4.5 stars adult - 18+ Audiobook Book class difference Closeted Contemporary Cop/Crime DA Gay Gay High but not hopeless Homophobia Hurt/Abuse m/m Mary D Mild/low level heat Monthly Theme Novel 140 pgs + (80K + words) Opposites attract PTSD Purchased Rent Boy Time to Laugh

Time to Laugh!: Shattered Glass Audiobook by Dani Alexander Narrated by Joseph Northton

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A male prostitute, a mangy cat, a murder, and an obsession that threatens his career, his impending marriage and his life…nothing is going as planned for Austin Glass.

Austin Glass seems to have it all: a loving fiancée, a future with the FBI, and a healthy-sized trust fund. At least on the surface. He also has a grin and a wisecrack for every situation. But the smile he presents to the world 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 a redhead in a pair of bunny slippers.

As events unfold in the biggest case of his life, Austin’s carefully planned future unravels, and he finds himself pushed into making quick, life-changing decisions. But can he trust himself or anything he feels, when each event seems to be just a series of volatile reactions?

To be honest I didn’t know where I was going with this book. I enjoyed the sarky humour and the larger than life characters (Peter Cotton who wears bunny slippers) but I was kind of swept along. It seems like a love story based on antagonising the person of your affection (Austin & Peter) with a massive side helping of crime/mystery drama. The story is told from Austin’s point of view. Two things didn’t site right with me. The first was the way Austin went after Peter whilst engaged to Angelica. The second was that he seemed to throw away his career with no thought, also for Peter. Don’t get me wrong this is a gripping story and at times I didn’t want to stop listening. But it’s the first time I’ve not liked either of the main characters. I’m not sure if that really matters if the story itself grips me. There is so much in this story that I’ll need to listen to it more than once. I’m sure there are angles that I will understand better if I do. The crime angle seems to grow and has so many twists that new information pops up all the time. Many times I thought ‘I didn’t see that coming’, and that is the kind of book I like when it comes to crime or mystery, keep me on my toes and brain ticking over.
Joseph Northton has done a sterling job with the narration. He’s got the sarky Austin and Peter down perfectly, each with their own twists on humour. He has a good range of voices across all the characters and brings out the emotions extremely well.

4.5 of stars out of 5



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