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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 Member Since 2006
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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 2009
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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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    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 7 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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    Patricia Freehold NJ, NJ, United States 03-10-11
    Patricia Freehold NJ, NJ, United States 03-10-11 Member Since 2011
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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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    Patricia Pest megye, Hungary 03-10-13
    Patricia 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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    Yury London, United Kingdom 10-30-11
    Yury London, United Kingdom 10-30-11
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    "waste of time"

    A complete waste of time and money.
    The plot is primitive and is clear from the third page. The characters are plain and don't develop whatsoever through the story. The book has no idea in it and doesn't even provide any entertainment.
    There is better use for your money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Waldon Totowa, NJ USA 03-31-12
    Mark Waldon Totowa, NJ USA 03-31-12
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    "Boring."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It falls in the chasm between porn and novel, doing neither well or interestingly. Save your money, do not buy this.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    JC 07-18-14
    JC 07-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Some of the characters sounded like Muppets....."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The way the narrator did the character voices. I mean, Stef was okay but ye gads Rand just sounded goofy so I couldn't take him seriously and some of the characters just sounded ridiculous. Namely Ben. He sounded like Grover. And the women... *shudder*


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The whole enemies to lovers thing was the most interesting thing about it. The least interesting aspect was the 'secret' Charlotte was keeping.


    What didn’t you like about Sean Crisden’s performance?

    The voices were grating. He read the narrative passages okay, but the voices he used for some of the characters was just unpleasant. If I'd met people who sounded like that in real life, I'd either walk away or slap them.


    Did Timing (Gay Romance) inspire you to do anything?

    I don't know. Live on a ranch maybe?


    Any additional comments?

    Get rid of the 'Gay Romance' text in the title. I doesn't need to be there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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