Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 01/12/2017
Length: 03 hours 12 minutes
Genre: Gay Romance
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.
I listened to this in one go whilst out walking one morning and it was just what the doctor ordered.
I love this series and a big part of the why is Rand. He is a favourite character but I have to tell you when I started this one I had mixed feelings about him. When The Dust Settles is Glenn Holloway’s story and in previous books he hasn’t been the most upstanding man. He is Rand’s brother but their relationship is not easy – at all! Glenn is extremely touchy where his family is concerned and at the start of the book when they ride out together it’s easy to get the impression that Glenn is being picked on. Communication on both sides has hit rock bottom and everyone within a 5 mile radius is hurting.
This is a quick read and a lot is going on. Mac is Rand’s foreman, but more like part of the big extended family, and he has his sights set on Glenn even if he gives off the impression that he hates the man. It’s instalove but I don’t care – It’s Mary’s instalove and it always works for me. There is also the issue of bringing Glenn back into the fold, of making him realise that family comes first and this story has a lot of sentimental and emotional moments from a group of men not used to wearing their feelings on their sleeves.
Sean Crisden did an excellent job from start to finish. His voice lent well to the gruff cowboys and the more refined voice of Glenn making it a pleasure to listen to.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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