Monday, December 5, 2016

Book Review ~ Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

Book Review ~ Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

Book: Glass Tidings

Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Release Date: November 28, 2016
Length: 208 pages
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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.

**For mature readers. Contains strong language and adult situations**

Approximately 62,000 words

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Eddie Rodrigues is a drifter, he doesn't stay anywhere for longer than he absolutely has to and he wouldn't even be in Clear Lake if his sort-of-not-quite-stolen car hadn't broken down there on his way to a Renaissance Fair in Texas. On his way to finding a bus station, he witnesses a hit and run and can't find it in himself to leave the injured girl on her own and afterward, the cop in charge of the case, convinces him of his need to stay to help her solve the case.

Grayson Croft is a bit of a hermit, even if being a shop owner in a small town like Clear Lake means he can't really avoid people like he'd like to do. When his friend asks him to put up with her key witness for a night, he simply can't refuse. Having someone in his home after being alone for so long is a novel experience, and while he's not too sure about it at first, the longer Eddie stays, the less Gray wants him to leave. Now if he could convince Eddie that staying in Clear Lake could be good for the two of them.

I loved Gray and Eddie. They were both similar in some ways and so very different in others and yet, they complemented the other so well. I just loved seeing them get used to living together, mess up, make-up and just try to make things work, even if it didn't always work as they expected. Both of them had gone through different situations that had made them the men they were, and I just adored seeing them change their outlook on life. Their chemistry grew right along with their friendship and it felt natural. The pacing was perfect. Not too fast or too slow, just perfect for Gray and Eddie, and for it to be more than just a tumble in the sheets for both of them.

I really liked the secondary plotline with the hit and run, even if I didn't see who did it coming until Eddie found out himself. It was a good resolution ultimately, though, and it was nice that Gray, even being the hermit that he was before Eddie came into his life, couldn't resist getting involved and helping out.

Overall, this was a great story! Emotional, angsty and sweet, with a lot of Christmas spirit, love and the amazing writing that Amy Jo Cousins has me used to. Very recommendable!

Rating: 4.5 Stars!!!

About The Author:

Amy Jo Cousins lives in Chicago, where she writes contemporary romance, tweets more than she ought, and sometimes runs way too far. She loves her boy and the Cubs, who taught her that being awesome doesn't necessarily have anything to do with winning.

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