It has been three years since the events of “A Matter of Time, Vol 2.” Jory’s graphic design business has failed in the sluggish economy and he now has a job with an event planning company that he hates. To top it off, Sam has been undercover – gone without a word – for the last four months. Needless to say, Jory is not in a good place mentally.

So, in the space of two days, Jory makes three bad decisions. First, against company rules, he and one of his workmates slip into an event his company has coordinated. While there Jory stumbles upon several thugs attempting to throw a young man over a balcony railing. Creating a distraction, he affects the man’s release. This will lead to Jory learning the next morning that the host of the party has somehow, himself, sailed over the balcony.

Secondly, that next morning, while evaluating the home of a client for an upcoming event, Jory speaks his mind, without filters, leaving the client and his team with mouths agape. This will lead to him being unemployed by the following morning.

And thirdly, that same morning, the young man he saved from the high dive, Eddie Liron, shows up again. It seems that Eddie’s brother, Cristo Liron, wants to meet Jory and thank him personally for his assistance with the situation the previous evening. Even though Dane has warned Jory that Cristo is a drugs and arms dealer masquerading as a construction company owner, Jory decides to meet with him anyway. This will lead to Jory coming face-to-face with Sam who is posing as a smuggler trying to make a deal with Liron.

The Rule of Three is in effect now and not in a good way. Three poor decisions, three major consequences, and Jory is not only in for the fight of his life, physically, emotionally and professionally, he has Sam’s life in his hands, too.

At this point, Mary Calmes takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions and events. For all practical purposes, Jory is the only storyline in this entry. Sam is physically absent for most of the book, but his emotional presence is on every page, a presence that drives Jory to survive and to grow. Having to maintain Sam’s cover, at all costs, in order to keep them both alive, Jory finds himself re-evaluating his professional future, the manner in which he deals with his acquaintances, and his image as others see him. And with Sam’s physical life at stake and Jory’s whole concept of life at stake, Calmes writes a coming of age tale that rings true.

Another thing also rings true – the traumatic injury detailed in the final scenes of the book. Lest the reader think that this is just a fictionalized literary device used to dramatically seal Jory’s and Sam’s relationship, as Calmes has been want to do in previous books, this one is not fictional. I suffered the same injury some years ago, different cause but the same injury. My prognosis was exactly as Calmes explains. And my end result was exactly the same as she writes and within almost the same time frame.

Good research, good premises for the various scenarios, good book.

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