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Friday, September 24, 2010

Shattered Glass by A.C. Katt

Shattered Glass by A.C. Katt
Publisher: Placida Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (360 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

Can love survive and be rekindled when a heart is broken like Shattered Glass?

Milo grew up in fear, hiding the fact that he was gay. Becoming a rock star with his band Shattered Glass was a dream come true. Finally lovers with Liam, the friend he’d desired since childhood, Milo worries about his image and keeping their relationship a secret.

Liam knew he loved Milo, even as a kid. But their fame and fortune can’t buy him the happiness of talking Milo out of the closet, able to freely express their love. Unfortunately, a fellow band-mate with vengeance on his mind conspires to break the lovers up in the most vicious way possible, destroying the couple’s relationship and shredding Liam’s peace of mind.

Six years later, Liam is older, wiser, and has rebuilt his life after the devastating loss of Milo and the band. Forced into a tenuous working reunion, Liam knows his heart still belongs to Milo. Working together to uncover the web of lies that pulled them apart, now all they have to do is survive the psychopath intent on silencing Liam and his music forever.

Contains hot rock star manlove, mysterious motives, and a brotherhood of friends strong enough to forgive.

Greed, jealousy, drugs, money, and revenge all test the path of true love. Rock stars Liam and Milo have been in love since they were kids, yet with their band taking off and becoming stars their path to a happy ending is rockier than ever. Close friends are working to keep them apart and their own insecurities and issues threaten to tear the two men apart permanently. They must overcome not only outside influences but also their own hurt if they want to be together.

Shattered Glass is a heavy read. It left me emotionally exhausted from the angst and toll of the story, yet ultimately glad I read it. The story takes on many classic themes in books so the plot doesn’t offer anything particularly new or innovative, yet the time-honored ideas of excess and stalking within rock stars still play well. The plot revolves around a stalker that is determined to ruin Liam’s life and eventually kill him. The stalker is identified early on so the reader watches as this person insinuates himself into their lives and the lives of close friends. Thus Liam’s torment starts and doesn’t end for years.

This is what’s hard to read about the book since Liam is tormented, abused, raped, and beaten -- physically, emotionally, and mentally for years. Since Liam is the real star of the book it’s hard to watch all of this happening. I kept waiting for the time when the story would build him back up and I almost quit reading before it got there. So be warned, the story gets pretty dark before the tide turns and good things happen again. Part of this is frustrating since all of the characters contribute to this in various ways. They are all self absorbed and selfish to an extent and mired in their own drama so it’s difficult to really like these men. They do redeem themselves towards the end and there is a definite happy ending.

Shattered Glass is a tough story to read with a big emotional investment. You get attached to Liam and care about what happens, so watching him go through such tough times is really hard. Whether the happy ending has enough of a payoff to make reading the story worthwhile is questionable. I’m glad I read the story but it’s not one I want to read again -- and ultimately the characters never really gained my forgiveness for all they did, though Liam forgave them. It’s a good angst filled, emotional read for those that want something darker but with a happy ending. If that's you, then definitely consider this. I’d cautiously recommend it.

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