer
  • 02-11-2019

cant wait for book 2.

story needed more, but overall enjoyable. can't wait for book two. performance was very good.

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  • 01-11-2019

Good book bad background noise

I thought the story was good and the narrator was great. Am I the only one that can hear all the background noises? I hear freaking birds and traffic. It takes me out of the story and drives me crazy.

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  • Terje
  • 15-08-2019

Bit too rosy red for my taste

Characters are missing depth and everything that occurs in the story seems to to fall into place just so, and fit a bit too perfectly. All the supporting characters seem one dimentional and a little to... convenient?

Nice and fluffy warm story, however I'll skip the sequel thanks...

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  • dbbks3
  • 09-08-2019

Enjoyable Story

The cover picture is perfect. It got my attention immediately and the story kept my attention. Oh course I knew it would be good because it was written by Mary Calmes. This was just the kind of story I needed after reading a couple of dark stories. It was light yet it touched on some emotional topics. I enjoyed reading this book.

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  • RoadWage
  • 05-08-2019

Meh

The narrator was the best part. The story felt like a shameless self-insert Mary Sue.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-07-2019

Sweet, low angst, with a touch of heat.

If you need a comfort read without tons of stress and angst then this puppy us for you.

An easy listen and a gentle bodyguard falling for his charge tale. No major violence, only a little of the miscommunication trope, and two sweet girls and a dig named Winston to round out the mix.

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  • Alice
  • 28-09-2019

Wouldn't recommend

So unbelievable I kept rolling my eyes. It's like a Disney romance with two princes. Actually the story pretty much follows the plot of The Sound Of Music but with no singing and less children. But it was cute, you know... The children were the best bit.

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 28-07-2019

good book

there are only a few bad things about this book, the mc sometimes goes very out of character and gets extremely distracted by stupid things when important information it being given to him this leads to him constantly interrupting other characters and ignoring important details. the only other thing is the narrator is a bit bland for the roll