Author: Mary Calmes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/16/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Romance, Western
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.
Great story here that showcases Mary Calmes’ talent while also showing how much her writing has changed and improved over the years.
I went straight into this book after reading Into the Sunset, the second book in the Timing series. While the first two focus on Stef and Rand’s relationship, this one stars Glenn, Rand’s half-brother. Glenn has only recently come out and left the family ranch to open a relationship. In the process he’s become estranged from his father and brother, and is reluctant to get to know Rand.
Glenn’s also never been with a man because he didn’t want to sleep with just anyone. He goes on a cattle drive to help out Rand and becomes interested in Mac Gentry, a man he’s known for a while.
I liked how Calmes dealt with the ideas that some people have regarding gay men. Glenn assumes he’d only be interested in smaller, effeminate men, like Stef. So he’s surprised by his attraction to Mac, who is anything but small and effeminate. Glenn also assumes he’d be a top but that’s quickly put to the side when he and Mac have sex for the first time. Glenn quickly realizes that being a bottom doesn’t make a man less masculine.
I’ve been a big fan of Calmes for years and I’m amazed at her growth. Initially she was known for a center kind of pairing; big, strong man with smaller, effeminate man. The personalities were different but there was a resemblance. Now she’s branched out into putting two alpha males together. Her writing is just as strong an engaging but there’s more depth.
Calmes always likes to throw a little action in with the personal drama and I loved what she did here. It was a little out of nowhere but it worked well.
When the Dust Settles is a great read and doesn’t need to be read in order of the series.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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