When the Dust Settles (Renée’s review)

Title: When the Dust Settles (Timing, #3)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 16, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/Cowboys
Page Count: 107
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:  2.5 flames out of 5
Rating:  3 stars out of 5

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.

Sigh. This one just didn’t do it for me. I LOVE the Timing series, and I’ve been anticipating Glenn’s book for years now.

Glenn is pseudo-ostracized from his family, it seems mainly because he didn’t want to work on a ranch and decided to open a restaurant instead. But that separation from family was plenty self-inflicted based on his perceptions of what they thought of him after he began his new career. He has an amazingly successful venture, and he has a new family of people working for him. I dug that.

And when I read in the blurb that MAC was going to be his love interest? That was honestly a shocker for me. I never expected that, didn’t even know Mac was gay (though neither did Glenn) until this book. But that’s ok. I rolled with it.

What was disappointing for me was that this was Glenn’s book instead of Glenn and Mac’s book. It was so heavy on Glenn’s character development – not necessarily a bad thing – but it was exclusive to his character development with Mac.

Basically, there was very little Glenn and Mac in this book.

I still enjoyed it. I love this world of Timing. I loved seeing Steph and Rand again. I loved Glenn’s interactions with everyone. I just wish there was more of his story with Mac and not the rest of the characters.

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I love boys who love boys! I’m in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.

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