After the Sunset
This is the second book in the "Timing" series and it can not be read as a stand-alone. Stefan and Rand's story starts in Timing #1, so you should start there
I myself loved these two and I know a lot of people think that this series is a lot like "The Matter of Time" series... and they would be right! I was actually thrilled about that fact because I absolutely adore Jory and Sam
Stefan and Rand were pretty awesome themselves, but Jory and Sam will always be my favorite Mary Calmes couple !!
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
Two years ago, Rand Holloway and Stefan Joss went from enemies to lovers in sizzling style over the course of Rand's sister Charlotte’s four-day wedding blowout. They bickered, they had steaming hot sex, and they fell in love.
Two years later Stefan has taken a job a local community college and is all in his relationship with Rand Holloway.
Though they've had some ups ( ...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.
I loved this second book! I was afraid we're gonna get only some sugary sweet scenes with Rand and Stefan, but what we got was super exciting and better than I expected!
The beginning was a little slow but once Stef sets his mind to help Rand and their ranch, we get action, we get bulls, and horses, we get fights and punches and BIG secrets. And oh how much I loved Rand's possessiveness!!
I really enjoyed this story. The writing was great, light and the characters were extremely well po ...more
Some people have complained that Stef and Rand spent so much time apart in this, but that never bothered me. I think it was amazing how Stef tried to save the ranch and how much hurt/comfort that resulted in.
And Rand coming to get Stef and being all MINE MINE MINE was simply amazing.
This series is one of my favorites of Mary and I can’t get enough of it.
(And I still think it’s hilarious how Mac can be Mac Gentry in book 1, Ma ...more
2nd read - 20 to 21 February 2017
"You are my life. Nothing else means anything if you're not here."
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.
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
Best Buddy Read Ever with my pal Red... part deux!
It’s been two years since Stef was swept off his feet at Charlotte’s wedding and he and Rand are settling into their life together on the Red Diamond. The Red Diamond is growing by leaps and bounds and Stef has finally found his niche as a teacher at the local community college. But it hasn’t been an easy road they’ve traveled. They’ve (especially Rand) had to face prejudice and ostracism from the citizens of Winston, Rand’s hometown. Their bad l ...more
Stefan, nearly 30, is the blonde finance wiz
who has helped Rand build the Red Diamond Ranch into a self-sustained business, and family haven.
Two years later the men are just as devoted and happy, and their lives have been full of love. The men are still steamy and sexy, and begin talks about having babies. Stefan has been commuting to teach, but ...more
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
- 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.
It's the ridiculous little things I've just had enough of, most of you know what I'm talkin' about, I'm sure. The same freaking characters that show up over, and over, and over again. The 30 different words for 'cock' she uses (does she ever actually say cock?). If I never read the words "quivering channel" ...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
"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
“Just because you live on a ranch doesn’t mean you can ...more
Rand Holloway is so sexy - just love him!
“You are my life. Nothing else means anything if you’re not here.”
5 stars ..... for the second time!
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
Update: 11/20/16... Rereading this one again, so I can read the third book in the series. Another beautiful cover.
****This was even better the second around. Just like I said before I love Stef and Rand. ...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
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
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
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
(3.5 for Story, an extra half star for Sean Crisden's narration)
So, it's taken me a while to realize it but I think that every one of MC's books has a version of Jory in it. In this one, it's Stefan. Everyone loves him (even those that try to hate him) and simply either has to touch, feed or fuck him.
At least this story was entertaining with him trying to do the right thing, be the supportive partner. I did like that independent aspect, but sometimes the stubborn was just annoying as hell ...more