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REVIEW: “After the Sunset” by Mary Calmes



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.


Welcome to After the Sunset (Timing #2), set two years after the conclusion of Timing and the reconnection those of us who fell in love with RAND *swoons* Holloway very much needed.

I must admit that I was so desperate for more RAND, so bereft without reading about his deep rumbling groans that I begged for a copy of After the Sunset. I needed more of his claiming and manhandling, I couldn’t think about anything but his low and husky voice as he made Stef “Mine” and I certainly couldn’t wait more than two days to have him back in my life. Ugh, I was a goner.

After the Sunset delivers two things: firstly, lots of RAND devouring Stef, and secondly, lots and lots of Stef drawing everyone’s attention, getting himself in crazy situations and then naturally saving the day. But, whatevs. I mean, I was only reading it to get my RAND fix, so Stef could could ride a monkey for all I care.

It felt like RAND was absent from about 2/3 of the story, which is obviously a major floor as there wasn’t the same intense chemistry filling the pages. The banter which I relished in book one still exists, but again, much of it wasn’t with RAND, so boo for that.

All in all, I’m glad I read it and would encourage anyone who enjoyed Timing to continue the Stef/RAND journey with this. Closure and a HEA is a good thing; especially when it’s with RAND.

Oh, sweet Rand. I love you, so.



12204007Title: “After the Sunset” (Timing #2)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 174
Release Date: August 17, 2011
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, ARe, Amazon

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