ARC Review: Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

glasstidings_500x750Title: Glass Tidings (2016 Holiday Charity Bundle)

Author: Amy Jo Cousins

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Expected release date: December 5, 2016

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance

Page/word count: 237,  ~61,800

Format: eBook, Paperback

Rating: 3.25 Stars


Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus to Texas after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.

He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.

Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.

Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.

But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.

Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.

♦ Personal Thought ♦

This story gives a different vibes to the author’s usual books that I read so far. It’s a sweet and heartwarming holiday romance with charming characters and little steamy scenes. And then there’s the age gap between Gray and Eddie…

It all began on a late Thanksgiving day, when an almost tragic accident happened in a small town Clear Lake. The only witness to the accident was a wanderer, Eddie Rodrigues whose gig took him from Ren Faire to Ren Faire all year round. Needed him to stay around to find the culprit, local police foisted him to Grayson Croft, the town hermit and owner of Christmas Shoppe, for some time. After years of being loners the two fought against the attraction, but this season is apparently the time …for giving in.

Growing up on the system, Eddie had learnt to fend for himself since a young age. He didn’t do with attachment and believed people to expect and think less of him. While Gray practically isolated himself from friends ever since being left by his boyfriend years ago.

These two broke my heart with their longing and wariness. At the same time, I was glad they waited before acting on the pull to each other. The parley between them could be both awkward and amusing and ring true because of it.

The alternate POVs helped to express the sentiment each characters harboured. At the same time, this had me loose track of the sequence of events; and gave supporting characters less impact to the story. The last chapters also felt hurried, and – while I appreciate the change of mind in character – lacking proper apologizing moments. Otherwise, this was an overall enjoyable read with guaranteed happy ending.

Advanced copy of the book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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