Title: Cherish Your Name
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Malic Sunden, Dylan Shaw
POV: 1st Person
Malic Sunden is in hell—only not literally… yet. As a warder, Malic is used to fighting demons and squaring off against all kinds of creatures from the pit, but this year he’s facing a new and terrifying prospect: Christmas holidays with his much-younger boyfriend and his family.
He loves Dylan, his hearth, but Dylan’s parents, the Shaws, are another story. They think Malic is a cradle-robber, among other things. At least their neighbor, Brad, seems to like him. Then again, maybe not. When Malic gets offered to a demon who wipes his memory of everything but Dylan’s name, it will take all Malic has to escape his new life in a hell dimension and return to the man he calls home.
Cherish Your Name is a special holiday story starring my all time favorite warder/hearth couple. Make no mistake, I love all the couples in this series, and I especially love Raphael, but as couples go, Malic and Dylan have always been at the top of my list, and this day-in-the-life—well, in this world, that is—installment in the series made me realize why: Malic and Dylan, in some ways, remind me of Sam and Jory from Mary Calmes’ “A Matter of Time” series, so the loving thing is a no-brainer for me.
Spending Christmas with Dylan’s family proves to be one of the biggest challenges Malic Sunden has ever faced. Squaring off with demons? Pish. That’s nothing when compared to facing the less than enthusiastic reception the Shaw family give him. Malic is definitely out of his element when it comes to interacting with the Shaws: after all, they see him as the older man robbing their cradle of their much younger son and brother. They’re suspicious of Malic’s motives and his intentions toward Dylan, and that’s a difficult stigma to overcome. But there are times, thankfully, when actions are far more eloquent and convincing than words could ever be.
A bit of romantic angst, a duplicitous neighbor, and yes, a demon come along to complicate things for the warders. A quiet Christmas just isn’t in the cards for Malic and Dylan, but it will most definitely be memorable.
Cherish Your Name is the perfect addition to the warder series; it encompasses everything the warder and hearth relationship is about—that the home is not the place but the who that is the sanctuary. It is the name of the one who shelters you and gives tangible meaning to the words family and love that is the touchstone, the thing that keeps you grounded and gives purpose and direction when the way becomes unfamiliar.
Mary wrapped this one up and delivered it with a very sexy and sweet bow on top. This is a definite must read for fans of the series.
Reviewed By: Lisa