Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

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glass-tidingsGlass Tidings: by Amy Jo Cousins
Series: 2016 Holiday Charity Bundle
Release Date: December 5th, 2016
Pages: 226 • Format: eARC
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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 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.

 

three-stars

 

You guys, I really tried! So much angst, and I can’t live for this.

 

This was suppose to be my second take with Amy Jo Cousins, I have stayed CLEARED away from her since Off Campus. Off Campus was way too angsty for my taste. I’m a chicken. I don’t deal well with angst. Glass Tidings was so hard for me to get through. I kinda got defeated midpoint through the story. I LOATHED the non communication between these two. It was so much internal dialogue, and not enough dialogue between the characters. This is no way in shape form against Cousins, since its her style and people rock with it. It’s just me and my taste doesn’t sway that way.

Because of so much internal monologue going on, I don’t know if I really like Eddie & Gray. I mean, overall I think them enough, but it could be because I wanted the story to be over. Both guys are dealing with internal measures. Eddie is basically a grifter and meets Gray because of witnessing a accident. Gray is a loner, and is okay being a loner. Eddie is a products of the system and for him he doesn’t believe that people do anything for the goodness of their heart. Gray is still reeling from being left from a past lover.

This was definitely a slow burn romance. It took a long time for them to take any step towards romance. It was a lot of walking around each other in circles and the copious amount of internal monologue. It was a bit emotional and so freaking intense, but I think that has to do with the angst. I can’t recommend this for my reading pleasure, because I didn’t like it as much as I expected. It might be perfect for people who enjoy this writing style, and the way the author weaves a story.

About Amy Jo Cousins

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.

Release Day Launch If Only In My Dreams by Keira Andrews

Release Day Launch If Only In My Dreams by Keira Andrewson November 19, 2015
Pages: 140
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To be home for Christmas, they must bridge the distance between them. Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart. Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together. As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?

Read an excerpt:

4 stars! Keira Andrews does it again. This was a lot mellower than I expected it to be. Though she does bring me the happiest stories ever!

DOB

**Sidenote: If I can use a DO’B gif for every review I will!**

My thoughts on the ending; What??? No I wanted at least a semester back! Damn you Keira Andrews!!!!! I’ve been reading Holiday stories for the last 2 months. I expected nothing less from this author. Keira Andrews has been on a high all year long with her books. If 2015 was this pleasant, then 2016 will be a mega year from her.

We start off with Charlie in the airport trying to get home for Christmas. It’s like one of my favorite things about holiday stories. It’s always someone trying to get home for Christmas, we know they literally fight hell & high water to get to their love ones. This was no difference, except the minor detail that Charlie is going cross country with his ex-best friend Gavin. I think I might have a little protective pocket for Gavin in my heart. He was so freaking sweet, bashful, sincere, and down right adorable. Sure I felt a tad peevish for creeping on him. 18 jeez, I don’t tend to read them that young. Keira Andrew’s young men are down right dirty.

Beautiful

They are no longer friends when the book starts, but by the end it is all type of declarations of love and naughtiness going on. I thought this was a really cute story. Why did it have to end? I could have dealt with 1, 2 or 10 more chapters at the minimum. Some of my favorite scenes were the Little Americana stop, Growling with Ava, the emotional talk Gavin had with his parents, and that snow ball fight. The dirty parts were an absolute treat. Another good book from Keira Andrews!

Christmas

Title: If Only in My Dreams
Genre: Contemporary new adult
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: November 19, 2015
Word count: 42,000
Heat level: Explicit
Formats: Mobi, ePub, PDF
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27561177-if-only-in-my-dreams

Blurb:

To be home for Christmas, they must bridge the distance between them.

Charlie Yates is desperate. It’s almost Christmas and his flight home from college has been delayed. For days. Charlie promised his little sister Ava he’d be home for her first holiday season since going into remission from leukemia. Now he’s stuck on the opposite coast and someone else grabbed the last rental car. Someone he hasn’t even spoken to in four years. Someone who broke his heart.

Gavin Bloomberg’s childhood friendship with Charlie ended overnight after a day of stolen kisses. With years of resentment between them, they don’t want to be in the same room together, let alone a car. But for Ava’s sake, Gavin agrees to share the rental and drive across the country together.

As they face unexpected bumps along the road, can Charlie and Gavin pave the way to a future together?

Read an excerpt: http://www.keiraandrews.com/contemporary/if-only-in-my-dreams/

Buy links:

Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/20V2oYr
Amazon global (should take you to your home store): http://mybook.to/XmasDreams_KeiraA
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Bio:

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

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Amazon Author Page: amazon.com/author/keiraandrews

About Keira Andrews

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

Release Date Launch Interview with Keira Andrews

Release Date Launch Interview with Keira Andrews(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)

I’m super excited to have Keira Andrews as my very first author interview here at Ohmyselves! I  love her work, and am super excited for more to come. This year she has been on fire with her releases, I think I 4 & 5 starred all her books. Such good writing! She was such a sweet person to interview! I should had asked about Adam & Parker now that I’m thinking about it. Next time for sure 😉

Me: Do you have pets?

Keira: Not at the moment, but I’d love to get a dog. I’m leaning towards a pug. I love those little squished-up faces!

Me: Favorite vacation spot?

Keira: I’d have to say New York City, since I love Broadway shows.

Me: First gay romance book?

Keira: First gay romance I read was Tory Temple’s Heat. First one I wrote was Love Match.

Me: Who are your favorite characters from gay romance and why?

Keira: Ohhh, so many to choose from! I’m slightly obsessed with Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne and Griffin, so I’ll go with them.

Me: What television shows are you addicted to?

Keira: The Good Wife, The Walking Dead, and Reign.

Me: Do you have a favorite love story? (Movie or Book)

Keira: Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. I love an asshole with a heart of gold!

Me: Do you believe in love at first sight?

Keira: Possibly. I think the personalities have to mesh or the romance will fade quickly.

Me: Tell us a unique habit of yours.

Keira: I like my soda and beer extremely cold, and will put them in the freezer for a while before drinking. When they’re starting to freeze, that’s the perfect temperature for me.

Me: What’s your next project looking like?

Keira: It’s a double gay for you romance about a boy bander and pilot who crash land alone on a deserted island in the Pacific.

Me: On Sunday I like to…….

Keira: I usually work, but if I’m giving myself the day off, I like to read and catch up on my TV shows and movies.

We really want to thank Keira for this brilliant interview. We have alot of things in common. I bet you Ezi is shaking her head at The Good Wife comment. LOL, you should have never stopped watching! We’ll all be on the lookout for that next project. Sounds divine.

Keira AndrewsKeira Andrew’s Bio:

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

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About Keira Andrews

After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, paranormal and fantasy fiction, and—although she loves delicious angst along the way—Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said, “The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”