Pippa Reviews: Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists by Angel Martinez


Title: Uncommonly Tidy Poltergeists
Author: Angel Martinez
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Pages: 92
Characters: Taro, Jack
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

A poltergeist haunts Taro, dogging his international travels. It washes glasses, puts dishes away, and even dusts. At least he hopes it’s a cleaning-obsessed poltergeist and not his own anxieties burbling over into neat freak fits he doesn’t remember. When his property manager suggests he call paranormal expert, Jack Montrose, Taro’s skeptical but desperate enough to try even a ghost hunter.

Jack’s arrival crushes Taro’s hopes of a dashing Van Helsing-style hero. Instead of an invincible hunter, he gets Ichabod Crane. As the paranormal puzzles multiply and Jack begins to suggest the entity might not be a ghostly one, Taro adds a budding friendship with Jack to his pile of anxieties. It’s a race to see whether Taro’s poltergeist or his relationship with the obviously-not-ace Jack will reach maximum strangeness first.

Review:

Have you ever read a book where you want to cuddle the characters and take them home with you? This is the cuddle book for me. Right from the start, as Taro sits at the dining room table and waits for his family to listen to him, I could relate to him so well. I’m the youngest too and it’s a position only the youngest sibling will understand. Then there is Jack. Where you expect Jack to be the alpha male, that isn’t who you get. He’s wonderful, in a bumbling, completely awkward kind of way. He has his own issues too and Taro must deal with them. This is a book about two awkward people fitting together in the most bizarre of circumstances. And it was lovely.

I was bemused by way they mentioned asexuality in the blurb. Not why they mentioned it, but how, as they referenced the non-ace character. I don’t have much experience reading ace characters, but I appreciated the way the explanation was skillfully slotted into the developing relationship between Taro and Jack, rather than info-dumping and preachy speeches.

I won’t spoil the paranormal element, beyond saying I wish the ‘entity’ would visit me. Once a week would be great. Once a month even. This was a lovely tale from Angel Martinez, which made me laugh out loud more than once, and go for the warm and fuzzies in all the right places.

Definitely recommended.

Reviewed By: Pippa Wood

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Got the Monday blues? Cheer yourself up with a great NEW release from JMS Books!


TITLE: A-dork-able
AUTHOR: J.D. Walker
ISBN: 9781634863186
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 12,728 words
PRICE: $2.99

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Alister Redgrave knows he’s a dork. He dresses in ill-fitting suits and trips over imaginary obstacles constantly; then there’s his Star Trek underwear. Still, he hopes to find the love of his life one day. And when he meets Jaiden Greyson, the new Assistant CFO in the Finance department, Alister knows he’s found his dream guy. Except, Alister makes a fool of himself repeatedly in front of Jaiden and decides he doesn’t have a chance in hell.

Jaiden Greyson doesn’t know what to make of Alister when he meets him. A more klutzy guy had never existed. But despite all that, there’s something about the man that draws him in, and he’s determined to find out what it is, no matter the antics of a jealous coworker intent on ruining everything.

Jaiden has Alister in his sights, and Alister won’t know what hit him, in the best sense.

TITLE: Distant Swimmer
AUTHOR: Jacob Cheyenne
ISBN: 9781634862691
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 40,490 words
PRICE: $4.99

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Shy and scholarly, long-distance swimmer Ryan Zwick thinks he’s the only gay member of the college swim team. He keeps his head down in the showers, and his head in the books the rest of the time.

But when a sporty new transfer student joins the team, Ryan feels a surge of hope. Sexually inexperienced and looking for love, fellow swimmer Blake Gossens is everything Ryan wants in a boyfriend. But what is Blake’s game, exactly? And just how straight is he?

Blake seems to be more interested in Ryan’s best friend, Marissa, leaving Ryan to go back to secretly checking out his teammates in the pool. But Ryan keeps getting mysterious messages in his dating app from a stranger who seems to know a lot about him. Could this messenger be Blake? Or someone else?

When bad weather hits unexpectedly, Ryan is forced to confront his real feelings toward Blake, while opening up to the stranger by his side, eventually giving in to his wildest fantasies — and his heart.

