Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/02/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Western
Two years after riding off into the sunset with ranch owner Rand Holloway, Stefan Joss has made a tentative peace with his new life, teaching at a community college. But the course of true love never does run smooth. Rand wants him home on the ranch; Stef wants an exit strategy in case Rand ever decides to throw him out. Finally, after recognizing how unfair he’s being, Stef makes a commitment, and Rand is over the moon.
When Stef gets the chance to prove his devotion, he doesn’t hesitate—despite the risk to his health—and Rand takes the opportunity to show everyone that sometimes life’s best surprises come after the sunset.
I liked this After the Sunset even more than Timing. It’s not very often I like the sequel more than the initial book but that’s what happened here.
Timing is all about getting to know Stef and Rand as well as the supporting characters. It was awesome, don’t get me wrong, but I enjoy watching a more mature Stef step up and take of things.
The story here is that while Rand is away helping a family member Stef and ranch staff must attend and participate in a rodeo in order to maintain grazing rights. (I have some knowledge regarding ranching and grazing rights and the idea behind the plot is a little far-fetched but enjoyable so I went with it.)
Lots of little stuff happens at the rodeo including Stef meeting a woman who’s had her eyes on Rand for years. But mainly it’s drama with Rand’s cousin Glenn and uncle Rayland. There’s some great soap opera-ish drama that unfolds but it fits with everything we know about the Holloway family.
Mary Calmes really knows her characters and these books are no exception. Everyone stays true to their personalities; there’s no sudden changes to fit the plot.
It was great getting to know Rand’s cousin Glenn, who stars in the third book. In fact, I’m going to read that book now.
You should Timing before this one but you should definitely read them both. Classic Calmes here, folks.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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