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Timing (Gay Romance) | [Mary Calmes]

Timing (Gay Romance)

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Mary Calmes (P)2010 Mary Calmes

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    Laurie Keokuk, IA, United States 06-10-10
    Laurie Keokuk, IA, United States 06-10-10
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    "An amazing story!"

    I loved this story. Even with the "muppet" voice for some of the side characters, this book was funny and tender. I loved both the main characters. I have another audio by Mary Calmes and cant wait to hear more from her.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Simcoe, ON, Canada 06-20-11
    Kelly Simcoe, ON, Canada 06-20-11 Member Since 2012
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    "an amazing find Mary Calmes"

    wonderful stories, Mary Calmes says she knows what her characters smell like and it certainly works for me. I fell in love with all 3 books, listen to them over and over, I hope audilbe brings in some more of her work, there is quite a lot of it out there. The narrator is wonderful too. If your looking for a great love story, with people to fall in love with, friends and family you wish were yours, Mary Calmes is your girl. Her stories are definitely the feel good variety. The Guardian and Change of Heart have a sci fi twist but are still wonderful, Timing was my 1st listen and I was hooked in the 1st few minutes.
    Mary Calmes is one of the few authors that make you look up and say "thank you"!
    Bouvier, Ontario Ca

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    amanda Dorton, Ky, United States 11-24-12
    amanda Dorton, Ky, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "COWBOY!!!!!! need i say more!!??"
    Would you listen to Timing (Gay Romance) again? Why?

    YES!! I STILL AM!! i love the story it has the perfect amount of comedy besides everything going on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    BOTH! i loved how everything came together!


    What does Sean Crisden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    he brings not only the characters to life but the whole story!!!


    Who was the most memorable character of Timing (Gay Romance) and why?

    they are all memorable


    Any additional comments?

    this book has a sequal but it is sadly not on audible. it is really good i recommend it if you want to know what happens, i don't want to spoile it. just take my word for it!! worth it!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 10-15-11
    Amazon Customer United States 10-15-11
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    "I love this book!!!!"

    Stephan and Rand are so good together! Sean Crisden is brilliant with his narration. I can listen to this book over and over again! A great listen!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    britch01 03-10-11
    britch01 03-10-11
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    "liked the story"

    enjoyed the different characters and the story line as well. Love the narrators voice

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 02-05-15
    Michael 02-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my all time favorites!"

    I just had to listen to this one again before starting after the sunset the second book in the series and I just love these characters even though I've bought his are your book twice once on iTunes and again later on audible from my phone I just had to take it with me the story so when I am wanted a fighting raucous heartfelt story it Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane and the first two books from the Cut and Run series are amongst my favorite and the ones that I just had to have on my audible account this story Timing is truly one of my favorites and I highly recommended if you like any of these stories I have mentioned you'll just love "Timing" by Mary Calmes.

    Oh and I kind of forgot one of my favorite parts about this story was fell fill the caf and the ongoing, your cow? You don't have a cow. It's towards the end of the story, it made me laugh so hard the first time and no matter how many times I listen to the story I always laugh and laugh at that scene and throughout the entire book laugh cry smile it's always left me feeling so good everytime I listen to this story and hear about Stefan Joss and Rand Holloway. Thank you Mary Calmes for your stories and Sean Crisden for your performances and thanks to the production team for if it weren't for you and people like you making audio books like this one I wouldn't get to enjoy these stories, thank you all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Pest megye, Hungary 03-10-13
    Amazon Customer Pest megye, Hungary 03-10-13

    I'm 35, working as a QA engineer. I own no television so I tend to read a lot...or listen audiob0oks.

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    "Great story, not so great narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Timing (Gay Romance) the most enjoyable?

    The story is awsome, I really liked the characters. Sean Crisden's voice is nice and sexy.


    What other book might you compare Timing (Gay Romance) to and why?

    Still don't do comparisons each books are unique.


    What three words best describe Sean Crisden’s performance?

    Just 3 words? Don't think so... The monologues were awsome, Stephen's voice was a great performance, the female voices not so much and Rand... well not the greatest try to make him sound macho and sexy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sort of. The story that I wanted to here all at once, the narration gave me doubts.


    Any additional comments?

    I surly will read the second book. And I will give an otber try to the narrator in a different book I really liked his voice even if I am not 100 percent fond of his performance in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Las Vegas, NV, United States 11-16-11
    Kevin Las Vegas, NV, United States 11-16-11

    The name is Katie. Account says Kevin, but I'm the one actually listening and writing reviews.

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    "Fanfiction Has Higher Quality"

    I'd like to start by saying that Mary Calmes is NOT a bad writer. The writing in and of itself is good. Her weakness lies in her characterization.

