After The Sunset (Belen’s Review)

after-the-sunsetTitle: After The Sunset (Timing #2)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 2nd 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 169 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
2nd Edition

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.

First Edition published by Dreamspinner Press, 2011.

One moment for cover love, please? Reese Dante has done a brilliant job with the new 2nd Edition covers, in my opinion. Love them!

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 (professionally, Rand and his Ranch – the Red Diamond – are doing better than ever) and downs (several people, including the mayor of the town Rand grew up in are vocally and vehemently opposed to their relationship)…

“He was kicked off every committee in this town as well as having his property lines rezoned so that the Red Diamond is no longer even in Winston but in Hillman instead.”

Rand had been voted off. When he had outed himself by moving me onto the ranch with him two years ago, the Winston community leaders had booted him from the seat that his father had held before him. They didn’t even take the time to make it look good; instead they let it be known that the reason for revoking his seat was because of me, because Rand lived with me.

They were homophobic assholes, every last one of them, and when they had rezoned the county three months later, officially relocating the Red Diamond to Hillman, that had been the last straw.

…but they’re finally settled down together and happier than ever. The “new” town they find themselves zoned to be a part of couldn’t be more welcoming and life is good.

But the path to true love rarely runs smooth and things around Stef are never boring. There’s plenty happening in this installment of the series including Rand’s father’s side of the family finding out about Stef, a rodeo that must be participated in, old family secrets, and various detractors that must be put in their place.

But one thing is absolutely certain and shines through in every encounter, passionate embrace, and quiet moment between Rand and Stef: their absolute love for one another.

What can I say? I’ve reread this series so many times I could practically recite passages.

Stef is stubborn, Rand is overprotective and growly alpha in the best way, and the two mesh so well. It just all puts hearts in my eyes.

Mary Calmes knows how to pull at the heartstrings, write with real humor, and give enough passion to keep everything spicy. But in the end, it’s all about the love.

“Jesus, Stef, I love you more than anything. I will never, ever, let you leave me, and you gotta never think that’s gonna change. We’re gonna fight, but there will not come a time when I want you anywhere but at my side. You hear me?”
I nodded.
“Say it.”
I smiled into the hollow of his throat. “Rand Holloway loves me.”
“Yes, I do.” He hugged me tight. “You’re my whole life.”

This is a fun established couple romance with humor, low angst, HOT passionate sex and a sweet HEA.


Timing Series

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Galley copy of After The Sunset (Timing #2) 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.

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