Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus south after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.
He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.
Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.
Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.
But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.
Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.
Gray was a recluse, but he hadn’t always been. He had friends and people in town liked him, he just liked keeping to himself. Mainly because he had been hurt and he didn’t want any reminders or to open himself up to any more loss.
Eddie had been hurt too, but he had learned at an early age that there were few people he could count on other than himself. He didn’t want to get attached to a place and especially not to people. On the surface he seemed like a bit of a con man, but he had his own set of ethics that made a strange kind of sense when you got inside his head and got to know him.
Watching these two get to know each other and slowly open up to each other was totally worth the wait. Nothing was rushed and getting to know other people in this small Midwest town was fun.
Glass Tidings was the first book I’ve read by Amy Jo Cousins, but I enjoyed it so much, I’m sure it won’t be my last. Plus, it was part of Riptide Publishing’s Holiday Charity Bundle benefiting the Trevor Project, which is just another great reason to pick it up. The other titles include Freckles by Amy Lane and Frostbitten by Charlotte Stein.