When the Dust Settles (Timing #3) by Mary Calmes #mm #AudioReview @dreamspinners


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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.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14rachelle-tag

I was so ready for Glenn’s story. Seeing him conflicted in After the Sunset wet my appetite for When The Dust Settles. I liked seeing who Glenn really was, the business he built and family he made away from home. I was angry along with Glenn, feeling his sense of loss when it came to his brother Zack choosing Rand over Glenn. How is father chose to invest in the ranch instead of keeping his promise to Glenn. The abandonment he felt made my heart ache. I hate how everybody, even Rand, spoke to Glenn. Glenn’s self-worth was wrapped up in what he thought others held value in. That coupled with how he was spoken to: “You piece of shit.” “Asshole.” “Idiot.” “Fool.”, messed with Glenn’s head. I was just as fed up, if not more, than Glenn was.

 

I really disagree with Glenn being the one who needed to apologize first. Yes, he was prickly and defensive, but he tried. I didn’t like that he was the only one to apologize. (Maybe they did and I missed it because I was fuming.) For me, I needed this story to be longer because Glenn’s epiphany after overhearing a conversation was too quick. He’d spent years hurting because of what his family did and said. That doesn’t just stop or go away, even when he’s the one that waved the olive branch. I needed more closure and perhaps some Grade A groveling from the parties involved. The reconciliation happened too fast.

 

That being said, I did enjoy the story as is. We get another glimpse into Rand and Steph’s life as well as the overall Holloway family. I hope that there is more to come in the Timing series. I really do love these characters and want to visit them more. Again, Sean Crisden delivered a great performance, bringing Glenn and all the characters of the Timing series to life. Wonderful job.

 

Story: 3 Stars

Narrator: 5+ Stars

Overall: 4 Stars

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