TITLE: Number One Pick
AUTHOR: Heidi Champa
ISBN: 9781634863087
GENRE: Gay Erotic Romance
LENGTH: 28,438 words
PRICE: $3.99

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Blake Kaplan has been playing fantasy football with his old college buddies for years. He’s never managed to win, mostly because he’s never wanted to subject himself to the bets and pranks the other guys endure for a chance at glory. But this year, Blake is willing to do whatever it takes to get the first pick in the draft, even if it means sacrificing his dignity.

To win, Blake’s wager involves the one thing he’s worse at than fantasy football: dating. All Blake has to do is survive a few dates with the gorgeous Landon O’Keefe, the bartender at the league’s favorite watering hole, and he’ll get the pick in the draft he wants and the chance to win. It sounds easy enough, except for one thing. He can’t sleep with Landon without losing the bet. But, will being with Landon make him lose his heart instead?

TITLE: Snapdragon
AUTHOR: Michelle Woody
ISBN: 9781634862844
GENRE: Gay Thriller Romance
LENGTH: 58,179 words
PRICE: $4.99

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Private detective Chris Mason thought he only had to worry about his brother Dylan discovering he was dating Homicide detective James Harris. Dylan and their best friend, Ron Abrams, don’t like James, and Chris has to handle their animosity towards his lover. But then Chris is targeted by a serial killer who leaves snapdragons with his victims.

James leads the Snapdragon investigation as head detective. As each murder links Dylan and Ron to the killings, James questions Ron’s motives and his connections to Chris. Ron’s pet name for Chris has always been Snapdragon. Could there be more behind Ron’s playful teases than Chris knows?

When Ron’s attraction to Chris is exposed, their friendship totters. Is a darker side to Ron revealed? Could he be involved with the Snapdragon murders? And will Chris be able to solve the case before he becomes the killer’s next victim?

Pippa Reviews: They Walk Among Us by TA Chase


Title: They Walk Among Us
Author: T.A. Chase
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 168
Characters: Zach and Raven
POV: First (alternating POV)
Sub-Genre: Futuristic and Sci-Fi
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

Zach agrees to help Raven and finds himself drawn into a world he never knew existed.

Zach Harleigh was a baby when the aliens arrived. He doesn’t remember much about those months, except his parents fighting and his dad leaving. His father died, destroying the aliens, and his mother died when Zach graduated from medical school. He’s alone in the world and working hard to get his career going leaves no time for any kind of relationship.

One night, a beautiful man is brought into the ER. Raven Sanderson has been severely beaten and seems unsocialized. Raven and Zach hit it off when Zach takes over his care. Raven can’t speak but writes notes to Zach, letting him know the man is in the city to find his sister.

Zach agrees to help Raven and discovers a world he never knew existed. A world full of alien creatures that read minds and heal with a simple touch. He realizes there is more to the world around him, and the aliens he thought were destroyed weren’t. Their offspring walk among us.

Review:

Aliens-on-earth is one of my favourite sci-fi sub-genres, and something I haven’t read for a long time. I am really pleased to have the chance to review T.A. Chase’s story. They Walk Among Us hit most of my buttons for aliens-on-earth stories. The plot was fast-paced and well-developed. I liked the ‘how’ of the aliens arriving and how they were treated by the humans. No real surprises there. I also really liked that there were no ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ among the humans. They Walk Among Us managed to surprise me several times. I particularly appreciated the fact that the alien race wasn’t a ‘human with blue skin’. Again, that information took time to emerge, as did Raven’s true nature.

The two main characters, Zach and Raven, were sympathetic and rounded characters. I particularly like the way their back stories emerged and interlocked over the course of the book, rather than info-dumping at the start. I felt as the story progressed that Raven dominated the story, but it was understandable. The secondary characters were equally well written, whether they were human or alien.

I had a couple of reservations. I would have preferred a more in-depth ending. I felt the very end was a bit rushed and lacking in the nuance of the rest of the book. I did feel the relationship between the two men was rushed too, but I qualify that by saying it was the nature of the story and I can accept it was necessary.

However, reservations aside, this was a well-written and interesting sci-fi story, and well worth the read.

Reviewed By: Pippa Wood

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Gabbi Reviews: There Has To Be a Reason by Kate McMurray


Title: There Has to Be a Reason
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 199
Characters: Dave, Noel
POV: 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
Kisses: 2.5

Blurb:

Dave is enjoying his junior year at a big New England university, even if none of his relationships have been especially satisfying. He plans to hang around with his best friend Joe and focus on his studies until he graduates, and then he’ll figure out the rest.

