Book: Timing~ 2nd Edition
Series: Timing #1
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: October 19, 2016
Length: 232 pages
Reviewed by Erin
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.
I can't begin to tell you all how many times I've read this book. It could be 10 times, it might be even more. Timing by Mary Calmes is one of my all-time favorite comfort reads and this second edition is already on my bookshelf at home, because hello new cover! Everyone stop and stare for a moment. It's gorgeous, yeah? I'm in love with it and am SO happy that Mary is re-releasing this book and this series. If you've somehow missed out on this little gem of perfection, then I suggest you make your way to your favorite book retailer and fix that immediately because you can't go without the fabulousness that is Stefan Joss and Rand Holloway.
For loyal fans of Mary Calmes, Stef will remind you a bit of Jory (who needs no clarification ever) and maybe even Tracy Brandt from Floodgates. They all have that charisma that draws in everyone around them and trouble seems to follow them wherever they go. What's different about Steff is his biting snark and his instinct to run from intimacy. Not to mention the 10 year long mortal enemies thing he has going on with hot, moody, aloof cowboy Rand Holloway. When Stef has to accompany his best friends for life Charlotte Holloway to Texas to help with her wedding, Stef is dreading running into Rand. In fact he vows that he will do everything in his power to see the man as little as possible. This is a Mary Calmes book so you know how unlikely that is to happen, right? You see, while Stef views Rand as his mortal enemy, Rand views Stef as the one person he wants above all others. Sure their first meeting was a disaster of epic proportion and things haven't gotten any better since then, but that doesn't mean that Rand hasn't been making plans. Because he has, and now that Stef will be in Texas and on his ranch, Rand pulls out all the stops to convince Stef he's not the man Stef believes him to be.
This book, y'all. So much fun and sweet and sexy. Seriously. There is a reason why every single time I read it, I fall in love with these two guys more and more. It has everything. Enemies to lovers. Steamy sex. Funny characters (I adore Charlotte's finace', Ben!) and in typical Mary fashion there's a bit of suspense thrown in the mix, too, just to add that little something. Sure Timing is a little over the top. Sure there's insta love, but really, you'll love Stef and Rand so much you won't even care. I love the history between these two. I love how once Stef sees a different side of Rand, he falls so completely for him. I love their chemistry and passion. I love how growly Rand is and how Stef really doesn't take his shit, and gives as good as he gets.
You need this book in your life, people. Trust me. It'll be a book you go back to over and over and over again. If not for Stef and Rand then to just look at that cover!
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