Rating: 4 stars out of 5
JT is an orc on the way up. He’s got his own boutique robotics shop, high-end clientele, and deep-pocketed investors. He’s even mentoring an orc teen who reminds him a bit too much of himself back in the day.
Then Austin shows up, and the elf’s got the same hard body and silver tongue as he did two years ago when they used to be friends and might have been more. He’s also got a stolen car to bribe JT to saying yes to one last scheme: stealing the virtual intelligence called Blue Unicorn.
Soon JT’s up to his tusks in trouble, and it ain’t just zombies and Chinese triads threatening to tear his new life apart. Austin wants a second chance with JT—this time as more than just a friend—and even the Blue Unicorn is trying to play matchmaker.
Gritty, wildly imaginative, and full of action, Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon has much to recommend it. JT, the orc with a past is one of them. A retired thief with a background of grief, pain, loss and maybe even betrayal, JT hasn’t entirely let who and what he was go but he’s trying hard. He loves the peace his new hard won life has won him and the young orc he’s mentoring reminds him a lot of himself when he was young. Between his clients, building a business and keeping her busy and out of trouble, JT’s life is full. Allmon makes JT accessible emotionally. You connect with this character in his gruff ways all the while wanting to know more about the implants that connect him to the cars and trucks that are so much a part of him as breathing.
Then there’s Austin, an enigma that threatens JT’s world that he’s built, periling both of them for a job that’s shady to begin with. Nothing that Austin says, does or is can be trusted. Even as a reader, I honestly found it hard to trust the feelings that Austin said/implied he had for JT. Real? Lust? Gritty doesn’t even begin to explore the complicated dynamics that exist between these two and their past history together.
Even the plot and the revelations leave so many questions at the end. Questions I’m not sure we’ll ever get answers too unless they will be coming in the next stories in the series. I hope so. This is one hell of a universe that Don Allmon is spinning here and one I can’t wait to dive back into. Only don’t do it for the romance. For romance lovers, you’re going to be disappointed here. There is a relationship yes, but how it ends and on what grounds? That’s still to be established.
Nothing comes easy in this world. It’s hard scrabble all the way. I want to see where this series goes from here. You will to. Don’t read it for the romance, read it for the characters, the adventure and the world building!
Cover by: Simoné. Love this cover by Simone. It’s perfect for the characters and the story.
Sales Links: Pre=order at Riptide Publishing
ebook, 177 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2017 by Riptide Publishing
This title is part of the Blue Unicorn universe.
- The Glamour Thieves
- Apocalypse Alley (A Blue Unicorn novel) coming soon