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Timing
     

Timing

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by Mary Calmes
 

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Timing: Book One

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&rsquo

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2nd Edition

Timing: Book One

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A sweet love story and engrossing mystery, with a big side of humor. If you've read it before, read it again."--Joyfully Jay

"As usual Ms Calmes' characters steal the show.... very funny and had me laughing many times."--Dark Diva Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615810819
Publisher:
Dreamspinner Press
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and believes without question in happily-ever-afters, and writes those for each and every one of her characters.

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Timing 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to read the sample of this to see if I wanted to get it, but the sample is of a completely different book. Kind of scared to buy it when I don't know if I'll get the right book. Please somebody fix this.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Originally Posted at: www.whippedcream2.blogspot.com Stefan had no idea that being his best friend's "man of honor" would involve crazy women, threatening bosses, and one irresistible cowboy. Stefan thought he'd be able to attend Charlotte's wedding, stand by her, and make a dignified exit. All of that is tossed upside down when business is tacked onto the trip and Stefan starts to butt heads with Charlotte's stubborn but gorgeous brother Rand. With Rand impossible to ignore, Stefan is juggling just a few too many things to handle. Timing is pretty typical for Mary Calmes. It has an over the top main character, totally perfect in all ways, a zany, action-filled plot and lots of hot sex. These books are pure fantasy escapism that will entertain you from the moment you start. The plot is very light and plays into a lot of wedding fiascos, mishaps, and typical stresses. Stefan is the sole mediating voice as he glides through problems, solving them with a flick of his perfectly groomed hand. There is not a person alive that dislikes Stefan and his mere presence sends the bridesmaids into a fit clinging to him. Stefan only has eyes for Rand though and their chemistry is white hot. Beyond the pretty steamy sex scenes, Rand is a stereotypical cowboy with sexy chaps, hat, and possessive streak. All the characters stay within typical tropes and often are incredibly exaggerated. From Charlotte who loves Stefan almost more than her own fiancé to the various secondary characters all basking in Stefan's warm glow and attention, each exists to keep the story fast and easy while reinforcing how handsome and likable Stefan is. Most of the scenes are fun loving from friends chatting and teasing to the zany wedding. There is a mystery subplot - someone out to kill Stefan - but this is minor and just meant to add a bit of flash and tension. Overall this is a fun, light-hearted read perfect for a summer day at the beach. It's entertaining and interesting enough to keep your attention but you can put it down and forget it once you're done. As a fan of beach reads, I can recommend Timing for that lazy sunny day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in two days. It is a stupid book. A stupid, stupid fun book. I have to hand it to Mary Calmes - she had me with this one. I rolled my eyes, I groaned, but I couldn't put the book down. Let's start with the cover. Whoever designed this cover has a sick sense of humor that I respect or they should just be punched in the face. Probably both. I saw this cover time and time again bouncing around Goodreads and every time I thought, "Nope" and kept on scrolling. But, apparently socially self conscious me, broke to the peer pressure, the four plus star rating and the fact I had a six hour car ride back from DC (relax, I was a passenger, I'm not that into books), so I gave it a go. From the first two chapters I was annoyed. I instantly found Stefan catty and trite (and since this book is told from his POV, I was worried this would be a long ride). His bff, Charlotte, is the epitome of every emotional woman stereotype I can't stand. Ride just got longer. Then came Rand. There is only one way to describe the effect Rand has on the reader. It is the way it was described to me by multiple GR friends. Rand *sigh.* Rand is 100% that fictional hero that one wishes was real. As an avid reader I've come across characters, too numerous to count, that I have fallen in love with, dreamt about, pined for, still think about time and time again, but there are very few that I wish weren't fictional, but rather the guy sitting across from me at the bar, asking me for my phone number with a promise of a future to come. Rand is one of those few, rare gems. The premise of this book is preposterous, the plot clumsy, the relationship progression unrealistic, the writing satisfactorily mediocre and the magnetism that Rand projects in his pursuit of lucky Stefan - irresistible. I came around to Stefan and his personality duality of snotty, teenage girl and fist fighting, dreamy hero. Never came around to Charlotte and didn't believe for a second that she was as intelligent or perceptive as Calmes tried to portray her with revelations in chapter eleven. Her fiancé, Ben, I just pitied that poor, pathetic putz. But Rand, *sigh.* Timing reminded me of my days of reading Joan Johnston or Connie Mason cowboy romances. Only those were borderline bodice rippers where the alpha male lacked Rand's heart and the "independent, strong" female was too much of a simpering ninny under her guise. Stefan was never a simpering ninny. What Calmes does well in this book are the sizzling moments between Rand and Stefan. She does them well enough that they are worth overlooking any distractions in this book. I don't know that I will continue with more of her books, but my peers were correct in their recommendation of this and I certainly enjoyed this quick read.
real-readersdo More than 1 year ago
I didn't want this book to end. This was a funny, romantic story with a bit of mystery thrown in that makes it fantastic.
Craig_Allen More than 1 year ago
I put this book down and would come back to it only because I wanted to take it all in and make it last longer. It made me both laugh and well up with tears. I found it interesting as to how easy it was for me to relate to the evolution of relationships, both good and bad. Relationships are like seasons in that what you may be open to and enjoy at one moment in time, may not be enjoyable at another. Lucky for Stefan Joss and Rand Holloway that their paths crossed at this very intersection and moment in time, as their relationship made an incredible turn in the right direction. In life, you never know what next season will bring.
ChristyDuke1 More than 1 year ago
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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One of my most favorite gay lit books
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