Book Title: Veil of Glass and Rain: Special Edition
Author: Petra March
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Series: A Touch of Cinnamon.
Book Type: All books in the series can be read Stand-alone
~ Synopsis ~
Brina and Eagan meet for the first time when she’s nine and he’s fourteen. They like each other from the very beginning, though their bond isn’t immediate, but it grows over the years. What links them is the fact that their parents are photographers and are extremely devoted to their work and to each other; so much so that both Brina and Eagan have to learn how to take care of themselves from a very young age. Despite their differences, age, gender, nationality – Brina is Italian and Eagan is American – they find comfort in their growing friendship.
Then Brina becomes a teenager, and her feelings for her friend start changing and deepening. New desires stir within her. As soon as Brina realizes how those feelings complicate her friendship with Eagan, she runs away from him.
A few years later, Brina is twenty and Eagan is twenty-five, they find one another once again.
~ Excerpt ~
A stolen kiss…
[…]I was wearing a yellow sundress and clutching the handle of my guitar case. Eagan offered to carry it for me, but I shook my head, for he was already bearing the weight of his huge backpack.
A part of me was glad he hadn’t been able to hear me play. The piece I had chosen was an acoustic cover of one of my favorite rock songs. The acoustic version was utterly sentimental; it expressed perfectly the way I felt about Eagan. After my performance, all my professors and fellow students admitted that they’d never heard me play with so much feeling. I wasn’t certain I wanted Eagan to discover that part of my soul yet.
We embraced awkwardly. I noticed that his eyes were red and tired. I also remarked that he was tanned and that he smelled good, as always. Of course, I didn’t reveal my sentiments.
It was a bright summer day. We went to a park, we sat, we didn’t talk much. After a while, Eagan lay back and fell asleep.
I watched him rest for a few moments, then I reclined alongside him. I placed my body very close to his, so that I could feel his heat through the thin cotton of my dress. His handsome face was turned toward me and his lips were slightly parted. Flecks of gold dotted his beard stubble and his dark blond hair.
I braced one of my hands on his arm and the other one on his muscled chest, then I leaned toward his face, keeping my eyes open. I let my mouth linger over his and breathed his breath then, finally, I whispered a kiss across the side of his mouth, then I licked his upper lip. I waited. He didn’t stir. So I closed my eyes and brushed his lips with mine once more. I became greedy. My tongue pressed between his parted lips and stroked his tongue once, twice and then again until I moaned and an unbearable ache surged between my legs.
My fingers gripped his sweaty T-shirt. I kept kissing Eagan until he groaned softly in his sleep.
“I love you,” I murmured against his lips.
I moved away from him. I forced myself to stand, I grabbed my guitar case and I left.
On the bus, I kept licking my lips; I tasted him, the salt of his sweat, and a hint of cinnamon.
(A Veil of Glass and Rain: Special Edition, by Petra March)
~ Review by Jessica ~
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
A Veil of Glass and Rain is a very intense love story. Brina and Eagan have been best friends since childhood, and Brina has been secretly in love with Eagan since the age of 14. But Eagan is older, and she doesn’t think he feels the same way about her.
The story is told alternately between flashbacks and present time. The two are in college now, and have drifted apart over the years. Mostly because Brina has been avoiding Eagan since she realized she’s in love with him. I really enjoyed going back and seeing their relationship grow, from children into the adults they are now. Their story is sweet and intensely romantic.
There were a few things that bothered me however.
For one, Brina develops an eating disorder part way through the book, and I just found the way it was written odd. It seemed to come out of no where, and the reasoning behind it seemed weird to me and frankly, a bit disturbing.
The writing was wonderful for the most part, and even lyrical at times, but some of it became repetitive. Maybe some more editing would help. I was still able to appreciate the beauty of it though and I think it’s obvious the author is talented.
Overall I would say that this is a beautiful love story for anyone who likes an intense, all-consuming type of romance. Eagan and Brina’s relationship was a little hard for me personally to accept at first. It’s extremely romanticized and felt almost unbelievable at times, but I was able to get past it and enjoy their story in the end. I give it 3.5 books
~ About the Author ~
Petra March (aka Petra F. Bagnardi) studied Screenwriting and History of American Cinema at UCLA and NYU. Presently, Petra keeps traveling and dreaming through her novels. Her characters are deeply in love with Europe and the USA, just like Petra is.
On October 2nd 2014 her debut novel, A Veil of Glass and Rain, won the Indie Book of the Day Award.