Title: When the Dust Settles
Series: A Timing Story, 3
Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: MM, Contemporary
Publisher's BlurbA Timing Story
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 by Mary Calmes is the third book in A Timing Story series. This series needs to be read in order. While the love story between Glenn and Mac is very easy to follow, the nuances of the story would be lost if you have not read the previous books in this series. There is a family dynamic that is very important and you need previous knowledge of some of it.
Glenn he is a successful bar owner. He is actually quite famous and has his own family there. He loves and carries all his employees and they love and care for him too. He is not a rancher however. That is where the problem lies. All of his family is ranchers but him. He is slender and cute where they are big and rough around the edges. He thinks for them to like him he has to be like the rest of his family.
Mac is the foreman at Rand's ranch. He sees Glenn for the man he is. He loves that man. He knows Glenn has issues about what people want with him and such but Mac knows he can be the man to make Glenn stay if only Glenn would let him.
I loved this story right up to about near the end. We have a great build up and momentum for a love story, then it fizzles. It is almost like having one too many things going on in the book, and the actual love story suffers for it. Over all it is a must read for the series itself. However I really think there was just one too many things going on for this story to be just about Mac and Glenn. Glenn has too many relationships to mend in this book and his relationship with Mac and the connection I love to see just sort of was there and sort of was not.
Four Twinkling Stars