After the Sunset (Timing #2) by Mary Calmes #mm #AudioReview @dreamspinners


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Timing: Book Two

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. addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14

I read Timing a long time ago. It’s one of my favorite books and I reread (or listen because I also have it on audio too) quite often. I was happy with the ending and needed nothing more from Rand or Steph. When After the Sunset released, I ignored it because I worried that there would be some kind of drama that would threaten to tear Rand and Steph apart. I don’t like sequels that do that. So I didn’t touch this for the longest time… until When the Dust Settles released. I wanted to read about Glenn and I hate reading series out of order. So I dived in.

 

To say that I was pleasantly surprise would be an understatement. This sequel to Rand and Steph wasn’t what I expected. Yes, we get to see them two years in the future and the changes that have been made to the ranch. They’ve prospered and are in a better place. And though Steph struggled with some of his insecurities, he’s going in the right direction.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this look into their lives and meeting some new Holloways. I used to love going to rodeos and experienced a bit of nostalgia as I read that part. Every time someone talked about Rand losing his $h*t, I laughed. Steph’s naivete was very funny to me and the whole telephone conversation between Rand and Steph had me laughing so hard I was gasping.

 

There is a bit of drama but not one that threatens Rand and Steph’s relationship. I really enjoyed the new development and it made me look forward to When the Dust Settles. The narrator, Sean Crisden is one of my favorites. I was thrilled he continued to narrate this series. It’s so easy to slip into the story listening to Sean. He brings the characters to life, making the story that much more enjoyable. Love it.

 

Story: 5 Star

Narrator: 5+ Stars

Overall: 5 Stars

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