Review: The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon

Review: The Glamour Thieves by Don AllmonThe Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon

Series: Blue Unicorn
Genres: Fantasy Romance, M/M Romance, Post-Apocalyptic Romance
Published by Riptide on August 28, 2017
Pages: 177
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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JT is an orc on the way up. He’s got his own boutique robotics shop, high-end clientele, and deep-pocketed investors. He’s even mentoring an orc teen who reminds him a bit too much of himself back in the day.

Then Austin shows up, and the elf’s got the same hard body and silver tongue as he did two years ago when they used to be friends and might have been more. He’s also got a stolen car to bribe JT to saying yes to one last scheme: stealing the virtual intelligence called Blue Unicorn.

Soon JT’s up to his tusks in trouble, and it ain’t just zombies and Chinese triads threatening to tear his new life apart. Austin wants a second chance with JT—this time as more than just a friend—and even the Blue Unicorn is trying to play matchmaker.

The Delight

A futuristic fantasy world, anti-heroes reunited for one last adventure, and nothing is as it seems in this first time outing with new to me author.  I was eager for the high octane rush that was sure to come with a story such as this and it did not wait long to present itself.

 

Review

This story had a lot of moving parts and was layered with hints to a backstory and world building involving the main characters that played a huge role in the present, but was fed to the reader in bits and pieces through out.  It was a loose plot though it possessed a fast, gritty tone that I thought well suited to the story.   I found it a tough go at times and had to stop and re-read sections or wait for further pages to elucidate things to get back on track.

The main plot thread of protecting an old friend and a secret device from a criminal group was the easiest to focus on, but I found myself less interested and wanting more of what was happening with JT the orc and Austin the elf.  The pair were once friends, almost lovers, and now have an acrimonious distant relationship at best.  The flash backs helped get to know them better and what led to where they are at with each other now.

Speaking of their relationship.  Their attraction is off the charts and the pair do eventually get down and dirty.  I got frustrated with them and wanted to lock them in a bunker (closet wouldn’t be strong enough) and force them to talk things out since they both have skewed memories of the past.  The end came and things were still unresolved.  I will give things the benefit of the doubt that as this is a series, there will be more of their story in future books.  Other parts of the plot are left open so this is not a far stretch.

There’s a bit of a love triangle type of affair going on, but I tolerated it because it felt more wishful thinking and a form of denial on the part of JT than anything real.  Not to mention, I don’t think this pair will do conventional in the long run.

All in all, it was interesting, creative, and somewhat confusion for me.  I’m willing to press forward with more of the series and the characters and would definitely recommend The Glamour Thieves to others who enjoy a futuristic fantasy mash-up.

My thanks to Riptide Publishing for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #157 FR
New Release #114
COYER #40

Recommendations

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Sounds like there are a lot of characters in this one.

    • Oh yes. A whole cast to get to know. 🙂 And at high speed since they were on the run. LOL

  • Glad to hear you enjoyed this overall despite having some problems getting into the story. The romance sounds promising, and a little frustrating. Hopefully the next books in the series will improve. Wonderful review, Sophia Rose! 🙂

    • I’m hoping so, too, Rachel. My interest is piqued. 🙂

  • Oh interesting, an orc and an elf. I’ve been wanting to read a book featuring elves as protagonists for the longest time. Not Far, because there are enough of those. got any elvish romance novel recs up your sleeve??? 😉

    This one wouldn’t be for me because of the long triangle. I’m glad you enjoyed it despite a few issues with it!

    Have a wonderful day, Sophia. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Most of the elf ones I know of are the old-style fantasy stories that probably aren’t what you mean. Some one needs to write a good elf romance, for you.

  • RO

    No, no, no Super Sophia! An Orc and an Elf?(lol) I think you said there are even some zombies in there, girl! I’m glad you enjoyed the read and your review was fun. Thankful Thursday to you! Hugs…RO

    • Yep, they are definitely a pair of opposites. LOL I liked how he described their racial features being very different which spilled into their interactions, too.

      Ahhh, thanks for the gratitude wishes, lady! 🙂

  • Yep, I have wanted to lock characters in a closet or bunker myself!

    • Haha, yes… this pair would just not stop and talk- or more accurately listen to each other. Desperate measures and all that. LOL

  • This sounds interesting but I am not sure if it is for me. It isn’t a good sign when you want to lock away characters.

    • Oh, yeah, it probably won’t be a story for everyone. I think its meant to be part of the conflict that the pair of guys are snarly at each other. It was funny a little. 🙂

  • I read another review for this one recently and it sure sounds like an unique read. I know that feeling where you just want to lock the characters up until they works things out/ talk things through. Too bad the ending left things unresolved, but that’s good to know there will be more books. Great review!

    • Haha, yes, the communication issues do get me tempted to do an intervention.

      I am so curious to see where things go. There were some intriguing hits.