Title: When the Dust Settles
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Glenn Holloway and Mac Gentry
POV: 1st Person
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.
When the Dust Settles is the third book in Ms. Calmes Timing series. Unlike the first books, this story is about Glenn, Rand’s half-brother/cousin and is told from Glenn’s point of view. The story picks up about two years after the end of After the Sunset and several things have changed in Glenn’s life.
Readers of the first two books may remember Glenn and will be surprised when the reason for his actions in the previous books is revealed. Now that Glenn has come to terms with who he really is, not only has his behavior changed but so has the way he looks. Glenn is also happier than he has been in some time, but he is lonely and alienated from his family. I could understand why Glenn would want to stay away from his father as the man is a jerk, however the fact that he has stayed away from his brothers and Stefan should not have been allowed to last if it did. I wondered how the author planned to reconcile Glenn and his brothers and thought the round up was a good idea, but could not help wondering if it would make matters worse. One of the pluses brought by the round up is the fact that Glenn and Mac are thrown together for a short period of time.
Readers of the previous books will remember Mac, Rand’s foreman. Mac is all man and an alpha at that. The attraction that Glenn feels for the foreman also confuses him since Glenn has always saw himself in the alpha role when it came to relationships. The fact that Mac makes him feel slightly submissive scares Glenn. The attraction between these two is strong and they heat up the pages of this story so be aware.
Glenn has also gotten his restaurant and his workers have become the family he feels he has lost. But things are changing there as well and Glenn is face with some decisions that would bring him even closer to his family.
There is a lot going on in this story, especially when you consider the fact that this is just a novella. While I enjoyed When the Dust Settles and plan to re-read it again soon, I think it would have been even better if the book had been longer, allowing for more depth of character and plot. It would be great to see more of these two and I hope the author will bring them, as well as Rand and Stefan, back for more.
I am sure fans of this series and the author will enjoy When the Dust Settles and I hope those who have not yet read it will give it a try. Just keep in mind that while Rand and Stefan are not the focus of this new book it is necessary to read their story before moving on to Glenn’s.
Reviewed By: Lydia
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