When the Dust Settles (Lili’ Review)

Title: When the Dust Settles (Timing #3)
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 16th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary/Western
Page Count: 107 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2 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.

I was so excited to see there would be a third book in the Timing Series. The first two books made my alpha loving heart happy. This one- eh. Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t bad- it just wasn’t what I was expecting. Why? Well, when I read a romance I enjoy getting to know the characters not only individually but also as a couple. We didn’t get too much of that here. This book is primarily about Glenn. Which isn’t a bad thing. Mary Calmes did a great job developing his character , and it great for Glenn his happy ending. But to successfully grow Glenn’s character and give him his HEA in 107 pages the romance took a back seat. I would’ve liked to get to know Mac better and to get to know them as a couple at a slower pace. It felt very insta-lovish, and that didn’t work for me too much.

Would I still recommend it? Yes, especially if you’re a fan of the series. Plus, I’m sure the aspects that didn’t work for me are a none issue for many. 🙂

Can it be read out of order? I think the first two should be read first, and they’re great so don’t miss out on them.

Rating: 3 Stars.

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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant