Reviewed by Ami
Title: All That Glitters
Author: Kate Sherwood
Heroes: Liam & Ben
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 206 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
When the book started – with Liam drove to his hometown and Ben, his first ex-boyfriend caught Liam and told him “FUCK YOU” – I was very excited! I pictured an intense second chance story; it seemed that Liam fucked things up spectacularly in the past and Ben still carried up all the hurt and anger.
Unfortunately, what happened next, in my own humble opinion, was pretty much a merry go round. Ben kept being angry and pushed Liam away, but at the same time he couldn’t exactly move on. Liam kept going back – some sort of penance, maybe? – while at the same time questioning about his career and finding that ‘passion’ his boss accusing Liam as lacking of.
I was frustrated because the push and pull went on and on, however, the two men didn’t exactly sit down and talked about it. Both Liam and Ben spent too much thinking inside their head but they didn’t articulate it! I didn’t even feel like they were doing activities together much, which usually becomes a plot device for ex-couple to reconnect.
I love reunion story but this one didn’t offer any improvement from Liam and Ben’s previous failed relationship. Heck, even in the epilogue, these two men were still trying to figure things out!
I don’t dislike it, especially because Sherwood’s writing reels me in nonetheless. As much as I grumbled about it, Liam and Ben’s internal monologues about their fears and the remnants of feeling towards one another were quite compelling for me. It’s just not my favorite from Sherwood…
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*