Thursday, September 15, 2011

After the Sunset

Title: After the Sunset
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-61372-092-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Western Sequel
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Rand Holloway and Stefan Joss have been together for two years and it’s taken all that time for Stef to make a kind of peace with the big changes in his life. That means giving up his city apartment and taking a job with the local community college, which thrills Rand since it shows his commitment to their relationship. Then one weekend when Rand goes off to his cousin’s, Stef learns that their ranch has to participate in an area rodeo or lose a piece of land. It’s a crazy idea and one that could get Stef killed. When Rand discovers what his lover’s done, he isn’t thrilled but it gives him a chance to show everyone that sometimes the best surprises are the least expected. 

After the Sunset is the sequel to last year’s Timing and it takes up approximately two years later. I really enjoyed Rand and Stef in their introduction, so I was thrilled to learn of the release of this fun and entertaining sequel…and hint…hint….I wouldn’t mind another in the future, Ms. Calmes, maybe with them trying for a baby. 

There’s just something about this well-developed and believable couple that pulls as the heartstrings. I especially enjoy Stef. He’s a likeable guy, who wants everyone to be happy but isn’t willing to back down from a fight, even if it means getting into trouble, which means there’s never a dull moment in their lives. Take the rodeo for example. It was a great twist in the plot and one that came out of left field.  

Despite the love and emotions between Rand and Stef being almost all consuming, there was a little niggle that bothered me. It was Rand’s almost demand that Stef stay at the house…to make them a home and to take care of the children that they didn’t even have yet. I just thought it was a little odd to include the idea at this point in the storyline. 

The thing that took me by surprise was how much of the book that Stef and Rand were apart. It left Stef to deal with both sides of Rand’s family alone. The conflict here is rich and deep, and it opens up all kinds of possibilities, not just stories with Rand and Stef, but even for spin-off’s with others. I’d love to see a book about Glenn sometime in the future. Read and enjoy, and keep your fingers crossed for another book in the future. I will.

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