Tuesday 10 December 2013

Glitterland - #review

Glitterland (Glitterland #1)

The universe is a glitterball I hold in the palm of my hand.

Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope, happiness, and—most of all—himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people’s expectations.

Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans, and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn’t the crispest lettuce in the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him of what it’s like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety.

But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can’t see past the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn’t trust himself ever trust in happiness? And how can a man who doesn’t believe in happiness ever fight for his own?

Source: eARC for Honest Review from Riptide Publishing via NetGalley
Genre: MM Contemporary

My Review...

This book was adorably perfect.

However, it will not be for everyone. This is one of those books that you can not judge by its cover.  I first denied the opportunity to read this book then I saw some good GR reviews and I thought what the heck.  I'm so glad I did.

It did take me a bit to get into the story as it is not your typical writing style or characters.  There is a darkness in it but it is brought into the lightness through the amazing affection of one glittering gay pirate from Essex.

It is not your typical romance.  It was gritty, quirky and lovely all rolled up into one story.

Ash is bipolar depressive male who seems to be lost into his darkness.  He has friends but they are with conditions due to not really understanding his disease.

One night he meets a glittery man who sparkles life back into him.  Darian the glittery Essex man is NOT who Ash would normally be attracted to but for once he feels happiness which he thought was lost to him.

Confused by this new found happiness Ash sticks his foot in his mouth which breaks the hearts of Darian and Ash.  After realizing that he deserves this happiness he fights the darkness for what he wants even though it may be too late.

This type of story is not my norm but I adored it.

4 Glittery Thumbs up!
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Glitterland: Aftermath (Glitterland #1.5)

Enjoy this free erotic short, courtesy of Alexis Hall and Riptide Publishing.  http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/glitterland-aftermath

A moment of homecoming for Ash and Darian . . .

Immediately after the events of Glitterland, Ash and Darian return to Ash’s flat and explore everything that’s changed . . . and everything that’s stayed the same.


Source: free read from Riptide Publishing
Genre: MM Contemporary

My thoughts...

This was the perfect end to an adorably, quirky, dark romance.  To finally see Ash and Darian be able to let go and experience some moments of pure bliss.

There is just something so special about Darian and especially in a union jack onsie. (hysterical)

Glitterland is just something you have to experience.


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