WHY I READ IT
I read and loved Glimmer and I’m a huge fan of Beth Kery
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
Alice Reed never dreamed she’d escape the stigma of her disturbing past. That’s why she was shocked when, out of the blue, she was recruited to join the elite Durand Enterprises by the enigmatic CEO himself, Dylan Fall. The erotic charge between them was fast and deliciously forbidden. But as Alice opened up to worlds she’d never known, everything changed once again with a stunning discovery: there’s much, much more concealed in the shadows of Alice’s troubling childhood, and her life is about to change forever.
Now, with another piece of the puzzle of Alice’s identity revealed, a mysterious adversary plots to destroy it all—and Dylan is determined to protect her. But as Alice’s sexual addiction to Dylan turns helplessly to love, she can’t help but wonder: how deeply can she really trust him? What were his true motives in drawing her close to him? And what other secrets does he know about her past that even she has yet to learn?
Glow is probably the one book that I was anticipating this year. I am a huge fan of Beth Kery’s work and Glimmer started an amazing and unusual story. Glimmer and Glow are not your usual alpha billionaire business tycoon stories. They are ultimately stories about self-discovery and redemption. Alice Reed is on a path to discover who she truly is and Dylan Fall is looking for redemption and forgiveness after failing to protect the little girl he adored.
Alice Reed’s path to self-discovery begins in Glimmer when she’s selected for an elite business training program. She didn’t think she was worthy of the position and constantly works to prove herself. In Glow, Alice focuses on reconciling her past with her new identity and figuring out who she truly is. I love the transformation that Beth Kery creates. Alice goes through a physical transformation, shedding her darkly dyed hair and dark eye makeup as she becomes more confident. There’s also an emotional transformation because Alice discovers that her “mother” was most likely a conspirator in her kidnapping. I enjoyed reading these emotional scenes because Alice has to face the hard truth that Sissy, the woman she considered her mother, truly never cared for her. Throughout Glow, Alice must face some hard truths about her past and Beth Kery does such an amazing job writing these emotional scenes.
Dylan Fall is one of the best male characters that Beth Kery has created. I loved watching him work to redeem himself and forgive himself. He blames himself for Addie Durand’s kidnapping and Alan and Lynn Durand’s heartbreak. Everything he does for Alice is a part of his path to redemption. Even though he’s the alpha in this relationship, I like that he feels he needs redemption and forgiveness. I also like that Dylan feels so familiar to Alice because it strengthens their bond.
One of the best things about Beth Kery’s writing is that she creates lush, complete worlds in which her characters exist. The background information in both Glimmer and Glow is complete. The secondary characters feel important. There is a multi-layered plot that gives readers a little bit of everything. I was satisfied when this series ended because she does such a good job resolving the various plot points. Alice and Dylan are complex, dynamic characters that really go through an amazing change. As a reader, I appreciate the journey that Beth Kery took me on and can’t wait for the next one!