After the Sunset (Timing #2)
That's what reading a Mary Calmes book is like--characters who are smart, dialog that is sparkling, and the strong undercurrent of family and kindness and putting yourself out for your mate because that's what havin ...more
URGH...I've learned an important lesson: as much as I love a Mary Calmes book, I must read in doses. Too much Calmes can lead to sudden irritation and aggravation.
Man, if I didn’t stress enough in my review of “Timing”, book 1 of this series, I will just drive the message home...this series is EXACTLY the “Matter of Time” saga, but in Texas on a ranch. And just as she did with that series, Calmes blows a perfectly GREAT coupling by separating them to do their own thing in the follow up.
Two years later and not much has changed and I'm soooo ok with that.
Stefan is finally enmeshed in the ranch life. In his efforts to help Rand out, he gets himself into quite the situation. Have no worries though, because he always comes out on top through his stubborn determination and irresistible charm.
Rand unsurprisingly continues to be just as possessive and dominating, committed to his Stefan like nobody's business. He's got everything planned out to ensure their future and I like ...more
- Caveman- like top, the hottest man alive, right.
- Twinky, beautiful bottom who has the power to turn nearly every straight man gay.
- insert rough possesive sex
- Family secrets
- Twink saves the day.
- Caveman saves the twink.
- insert rough possesive sex
My biggest quibble with the story was a purely personal one - meat industry. It played such a big part in the story that it really took away from my enjoyment.
Have I mentioned I like cowboys?
This was a really good follow up to 'Timing' but there wasn't enough Rand for my liking. I'm greedy like that!!
Still nice to see how Stef and Rand are getting on after 2 years together. Not sure about the family subplot but I enjoyed the Rodeo. Would have been better with Rand there but whatever.
This would have been a Did Not Finish for me after the first chapter, but I was reading it with Bubbles (Dane) and he forced me to finish it.
What I liked:
The only thing I liked about this book was that it had an ending.
What I disliked:
1. It was boring and the plot was totally silly and there were many contradictions from the first book. Usually I can over look some of that, but this was beyon ...more
I think I’m going to be a big fan of Mary Calmes. No real surprise there – many of my GR friends would rant and rave every time I mentioned I’d never read one of Mary Calmes’ books before, like I was some sort of unforgivable sinner. The fact that they were right and I was wrong doesn’t need to be the focus here, lest they get a big head over it (you know who you are *side-eyes*).
I always love a good sequel; especially a “post-HEA” sequel. Here, we got to revisit Stef and Rand, two years ...more
The fun in this story comes from the family dramas that surround them. There is a feud between Rand and his uncle and cousins to de ...more
"I ain't never seen a man who so wanted to belong and who was scared to, all at the same time. It makes me tired just watchin' you wrestle with yourself."
Two years have passed since Stefan and Rand got together. Things are going great. Both men are adjusting and creating a life together. However, Stefan's old fears are hard to shake. Things can't be this perfect, can they? He's just waiting for the other shoe to drop....putting together an exit strategy just in case. And Rand se ...more
When this book first began I was a little nervous that Stef would still be trying to give himself a way out, an escape plan, just in case things went south with Rand, but ...more
Stef gets the chance to prove his devotion, he doesn’t hesitate—despite the risk to his health—and Rand Loves him some Stef!
"His kiss was possessive, telling me without words who I belonged to. His hands were on my face as he moved my head so he could kiss my chin, jaw, and throat. It was wet and hot, and I whimpered"
They were HOT and they were adorable.
This was an easy read, and I did not expect to have so much fun at a rodeo in Prada....but, I love rodeo's , I love Prada, and I love books wi ...more
Stefan and Rand one of my favorite couple.
Two years after riding off into the sunset with ranch owner Rand Holloway.Stefan has made a tentative peace with his new life, teaching at a community college.
Finally, after recognizing how unfair he's being, Stef makes a commitment, and Rand is over the moon.
And so am I.
What I like most is the introduction of so many new Characters.I hope the series continues.This series ...more
After confessing his attraction to Stefan Joss and winning the man's love, Rand Holloway has talked him into moving to his ranch and starting a new life. But Stef has been playing it safe, holding back. Because Stef is a hard man to pin down, and even harder to make stay. But that is what he wants to do for Rand. Make a home, be a family.
So when he takes a job at the local community c ...more
If I had a complaint it would be that they don't spend enough time together and that's a shame. When they are together it's wonderful to read, they have a sharp compelling chemistry and I couldn't see either one of these guys with anyone else. I love the snapshot of ranch life and wish we'd gotten more of that.
I don't know that w ...more
I have had Timing on audio for what seems like ever. With almost five years between the release of Timing on Audio and After the Sunset, I was concerned about the differences between the narrations. However, I need not have worried. Sean Crisden brought Stefan and Rand to life in the first installment, and he nailed them again in this installment. I listened to Timing and Sunset back to back and it was a virtually seamless transition between the two....more
This was a heart warming, feel good, sweet story. This is 2 years after Rand and Stefan have been together, we first met them in Timing. This took place at a rodeo, Rand is helping a fellow farmer on their ranch and forgot about the rodeo. If the Red Diamond doesn't make an appearance then Rand loses his grazing rights to a parcel of land. Stefan decides to go in Rand's place and doesn't tell him. Now for most of this story we don't see Rand which disappoints me honestly. But watching Stefan na ...more
I would like to see them married and with children... maybe someday there will be a sequel.
SO for my thoughts check out Hea ...more
I wanted to see more of
This book covers a lot of ground with Stef off to the rodeo in Rand's absence to save grazing rights to a piece of their land. The two have come far in the two years they have been together, but Stef is still expecting Rand to lose interest and tell him to leave.
The plot revolves around drama from Rand's past and his extended family. I liked that Rand has no proble ...more
08/20/11 I see that there are quite a few who did not enjoy this book but I have to say that I did quite a bit. It has the same tone and flow as Timing. There is very little angst. Steph and Rand are very much in love and there are no doubts about that and there are no petty jealousies thrown in so that the MC's can 'prove' their love. There is just lots of family drama with the Halloway's and Steph is in the middle of all of it as usual. I do have to say that I d ...more
Ya dije en la reseña de Timing que para mí los libros de Mary Calmes son siempre una lectura de comfort (un "placer culpable" si queréis llamarlo así), porque sé que lo que me da me va a gustar. Y esta secuela no es menos.
Vemos, dos años después de que acabara el primer libro, cómo ha evolucionado la relación entre Rand y Stef, y cómo Stef ha superado o está superando poco a poco alguna inseguridad que no le permití ...more
I love love love... that the cover's fine details with the number 7 was implemented in the story.