5 starsM/M Romance

Glitterland (Glitterland #1) by Alexis Hall

Glitterland Book Cover Glitterland
Alexis Hall
Fiction, M/M Romance
Riptide Publishing
May 18th 2015

The 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?

Maria’s Review

➦This surprisingly hilarious M/M novel is told entirely from a POV of a bipolar and depressed writer by the name of Ash. He struggles through the ups and downs, has panic attacks from being in social situations and has tried to end his life in the past.

Ash meets an Essex model Darian, who he refers to as a “glitter pirate” throughout the book. These two guys are so different but somehow they end up building a relationship and Ash at times finds himself happy, something he hasn’t felt in a very long time.

❤I absolutely love this couple. Darian, with his peculiar way of talking, made me crack up on so many occasions. The dialogues are quite amusing!

“What’s your name?”
“What, that’s your name?”
“Yes,” I said impatiently, “that’s my name.”
“That’s what people call you? Like in bed, or whatever? They call you A.A.Winters?”
I met his eyes. “No, in bed they call me God.”
He laughed again, the same uninhibited cackle.
“Like it”

❤They so remind me of these two:
❤One is so grumpy and another one is super friendly and chatty and mildly annoying all the time. It was really entertaining and sweet. 🙂 Now, they did get down and dirty too, if you know what I mean. And it was hot!

❤This was my second book by Alexis Hall and I’m glad I gave him another chance, definitely a fan now and will be reading more in the future. I recommend this to anyone who loves M/M and if you can get your hands on an audio book definitely have a listen – the narration is spectacular!