Although Nina Decker’s father is one hundred percent human, her mother is not. She belongs to an ancient and rare race of people called the fae. But these fae are not those written about in fairytales, with pretty gossamer wings and fairy dust, no they are sinister, malevolent and unkind, dwelling in another realm called Nightfall. More prone to destroy than to create. Abandoned at the age of ten, to be raised by her father, Nina has never forgiven her mother for that or for ruining her father. A man of only sixty, he appears to be closer to eighty with a frail body and mind. He’s been fae-struck and is slowly fading away to nothing. This is one of the reasons why Nina has never gotten too close to any one man. She doesn’t want to seal his fate like her father’s has been.
But she can’t deny her fiery connection to Severin Saint Morgan, a sexy as hell werewolf and the alpha of the Vancouver wolf pack. He’s an Australian immigrant working at the university as an associate professor, and the publicized face of the werewolf species. He makes her blood boil with desire and makes her tremble with fear. But its only when her mother reappears with startling revelations about an upcoming war between the fae and the werewolves that Nina realizes that she may be a pawn for both sides.
First off, I just want to say that I think the cover of Glimmer is stunning. The fact that I found it so beautiful was almost reason enough to read it. Once I started reading, though, I found Glimmer instantly engaging. The dialogue between Nina, an ER nurse, and her coworkers is quick and witty. Nina is a smart, tough and easy-to-love character. I loved the fact that Nina was so strong and un-intimidated by anyone: her boss, her father, her fae mother, and especially Severin Saint Morgan.
Ah…Severin Saint Morgan. I have plenty to say about him as well. Severin is werewolf. What makes him even hotter is that he is an Australian werewolf. When I started reading about Severin, I instantly pictured Martin Henderson (who I think is from New Zealand, but, close enough for me!). The chemistry between Severin is instant and boiling hot. And wow! Vivi Anna can definitely write a fantastic love scene. I won’t go into the details, but, believe me, you will definitely need a cold shower afterwards. Here’s a small sample, my favorite passage from the book:
“He tasted how he looked. Wild. Sexy. Dangerous. Delicious. I could have kissed him forever and not ever tire of the flavor.”
Vivi Anna does a great job at descriptive narrative. The way in which she describes the transformation Nina undergoes into her “true self” is riveting. I found myself writhing a little as I read along. Vivi Anna also gave a great sense of the desperation Nina feels as she struggles with her transformation and deciding who she’ll trust.
The only criticism I have for Glimmer is that I felt it was too short. The story is not lacking or incomplete. But I was ready to read on into the next “phase” of the story, which I’m hoping will be a sequel.
So, if all that you’ve just read makes Glimmer seem like your kind of book, go check out Vivi Anna’s site: www.vivianna.net.