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Another great follow up story from a fantastic author..
And another great narration from Sean
Can't wait for more fantastic stories
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Hell yes! It was just so much fun, I laughed out loud more than once, and Sean Crisden did a fantastic job telling this story.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Stefan! He is unapologetic and fierce and loyal and really enjoyed following his antics throughout the story.
Which character – as performed by Sean Crisden – was your favorite?
Rand. His cave man mentality might have been off putting were I reading the story, but Crisden gave him this gruff, domineering tone with that sexy southern drawl, and that coupled with his attitude made him a very endearing character.
If you could rename After the Sunset, what would you call it?
Why mess with perfection?
Any additional comments?
Stefan and Rand are adjusting well to their life on the ranch now that Stef has taken a job closer to home so that he can spend his nights at the ranch with Rand. But Rand’s more traditional family is still having reservations about the relationship, so when several of them show up at the ranch, with a leggy lady in tow to “temp” Rand, it doesn’t end well. Then Stef gets a call from an annual rodeo and learns that if the ranch doesn’t participate, they loose part of their land rights. Not wanting to put anything else on Rand’s plate right then, Stef rounds up some of the hands and heads off to the rodeo to try and save the day, Prada boots and all!
While the hands at the ranch have not only accepted the relationship between their former ornery boss and his outgoing boyfriend, they welcome it, not everyone at the rodeo has the same outlook on things. Animosity and ignorance run deep, and Stef is about to get a crash course in wranglers, ropers and bull riding. The issues isn’t whether or not Stef and the guys can save the ranch. It’s whether or not Stef can keep his activities a secret from Rand, and make it home in one piece.
I had not read or listened to the first book in this series, but I assure you, I never felt like I was missing anything. Calmes did a great job of making sure that the history I missed was still conveyed throughout this story. While this is a fun love story at heart, it is also a story about family and determination that is told with the author’s usual dry, witty sense of humour and three dimensional characters. It’s hysterically funny while still having an element of seriousness, but more than once I found myself laughing out loud at the shenanigans Stef was bound to unearth no matter where he was. Just a fun, light hearted, fast paced story.
Narrated by Sean Crisden and let me tell you, this was probably his best performance to date, and I have listened to a lot of his narrations. There are dozens of characters in this story and Crisden made sure that every character, no matter how inconsequential they were, had their own unique voice. Rayland was gruff and stubborn… Stefan was personable, fun and light hearted while being unapologetically gay and fiercely loyal to his new family… and Rand, he has this cave man mentality that kind of makes him endearing. All he wants is for his ranch to be successful so he can take care of his family, to come home to Stef every night and wake up to him every morning. There are a couple times in the story when a question is put to Rand, a choice if you will, between Stef and the land or Stef and some other materialistic thing, and each time Rand chose Stef without hesitation. So while he is big and loud and domineering to an extent, he is unabashedly in love with Stef, and it shows.
Fans of Calmes Matter of Time series will surely love this story, as Rand and Stef have a lot of the same characteristics of Sam and Jory, but without all the life threatening I forgot to breath for a minute seriousness of that world. Definitely a must read, and if you are looking for something that will be like juicy fruit for your ears, grab the audio!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
For some reason I purchased this audiobook last year and listened to it without having heard #1. And now after listening to each story in the series, I think #2 recaps enough of Timing (#1) so you could listen to this one as a standalone.
After the Sunset is my favourite of the three stories in the series, although Stefan and Rand are apart for quite a large portion of it. I’m glad Mary managed to squeeze in some sex scenes to make a sizzling start to the story. They are a well-established couple now and Rand is over the moon that Stefan has accepted a local teaching position as this implies he will be staying around for good rather than running back to the city.
The main premise of the story is a little unbelievable i.e. the rodeo required the attendance of the Red Diamond and participation in all events otherwise a certain piece of Rand’s property would be forfeit. I don’t know about these things, but if you can accept this premise, then the rest of the story falls into place. Like in Timing, Stefan is the perfect man and charms almost everyone he meets at the rodeo. He’s the hero here, and even settles a family matter for Rand. I was surprised that Stefan and Rand didn’t talk on the phone during the days they were apart, but that all helped to keep Rand in the dark about what Stef was doing. I particularly enjoyed when Rand appeared to look after his man and that he demonstrated his love for Stefan in front of the other cowboys and those trying to fix him up with their sisters.
Sean’s narration only added to my enjoyment of this story. He portrays each character with a unique and very recognisable voice and again Rand’s voice is the super-hot winner here. He is possessive and protective of Stef, yet loving and caring with him.