Title: Glass Tidings
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Release Date: December 5th 2016
Page Count: 226
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 south 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.
This was a great story, warm and fuzzy, but with a melancholy that often accompanies Christmas. I prefer my holiday stories to be on the sad side but with a very hopeful and happy ending. Just like this one.
First of all, I have to say that the writing here is phenomenal. Even when the characters frustrated me, I could always appreciate the strong writing. I think this is one of Cousins’s strongest stories, writing wise.
I loved the imperfect characters; Eddie, the glass artist/drifter who grew up in the system, too restless to stay in one place, too suspicious to get his hopes up. I adored Eddie’s voice.
And Gray, the small town’s Christmas Shoppe owner who lives all by himself in a huge ass house, surrounded by family memorabilia, too screwed up by past relationships to trust another man again.
The characters might be flawed, but they own their mistakes and despite their reluctance to open up, they talk about things and take responsibility. This was nice.
I loved the “finding a home” aspect of the story. Eddie started caring, not only for Gray, but for the place and the people too. Which was scary as hell, because he’s used to leaving, not staying. Gray is scared too, because he’s always the one who gets left behind. And that’s the main conflict of the story.
But although I loved both characters seerately, I felt that they spent too much time in their heads. Their internal and often repetitive monologues went on and on. I would have liked a little more showing instead of telling. Or maybe a little more dialogue. I kept feeling that these two were seperated by an invisible wall, and didn’t connect with each other until the very end.
The steam is petty low here. There is plenty of slow burn but only a couple of sex scenes, not overly descriptive but very emotional and intense.