Meeting Noel changes his plans.

Noel is strikingly beautiful and unlike anyone Dave knows. Something about Noel draws Dave to him—an attraction Dave doesn’t feel ready to label. And even if he was, why would Noel be interested in Dave? And what about Joe? He hates Noel and everything he represents, and he might hate Dave if he finds out about Dave’s secret desires. So Dave will have to keep those feelings hidden—along with his relationship with Noel.

But Noel has fought too hard for his identity to be Dave’s dirty secret. Will Dave tell the truth and risk the life he’s always known… or live a lie and risk losing the love of his life?

Review:

There Has to Be a Reason is story about a young man who is coming to terms with his sexuality. This coming of age story is told entirely through Dave’s eyes giving us the full perspective of how he feels and how much his character continues to evolve throughout the story.

Dave considers himself a jock. He is well-liked, has good friends and is in the middle of his junior year in college. When he meets a distressed Noel, Dave is immediately facsinated by him. Dave is taken by Noel’s beauty and obvious sensitive side and though they are strangers, Dave cannot get his mind off of him.

Even when Dave is with his girlfriend/non-girlfriend all Dave can do is think about Noel…especially when he and his wannabee girlfriend interact sexually. These sexual feelings are new to Dave and confuses him so much, Dave becomes determined to become friends with Noel to see if the attraction he feels for him is a true one. As the two men get to know one another, Dave is forced to confront his homosexual feelings and his fears of what will happen if and when he comes out of the closet.

I thought Dave was basically a good person. His fear of coming out of justifiable and I understood some of his hesitation of being honest both with himself and others about sexuality and his relationship with Noel. I thought Dave was a little dense at times. This frustrated me because time and time again his roommate and best friend constantly asks him if there was something going on between him and Noel. Instead of coming clean, Dave continues to deny, deny and deny his feelings and attraction towards Noel, causing Noel to feel like he is living a lie and hurting him. This drove me crazy and it’s because of this that I began to not care for Dave as much and hoped that Noel would leave him and find someone who was both proud to be with him and appreciated him. It’s because of Dave’s denial of both his sexuality and of Noel that I thought their romance became stilted and one-sided.

I know there will be many readers who will love Dave and this story. Ms. McMurray knows how to write a solid romance with interesting characters. If you like Coming of Age stories and enjoy this author’s other books then this is definitely a book you should check out!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Lydia Reviews: When the Dust Settles by Mary Calmes


Title: When the Dust Settles
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 107
Characters: Glenn Holloway and Mac Gentry
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Western
Kisses: 4

Blurb:

Glenn Holloway’s predictable life ended the day he confessed his homosexuality to his family. As if that wasn’t enough, he then poured salt in the wound by walking away from the ranch he’d grown up on, to open the restaurant he’d always dreamed of. Without support from his father and brother, and too proud to accept assistance from anyone else, he had to start from scratch. Over time things worked out: Glenn successfully built a strong business, created a new home, and forged a life he could be proud of.
Despite his success, his estrangement from the Holloways is still a sore spot he can’t quite heal, and a called-in favor becomes Glenn’s worst nightmare. Caught in a promise, Glenn returns to his roots to deal with Rand Holloway and comes face-to-face with Mac Gentry, a man far too appealing for Glenn’s own good. It could all lead to disaster—disaster for his tenuous reconnection with his family and for the desire he didn’t know he held in his heart.

Review:

When the Dust Settles is the third book in Ms. Calmes Timing series. Unlike the first books, this story is about Glenn, Rand’s half-brother/cousin and is told from Glenn’s point of view. The story picks up about two years after the end of After the Sunset and several things have changed in Glenn’s life.

Readers of the first two books may remember Glenn and will be surprised when the reason for his actions in the previous books is revealed. Now that Glenn has come to terms with who he really is, not only has his behavior changed but so has the way he looks. Glenn is also happier than he has been in some time, but he is lonely and alienated from his family. I could understand why Glenn would want to stay away from his father as the man is a jerk, however the fact that he has stayed away from his brothers and Stefan should not have been allowed to last if it did. I wondered how the author planned to reconcile Glenn and his brothers and thought the round up was a good idea, but could not help wondering if it would make matters worse. One of the pluses brought by the round up is the fact that Glenn and Mac are thrown together for a short period of time.

