Sunday, May 19, 2013

Timing and After the Sunset #HAHAT

Hop Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Ladies and gentlemen - readers of all ages....Guilty Indulgence Book Club is pleased to participate once again in the annual Hop Against Homophobia And Transphobia (#HAHAT for those social media savvy) Last year we reviewed some great books and paid tribute to a beautiful author who left us too soon.  This year we look forward to bringing more great authors, stories and romances to our Indulgent readers.  

While our book club has that modern mix of women and men, straight and gay, our focus has always been on romance and Love in all its forms.  One of the most important aspects of Love has to be it's connection to Hope. For those who have Love, who love and are, in turn, loved, Hope resides in the heart and mind.  Hope allows one to celebrate the good times and weather the bad ones. Hope allows one to succeed and to fight and to give others Hope.   For many GLBTQ youth, Hope is hard to find.   It is our greatest wish that all who read these reviews this week take the time to spread the message of Hope at all times.  Be the message to our diverse youth population that fear, hatred and intolerance are not acceptable.  Help us spread the message that it does get better, there will be equality, they are accepted and give them Hope!  

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And by all means, stick around for the next ten days during the Hop Against Homophobia - make a comment on the Guilty Indulgence blog site daily for chances to win great reads and find new and fabulous authors!  And then, jump back on the Hop main page to visit each and every site for more chances at prizes, hear stories, read reviews and much, much more!

And now for the good stuff:

Timing, Mary Calmes, Dreamspinner Press
Timing #1
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.

After the Sunset, Mary Calmes, Dreamspinner Press
Timing #2
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.

Hello everyone and welcome to a wonderful week of review. This past few weeks I took some time to go through my big pile of will read when I get a chance books and pick out some authors that I haven’t read before. I have been holding on to these two books for quite a while. You know what I’m talking about. I have tendency to buy a bunch of books at a time and then forget that I haven’t downloaded them into my IPAD or I download them but then get sidetracked (OK so anyone that knows me knows I can wonder more than a little bit) so the pile is rather large. So here is an author I have heard great things about, Mary Calmes! OK – I pick you to read!!!

If you love to read gay romance then chances are you have read these two books. I loved them so much that I actually went back and read them again just to see what I missed the first time and the second read was just as good. Mary’s description of the ranch, our two main character, and even all the secondary character is AMAZING! You actually see the story while you’re reading it and to me there is no higher praise then that. Here are two perfect men – both gorgeous – women falling all over them and on the outside everyone thinks they have all the answers to solve everyone’s problems. But… when you start reading you realize that they are just like everyone else. They have fears and insecurities and remorse of lost chances because in life you don’t get to go back in time and have do-overs. Timing is everything. You know that Rand and Stef make it but like all couples they still have to work through stuff. Don’t worry the books are anything boring or sad in fact their arguing will make you laugh. Stef has a way of wanting to save the world or at least everyone that he meets and Rand is your stay at home realist. Their personalities don’t change as the books evolve.

We all have books that are our comfort books. The ones you don’t delete and you go back to read again and again when you need a pick me up or you just want to relax and smile. This is that type of a book! My only complaint is that I wanted a book three. By the end of the second book our two men finally settle down and Rand is planning for kids. I WANT THE WEDDING AND THE KIDS PLEASSSEEEE. Oh please Mary give it to me. I feel so incomplete without it. These two books are worthy of 5 chocolate dipped strawberries. If you haven’t read them yet then you are missing out! Her writing is amazing. Great plot – meaningful intimacy – happy ever after. A keeper!

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