All That Glisters by C.J. Fallowfield #mf #review @cjfallowfield


All That Glisters

Hunter Donovan. He was everything I openly loathed, but everything I secretly desired.

Cocky, arrogant, and crude. When Hunter wanted something, he pursued, relentlessly, until he got it. And right now, I was his prey. The trouble was, I didn’t want to be added to his endless list of conquests.

Gorgeous, masculine, with a body made for sin. The most perfect specimen of male I’d ever set eyes on, and he knew it. The trouble was, I saw the pain he was trying to hide, and I wanted to heal him.

He wanted my body, but I wanted his heart.

Coco Barella. She was everything I openly desired, but everything I’d convinced myself I didn’t need.

Beautiful, sexy, and sassy, all of the qualities that I wanted in my bed.

Compassionate, loving, and perfect, all of the qualities that I didn’t need in my life.

I needed to pull her to me, but at the same time I wanted to push her away.

When the sexual magnetism between two people is so hot, it can scorch everything around it to ash, who will emerge from the flames victorious?

All That Glisters is a standalone novel, a spin off to my best-selling humorous erotic romance novel, The Temptress. It features the supporting characters of Coco, Dom and Hunter. You don’t need to have read The Temptress to enjoy this novel.

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Another great read from Fallowfield. The author’s name alone is enough of a prompt for me to pick up one of her books, but when I saw that All That Glisters was a spin-off of The Temptress, well there was absolutely no way I was going to miss it. I needed to see Coco and Dom get their happily ever afters, just like Lulu found hers. Yes, it’s true that the focus of All That Glisters is on Coco and the minefield that Hunter puts her through, but Dom factors heavily in the novel due to his close relationship with Coco and we are treated to glimpses of his journey to happiness as well.

 

As it has been about a year (and 400 books) since reading The Temptress, I can confirm that All That Glisters can indeed be read as a stand-alone book. I say this because while I remember Lulu and Luc, I couldn’t recall much about Coco and Dom other than that they were Lulu’s best friend and brother, respectively. Needless to say, I had no recollection of Coco being a jewelry designer, so that made her interview and securing the position at Havershams Jewellers rather exciting. But it was her first encounter with Hunter that proved even more interesting. Honestly, I was surprised to learn that Coco was the first woman to ever slap Hunter. Though I suppose that supported his claim that he wasn’t usually that forward upon a meeting a woman for the first time, because otherwise he would have been sporting a permanent handprint on his cheek. As entertaining as it was to watch Hunter pursue Coco, listen to their banter, and see them drive each other stark raving mad, it was nothing compared to the sex. Fallowfield has a knack for penning damaged alpha males who walk a fine line between heavy-handedness and being a gentleman, and who are well-endowed in their sexual prowess. Hunter Donovan is no exception and this means that even as he breaks Coco’s heart repeatedly, he does so with frequent and generous servings of the Big O. But when Hunter emotionally rejects Coco one time too many, is there anything he can do to keep from losing the one woman whose presence in his life and whose potential absence from his life, terrifies him equally?

 

I loved All That Glisters. Fallowfield does a great job of balancing the banter, the heat, the heartbreak, the friendship, the romance, and an intriguing work place, with the journeys of self-discovery that both Coco and Hunter have to take to find their happiness. While I suspect that some readers will find Coco’s repeated acceptance of Hunter’s treatment of her to be borderline doormat-ish, I saw it more as a sign of her inner strength. The sexual attraction between them is immediate, as is her extreme dislike of him when they first meet. It’s not until they are forced to spend time together and Coco gets to know Hunter that she begins to care about him. I felt that the progression from dislike to professional tolerance, to begrudging like, to honestly liking the man, to caring about him, and eventually, to falling in love with him, was well-paced and believable. Coco is mature enough to admit that Hunter made no promises of a future or of a relationship, but that doesn’t make the repeated rejections hurt any less. Because Coco can see past the wall Hunter’s erected, to a future for them (and not a fanciful one), she keeps giving him another shot. What keeps her from being a doormat is that she does draw a line in the sand, and when he crosses it, she’s done. D-O-N-E. Done – which leaves it up to Hunter to fix. The author throws in a bit of action that was unexpected, but believable considering the nature of their business, and it was intense. As I said before, Dom’s presence in Coco’s life is seen heavily throughout the course of the book, and while he does find a measure of happiness, you’ll have to read All That Glisters to find out what it is. I look forward to reading more of Fallowfield’s work, including her previous releases that have been added to my wish list – I know what I’ll be using my Prime Lending Library borrow for next month.

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