Timing (PIU’s Review)

Timing.Title: Timing (Timing #1)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 19th oct, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Enemies to lovers
Page Count: 204
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.

Hot & Sexy cowboy, enemies to lovers, alpha tops and some serious toe-curling horizontal action!!! Sign me up!!!

Timing is the perfect m/m romance and the love is the stuff unicorns are made of. Mary Calmes’s writing soothed my soul and the romance kept a wonky smile on my face throughout. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. “Rivals turning to lovers” is always awesome to read and this book is a prime example of how “passion long denied can explode”. And that cover*sighs* YUMMY!!!!

Meet Stefan Joss:

He is gorgeous, charming, life of the party, loved by everyone and the “Maid of Honor” of Charlotte Holloway. He has the highest responsibility to look out for the bride-to-be and keeping her sane during her wedding and he resolves every problem effortlessly (Best Maid of Honor ever!!!) The only kink in his enjoyment: Rand Holloway. He is the bride’s brother and thus cannot be avoided. They have had a rivalry from the very first day they met and Stefan has always lived for riling the hot cowboy.


Meet Rand Holloway:


Rand is Charlotte’s big brother and the sexiest, blue-eyed cowboy alive (refer to the cover!!) His little sister is getting married and that means Stefan Joss is going to be there at the center of it. Rand has always admired and loved Stephan from afar. His timing has never been right and missed opportunities his biggest rival. But this time Rand has lined everything up and is ready to claim Stefan as his.

What follows is a whirlwind romance between a confused Stef, who can’t say “no” to his biggest enemy and himself and a determined Rand, hell-bent to show Stephan his love for him.



So you can probably guess, the heat is going to be through the roof and I was not disappointed. Rand’s depth of love for Stefan was like colliding with a brick wall. We get the book from Stefan’s POV so Rand’s out of the blue feelings and passion for Stephan hits like a tsunami (sneaky and overwhelming!!!) Stefan has always thought that Rand is homophobic and hates him but finding out that Rand had actually loved from the very moment they first met was a “wildest dream come true” to him.

Rand and Stefan’s first meeting was a disaster and that bitterness has set the tone of their relationship through a decade. Stefan resents Rand but cannot deny his attraction towards him. Stefan has had a bad childhood and he always runs when things get serious. So he has never settled but Rand proves to be the anchor to finally hold him in one place.

Rand’s possessive, uber alpha feelings towards Stefan was endearing and showed just how vulnerable and scared he was of Stephan not accepting them. He gets his entire life in order to make Stefan his man, damn the consequences. His way of showing Stefan about how he has loved him for all these years was just….dayum SEXY!!!

This book is just what it is : a through and through comfort read with a house full of crazy family, bridesmaids, an alpha cowboy trying to win over his man and an equally sexy man trying to trust his heart to someone for the first time!!!

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Review copy of Timing provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.