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.
Now that Stefan and Rand are together we get to see just how they manage to make things work between the city-boy Stefan and the recently-gay-rancher Rand.
This is a great look at a couple after the “happy ending”. With Rand and Stefan there was so much keeping them apart that you have to wonder how things are going after the last kiss.
Well, it turns out that life hasn’t been that easy. Stefan is still keeping himself distant and not fully committed to Rand and Rand senses this. Rand is still being a controlling a**hole and driving Stef nuts.
When something comes up, taking Rand out of town, Stefan is left to handle some important ranch details and WOW does he screw up! He ends up in a fight, riding a bronc, showing up on YouTube, and scaring Rand half to death.
Meanwhile, Stef is also finding out some “truths” about Rand’s history that just might shake up the entire family.
Interestingly, Rand isn’t in this story very much and though it’s all about him and his family, Stefan plays the more important role throughout. In my mind there was too much time with them apart to call this story absolutely perfect, but since it’s Mary, it’s pretty damn close!
If you enjoyed Timing you will HAVE to read/listen to this as it absolutely cements the love Rand and Stefan share and gives you a much needed glimpse at their future. I don’t think it’d make much sense as a stand-alone.
Sean Crisden narrates this and Timing. He does an absolutely amazing job with Rand’s growly Texas drawl. I adore Sean’s take on the Alpha Male and like I said, Rand is oh so Alpha. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be this way or not, but Sean continually pronounces Stefan’s name as Stef-awn, where I always thought it was Stef-en. In either case, he’s consistent, and I ended up finding it endearing! The sex scenes are scorching and Sean does a great job differentiating all the other voices as well. I particularly loved the Foreman’s voice – very, very sexy.
The listening definitely adds to the overall enjoyment of this story.
4.5 of 5 hearts