Readers of the previous books will remember Mac, Rand’s foreman. Mac is all man and an alpha at that. The attraction that Glenn feels for the foreman also confuses him since Glenn has always saw himself in the alpha role when it came to relationships. The fact that Mac makes him feel slightly submissive scares Glenn. The attraction between these two is strong and they heat up the pages of this story so be aware.

Glenn has also gotten his restaurant and his workers have become the family he feels he has lost. But things are changing there as well and Glenn is face with some decisions that would bring him even closer to his family.

There is a lot going on in this story, especially when you consider the fact that this is just a novella. While I enjoyed When the Dust Settles and plan to re-read it again soon, I think it would have been even better if the book had been longer, allowing for more depth of character and plot. It would be great to see more of these two and I hope the author will bring them, as well as Rand and Stefan, back for more.

I am sure fans of this series and the author will enjoy When the Dust Settles and I hope those who have not yet read it will give it a try. Just keep in mind that while Rand and Stefan are not the focus of this new book it is necessary to read their story before moving on to Glenn’s.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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Gabbi Reviews: 2016 Top Ten Gay Romance by Becky Black, TA Creech, Rebecca James, Shawn Lane, JL Merrow, AR Moler, Michael P. Thomas, Tinnean and JD Walker


Title: 2016 Top Ten Gay Romance
Authors: Becky Black, TA Creech, Rebecca James, Shawn Lane, JL Merrow, AR Moler, Michael P. Thomas, Tinnean and JD Walker
Publisher: JMS Books
Pages: 360
Characters: Multiple
POV: 3rd, 1st
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Science Fiction, Holiday
Kisses: 4.25

Blurb:

2016 Top Ten Gay Romance brings together the best-selling short stories published by JMS Books that year.

From first love to true love, from submission to sensual, from heat to sweet and everything in between, the couples in these stories are sure to keep you turning the pages as you fall in love with them.

With stories by Becky Black, T.A. Creech, Rebecca James, Shawn Lane, J.L. Merrow, A.R. Moler, Terry O’Reilly, Michael P. Thomas, Tinnean, and J.D. Walker, this head-over-heels collection goes beyond bedtime reading. Whether happily ever after or happy for now, there’s an ending for everyone in here!

Contains the stories: Me and My Big Mouth by Becky Black, Captive by T.A. Creech, Love Lost, Love Found by Rebecca James, Accidentally His by Shawn Lane, A Pint of Beer, a Bag of Chips, and Thou by J.L. Merrow, For the Last Time by A.R. Moler, First and Goal by Terry O’Reilly, It’s Not Yule, It’s Me by Michael P. Thomas, In His Line of Work by Tinnean, and And This is Ed by J.D. Walker.

Review:

When it comes to reading an anthology, it easily turn into a tricky read for me. Though I’ve read many of them, most leave me wanting for more. I’m glad to say that 2016 Top Ten Gay Romance Anthology was filled with many great stories with characters that I really found myself rooting for. Each and every story was interesting and every story was well worth reading.

Me and My Big Mouth by Becky Black

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Kisses

This is the first story I’ve read by this author and I really liked it. I thought the characters were interesting and I liked the main character, Max the best. He’s funny and has a way of putting his foot in his mouth and I thought his honesty and bluntness was refreshing. I also like the May/December aspect of the story, as well as, the ‘opposites attract’ storyline. He and Owen are a good match and though it ended on a HFN ending, I have high hopes for them.

Captive by TA Creech
Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses

WOW! This is the first story I’ve read by TA Creech and after reading Captive, it won’t be my last! I loved the descriptive storytelling ability this author has and I was immediately wrapped up into these characters lives. The world-building the author created for this science fiction romance was great and I enjoyed watching Justin and Sajah’s relationship develop. For a short story it is pretty well-written and balanced…selfishly I wish it had been longer…I loved it!

Lost Love, Love Found by Rebecca James
Rating: 4

Lost Love, Love Found is a sweet holiday story between to heroes that learn to trust in the power of love. Dane’s wife died three years ago and he’s been living with both of sorrow of losing her and the guilt of not being honest with her about several things. *Read it and find out what they are* When he spots a homeless man on the side of the road, Dane’s protective instincts take over and he decides to give into the holiday spirit and help the man, Sayer, out.

