Sunday, February 23, 2014

Shattered Glass by Dani Alexander

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A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder and a maniacal mix-up that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life. Nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass.

Austin — seems to have it all. At least on the surface. A loving fiancee. A future with the FBI and a healthy sized trust fund. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to everyone hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember. And his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled. Until he meets someone who immediately sees him better than he sees himself.

As events unfold and Austin’s world unravels, he finds himself pushed into making quick life-changing decisions. But can he trust Peter or what’s happening between them when each meeting seems to be just a series of volatile reactions?

I read this book on a recommendation from a friend.  I'm sooooooo glad I did.  I loved it-from the first word to the last.  It contains humor, mystery, drama and so much more.  My description sounds generic, but this story is very unique.

My friend didn't know it at the time, but I was feeling a little depressed over something, and this book was the perfect fix.

The characters are my favorites.  I absolutely adore their personalities.  The inner monologues, the quick one liners, the whitty come backs-just awesome.  I couldn't go to sleep at night because I didn't want to stop reading.

Austin tickled me throughout the book.  I love how everything just slides off his back, and he goes forward full-steam-ahead.  I love the way things work inside his mind and how he has no filter.  He really is a very loving and caring person.  Those near him see through his smart, funny, crude remarks.  And I especially love reading them.

I was definitely not gay enough for that, I decided.

There wasn't enough gay in the world to make me hit that.

Dear, sweet, mother of God.  I was now fully embracing the gay.

Peter was gorgeous.  I love his quiet strength.  For such a young man, he had the weight of the world on his shoulders.  Even though he was the younger of the relationship, he took the leader roll usually because that was the type of life he previously had to manage.  So in the moments when he did follow, it was even more beautiful.

I also loved the side characters.  Such a wide range, the combination are great, all of them playing off of each other.

"I'm hungry."
"For my cock?"
"Unless you're prepared to have it fried and dipped in marinara before I chew it, I'd think of something else."

"I would just like to throw out there that we can all stop talking about putting things up my ass.  No fly zone.  Do not enter.  No parking."

"Why do you have to be a smartass about everything?"
Because everyone else thinks I'm a fucking dumbass.  I have to do something to prove them wrong."

This is one of the best books I've read.  It will definitely stay with me.

My original fan pic

I highly recommend this book.  Immediately after I finished it, I tried to look up the rest of the series.  I cannot wait for them to come out!

Dani Alexander Author Links

About the Author
The type of books I like to write: I love romance with an edge. A good story with lots of angst and a healthy dose of laughter. My stories will bludgeon you with angst and then make you laugh through your tears (I hope).
I enjoy suspense and my characters often have killers, guns, knives, Albanian women with big hands and/or psychopaths chasing them. Somehow they even manage to have sex during all of that running/investigating. I like writing sex scenes. I love writing sex scenes. But the sex in my stories is never gratuitous.
Speaking of sex, I love kinks. Bondage, masochism, sadism, domination, slave, uniform fetishes, latex, toys. As long as it’s consensual, it’s fair game.
My characters: Quirkier the better. That’s my motto. And lots of flaws. Like me. I’m a giant flaw with one redeeming quality. I won’t tell you what it is. (It’s that I’ve got great fans/readers!)
The vague personal stuff: I’m married. I came out to my husband and he is nothing but supportive. He loves to read my stories and edit, but he refuses to read the sex scenes. This is why I have to read them several times and so does my editor. (I’m totally not making that up…. Really…. totally.)
Also, I have cats. And a dog.
The boring history: I wrote my first story when I was 15 years old. It was a fanfiction RP fic starring me and the lead singer of my favorite band at the time. Needless to say, I burned that when I found it a few years ago. And then I ate the carbon dust. You will never know of my erotic limo rides with Dave Ga- er… I mean…. Nothing to see here. NOTHING TO SEE. Moving on.
After finding that story, the writing bug slipped into my skin and began an itchy reminder to put some words on paper. I couldn’t quite find my way to a story that made sense to me or that made me feel emotionally invested in the characters. Then I found the world of original slash fiction and fanfiction.
Having been a gay rights activist, a PFlag member and finally an out and proud transgender individual, I felt I’d finally delved into a world I both understood and felt inherently part of. The moment I started writing slash (m/m or gay fiction) I couldn’t stop. I wrote my first story – which I will publish for free once I have time to edit it – in a month. The second story came just as naturally, though I took my time and crafted it over the period of a year. It’s my first release called Shattered Glass.
I decided when it was time, that I would self publish my novels. Not that I have a problem with publishing houses. After all I  was a member of Less Than Three press and I buy more books at Amazon, Dreamspinner Press and Samhain than I should. I made the decision to self publish because I wanted control over my story and my cover. I may change my mind and submit later stories to ebook publishers, but for now, I’m all on my own.
Let me know if I’ve made the right decision by reviewing my stories =D.

After reading the book here's a link to an extra scene

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