His Heart’s Desire (The Looking Glass #3) by Penny Brandon #mm #review @loveunleashed

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As the keeper of a magic mirror that shows those lucky few their one true love, Simon dreams of the day it will show him his, but he never dreamt of a punk-assed kid with ripped jeans and rainbow colored hair. Devastated, Simon tries to push Alex away, refusing to tell him they were fated, but Alex keeps coming back, showing all the signs of a man drawn to his soulmate. Realizing he’s made a terrible mistake, Simon figures the only way to fix it is to be the man Alex wants because Alex is the man Simon needs if he’s ever to have a future.

Never before has Alex fallen so hard for a man who obviously doesn’t like him, but Alex is sure there’s a passionate man beneath Simon’s prickly exterior. Peeling away Simon’s layers is like ripping off a bandaid, but it’s worth it when Alex finally has Simon in his arms. The problem is, though he may have Simon’s body, he doesn’t have his heart, and that’s the part Alex wants most. Until he finds out Simon has lied to him.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14A-nony-mouseTAG

I liked His Heart’s Desire. Simon has managed the little antique’s shop in the alley for a decade, waiting for the day he sees his one true love in the mirror. As the mirror’s keeper, it’s his job to help others find their true loves and he’s been waiting for the day he sees his own. One small problem… he gets cheated when instead of showing him his true love, it shows his true love him.

I really enjoyed this, the third book in the Looking Glass series. Simon’s anger and disappointment made sense to me. After a decade of waiting, this was his true love? Seriously? Of course, Alex wasn’t who he appeared to be at first.

The story was well developed, I saw things from both sides and enjoyed the slow build. I did feel sorry for Alex as we saw how the mirror’s powers worked on the unknowing.

This feels like an ending to me, but I hope the author will give us more stories from this little antique shop. Or even a longer side story of Colin’s romance – after all, what a case of mistaken identity there.

The only thing really missing for me was a bigger understanding of the management switch at the end. The ‘how’ that Simon knew. That part got me lost.

A solid 4 stars.

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