Title: All That Shimmers
Author: Raine O’Tierney
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Beau Bell, Niksa Meric
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Piece Us Back Together story
Beau Bell is a former Olympic hopeful, left paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident. He has every reason in the world to be pissed off and miserable, yet he’s training for the Paralympics Men’s 100m—S6 division. The chair? Just a part of who he is now. Beau’s attitude is golden. If only he could contend with this one little issue: errant erections and no way to relieve them!
Nikša Meríc is a lonely scientist and really bad poet living underneath the old building where he does his research. Every night he watches his neighbor through his basement window as he undresses in his wheelchair. Although there is no apparent reason for Nikša to be unhappy, he’s struggled with depression his whole life and has tried to kill himself on multiple occasions.
When Beau proposes that his “voyeur” come over and help him experiment with the erections he can’t actually feel, the relationship they build is a sexual one. But the relationship they need is one that will heal each other’s heart as well.
All That Shimmers is an emotionally charged, sexy story from start to finish. Between the interesting, fast-paced storyline and the well written characters, this is a book not to be missed.
One of the reasons why I loved this book was the main heroes. Both men have their own challenges they must face throughout their story. Beau is a paraplegic who is training for Paralympics. Although his injury would get most people down, Beau is a very determined man who has overcome many physical challenges and been able to keep a positive spin on things. Beau is a very likeable man. I liked his drive to better himself and continue to push his physical limitations to see what he can be capable of.
One thing Beau misses is sex. As soon as he was injured, his ex-boyfriend dropped him, and he’s not had any physical intimacy since. Beau is curious how things work and hopes he’ll be able to perform intimately with a partner. Soon, Beau begins to almost become obsessed with these thoughts and he decides he must face these fears head on. When he notices his next door neighbor watching him undress nightly, Beau decides to approach the quiet neighbor and see if he’d be interested in forming a friends with benefits type of relationship.
One thing Beau doesn’t count on is how intriguing his neighbor Niksa is. Niksa is a studious and quiet man and in many ways, wears his sadness and loneliness on his sleeve. Once the two men get together and a friendship and more has started, Beau quickly begins to start feelings something special for Niksa.
But where Beau has a positive outlook on life, Niksa does not. He’s lonely and depressed and fights thoughts of suicide often. The only joy Niksa has is working with his plants and now with his budding relationship with Beau. Will Beau and Niksa be able to work through Niksa’s mental challenges so they may have a hopeful and successful relationship together?
I loved both of these men. Niksa truly pulled my heartstrings. His helpless, depressed feelings and loneliness made me want to reach into the story and give him a hug. He’s so smart and sweet, but he has a hard time seeing what a wonderful person he really is. I loved how Beau was able to see Niksa for who he really is and cheered for them to work through all of the obstacles that came their way.
My only gripe is I do wish the book had been longer. I felt like the ending was a tad bit rushed, but all in all I loved every minute I spent reading this book.
All That Shimmers is an easy book to recommend. I haven’t read many books by this author, but I plan to rectify this in the near future.
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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