Glitterland by Alexis Hall

Posted July 30, 2013 by sweptawaybyromance in Uncategorized / 1 Comment

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What it’s about
universe is a glitterball I hold in the palm of my hand.

Once the golden boy of the English literary scene, now a clinically depressed
writer of pulp crime fiction, Ash Winters has given up on love, hope,
happiness, and—most of all—himself. He lives his life between the cycles of his
illness, haunted by the ghosts of other people’s expectations.

Then a chance encounter at a stag party throws him into the arms of Essex boy
Darian Taylor, an aspiring model who lives in a world of hair gel, fake tans,
and fashion shows. By his own admission, Darian isn’t the crispest lettuce in
the fridge, but he cooks a mean cottage pie and makes Ash laugh, reminding him
of what it’s like to step beyond the boundaries of anxiety.

But Ash has been living in his own shadow for so long that he can’t see past
the glitter to the light. Can a man who doesn’t trust himself ever trust in
happiness? And how can a man who doesn’t believe in happiness ever fight for
his own?

KindleRomance’s Review
With it’s
addictive, emotional writing-style, this story about one man falling in love
while living with mental illness was almost too realistic, but well worth the

Ash Winters is an intelligent author who is also bipolar and suffers from panic
attacks and depression. For anybody who has ever lived with somebody
suffering from any of these disorders, you’re already aware of how challenging
life can be for that person. However, listening to somebody share detailed
experiences as they move through their emotional battles is both painful and
enlightening.  At times it felt as if you were living through the
nightmare of his panic attacks and full blown depressive bouts. The
entire story is told from Ash’s point of view, and as he walks us through his
challenging life, he also shares some of his joys.  However, until he
meets Darian, he really doesn’t know what happiness means.

Darian Taylor was truly one of the sweetest and most accepting people. He was
able to look to the true heart and soul of a person, and look past their many
faults.  He had such a simple approach to life and love.  It did take me a bit of time to get used to his very heavy accent
and speech patterns. There was quite a bit of interesting dialog between Ash
and the other characters.  The romance with Darian was believable with
plenty of conversations and interactions. The sex was both steamy and
enjoyable. Ash was a bit of a jerk throughout the story, and although he
always explained his poor behavior, it was challenging at times to understand why Darian would care for him. However,
Darian rarely let Ash’s negative attitude affect him.  It certainly wasn’t
an easy path to get there, but Ash and Darian get their well-deserved happily
ever after.  There were also several other interesting characters
including his agent, Amy, and his friend, Niall.  I would love to see a
second story with Niall, especially to get another glimpse of how Ash and
Darian are doing.

This was a truly intriguing story with rich character development and a huge
emotional pull that I’m very glad I read.

~ 5 stars!
*A copy of the book was provided by Riptide Publishing via NetGalley*
Want to know
more about Alexis Hall

Purchase at RiptidePublishing
Release date 8/26

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Kathleen Young
6 years 6 months ago

Excellent review Kris. It sounds like a really good book that one day I hope to get a chance to read too 🙂