Sunday, April 19, 2015

LGBT Monday: Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass (Shattered Glass, #1)Author: Dani Alexander
Narrator: Joseph Northton
Series: Shattered Glass, #1
Published: April 4th 2014
Publisher: Dani Alexander
Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
Buy: Audible

A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder, and an obsession that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life...nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass.
Austin Glass seems to have it all: a loving fiancée, a future with the FBI, and a healthy-sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world 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 a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.
As events unfold in the biggest case of his life, Austin’s carefully planned future unravels, and he finds himself pushed into making quick, life-changing decisions. But can he trust himself or anything he feels, when each event seems to be just a series of volatile reactions?

There are days when I need a serious book, days when I need to read something relaxing, and days when I need to be shaken to my very core. There are books that are appropriate for each of those days, but only one I can think of that’s appropriate for all of them. From a reader’s point of view, Shattered Glass is a dream come true.

Austin Glass is a vice detective, a trust fund baby and an aspiring FBI agent. He is young, successful, competent, instantly likeable and engaged to a gorgeous, intelligent woman. But there’s one thing Austin Glass isn’t – he most certainly is not gay. So then why can’t he stop obsessing about a gorgeous busboy in bunny slippers? Why can’t he get those darn bunny slippers out of his head? If only he could buy the man some shoes, something safe and unattractive like loafers – all his problems would surely disappear.

“I'm not gay.” That wasn't what I meant to say. “Congratulations. Would you like a medal?” Bunny Slippers asked. “I already have a medal. For bravery, not for being gay. I think you made me gay.” “I made you gay?” He set down the napkin he was holding. “Is that better or worse than the person who made you stupid?”

Peter, or Bunny Slippers if you prefer, is a study in contradictions. He is rude, but has an obvious vulnerable side. He is a (former) prostitute, but he has very high standards. He gave up on his education, but he is astonishingly smart. He used to sell drugs, but he cares for his younger brothers with everything he has. Needless to say, Austin is enchanted. Gay or not, staying away from Peter becomes impossible overnight. Dating a former male prostitute isn’t the smartest thing you can do when you’re a vice detective, but Austin will give it his best nevertheless. Turning his life upside down is a small price to pay to get Bunny Slippers in his bed. And when it turns out that Bunny Slippers comes with a whole lot of baggage – baggage that shoots to kill more often than not – Austin still chooses to go ahead with it. He just laughs it off and marches bravely ahead. Peter is not so easy to convince. While Austin jumps in without regard for his life or career, Peter is far too careful to trust a spoiled rich boy. But Austin’s charm is impossible to resist for too long and pretty soon their lives, and Austin’s investigation, become a huge tangled mess.

"Is he my competition?" “Everyone is your competition.” Peter lifted his hand to his eyes and began lowering it incrementally. “It goes normal human beings, crazies, republicans, my hand, imaginary characters, corpses and then, in a moment of lustful psychosis, you.”By the time he was done, his hand was below the table.
Ouch. “A little over the top, don’t you think?” “No.”

If it isn’t clear from the previous two quotes, here is it: Shattered Glass is hilarious. With chapter titles like Dear God, I’ll Take That Lobotomy Now. Thanks, Austin. and How to Win Friends and Alienate Albanian Table-lovers, I promise you you’ll laugh until you drop. What makes the book truly stand out, however, is Austin’s voice. He is one of the most honest, refreshing characters I’ve ever stumbled upon. Upon meeting Peter, his life is turned upside down. Although he does things that aren’t exactly honorable, he is always wonderfully upfront and honest about them. So honest, in fact, that even his (ex) fiancè can’t stay mad for too long.

The mystery part of this story requires some suspension of disbelief, but trust me when I tell you, you won’t care one bit. You’ll fall in love with Austin on page two and fall head over heels for Peter not long after. Once you meet Cai, it’s pretty much a done deal – you’ll want to stay with this gang forever.

Finally, let me say this. I’ve read this book first, and enjoyed it on audio just a few months later. As far as I’m concerned, audio is by far the best way to go. From what I can tell, this is the only book Joseph Northton has narrated so far, which is undoubtedly a tragedy. Austin’s voice is delightful and hilarious all on its own, but Northton added an extra layer of humor with his spectacular narration, turning this into a book I couldn’t listen to while driving because I was laughing too darn hard. You try driving while constantly laughing to tears. If you’re an audioobok fan, definitely go with that, but any format works.  Not reading this, however, is simply not an option.

If I had to compare Austin to another character, I’d say he’s the male Charley Davidson, minus the paranormal element. He is just so incredibly funny and honest, he reminded me of Charley right from the start. So if you like Charley, read this. And if you don’t, read it anyway. Really. Preferably now.

You can get Shattered Glass on Amazon for $2.99 (link above), I kid you not. It's also currently 50% off on Audible during their spring sale.


  1. A male Charley without the pnr, intriguing

  2. Ooo I love the idea of a male Charley! Glad you loved this one!

  3. Ack. Five stars! Sign me up. :)

  4. Wow, this sounds really great. I need to add it to my wish list right now and I hope I can get to read it soon.

  5. We don't expect a book with a lot of humor with this kind of cover but it's nice to see it's the case. It's the first time I hear about it so thanks for the discovery! The 2 characters sound really intriguing. Great review!

  6. You had me at a male Charley. I'm definitely adding this to my tbr pile.

  7. Well, I will purchase this ASAP, because you're right - it does seem to amount to a very inspired medley of things. I love the sound of each character, though Bunny Slippers is already claiming a special spot in my mind :) I just love characters made of contradictions! Thank you for another impressive review, Maja, and for the link :)

  8. Okay, I'm getting this right freaking now! It sounds SO good! Exactly what I've been craving. I'm all about some good humor lately as well. I'm ready to start this one immediately!

  9. The humor sounds well done and like I could enjoy as well.

  10. I don't know how I missed this one since it was listed in the Goodreads Best of 2014. Anyway I would love a snarky read so I am going to snag this on audible.

  11. WHAT? A male Charley Davidson?? I'm SOLD! Getting this book now! Even sorely tempted to get the audiobook!
    Great review, Maja! My wallet might hate you but I need this book now!

  12. Having loved Simon and The Homosapiens Agenda, I've been looking more into LGBTQ books, especially once that are laced in humor. This one sounds absolutely delightful, Maja and I sure do love the sound of Austin's voice. I'm going to make sure to get this one.
    Lovely review!

  13. Wow Maja..this wasn't even on my radar and you have me bouncing to try it. Yes to snark, I added to my audible wishlist!

  14. Mystery, humour and diverse characters? Count me in! This sounds like a super read, and snark is always a welcome bonus.


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