Title: His Heart’s Desire (The Looking Glass #3)
Author: Penny Brandon
Publisher: Loose Id
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, mild violence, abuse, trust issues, second chances of love
Page Count: 148 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
As the keeper of a magic mirror that shows those lucky few their one true love, Simon dreams of the day it will show him his, but he never dreamt of a punk-assed kid with ripped jeans and rainbow colored hair. Devastated, Simon tries to push Alex away, refusing to tell him they were fated, but Alex keeps coming back, showing all the signs of a man drawn to his soulmate. Realizing he’s made a terrible mistake, Simon figures the only way to fix it is to be the man Alex wants because Alex is the man Simon needs if he’s ever to have a future.
Never before has Alex fallen so hard for a man who obviously doesn’t like him, but Alex is sure there’s a passionate man beneath Simon’s prickly exterior. Peeling away Simon’s layers is like ripping off a bandaid, but it’s worth it when Alex finally has Simon in his arms. The problem is, though he may have Simon’s body, he doesn’t have his heart, and that’s the part Alex wants most. Until he finds out Simon has lied to him.
This was a good read but kind of on the sad side also.
Simon did not have an easy life from the ages of sixteen to just shy of nineteen. He lived on the streets, he stole to survive, and one night after trusting the wrong person was abused and almost died. He found himself after that in the shop that he currently living in and was given instructions as to how to survive within the shop and to watch over the mirror. That the mirror holds the power of showing those people that draws them to it there one true love.
Over the past ten years that is what Simmon has done. He has witnessed many come and find out the love of their life and then leave again and over that time he has. It given up hope that he he will to look one day and find the love of his life. But it has NOT happened for him.
A man named Alex comes in dressed grungy with multicolored hair and asks why it is that he sees Simmon in the mirror when he looks in it. To say that Simmon is not impressed is like saying that the sun is green. Simmon was beyond livid at the man and the mirror. He felt betrayed and robbed of his right to see his true love.
Alex did not understand why Simmon was mad nd at him it seems but Alex would not give up because he immediately felt drawn to Simmon and even if he did not understand why, he knew he had to get to know the man.
Simmon eventually starts to cave and gets to know the real Alex and not the person he thought he was and over the short period of time finds himself falling for Alex. The problem is Simmon has not been honest with Alex and when Alex finds this out, Alex feels betrayed and no longer wants anything to do with Simmon.
So could the mirror be wrong afterall? Will Alex ever forgive Simmon for not being completely honest with him? Can they get over the deception on Simmons part or will Simmon end up alone once again?
This is the first book I have read in this series but I have too say that I really enjoyed this read even though it is sad. The reason I say that it is sad is because the things Simmon has been through has truly affected him and not in a good way and just when he finally starts to trust someone he messes it up by not trusting him with the truth sooner. It is definitely a book that shows that trust is just as important as love is. Really was a good story. Look forward to the next one in the series.
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