Monday, December 5, 2016

Release Day ARC Review:Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

GLASS TIDINGS releases on December 5th, 2016!

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.

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What I thought about Glass Tidings

I was immediately sucked into this book as I read the opening scenes.  Eddie is a drifter, someone who travels light. He's chosen this lifestyle because it suits him.  He doesn't really stay in one place too long, and he's on the way to Texas for their Renaissance Faire season where he makes glass trinkets for the faire goers.  He thought he might try settling down, but when that doesn't turn out the way he plans, he borrows a car, drives until it breaks down, and then proceeds on foot to the nearest townOn the way, he witnesses a hit-and-run that could have serious consequences.

After giving his statement to police, the cops need him to stay in town until they can investigate the hit-and-run.  Eddie ends up in a room at Grayson's house. Gray's a friend to the town cop and owner of a small Christmas shoppe in the town of Clear Lake. 

 What happens between Grayson and Eddie is interesting and very different from what I've read in other romances.  Their dance is very unique in that both of these characters aren't exactly good at communicating, and both are loners.  It takes them some time to learn how to interact with each other, even though there is some definite caring and attraction going on here. I loved that about Glass Tidings.  It felt so fresh and real and at first I thought these characters were so very different that they wouldn't make it.  As the story progresses, I changed my mind because it was clear that there was a common ground between them, and Gray and Eddie just had to figure it out.

I've been reading a few holiday novellas of late and one thing I need is for some sense of magic and Glass Tidings gave that to me, just not the way I expected it.  And that is a great feeling as a reader, to be surprised. There's a lot of magic in that, too.

Overall, I really liked this story and characters. I did feel that it was a bit wordy in the middle, which is why this isn't a 5 star rating.  I also very much liked that the focus here is on the relationship, and not so much on the sex and I really liked that about Glass Tidings. It worked for me and I absolutely recommend this holiday novella.

ARC provided for review. 

About the Author

Amy Jo Cousins writes contemporary romance and erotica about smart people finding their own best kind of smexy. She lives in Chicago with her son, where she tweets too much, sometimes runs really far, and waits for the Cubs to win the World Series.

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