Rating: 5 stars out of 5
No matter what he tells himself, wealthy NYC architect Liam has never been able to forget his first love, Ben. But as he approaches midlife and realizes something is missing, can he forgive himself for the worst mistake he ever made—the one that left a hole no amount of career success can fill? Or will fear keep him from the full life he really wants?
Liam and Ben were childhood sweethearts, then college boyfriends. But when Liam cheated on Ben, Ben forced himself to cut ties and move on. He’s still living in the small town where they grew up, teaching, but it’s not the life he imagined for himself as a younger man. Still, when Liam returns, he can’t risk his heart again. He certainly can’t allow himself to love Liam again after fighting so hard to get over him.
Neither man wants to let go of the past and face their apprehension at starting over. They don’t want to fall in love a second time—but sometimes love happens whether it’s wanted or not.
All That Glitters by Kate Sherwood is one of those books that I just submersed myself in from the very beginning and happily stayed that way, never wanting to emerge from the story , town of North Falls and warm company of characters Kate Sherwood created.
Instantly I knew everyone deserves an Uncle Calvin, best friends like Seth and his wife Dinah, and well, damn, everyone who populates North Falls including the deputy with her trooper car of authority. I wanted to move into this town and wallow in its uniqueness and hometown warm glow. By the end, I wanted to be one of them, quirks, history, and all.
It’s funny because in one of my Sunday blogs, I had researched authors and articles who wrote down talking about how to write great romance stories. One said don’t concentrate on secondary characters. This story just proves how wrong that person was. North Falls and all its townspeople, Uncle Calvin, Seth, Dinah….they make this story. They show us the heart and foundation and history where both Ben and Liam came from. Ben and LIam nee them not only to support them but to supply the men with the weft and warp of this couple’s life tapestry. Everyone plays major roles in these mens lives and the author weaves them in and out, with a richness of layers both fun, poignant, determined and deep.
The romance of two men who have always loved each other and now have a second chance at their HEA if only they can work through fear and other obstacles is realistic and moving.
The cheating is way in the past for those of you for whom its an issue.
Things I learned? I so need to plan a baby shower (not a strong point of mine) because I need to play beer baby!!!! Thank you, Uncle Calvin! I have never laughed so hard as during these scenes. Maybe I’ll just can the baby shower and find a need to play beer baby on its own. Along with some of the other twisted games he came up with. Buy the book just for this.
Nope, when it domes down to it, this book is a treasure. I laughed, sniffled a little, and outright loved this story. The characters (man, oh, man, I need Uncle Calvin in my life), feel so real that it almost hurts to realize that I can’t go out and find them and North Falls on a road trip next week.
I highly recommend All That Glitters by Kate Sherwood. For me, its everything, every word, every sentence, every paragraph, every page. Pick it up and get started today.
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas. I sort of like that cover but in a couple of ways it doesn’t represent the book or give the reader an idea of what they are getting into. It could just as easily be something supernatural instead of contemporary. Nice representation of Ben however. Definitely no LIam and that would have helped to show both men on the cover as well as the town.
ebook, 206 pages
Expected publication: June 26th 2018 by Dreamspinner Press