REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: When the Dust Settles
SERIES: Timing 3
AUTHOR: Mary Calmes
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 107 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 16, 2016
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.
I have to admit I had a soft spot for Glenn Holloway after he was introduced in After the Sunset. He’s a man so used to doing what his father wanted to make him happy that when he finally breaks away to follow his own dreams, it becomes an “all or nothing” situation with his family. He’s sure they don’t want anything to do with him, so he avoids them to avoid the hurt.
This is a short story, almost like a little add-on to the Stefan and Rand stories but I liked it a lot. It goes quickly, but that’s okay. I find it kind of funny that Glenn falls for a man who’s so much like the half-brother he adores and is frustrated with in equal measures.
Mac is a man who doesn’t suffer fools gladly and he’s mighty fed up with Glenn being foolish. But taking the first step is hard and sometimes it takes two people going toward each other to get it done.
I love the banter between Glenn and Mac and how Glenn goes from being an overbearing ass in the last book, to being a decent human being. We understand from the first scene in the book that he’s a good, kind and caring man who’s loyal to a fault to the people he loves
It doesn’t take long for these two men to find their way and it works for me because its obvious the tension has been building for a while. There’s one small bit of angst when things go awry at Stefan and Rand’s house, but it ends happily and is the final push that Glenn and Mac need to help them figure things out.
There’s nothing really surprising going on but if you are a big fan of this series (like I am) you will feel like you are visiting an old friend while reading it and you will finish it with a smile.