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When the Dust Settles (Timing Book 3) Audiobook by Mary Calmes narrated by Sean Crisden

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https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/when-the-dust-settles-by-mary-calmes-8172-b

Blurb

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.

Review

(Book Reviewed Here Previously)

This is classic Mary. We get a very misunderstood Glenn who thinks everyone hates him when he is in fact this amazing guy who saves people left and right and makes his own new little family just to spite his “real” family.

There were some shockers in here, too. For one, Glenn is gay but a male virgin! That was awesome! He discloses some things about his past that explain the why of this as well as some pretty important other changes he’s made that kind of reinvent him – entirely. Which is good – because he was mostly a jerk in Timing and After the Sunset.

His love interest is another shocker – we had no idea that Mac was gay before this – but that wasn’t really made a thing and once Glenn found out things moved quickly. (So that was one of the hurdles, fairly easily crossed.)

This is pretty short and if I have a complaint it’s that. We’re going along and there’s all this delicious tension and misunderstandings abounding and Glenn’s getting all this excellent Karma built up and then – BAM – he flips his switch and suddenly all that tension is released without a legitimate explanation. While I loved what happened next I can’t really say it made any sense.

Another piece that Mary either blatantly planted a seed for a future story with Josie and her story or it was a really neglected plot string. We start Glenn’s story off with Josie in a very terrible situation and yes, Glenn comes off the hero, but I’m not sure what purposed the served beyond that. As it stands, it feels kind of like we’re missing something important.

I loved the near death situations and how close Glenn comes to danger – felt a bit like Jory again! I also loved the complete adoration Mac gives him and how easily he accepts his new role.

What I didn’t like was how little Mac was even in this story! Most of this about Glenn and I wish we could have seen more of the happy couple – either before or after they hooked up.

It was fantastic catching up with Rand and Stef and it was great to see their new little one, too.

All in all I loved this and thought it was a blast. I think fans of the series will also adore it. If you’re new to the series you will probably need to start at book one to really appreciate this, but it can be a standalone, though not a very good one.

As a part of the series 4 of 5 stars

Audio

Mmmmm. Sean Crisden is YUMMY! And so is his voice! 😉

I love that he did the entire Timing series, so all my favs can come out to play. Rand, Stef-awn, and now Glenn and Mac. He does such a nice job of conveying the emotion when Glenn is feeling sorry for himself, or Mac’s exasperation at Glenn’s pouting, or the real fear when Glenn gets injured. I think this absolutely elevated this story and gave it more depth than it had on it’s own. Highly Recommended!

6 of 5 stars

Overall 5 of 5 stars

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