Guest Reviewed by Morgan
Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Series: Timing #1
Heroes: Stefan Joss/Rand Holloway
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 5 hours and 41 minutes
Publisher: Hudson Audio Publishing
Release Date: Book – March 1, 2010; Audio – June 7, 2011
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, Audible and iTunes
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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.
Review – Book:
Stefan is best friends with Charlotte who is the sister of Rand. Charlotte is getting married, and Stefan is her best person in the wedding. Rand has always been antagonistic towards Stefan, and the two love to hate one another.
Now that Stefan is out at the family ranch, and Rand has divorced his wife, things have changed. Suddenly, Rand is making advances on Stefan, and Stefan can’t figure out what has happened to bring about such a monumental change.
Well, it turns out Rand has probably always carried the torch for Stefan (and vice versa), but the presence of Rand’s dad, and the fact that Rand is a rancher in homophobic Texas, kept him from acknowledging the fact.
With Rand’s dad gone and the ranch protected from boycotts by Rand’s financial successes, Rand is free to act on his attraction to Stefan.
Once Stefan gets over the dramatic shift in opinion, he finds he is also wickedly attracted to Rand. One big obstacle lies in their path to happiness, Rand lives in Texas and Stefan is an businessman in Chicago. Oh yeah, someone tries to kill Stefan and frame him for murder at the same time.
The two manage to figure things out and get out of trouble and find a HEA worthy of Disney.
Though this story’s obstacles seem to hang on a basic misunderstanding, there is more to it than that. Stefan has some issues in his past that keep him from truly connecting to one guy for the long term, and Rand has to convince him that he has what it takes to make a relationship work.
Mary writes great sex scenes, and this book is full of them. Rand and Stefan are hot together, and Rand is a typical alpha gone sweet with lots of ooey gooey love thrown in to make the sex something profound.
The brief element of mystery/excitement helps to move the pair closer, faster, but doesn’t really play much of a role in the story. The bulk of the book is Stefan and Rand finding their way through years of animosity into an abiding love, and like all other Mary Calmes books, it is sweet and sexy and a lot of fun, too.
Review – Audio:
Sean Crisden has done many Mary Calmes books, and he does a great job here. I loved his southern twang and his deep rumbly version of Rand. Though the female characters are never the strong-suit of male narrators, Sean does a great job with Rand’s mother as a southern belle with a spine of steel.
I highly recommend this book and the audio version and give both a 5 of 5 stars.
Overall Impression: It was amazing
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*