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COVERS WEEK REVIEW: “Timing” by Mary Calmes

“(Don’t?) Judge A Book By Its Cover” Week


Sue votes THUMBS DOWN on the cover of “Timing”. Let’s see how the book itself fared…


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.


Today’s bad cover is brought to you by the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz… or Michael Jackson’s (may he rest in peace) plastic surgeon… either way the cover scares the bejesus out of me.


Blast it all to smitherines! I freaking loved this story – and I hate that I did.  Why do I hate that I liked it so much?  Because it’s implausible how aesthetically perfect the characters are.  It’s ridiculous how quickly the romance progressed and it’s frustrating to watch the high drama unfold.  Stefan Joss is essentially Jory’s (from A Matter of Time) doppleganger.  He’s so gorgeous and charming, manipulative and cunning – that he can sell ice to the Eskimos.  Each and every person that crosses his path adores him.  While MC Rand is gruff and strong, closed off emotionally and single-mindedly focussed in his efforts to make Stef “Mine”.  But nonetheless, I ate it all up with a super size spoon.

Three things struck me about this book:  Firstly, Ms. Calmes knows how to write dialogue and that was evident the moment I started reading this. The banter is fun and engaging and her characters always come to life. I absolutely adore that.  Secondly, she knows how to create great big Alpha-male characters that make us swoon. Honestly, Rand could ask me to take a long walk off a short pier amidst a typhoon and I would gladly do it. There’s something about the way Calmes writes these great big hunks of spunk that really works. I think she’s got a real skill for it.  Somehow, even when Rand is telling Stef what to do, I swoon.  How is that? I generally hate that type of behaviour – and yet, I swoon.  And lastly, the sex scenes (of which there are many) are OFF THE CHARTS.  My God, their attraction was fierce!

Sadly, I had a real problem with Stef’s best friend Charlotte. Why did she have to be such a mess?  Why did she have to be so needy and dependent on Stef?  I want strong female characters, damn it!  Not the snivelling, childlike, petulant version that Charlotte was.  Nor do I want to read about the tragedy that Stef miraculously saved her from.  I don’t need to be told again, how awesome Stef is.

There is also a “needy, quivering hole” and a “fluttering passage”.  I thought you should know that.  But honestly – I did not care one little iota.

Here’s the bottom line:  This story and it’s characters are ridonk, and yet I read it twice.  Yep, I finished it and reread it straight away.  Why?  Because it’s classic feel-good material with a hot cowboy.  It has passion and heart.

It ain’t gonna change the world, but it sure made my day.




Susan – 4 stars

Rachel – 3 stars



7781751Title:  Timing
Author:  Mary Calmes
Publisher:  Dreamspinner 
Pages: 230
Release Date:  March 15, 2010
Purchase Links:  Dreamspinner, Amazon, ARe

4 comments on “COVERS WEEK REVIEW: “Timing” by Mary Calmes

  1. atideswell
    June 29, 2014

    Loved this book, the cover is crap but the cover on the sequel “After the sunset” is lovely!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sue
      July 2, 2014

      I want to know what “they” we’re thinking when they chose the cover. Stef is meant to be BEAUTIFUL, but that cover makes him look like The Scarecrow and MJ’s love child!

      And yes, the cover to the sequel is lovely. Much, much better!


  2. SL
    June 30, 2014

    “Stef” on this cover is…awful. ha! But boy do I love me some Rand. He’s…*sigh*…Rand is…he’s MINE, ok? He’s MINE!!!! Hands off Sue! :) …glad you enjoyed this.


    • Sue
      July 2, 2014

      One of these days I’m gonna be the first one to find a great big stud character that I can lay claim to. *falls to knees and prays* Just you wait n see! ;)


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