All That Glitters by Emily Anne Brandon

5 Stars (5 / 5)

Is there such a thing as too good to be true?

Eve fell for Iain at fourteen, but ten years later she’s bored. She longs for excitement and craves a break to experience life and date other men before settling down forever. As she sits across from Iain at the restaurant, she’s confident he’ll think it’s a wonderful idea. What guy wouldn’t want a free pass?

Iain is deeply in love with Eve and has been planning to propose for some time. He gets down on one knee but he’s confused when she doesn’t seem thrilled. She almost looks disappointed. Out of the blue, she suggests a temporary break and Iain is absolutely devastated.

Eve runs home to collect her belongings, but on the way, she loses her footing and falls down a set of concrete steps, bumping her head and blacking out. Eve wakes to handsome stranger, Adam, taking care of her. Adam sweeps Eve off her feet and she quickly falls hard for him as they begin a passionate relationship, full of fun and affection.

Adam helps Eve find a new job as a personal shopper, and she leaves her boring book shop job behind. She makes new friends and drifts apart from old ones.

Life is good.

But are the new friends, new job and new man as perfect as they seem?

As things begin to unravel all around her, Eve eventually comes to realise that perhaps there is such a thing as too good to be true and perhaps all that glitters isn’t gold.


What a cute story. A tale about a girl who feels bored with her life, who thinks she needs a better, shinier one. Complete with a cautionary lesson at the end that lends itself to the title: All that glitters is not gold.”

Eve decides that she is bored with her boyfriend that she has been with since she was 14 (well duh) and their boring life. So she comes up with the idea that they will go on a break and shag a bunch of other people and then get back together when it is all out of her system. It goes over about as good as you think it would, and before you know it she is running through the streets in her 4 inch heels after a row with her man. She tumbles down a giant set of concrete stairs, bonks her head, and wakes up in the arms of a sexy stranger.

Thus begins the story of Adam and Eve. She literally falls right on top of her next boyfriend not even moments after she broke up with her old one.

There are so many great things about this story!

It’s so funny. Seriously, there were parts when I was laughing out loud. I wouldn’t call Eve a total klutz, but she is certainly one of the more unlucky characters that I have come across. She has a way of getting herself into these comical and embarrassing situations. Best part of the authors writing, hands down.

There are also sexy parts which are written with just the right amount of steamy/sexy without it being pornographic.

I liked the ending, mostly because I wasn’t expecting it. I feel this way about the whole book actually, because the author didn’t put Eve in the stereotypical situations of a chick lit story. I was totally expecting it to be a cookie cutter story and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn’t. Eve learns an important lesson in the end, one that I saw coming from a mile away, but the journey there was one worth taking.

Even the things that I “didn’t like” about this book were still some of the reasons why I think it was so good.

The characters weren’t really that likable. Eve is self-centered and Adam…I don’t know, something about him just rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning. Some of his lines are so cringe-y, but I think he’s that way on purpose. I am suspicious of men that are smug and incredibly willing to please. But you want to keep reading through all the funny situations and steamy sex to see what is going to happen at the end, between these two. What will happen with the fireworks stop going off and real life starts happening, because you just know that SOMETHING is about to go down. The guy was just way to good to be true.

The dates that he took her on were ridiculous! I mean they were so much fun by dang bro, what did you say you did for a living again? But since they were playing the alphabet game by going on dates including activities that go in alphabetical order (Archery, Beach Holiday, ect) you had to read what kind of crazy thing he was going to take her to go do next. Which is a stellar idea BTW.

So this was a lovely, fast-paced, funny story that was easy to read. It had a satisfying ending to it that made me want to download more of this author’s books. Adorable, great writing, loved it. If you like Emily March or Sophie Kinsella, I think you would like these too.

Lucky me, it looks like she has a new book, available for pre-order here: Love On the Rocks is released on June 1.

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Sara is a book hobbit that lives in a house of all boys, located in the promised land. Books stack the walls to the ceiling in some places, and she just keeps adding more. She was raised on top of a mountain that is locked in the dead of winter ten months of the year. She wears a size eleven shoe and enjoys her chicken cooked on the BBQ grill. In addition to reading she enjoys pinning crafts on Pinterest that she will never make and watching movies about people with sad lives or documentaries about serial killers.

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