I liked the chemistry the two men shared together. There is an instant emotional bond between them and I enjoyed the banter they shared together. Though I like an insta-love romance, I thought this one was a tad bit on the rushed side…especially toward the end.

Accidentally His by Shawn Lane
Rating: 3.25 out of 5 Kisses!

When I first started this story, I thought I would love it. Then as the story progressed, our main hero, Kirk’s, attitude began to change and was a bit of a jerk to Elijah. It was strange because one moment Kirk acts like he wants to get to know Elijah and is fascinated with him and then next *when he has Elijah interested* Kirk doesn’t call and acts kind of jerky…wth? Though I thought Elijah was so sweet, the character that intrigued me the most was Toby, who was a secondary character. I would love to read his story. I have conflicting feelings about this read because I really liked Kirk in the beginning, but not so much in the middle and end.

Because of Kirk’s insensitivity I thought Elijah deserved better and though he had an explanation for his showing lack of interest, I never got back on board with him. I’m sorry. Maybe if the book was longer the characterization would have been more fleshed out and I would have enjoyed it better. In the end, I liked the story, I just didn’t love it like I thought I would in the beginning. Having said this, there will be many people who will love Kirk and Elijah’s relationship. Ms. Lane is a solid storyteller and knows how to write heated chemistry that can leap out of the written page. I’m sure there are many fans of hers that will enjoy the story Kirk had to tell.

A pint of beer, a bag of chips and thou by JL Merrow
Rating: 4 out of 5 Kisses!

A Pint of Beer, A Bag of Chips and Thou is a sweet and fast-paced story about a struggling musician and his quirky family. To make extra money, Liam plays at the local tube. He enjoys playing for strangers, hoping to make their day a little brighter by the music he shares with them. Also, he has been watching a sexy older man walk by daily who seems to enjoy the songs he plays. When his three lovable older female relatives decide to take matters into their own hands, will Liam’s hope the sexy man will finally speak to him?

This story is told in first person through Liam’s eyes. I enjoyed the story he had to tell and loved the ‘coven’ of female relatives who joyfully interfere with his life. Liam’s romance with Neil is a sweet thing to watch too. I enjoyed their heated chemistry and the easy banter they shared between them. JL Merrow wrote a feel-good, quirky story with lovable characters and two heroes you can’t help but love.

For the Last Time by AR Moler
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Kisses!

For the Last Time spans Mark and Scott’s friendship over the past twenty years. It is a friends to lovers romance that had great potential to be an amazing story. But because of the length and because it felt rushed at times, I thought it took away from the story Scott and Mark had to tell. Also, because both men tried to push aside their physical and emotional attraction towards one another, they live as straight men who are married *more than once in one heroes case* and are still married as they explore their sexuality and feelings for one another. I’m not crazy about cheating heroes. In a way I understood why they lived in fear and in the closet for so long and if the story had been more fleshed out and longer, I might would have gotten on board with them more than I did. In the end, I liked the two men and in some ways their story is a sweet one. The author has a way of writing compelling characters who live and breathe off of the written page. I just wish it had been a full length novel.

First and Goal by Terry O’Reilly
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Kisses!

First and Goal is a sexy short story that packed a lot of punch. I really enjoyed reading about the two men and was intrigued watching their relationship develop as the story was told. Since Brad is an NFL player who is not out of the closet, his boyfriend Darrin, must keep their relationship under wraps. This can lead to problems and Darrin *who is a dancer* begins to feel the strain of having to live a life separate from Brad a secret. Darrin longs to be together all of the time and to begin to really share their life together, but because Brad is afraid of the ramifications of coming out, Darrin continues to push his own wants aside.

Because Brad feels like he needs to keep his sexuality and Darrin a secret, this story could have been one sided. But because Brad is a likeable man and it is obvious that keeping away from Darrin hurts him too, it was easy to understand the predicament they were in. I liked how the story resolved itself and loved the chemistry these two men shared together. First and Goal is a quick and sexy read that is easy to like and so enjoyable to read.

I’m looking forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

It’s Not Yule, it’s Me by Michael P. Thomas
Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

To my knowledge, this is the first story I’ve read by Michael P. Thomas and after reading this little gem of a story, it won’t be my last. I was immediately swept up into the lives of these two men and absolutely loved the story they had to tell. For a short story, I thought it was very well-developed and well-rounded. Although I do wish the story had been longer, but only because of my selfish reasons, not because the story wasn’t a complete one.

