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.
Worldbuilding: Futuristic Arizona and San Francisco setting, full of fantastic elements – orcs, elves -, paranormal elements – wizards, necromancers, zombies, magic&artifacts -, plus cyberpunk elements – robotics, neural connections to cars/drones, cyborg-like implants -. It’s like SciFi Fantasy galore, OMG nerdgasm!
Characters: JT is hilarious, a bit grumpy but very amusing at all times. I loved how hardworking and decent he was, how he’d evolved from his daredevil days. I loved how hard (no pun intended xD) he loved cars, how seriously he took his position as mentor, and how passionate he was about everything pretty much. He could come off as somehow bruteish because of the cyborg-like orc thing, but he’s actually very sweet.
Austin is slick, funny, smart, and a bit (or more) of a manipulative bastard. He’s also charming as all hell, like bad boys tend to be, right? Yet there was this sweet, caring side to him, but he did his best to come across as cold-hearted smooth operator all the time.
They were explosively hot together, and the tension between them pretty much never decreased, though it kept transforming. So much fun!
Plot: The long-shot second chance romance is full of tension and uncertainties as a triangle smacks us in the nose. Despite my general abhorrence of triangles, here it worked because the main tension was always about JT and Austin. The story outside of the romance has an active pace, is exciting, and there were awesome techy and magic staring battle scenes – what a rush! Also, that evil little ending, arrrrrgh! Not a JT/Austin thing, they get their HFN – no cliffy here, boys and gals, and thank God for that!
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/his POV. Loooove their voices and the writing style is superb, snappy dialogue, tension all over, snarky yum.
Curb Appeal: Really cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my UF slash cyberpunk romance cravings.
I recommend The Glamour Thieves to fans of magic&techy fantastic stories ripe with sexual tension and heartbreaking feels. Can’t wait for the next one in the series!
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In his night job, Don Allmon writes science fiction, fantasy, and romance. In his day job, he’s an IT drone. He holds a master of arts in English literature from the University of Kansas and wrote his thesis on the influence of royal hunting culture on medieval werewolf stories. He’s a fan of role-playing games, both video and tabletop. He has lived all over from New York to San Francisco, but currently lives on the prairies of Kansas with many animals.