All That Glitters by Kate Sherwood
Contemporary Romance | LGBT
Publication Date | June 26th, 2018
ARC from the publisher
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Having read and enjoyed Sacrati and the Common Law serial by this author, I thought All That Glitters would be a sure thing for me. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed in this book. Except for this cover – I can see this being a cover buy for a lot of people!
After fifteen years with not a single run-in, it seems former flames Liam and Ben can’t avoid each other even though they live three hours apart. When some bad luck at work brings Liam back to North Falls, nostalgia rises, and it’s not long before he and Ben are at each other again – this time not in the sexy way. I have to say, I find the fact that these two men have spend the last fifteen years pining for each other a bit incredible, especially since their backstory wasn’t fleshed out enough. Ben is still feeling bitter about Liam’s betrayal, and it’s laid on so thickly throughout this story that I’m not sure I could ever buy a happily ever after for these two men. Also, the sex was so glossed over that I was already a paragraph in before I realized it was happening, and then I had to go back and read it again to make sure it was! For all of the supposed build up to this, I think it could have been way steamier.
The fact that they were constantly being thrown together or manipulated for a few of the townspeople’s amusement really bothered me. I think Uncle Calvin was meant to be quirky, and there were parts of him that were, but mostly he seemed like a man who had too much time on his hands and desperately needed some hobbies so he could maybe do something other than be a busybody. On top of that, I find that the second chance love trope is just getting old. It’s something that rarely offers anything new, and often, like I mentioned here, relies on a backstory that’s never fully fleshed out. If this story had more depth between the two characters, and even to North Falls, which felt like a huge part of this story, it could have worked. I do want to mention though that I really really liked Liam’s character, and had this story been focused more on him and some self discovery, I think it could have been a beautiful story. But unfortunately All That Glitters, as is, felt lacking to me.
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