Timing (Belen’s Review)

timingTitle: Timing (Timing #1)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 19th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 204 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
2nd Edition

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.

The sheer number of times I’ve reread this series makes me have to bump it up to 4 stars. Damnit, but Stef and Rand get me every time.

Stefan is damn-near perfect: he’s gorgeous, has inexhaustible charm (even when he’s being sarcastic and snarky), everyone loves him and wants to touch him and both men and women want to be with him. His ineffable beauty and personality effortlessly wins over parents and strangers alike.

“He’s beautiful and sexy and the sweetest guy I’ve ever met in my life.”

His only real flaw is that he tends to disappear if someone tries to get to close, or conversely, appears to not need him anymore.

“In your head, everybody’s going to leave you, nobody sticks around, and so the second you think somebody’s bored with you or that they don’t need you, you do the patented Joss disappearing act and are never seen again.”

Rand is a practical, salt of the earth, pillar of the community who’s always got all the answers and a single-minded focus. Rand has always wanted Stef, but royally screwed up their original meeting, which set the tone for the rest of their time together. Though Stef has always viewed them as enemies, Rand’s actually wanted Stef for years and has now lined everything up in his life in order to finally make his play.

Their passion is explosive and Calmes makes the sex scenes scorching hot!

He bent and kissed me, sucking my bottom lip into his mouth, biting it gently. The result was instantaneous: I forgot about everything but him. My brain emptied; nothing mattered except Rand Holloway and the way I was being kissed, like if he didn’t, he’d die. He made me feel like I was all he needed.


He bent and kissed me hard, his hand wrapped around my throat, holding me but not tightly, with just enough pressure so I couldn’t move. The mere hint of restraint was very arousing.

This is a fun enemies-to-lovers romance with humor, low angst, HOT sexy times, some suspense, and a smooth flow.


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Galley copy of Timing (Timing #1) provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I’m happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand.
I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I’m in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA!

My biggest no-no’s are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my “Favorite M/M” stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future

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