Thursday, December 22, 2016

When the Dust Settles by Mary Calmes

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.

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This is the third book in the series – and really does need you to have read the first two to understand just where Glenn is at, at the start of the book. He has built a new future for himself, outside the family unit, yet near enough to see how well they are getting on without him, and feel ever more alienated. I think that Ms Calmes hints at the fact that his views may well be partly paranoia gained from his steroid intake. Now he is clean and his natural build, he is undoubtedly healthier, but those feelings of insecurity in the light of his brothers' successes are difficult to leave behind. His restaurant is also successful and he has a tangle of friends as his family.

Removed from that security he has built up, we see him paying back a favour and spending time with his brothers. Their employee Mac, who has always caught his eye, pays him more attention than he expected, and the disjointedness of the story goes to give us some of his frame of mind as things unfold. Whilst the narrative was odd at times, I did feel that it reflected how Glenn was feeling, and gave him a chance to come to terms with how his brothers really felt, rather than what he believed. Mac also gives him the freedom to discover what he wants out of a relationship too.

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MARY CALMES lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and believes without question in happily ever afters, and writes those for each and every one of her characters.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of When the Dust Settles (Timing #3) by Mary Calmes to read and review.

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