    This is the second Mary Calmes novel I have listened to and I've noticed some patterns in her writing.

    One- her protagonists were both 'too perfect'. They're what I like to call Mary-Sues. In Timing, Steffan was a flawless little charmer, and her protagonist in the other book I listened to was much the same way. I understand that she wants her main character to look a certain way, but the point doesn't need to be driven home EVERY OTHER SENTENCE. Steffan, did have some flaws- but even the flaws, in the way they were presented, were just totally unbelievable. The character was too much, too perfect, and instead of coming across as the way I'm sure Calmes intended, he was just obnoxious.

    Two- The style of romance she writes reminds me very much of anime characters. If you're into UST and males who either constantly top or bottom- story lines that are rushed and with little depth... If you are into that, than I can see this entertaining you.

    The story itself isn't bad, and some of the characters are even cute.

    However, personally I couldn't get past the stereotyping and weak characterization for the the lead couple.

    Lastly... a word on the reader. The reader isn't bad. He has a fun voice and a lot of personality. I only have two complaints about him. One- He reads all of Mary Calmes books and uses the same voices for the lead and the love interest. The love interest always sounds goofy to me, like he's just trying too hard. I could live with it, though. What really got to me was that one of the characters, the best friend's fiance, sounded just like a muppet. Who seriously talks like that? It killed the character. It really did.

    All in all... I would tell you to avoid Mary Calmes books, unless it's truly the style of writing you're into. I see this book really appealing to teenage girls... But I think most people would side with me. There are better homosexual romance novels on audible...

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan A Skye 04-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorite Mary Calmes' Stories!"
    Any additional comments?

    Stefan and Rand hate one another. Right? Well, maybe not so much.

    Stefan is Rand’s sister Charlotte’s BFF. Charlotte is getting married and needs Stefan in the wedding. Stefan and Rand have always butted heads, but now that Rand is divorced he’s seeing things a bit differently.

    A few things have changed around the ranch (like Rand’s homophobic dad has died and Rand is now very financially protected from the bigory of Texas) and Rand is finally able to admit the attraction he’s had for Stefan for years.

    This floors Stefan, but he admits his own attraction to the hunky cowboy.

    The only problem is that Stefan doesn’t see himself as a one-man guy and definitely not a guy who lives on a ranch in Texas.

    After a lot of super hot sex and some misunderstandings and a gun fight (!) the two manage to come together in a very HEA.

    I love Mary Calmes’ alpha males and Rand is oh so Alpha! The sex between him and Stefan is super hot and then the love that gets declared super romantic.
    We begin to understand more about Rand’s family here in this, book one, and this lays the groundwork for what we learn in book two, After the Sunset.

    5 of 5 stars

    Audio

    Sean Crisden has done many Mary Calmes books and he does a great job here. I loved his southern twang and his deep rumbly version of Rand. Though the female characters are never the strong-suit of male narrators, Sean does a great job with Rand’s mother as a southern belle with a spine of steel.

    I highly recommend this book and the audio version and give both a 5 of 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Brereton 02-16-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Mary Calmes nails it"

    Yes, I know Mary Calmes' work is unrealistic and sometimes everything fits a little too perfectly. But that's exactly what I want out of this type of novel. It just makes me happy to read or listen to her work. Sean Crisden has developed great voices for the characters. I love the low baritone voice for our rancher. He really knows what his audience wants to hear. He uses close to the same voices in his other novels, but the voices work so I really don't mind. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "I love this story!!"

    One of my all time favourite M/M books.I would recommend to someone reading a M/M romance for the first time
    Mary Calmes at her best

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ingeborg
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    "Love the story, but the narrator..."
    What made the experience of listening to Timing (Gay Romance) the most enjoyable?

    Okay, so this is a great, fun, lighthearted story. Nothing too deep, this is not trying to be Great Literature, just something to lighten your day. And it succeeds. I love Mary Calmes, she is on my auto-buy list despite the fact that I definitely do not love all of her books. Still, she makes me smile and sometimes even laugh with her books, which is worth the price.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Sean Crisden does a fair job narrating, BUT, and this is repeated in every book he narrates, he seems incapable of having women sound as anything other than the most annoying, empty headed bimbos! I'm sorry, I know we do tend to talk a lot and I am sure some men do perceive us as annoying, but come on! The book is written by a woman, the lines the women have in this book are funny and meant to be pleasing to the main character, so why oh why do they sound as if they have fog-horns stuck up their noses???

    It is a small part of the book, the rest was actually really good, but it annoyed me enough to only give two stars on performance. Which is a shame, because the book deserves better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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