Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Sean Crisden
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 3 hours and 12 minutes
At a Glance: Sean Crisden’s narration has improved since Timing, slower paced and the characters’ voices more defined.
Reviewed By: Kim
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: I started off liking Glenn when he rescues a young lady from her screwed up parents. I could relate with him when it came to his family. Who wouldn’t be a little messed up when you think what is…isn’t? And having to adjust to that…well, I would say it would take time to reevaluate and adjust. Which eventually happens with a little push from Stefan.
My only problem with When the Dust Settles is that I wish it had been just a bit more fleshed out when Glenn starts to come around to his family, and in his relationship with Mac. As a short story it’s okay, and maybe I missed something because I haven’t read After the Sunset yet.
As for Sean Crisden’s narration, it’s really a vast improvement from when he performed Timing. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy that audio as much as I did this one, mainly because there were times that I swear the man overdosed on caffeine and was racing towards the end. It’s much better with the narration slowed down and the characters’ voices more defined.
I’m giving When the Dust Settles a 3.5 Star rating.
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