Book Reviews

Timing (Timing 1) by Mary Calmes at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Cowboys / Erotic Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-October-2016

Book Blurb

Stefan Joss just can’t win. Not only does he have to go to Texas in the middle of summer to be the man of honor in his best friend Charlotte’s wedding, but he’s expected to negotiate a million-dollar business deal at the same time. Worst of all, he’s thrown for a loop when he arrives to see the one man Charlotte promised wouldn’t be there: her brother, Rand Holloway.

Stefan and Rand have been mortal enemies since the day they met, so Stefan is shocked when a temporary cease-fire sees the usual hostility replaced by instant chemistry. Though leery of the unexpected feelings, Stefan is swayed by a sincere revelation from Rand, and he decides to give Rand a chance.

But their budding romance is threatened when Stefan’s business deal goes wrong: the owner of the last ranch he needs to secure for the company is murdered. Stefan’s in for the surprise of his life as he finds himself in danger as well.

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2010.

Book Review

I discovered the writing of Mary Calmes in September 2012 and I've never looked back. I read and reread the first edition of 'Timing' and fell in love with Stefan and Rand. To this day they still feature prominently on my favorite couples list. I love the new cover and I already know how much I love the book. It is a joy to be able to read these guys and their love story again.

Stefan met his best friend Charlotte when the admissions office made a mistake and put them as roommates. Luckily for them within a few moments it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, no matter how stunningly gorgeous her brother Rand is, their first meeting starts off on the wrong foot and deteriorates rapidly. Every single time they get near each other they hate the other more and more. Once Stefan and Charlotte graduates she never has to visit Texas and put up with Rand ever again. Until Charlotte gets married. And lies to Stefan that her brother isn't going to be there. *snort*

Stefan is THAT guy. You know who I mean. He's gorgeous, talented, charming, smart, nice, loyal, and just all-around incredible. Considering he was kicked out of his home at the age of fourteen I think that says a whole lot about his character. I agreed with Charlotte - if he'd been straight she would have married him in college. Rand is moody, hardworking, smart, gorgeous, and after you get to know him, he can be charming. He's definitely loyal to his roots and the ranch that's been in the family for generations. So here I have two men, both wonderful in their own ways, and both stubborn and strong-willed. See why I loved them from the start?

“Fighting with you was all I had, you know?”
He had deliberately fought with me, antagonized me, and picked apart me and everything I did. The battles we had waged over the years, the words that had flown between us and the insults hurled… I had to wonder about the man. How had he always been able to push my buttons? I never got mad at anyone the way I did Rand Holloway. Maybe there was a reason?

When they stop fighting and start loving… yowza is all I can say. Nothing like a hot cowboy and an equally hot willful man to get the… ummm… yeah, you know what I mean. Of course, while Stefan is dealing with the shock of everything happening so fast with Rand, he also has to deal with some bitter betrayal from a coworker, a murder, and attempted murder, all in the name of greed. It certainly brought a little extra spice to this story.

So many things that I love about this novel that they're almost hard to put in to words. It almost seems like insta-love except Stef and Rand have known each other for ten years. Yes, they've argued most of that time but the feelings have been simmering way down deep. Watching these two men be vulnerable with each other was breathtakingly beautiful and reminded me again of how amazing it is when you find the person for you. I just love this novel and since it's always been on my reread shelf, there it will stay. Thank you, Mary, again, for these men and this story. It's perfect!





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novella, 204 pages/67584 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 19-October-2016
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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