Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: When the Dust Settles
Author: Mary Calmes
Series: Timing #3
Heroes: Glenn & Mac
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 107 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 16, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
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.
Glenn Holloway is the outcast of the family since he decided to leave ranching behind and start a restaurant. Now he’s happier than ever especially since he doesn’t have to be around his family and their constant insults. But when Stefan cashes in on a favor, Glenn’s forced back into ranch life, which puts him right in the path of Mac Gentry, the sexy as sin foreman. What Glenn only expected to be 2 days of dealing with family turns into much more and maybe just a shot of mending some bridges between much more than just his brothers.
Alright, I feel like every time I read a Mary Calmes book I have to write a disclaimer that I love her writing. I don’t think I’ve read a book that I HAVEN’T liked of hers so the fact that I ADORED this book is not very surprising. What IS surprising is that I read this book, went back and read the first two books and THEN read this one again. I usually do not re-read books that quickly! Even so, I really, really loved Glenn as a character. He’s a bit melancholy but he’s such a likable character especially since he seems to think everyone hates him, when in reality, they all just want him to be closer.
Unfortunately, these ranchers are not very good at showing or saying what they really mean. This book, though, deals heavily with Glenn and his family issues and trying to find a resolution to that. Mac plays a bit of a role as well because they’ve all known each other a long time and first impressions definitely play a part in the rift between everyone. I will say, I really enjoyed Mac as a character because I didn’t really expect him to be gay, based off his character in After the Sunset. It was interesting to see the dynamics change between Glenn and Mac, though, especially since I feel like Glenn actually matured during the course of this novella.
I absolutely LOVED this story but I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more Mac and Glenn time. As it was, if these characters didn’t already have history together, it would have been impossible for me to believe they could have been to the point they’re at in the end because they barely spend much time together through the book. I think if we had a longer story, there could have been more depth to Mac as a character and ultimately their relationship.
In the end, this was a great story. So good that I read it, re-read Timing and After the Sunset and then read When the Dust Settles again. I loved Glenn as a character, even if he’s a tad different than he was in After the Sunset. I still loved getting back into this series, being able to see Stefan and Rand again but also being able to see what happened with Glenn, I’m glad he finally got his HEA! Definitely give this a go if you enjoyed this series so far!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*