Gabbi Reviews: Sleeping ’til Sunrise by Mary Calmes

Title: Sleeping ‘til Sunrise
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 79
Characters: Essien Dodd, Roark Hammond
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 5


Mangrove Stories

Everyone in Mangrove, Florida, knows Fire Chief Essien Dodd is a saint. He took care of his ex-wife until she died, is raising his teenage daughter alone, and is the kind of man who pulls kittens from trees. All in all, the man’s a catch. But Roark Hammond has sworn off getting involved with a man who’s been hurt before because he can’t guarantee he won’t hurt his prospective love again. If only he could get Essien out of his mind long enough to focus on anyone, or anything, else.

Strong emotions are in play. Essien is lonely but determined to focus on Ivy; Ivy wants her father to have a new life so much that, to his horror, she’s trying to find him a man; and Roark is so scared of the present and past, he won’t allow himself to commit. To have any chance of sleeping ’til sunrise and greeting each new day together, Essien and Roark will have to rethink how they’re living their lives and focus on what’s most important.


Sleeping ‘til Sunrise by Mary Calmes is the last installment for her Mangrove series. I, for one, truly hate this series to come to an end. I’ve loved each and every one of these books and all of them are stories I’ll revisit again when I’m in the mood for a well-written, sexy read.

One of the reasons I loved this book was the way Essien connects with others. Not only does Essien have a heart of gold, he is a good friend, great father and amazing boyfriend. He is the kind of man all of us secretly craves to have in our lives and I adore him and his smart and stubborn daughter, Ivy. Not only does he have great friends, he is truly one to always be there for others, whether it is fighting fires or saving kittens out of a tree, Essien is a firefighter who any of us would proudly call a friend.

Roarke was more a mystery of me. He is also a great man, but behind his handsome face and sad smile hides secrets, and it’s these secrets that Essien is determined for Roarke to slowly reveal to him. I thought these two men really had a strong emotional connection between them and their physical chemistry practically steamed up my computer screen.

As a fan of this series it was great to see past characters play a key role in this story and although I am so sad the Mangrove series is over, I loved how it ended and it left me feeling happy and content.

Sleeping ‘til Sunrise is an easy book to recommend. I loved every minute I spent reading this book and know both fans and new readers of Ms. Calmes will love it as well.

The Mangrove books are:

Blue Daze
Quiet Nights
Sultry Sunset
Easy Evenings
Sleeping ‘til Sunrise

The Mangrove books can easily be read as a stand-alone story, but I highly recommend reading these books in order. You will fall in love with the characters and each and every book is truly a beautifully written romance.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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