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29 September 2011

Review of Glazier


 
BOOK SUMMARY
Marie Kincaid is devastated after losing her family in a violent crash…so she runs. One morning, she awakes in an infirmary with total memory loss and a new power: Glazier. The cold frozen mists of Glazier’s instincts enable Marie to embark on a new life free of pain but most importantly free of the past. Heightened senses, accelerated strength,speed, and learning abilities make Marie a perfect candidate to be a spy…also a perfect companion for Henry Tenison, the only other known Glazier. 

Henry, a loner and proud rogue finds his world upended when his connection to Marie is forged. Unsure of how to progress, he endeavors to keep it strictly professional. As far away missions and romantic surroundings entice him into pursuing his deeper desires, he caves. However, Marie’s love changes everything.

Determined to free them both of the spy world and the hold Glazier has over their lives, Henry implements a plot to disappear. However, when things become dangerous in their latest mission and memories of Marie’s past surface suggesting another man…will Henry’s efforts come too late? If Marie remembers her past, will she still want their future?



MY REVIEW

This is almost a case of Lara Croft meets wonderwoman, meets James Bond - except that there is far more to the plot than this, and the theme is much more mysterious and subtle. I love the concept of  ‘spies with paranormal powers' and the novel certainly has plenty of action and intrigue, but for me it was the characters who really make the story.

First there is Marie, unable to remember her past - and unsure whether it would be a good thing to do so. I really liked  Marie. She’s sassy and courageous, but she’s also unsure of herself and not afraid to seek comfort from Henry when she needs it, or to enjoy being a woman. I was so glad she was not one of those ‘kickass’ heroines who is so ‘butch’ she really doesn’t need a man  - but that doesn’t mean she can’t ‘kick ass’ when she needs to, and there are plenty of occasions where she uses her special ‘Glazier’ power to full advantage and risks her own safety for those she cares about.

I totally fell for Henry. I liked his charm and sensitivity and his strength, and adore the little acts of old fashioned courtesy that he performs because he cares about Marie. After believing himself to be the only person to have 'Glazier' powers he is overjoyed to find there is another, and delighted to become her trainer.  However his attraction to her soon becomes more than that of a colleague and mentor, but he will not allow himself to take their relationship further, even when Marie makes it obvious she cares for him too. He is afraid that one day she will remember her past, and someone else will lay claim to her affections.  

Then there is Elias, Henry's friend who runs their favourite eating place.  He has a few secrets of his own, as do Shae and Colin Straeker, who they meet on an undercover mission in Egypt, to find and retrieve sensitive date from the immensely rich and powerful Ambassador Abass, who makes his unwanted attraction to Marie evident from their first meeting. As the protagonist, there's not much to like about Abass, and he makes a worthy villain, but there is one other character in this book who intrigued me, and that is Abram, Henry and Marie's 'employer'.  Marie neither likes nor trusts him, and I had the feeling there is more to Abram than is revealed in this book.  

Another character who deserves a mention, is not even human - he's a horse.  Being a horse lover myself I eagerly devour any mention of horses - but I did groan inwardly a little at first, at what seemed to be another instance of that old cliche - a wild, untamable Arabian stallion, who will only allow the heroine to ride him.  However, the fact that Marie was able to communicate with him and gain his confidence, seemed perfectly logical, given her 'Glazier' power, a communication  also shared by Henry, and 'Iceberg' himself is beautifully portrayed.

I liked that we had both Marie and Henry's P.O.Vs, and although I know some people don't like first person narratives, I love them and felt the author slipped seemlessly into whichever of the two main characters was being highlighted at the time.
SUMMARY
This is a highly original and enjoyable novel. If you like fast paced action, combined with paranormal elements and plenty of tension between the main characters, this is the book for you. I was pulled up a few times by 'proofing errors' but not enough to spoil my enjoyment. My main complaint is that the book ended just as I thought we were about to have some answers. The exciting climax had me on the edge of my seat, and the conclusion was satisfactory - as far as it went - but I want to know more! There are still a lot of questions unanswered - which is a perfect way to entice a reader to read the next book in the series.  I for one can't wait!


Bri Clark is a real example of redemption and renewal.  Growing penniless in the South, Bri learned street smarts while caring for her brother in a broken home.  She watched her mother work several jobs to care for their small family.  Once her brother could fend for himself, Bri moved on to a series of bad choices including leaving school and living on her own.   Rebelliousness was a strong understatement to describe those formative years.  As a teenager, her wakeup call came from a fight with brass knuckles and a judge that gave her a choice of shaping up or spending time in jail.  

She took that opportunity and found a way to moved up from the streets.  She ended up co-owning an extremely successful construction business.  She lived the high life until the real estate crash when she lost everything.  She moved west and found herself living with her husband and 4 kids in a 900 square foot apartment.  She now fills her time, writing, blogging, leading a group of frugal shoppers and sharing her southern culture.  Her unique background gives her writing a raw sensibility.  She understands what it takes to overcome life’s obstacles.   She often tells friends, “I can do poor.  I’m good at poor. It’s prosperity that I’m not used to.”  Bri and her husband Chris live in Boise.  Bri is known as the Belle of Boise for her true southern accent, bold demeanor and hospitable nature. 


You can find out more about Bri at http://briclarkthebelleofboise.blogspot.com/.



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 I received this ebook compliments of Pump Up Your Book Tours for my honest review

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