Title: When the Dust Settles (Timing #3)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 16th Nov, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Timing Series
Page Count: 107
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
Glenn Holloway stole my heart in the previous installment and I could not wait to read his HEA. Keeping with the original theme of the series, there is again an “enemies to lovers” situation in Glenn’s romance as well. Glenn like Stef is hopelessly clueless that the man he has always admired is crazy attracted to him as well plus that his intolerable, bickering family loves him and wants him close. So, you are in for some mushy, powerful emotions with perfect doses of angst, tenderness and heat.
After coming out to his family, Glenn has left his father’s ranch to live his dream of running a restaurant. His efforts have bore fruit and now he is the proud owner of “The Bronc”. He has a loyal crew who respects and loves him to death. But still after achieving his dreams successfully, there is something missing. Glenn is bitter and lonely. Rand and the Red diamond ranch is a sore spot for him. He resents living in Rand’s shadow, envies Rand’s partnership with Stef, feels out of place and unwanted in Rand’s ranch while also missing his brother whom he thinks he has lost to Rand.
So when Stefan calls in a favor, Glenn has no choice but to endure few days to help Rand out in a cattle drive. He is not looking forward to spending time with Rand, Zach or Rand’s prickly and sexy foreman, Mac Gentry. Little does he know that these few days will change his life forever.
The story is entirely focused on Glenn, his struggles, loneliness and desires. Glenn’s character development is stellar and you could not help but feel mushy and sad for the sweet, prickly and clueless Glenn.
The romance part is too short IMO. I wanted more Mac and Glenn time. The heated to and fro between the couple acts as great foreplay but the main part preceding the revelations was cut short a lot.
So yeah I really enjoyed this book about Glenn Holloway’s path to happiness but I would have loved it if the romance part was given more page time. There was so much Glenn that I felt like I missed out on Mac completely. Few paras in Mac’s POV would have been great.
This read is a great conclusion to this series. Glenn Holloway will definitely melt your heart. Peeks of Rand and Stef’s new life was an added bonus. I just wish that it was a longer read. I think that Ms. Clames has this effect on every reader!!!