Sunday, December 30, 2012

Review: Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander - 5 Stars!

Hi all!


This was my surprise hit of the year! An awesome m/m read that I found thanks to my new Kindle :D




Series:  Shattered Glass #1
Release date: 31st of January 2012
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Contemporary, Romance, M/M
Pages: 361 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder and a maniacal mix-up that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life. Nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass.

Austin — seems to have it all. At least on the surface. A loving fiancee. A future with the FBI and a healthy sized trust fund. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to everyone hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember. And his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled. Until he meets someone who immediately sees him better than he sees himself.

As events unfold and Austin’s world unravels, he finds himself pushed into making quick life-changing decisions. But can he trust Peter or what’s happening between them when each meeting seems to be just a series of volatile reactions?


Review:

This book had the number one ingredient for it to be super duper just my type of book and a lot more: intriguing, sympathetic, colorful, distinctive, realistic, and at the same time totally whacko, and plain AWESOME characters! Take your pick, from the absolutely hilariously narcissistic hero Austin to the number one girlyguy/fairy who will pulverize you if you get on his bad side to the partner with nerves of steel since he’s stuck with bigheaded Austin to the mysterious and odd but incredibly compelling Cai to ..... Shattered Glass nailed with its cast of characters and this is the main reason I adore the book to bits!

But his story possessed other noticeable aspects as well, not as brilliantly shining as the characters, but the book was equipped with an intense crime plot and detective mystery to figure out as the backdrop to the various relationships (and, surprisingly, the outcome and answers weren’t plain out obvious). The length was also something I thoroughly appreciated, this is a long story, but I gobbled up every word and was left wanting for more. I liked that there weren’t constant plot driving scenes all the time, some random conversations, meetings, descriptions, flashback, etc were great for breathing room and getting to know the characters. I didn’t want it to end.

There was an abundance of incredibly funny, heart wrenching, exciting, steamy, intense, scenes. It would be torture to pick my favorite. Dialogue, especially the banter (come to think of it, most of the conversations were banter) was smart, fun and entertaining to read. The conversations really reflected the characters, their interrelationships and were flat-out enjoyable to follow. Again, it would be agonizing to choose my favorite line or dialogue part.

I also found the end and how things were resolved very exciting and promising and I’m eagerly, impatiently, desperately waiting for the second book to meet the incredible bunch of characters again and see what messes they get themselves tangled in this time! Can’t wait!

Characters:

I LOVED Austin! And I can’t fully recall when last I wanted to establish a fan club to the main character. Then again I entirely understand that he is in no way everyone’s cup of tea and most might dislike him for the same reasons I think he rocks. So what kind of guy is Austin? A complete driven arrogant incurable self loving smartass with a constant need for attention, he gave me secondhand embarrassment at times but I could never not love him, sometimes he was just asking for someone to punch and shut him up for is antics and babbling, but, again, I could never not love him. There was just something intriguing and nice about him, he was a good guy with a conscience and a generous heart, despite being quite a douche most of the time. But most of all, he was simply interesting and out of the ordinary, I get so bored with the sexy brooding silent guys who never do anything to embarrass themselves. Austin is entertaining. As Peter said, Austin makes choices and stands by them, he may not always be honest to himself but he sticks to what he does and if he wants to act like an idiot then there is nothing stopping him! And I’ll be standing by him, reading, pointing my finger and laughing.

Peter – a beautiful young man who was, unfortunately, a lot older and much more experienced than his appearance suggested, he had gone through so much that I’m surprised he’s still sane. Responsible, protective, careful, loving, smart but so insecure that it will break your hear. His overly controlling personality was, however, a pleasant surprise and that also made me sad for him, firstly, he had to constantly try to be in control to provide his brothers a safe life, and secondly, he wanted to be in control to actually have any grip on his life, which hadn’t ever seem to be in his own hands with everyone using and shoving him around for their own needs and purposes. I adored Peter, he deserves only the best!

The dynamics and overall progress for Austin and Peter’s relationship was masterfully created and, most importantly, realistic. You can’t expect a guy who’s been burned and used by life and basically everyone to trust, devote himself and submit at first sight. I appreciated Peter manipulating, using and distrusting Austin, it was logical, his style to survive and completely him. Thus, the subtle changes in his feelings and actions were incredibly sweet and heartwarming to observe. Austin’s initial treatment of Peter and the occasional w-word had me cringing and feeling sorry for Peter, but then again, it would be out of characters and in general illogical for Austin to declare his love for Peter, jump in the sack and forget that Peter had a dark and troublesome past. Moreover, Peter’s lies, evasive behavior, hostility, etc didn’t really speak volumes for Austin to treat him as a delicate princess. Yes, Austin was a douchebag, but Peter didn’t make it any easier. BUT, this is why I found their relationship so endearing, they are incredibly wrong for each other, oh so different and broken but it works, and that’s all that matters.

Other characters (oh there were so many great ones to mention):
Austin’s detective partner Luis was a great support, he acted realistically to Austin’s antics and held his back, Angelica was gorgeous and smart and I loved how her and Austin’s relationship progressed and they were friends before anything, Austin’s father was a bastard but I couldn’t completely figure him out, Begone the cat was a true asset to the story! Etc, etc.

Darryl and Cai get their own paragraph:
I think I’ve used the word “love” so many times in this review already and that meaning has been somewhat lost, but I also loved those two. Darryl was such a pretty, mean, kickass, snarky fairy princess that he became a legend. I was on the edge of my seat with laugher whenever Austin and him were in the same scene or arguing, Darryl lived to rile him up. Cai was an enigma, but a very endearing and adorable one. Can’t wait to read his book since he’s an expert at causing “trouble” as it seems.

Overall:

If you don’t mind m/m relationships then I order you to read this book right now!



5 stars!

LIIS


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