Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Title: Timing
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61581-081-9
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Stefan Joss has been best friends with Charlotte Holloway since they became roommates in college. Now Charlotte’s getting married and wants Stef to stand up with her as man-of-honor. Stefan was delusional to think the ceremony would go off without a hitch. His boss wants to turn the trip into a business negotiation and the one person Stefan was promised wouldn’t be there, Charlotte’s older brother, Rand, is.

Rand and Stefan have snapped and snarled at each other since their first meeting and the passing years haven’t changed that. When Rand suggests a wedding cease-fire, Stefan’s shocked to discover he’s attracted to his arch-nemesis. Their chemistry is intense but Stefan’s still leery of his changed feelings, until Rand makes a confession that rocks both their worlds.

Becoming a couple isn’t easy. They have a huge and complicated wedding to get through; a business deal to work around and they now have to worry about being a gay couple in Texas, or at least Stefan has to worry. On top of all that, the elderly woman Stefan’s in negotiation with is murdered. The biggest shock is that the killer is also gunning for him.

Timing is the newest release by author Mary Calmes. It’s a fun, fast paced read filled with snappy dialogue and unusual wedding events that kept me reading from beginning to end. I must admit that Stefan and Charlotte’s relationship is a little over-the-top. The hugging, the kissing, the jumping on him and wrapping her legs around him when she needs the comfort of her best friend is a bit more than I expected. Yet, the personalities of these two friends meld and it works. But it’s not just Charlotte. Everyone wants to be close to Stefan. He’s calm, collected (except around Rand) and knows how to organize and work through a crisis, which is why his boss depends on him.

Rand might be a successful rancher but he’s also standoffish and has a volatile personality. While you’d never expect that these two could make a couple, Ms. Calmes gets the decade old enemies together in a believable manner. Okay, so maybe not totally believable but close. Haven’t you ever heard of the phase, bad attention is better than no attention at all, because that’s exactly what Rand was after from Stefan? If he couldn’t have Stef for his own, at least he had the man’s anger directed at him. Yeah, I know, but hey, life is stranger than fiction, so in reality, it’s totally possible. Read and enjoy.

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