I loved the chemistry Shannon and Ben shared together. I highly enjoyed watching their relationship evolve from strangers to lovers. Both men are likeable and though they find themselves in interesting situations *Shannon has some unique Christmas experiences* I really found myself rooting for them to be together. It’s Not Yule, It’s Me is a warm and romantic story that will live in your heart long after you finish reading the story.

In His Line of Work by Tinnean
Rating: 2 out of 5 Kisses

This is going to sound a little strange, but I think I’m lost on this story. As I read and finished it, I felt like I had fallen somehow in the middle of another story and I was a little lost and confused. Deuce is an interesting character, but he is still a bit of a mystery. As is most of the story to me. *Scratches my head*

There seems to be a lot going on and a past I’m not sure about, so it makes me wonder if this book was part of a series or what. Because it felt incomplete to me and I felt like I fell into a rabbit hole, it was a hard for me to follow. I imagine fans of this author’s work will know exactly what is going on and will truly enjoy the story.

And This is Ed by JD Walker
Rating: 5 out of 5

I’ve read a couple of books by JD Walker, but after reading this short story, I’ll be actively looking for more by this author. I really liked our main hero Ed. Ed is a well-written three dimensional character that I think a lot of people will be able to relate with. He manages the cleaning crew and it’s because of this, Ed is often overlooked, poked fun at and treated like he doesn’t matter. He’s been hurt in the past and to keep others from hurting him again, Ed has built a wall around his heart. When he meets Titus, a new manager that Ed must work with, Ed is immediately attracted to the soft-spoken and seemingly sweet and thoughtful man.

I don’t want to give anything away but I was surprised by what happened. I felt anger and hurt for Ed. BUT saying this, I was very happy that underneath his sometimes gruff exterior, Ed knows how to forgive and love and allows himself to take chances. I liked the way his relationship continues to grow with Titus and have big hopes for them in the future.

As you can see almost all of these stories were very well-written and enjoyable reads. 2016 Top Ten Gay Romance is an easy book to recommend if you are looking for some romantic reads on a cold, rainy day.

Highly Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Lydia Reviews: After the Sunset by Mary Calmes


Title: After the Sunset
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages:169
Characters: Rand Holloway and Stefan Joss
POV: 1st Person
Sub-Genre: Western
Kisses: 4.5

Blurb:

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.

Review:

After the Sunset is the second book in Ms. Calmes Timing series. Like the first book, this one is told from Stefan’s point of view, but the story does not come across one-sided as can happen with some stories told from this view point. The story picks up about two years after the end of book one. Stefan has moved to Texas and is teaching at the community college. Some would think that this would mean everything between the two men is running smoothly. That could not be further from the truth.

Stefan is so used to being tossed aside that he keeps waiting for the other shoe to fall in his relationship with Rand. Because of this, Stefan has put off making major decisions which is causing Rand to wonder if Stefan is planning to leave. I did not have a good feeling about where the men’s relationship was going when After the Sunset started. I could understand Stefan’s concerns while at the same time understanding Rand’s loss of patience, even though he is still madly in love with Stefan. I wanted to shake the younger man and tell him to open his eyes before he lost Rand for good. Thankfully I did not have to, as the author did it for me.

While Stefan comes to some clear understandings, he knows he must find a way to show Rand what he, and their home, mean to him. Like the first book I had read After the Sunset before, but forgot what would happen during the book so was surprised by the actions Stefan went to. I could not believe the d**k move Rand’s uncle pulled and don’t know that I would have been as understanding as Stefan.

For me it is this book more than the first one that shows just how much in love Stefan and Rand are. The home and future they have built is strong and readers can easily see that this is a relationship that will last. While this story does not have the added mystery woven through it like Timing did, it is still a story that will leave the readers turning the pages to see what will happen, and leaving them satisfied once they reach the last page. There are a couple of little twists and turns that I really enjoyed and think other readers will as well.

I am a fan of this author and have many of her books in my e-library. I love the way she brings her characters to life, and that they are always so different from each other. I also love that her characters do not always come perfectly formed, instant they have issues and imperfections which makes them and the story more believable. If you have not given Ms. Calmes a try, then I strongly suggest that you pick up this series.

Reviewed By: Lydia

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