ONE 5 Star, ONE 4 Star and TWO 3.5 Stars for Timing by Ashley John #MM #Romance @itsashleyjohn

CoverTitle: Timing
Author Name : Ashley John
Publication Date & Length: April 25, 2016 – 312 pgs


When it comes to love, is timing everything?

Tom doesn’t have time for a relationship – not now that his fingers are practically touching the promotion he’s spent years chasing. His weekdays are consumed by desperately fighting for his editor’s attention and his weekends are wasted alone with meals for one and his cat for company.

All Cole has ever wanted is to work on the farm he was raised on, but money is tighter than ever and he is forced to get a job in a bar to keep a roof over him and his auntie’s heads. Time is running out for the farm but he spends his days dreaming about a future he thinks he’ll never have.

After an unexpected collision at the village train station, their lives suddenly become connected when Cole clumsily spills his coffee on Tom and it sets into motion something greater. Tom is wary of listening to his heart and Cole is distracted by the threat of losing everything. Each possesses something the other desperately needs, but can they ignore bad timing to listen to their hearts?

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I wanted to love this book but I just couldn’t for some reason. Tom just seemed like a jerk who only thought of himself. I instantly loved Cole, how could you not? I loved how dedicated he was to keeping the farm going, doing everything he could to do that. I would have loved to see him in his bar uniform. And Miss Kitty Litter, HA! I bet she was a site to see! It was a sweet love story and wasn’t very angsty, it just wasn’t very exciting either. I loved some of the secondary characters though, they were great and helped the story.



Hmm, I had a tricky time deciding how to rate this. I decided between a 3 and a 4. cause while the story kept my attention, there were times when I wanted to smack the characters too much.
Here we have a cowboy and a businessman. Cole wants nothing more than to save his farm from going under, which it already had. He has to take a bartender job just to make ends meet. Tom works hard in his company and has been waiting to be promoted. He deserves it, but for now, he’s stuck in a rut with only his best friend Ricky, aka Miss Kitty Litter, to whine to.
I liked Cole. He’s a stand up guy willing to do anything to help the farm and his aunt. Tom…Tom I was iffy with. He wanted a promotion, yet he never stood up for himself. Just when he said he wasn’t going to let his boss walk all over him, he does it again. The big blow out at the end could have been avoided easily if he was just truthful.
They get their HEA though. I want Ricky/Kitty Litter to have one too. Book 2?


This was a very sweet story. The name of the book is perfect for the description of this book. Tom and Cole both have the worst of timing. It seems like every time they decide to give things a try together something with the timing is off and interferes with them….well that is until it doesn’t.

My view of Tom is that he is letting life pass him by because he is so focused on his job and trying to get a promotion to editor which seems will not happen. I also think that he is scared that his timing is always wrong when he tries a new relationship. That is why they have always failed. That is until he meets Cole.

Coke in my opinion is a strong individual who is doing everything he can to not lose the one place he calls home, his farm. He knows the place could be something special but I think he lacks the imagination to make it that way or that is until he meets Tom.

These two men are perfect for one another but both have issues they need to work on to make their relationship work. I think that it takes losing one another before they both realize that if u want something it does not always come easy and you have to work for it. That makes those things you fight for that much better and sweeter in the end.

I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait till I read another book by Ashley John.



Tom is a journalist. He enjoys writing but doesn’t enjoy going to his job every day. He is treated poorly by his boss, being passed over for a promotion he thought he deserved. Instead of being assertive and standing up to his boss, he allows his boss to demean him every chance he gets. He wallows in self-pity every day over his ex-boyfriend Lance who left him for another man in Spain.

Farming is all Cole has ever known. From a young age his uncle and auntie raised him on their farm. He watched his family work hard every day to make money and keep things going. So when he has to take a job in the city to support the farm, he is way out of his element.

Both men live in Hebdon Bridge, a small suburb of Manchester, England. They’ve never met before and a chain of events leads up to a chance meeting at the train station.

Throughout the book I struggle with Tom. I have a hard time in his believability. He likes his job; he doesn’t like his job. He wants the promotion; he doesn’t want the promotion. One thing I never doubted was his love for Cole. But, he always used his job as an excuse to get away from him. I felt like I was on a crazy loop with this guy for a while with his mood and thought changes.

I felt like Cole was a bit of push over. He allowed Tom to get away with a lot. And Cole always forgave him. There isn’t anything wrong with being a good kind-hearted person, but at least know how to hold your ground so you don’t get stepped on time and again.

And then there’s Ricky (he was like a bad penny, always showing up at the most inopportune times). Tom’s best friend. More like a nemesis if you ask me. He caused more issues than I care to go into. Why would you not put a person like that in their place when they start messing around in your life?

All that being said I’m still giving this story 4 stars. I wish Tom’s enthusiasm for his relationship had shown up sooner than the epilogue, but he did show the most improvement. As a first time reader of Ashley John, I must say, I do adore his writing. The story is well written and I was able to understand and enjoy the story without questioning what I had read. The story rounded itself out in the end.



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Ashley John is a young gay author of gay romance novels. Living in the north of England with his fiance and two cats, Ashley John spends his days writing down the voices he hears in his head. His books are primarily romance dramas with sprinklings of erotica and he has a knack for making you feel like you’re living right beside the characters he creates. Ashley John is also a keen artist and he puts his artistic side to designing all of his own covers.


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