“No strings, Peter.” It hurt to say those words. I wanted strings. Strings and chains and possibly glue. Superglue. Triple-bonding, weapons-grade epoxy.
Title: Shattered Glass
Author: Dani Alexander
Why you should read this book: Because it was a very fun read with police movie elements and some steamy scenes that are always accepted.
Summary from Goodreads:
A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder and a maniacal mix-up that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life. Nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass.
Austin — seems to have it all. At least on the surface. A loving fiancee. A future with the FBI and a healthy sized trust fund. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to everyone hides a painful past he’s buried too deeply to remember. And his quips mask bitterness and insecurity. Austin has himself and most of the whole world fooled. Until he meets someone who immediately sees him better than he sees himself.
As events unfold and Austin’s world unravels, he finds himself pushed into making quick life-changing decisions. But can he trust Peter or what’s happening between them when each meeting seems to be just a series of volatile reactions?
“I like you,” I said honestly. “Even though you’re probably a criminal and are going to get me thrown off the force. And you kicked me. Broke my nose. Made me gay and refused to kiss me.”
That’s it, that’s the book in one quote! I don’t know how to describe what I’ve just read. It was a fantastic book but then it was something more than that. It was a movie, a short tv show, it was a mix of Ocean’s from 11 to infinity, Brooklyn 99, the Nice Guys and something else I can’t remember now. In my opinion this book would make the perfect movie, it has all the elements.
“Why do they even call it a justice system? They should call it a motel with mildly restrictive checkout requirements.”
It’s hard to explain what this is about. There are murders and murderers, criminals, snitches, cops and criminal cops, and then there is Detective Austin Glass. He is going to get married but one look at Peter one day and he is gay. He becomes so obsessed it’s hilarious. Of course he didn’t just became gay one day, there is some story behind everything and it’s sad. I was forever angry with his family. Forever angry with Desmond Glass.
“Luis?” He grunted a, “What?”
“If I don’t have a job after this—”
“— I want you to know—”
“I know, kid.” He shifted and stared out the window.
“— that I masturbated to images of you in a thong and corset.”
“Dios Mio, give me strength.”
Austin is rich, a detective and wants to work for the FBI. Everything seems to be going smoothly until that encounter with our Peter Rabbit with his bunny slippers. I am thankful that Peter was not making things easy for Austin because our detective in trouble is so funny but also kind of frustrating. He knows he wants Peter, he can’t think of anyone else from the moment he met him but with Peter so many things unraveled. It was like a CSI super long episode with the side of romance.
Even the road to Disneyland has potholes.
I said side because even if the growing romance between Austin and Peter is a key part of the book, one of the most important parts of it all is the mystery of crimes surrounding Peter and his brothers (from different parents). The twists, the suspects, everything got to me. I love a good detective story in which I can’t really tell who is lying, who is hiding important things, and who is saying the truth. Everyone is a suspect until the very end. Trust me, I suspected every single one of them. For me at some point each of them was the murderer. Do you want to know who is the traitor, the criminal?? Eh??? Do you?? Read the book, it’s fantastic!
“If I even see your face on a Wednesday from here on out, I’ll shoot first and ask questions later.”
“Luis, only Peter can shoot on my face.”
Austin is a hilarious human being with a difficult past. As I’ve seen in movies, being rich doesn’t always come with the happy life. It’s nice to have money to buy everything but at what cost if you can’t be yourself and you bury everything until you forget who you are anymore? Is it worth it? At least at some point Austin is saved by the beautiful Peter. He triggered something he thought wasn’t there anymore. Thank God he did!
“Everyone is your competition.” Peter lifted his hand to his eyes and began lowering it incrementally. “It goes normal human beings, crazies, republicans, my hand, imaginary characters, corpses and then, in a moment of lustful psychosis, you.”
Austin’s journey of “learning how to be gay at 26” was full of hilarious situations and many, and I repeat, many steamy fantasies and perv sentences. Our Austin can’t keep his mouth shut. If he has something to say, his wit and smartassness will say it for him and it will surely annoy everyone around him, unless they know him and they will only roll their eyes and ignore him. Peter learned this side of him pretty soon and I know it was part of why he gave him a chance even if he didn’t made it easy for Austin! He did not!!
“Let me know when you’re done with this conversation. Peter needs his tongue bath. I mean sponge bath.”
“Austin, Dammit!” Peter rubbed his face.
There are so many characters I want to write about but this is not an essay and I don’t know if I can’t stop after I started writing so I recommend this book to you and you and you. And you in the back! Yes, you!
If you love police/action movies: read it.
If you love m/m romance: read it.
If you love murder/mystery books: read it.
If you love smartass characters: read it.
I say that you should read this. That’s my most humble opinion. I can’t write everything about this book but after reading it I feel like I should write everything about it. It’s that kind of book!
There is a sequel, not really a sequel, with one really important character of this book but it’s not finished yet. Another reason to read this first book of a trilogy! Oh my boys, I’m going to miss them!
Do I recommend it? Yes, read it and love it.