A 2016 RIPTIDE HOLIDAY CHARITY NOVEL
Eddie Rodrigues doesn't stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he's on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus to Texas after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.
He's fine. He'll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.
Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn't in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can't avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.
Now Gray's got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.
But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.
Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.
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Because Glass Tidings is a holiday story, we all pretty much know where it's going to end up but sometimes it isn't about the end but the journey. Which is exactly what Glass is about, the journey for both Gray and Eddie. Gray is a bit of self-exiled hermit who runs a Christmas shop and Eddie is a traveler on his way to the next Renaissance Fair, when their lives are pushed together by circumstance. You can't help but love both of them for their shared loner-ness and even though you may know what the last page will bring them that's not to say getting there is easy going. Be prepared for a few tears, a few laughs, and tons of heart. A truly great addition to my holiday shelf.
In this unique and heartwarming Christmas romance, Grayson Croft is lonely but surviving in his quiet home in the small town of Clear Lake. His last boyfriend left for the excitement of the big city, but Grayson runs a Christmas shop that’s been in his family for a few generations and one he isn’t willing to give up. It’s only open for a few months before Christmas but the income he makes sustains him for the rest of the year. Still, by himself he sees no need to decorate his home for the season when he lives among the tinsel in his shop all day. The last thing he wants is company, and certainly not of the variety that gets thrust upon him. Eddie Rodrigues is a drifter, a man who makes his way from the north to the south and back again every year at the whim of the weather. A glass artist, he creates wares to sell at renaissance fairs and gets by on a survival basis. When his last relationship, which he thought might tide him over for Christmas doesn’t pan out, he’s on his way down to Texas when the car he ‘borrowed’ dies, and in backtracking to the small town he’s just passed, he witnesses a hit and run. Shocked and unsure what to do, the decision is made for him when the local police officer passes him off to stay with her friend Grayson while she investigates. Eddie plans to stay as short a time as possible, anxious to get down south and resume his regular life. But he and Grayson find something in each other that strikes a chord, and soon Eddie’s plans to leave before the Christmas holiday get put on hold. Will a man who never stays in one place long enough to build a relationship find the home he’s been seeking? What interesting characters! They are such opposites and yet both looking for something that they soon discover the other is able to provide. It’s a wary friendship at first, and Eddie isn’t used to trusting anyone so it takes him a while to be comfortable around Grayson. Plus he’s used to having to repay favors with other ‘favors’, a notion that definitely puts any sexual attraction between them on the back burner for a little while as they gain their senses of self around each other. Gradually they build the trust they need to be comfortable with more, even knowing that whatever they have now will be gone when the holidays are over and Eddie leaves for good. They share some sexy love scenes, but more importantly the emotional connection they build is sweet and satisfying. I loved that Grayson found a way to incorporate Eddie’s artistic talents into his store while Eddie was able to return the favor and bring some of what Grayson loves about the Christmas season back into his home again. It would be too simple to say that they’ll have a happy ever after – it will take work and communication and trust to go the distance. But we’re left with the feeling that this couple will make every effort to do just that. It’s a lovely story.
Soul-warming read Glass Tidings is a beautiful novella that centers around the holidays, but could be read whenever. Amy Jo Cousins writes beautifully and the vivid imagery she uses brings the story to life. Gray and Eddie are two lonely, "broken" souls who find themselves thrust together. The arrangement leads to a deep bond that grows into love. The romance is a bit of a slow burn, which I love, and the burgeoning chemistry is palpable. The main characters are both well-developed. Their mannerisms and dialogue reflect their personalities, and they really come through to the reader. This book is packed with emotion- angst, love, uncertainty, happiness, and forgiveness. I really enjoyed the story arcs- how some arcs intersected, and allowed growth for the characters both independently and as a couple. The climaxes made sense and kept the pacing of the story uniform. I appreciated that the conflicts and resolutions felt natural and reflected what I had come to expect from the characters. I wasn't left wanting for anything more after the ending, the story was resolved without being overwritten. Glass Tidings will certainly be a repeat holiday read for me and I highly recommend it to fans of this author and anyone looking for a holiday story that tugs the heartstrings.
4.5 Stars. Eddie Rodrigues is kicking himself bigtime for hanging out with his new boyfriend instead of following the Ren Faire folks south for the winter. But, the promise of a homecooked Thankisgiving meal with a good-looking man seemed too good to be true. Unfortunately, it was. That's why Eddie took off. This time. He'd foolishly let himself believe he was worth more than the cast-offs he'd come to expect in life--since way before he left the foster care system. Naturally, because Eddie's life sucks, his boyfriend's car craps out on the highway halfway to Nowhere, and Eddie has to tramp through field and backroad through freezing slush until he reaches a town. Just as he's getting close to the bus station, he witnesses a girl get struck by a runaway car. It's near midnight, and he knows no one, but he can't leave her alone. His cries for help bring exactly that. Now, as the lone witness to the accident, the police officer in charge asks a friend to put Eddie up for the night so that she can question him in the morning. Grayson Croft hasn't had a man in his home in more than a decade. He gave up on love when Brady left him behind for the big city. He works two months of the year, running The Christmas Shoppe, a seasonal store opened by Gray's grandmother. As it seems Eddie might need more than a single bed for a single night, Gray offers him a job at the shop. He can always use some help, and--learning that Eddie's a glassworker--he offers to sell any ornaments Eddie might make on consignment. Eddie accepts because he's in a jam. During his travels his protective eyegear got smashed in his bag, and he doesn't have enough money to replace them. Without the dark-lensed glasses, he can't use his torch to bend glass. Thus, he's got no marketable skills for the next Ren Faire, and that's not acceptable. Gray buys the glasses as a part of the deal Eddie makes with him--and it's the first good turn Eddie's had in a long, long time. Working in the Christmas Shoppe sets Eddie off thinking about his lonely life, and how he has no one in the world who really needs or knows him. It's somber, but it's not sad, because it's becoming clear that Gray is coming to depend upon him. THey work well together, and they have similar interests in hobbies--they both love to read, and enjoy quiet nights before a fire. It's so fun how Eddie teaches Gray to use his tidy fireplace, and how they pass cozy evenings on the sofa reading together. That's not to say that there's no attraction; there is. Gray doesn't want to take advantage of Eddie, and Eddie thinks Gray doesn't want him. This does get resolved, nicely, and they each make the perilous emotional steps toward building something more. Eddie's craft is amenable the other seasons, and Gray has an empty shop after December. Could it be a studio? Could they possibly build a life together? As first, Eddie's got a wandering soul, and Gray's not a traveler--but sometimes, for the right person--people are able to envision more than the world they've always known. It's an interesting juxtaposition, and Gray isn't quite ready to take the necessary steps when he needs to, but that doesn't mean he's incapable. Expect some drama regarding small-town values, hit-and-run drivers and an orphan with a leave-first mentality. Also, sexytimes before a fire, book-nerd discussions and one sweet, sweet reunion. I received a review copy of this book via NetGalley.
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