Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
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Dacia knows her life can’t get better with a husband who particularly doesn’t love her cooking, and who is “verbally abusive, emotionally unavailable, and downright mean.” So, she escapes from her husband to create a better life, but she finds herself caught up in a world she’d never imagined would be hers. She finds herself in bed with many men, friends with benefits. Then she meets Christopher, the charming boy who will do anything to be there for her, but Dacia’s life is quickly spiralling out of control, with drug addiction and men. With her addiction about to plunge her into the depths of misery, Christopher steps in with choices that could change everything. Can Dacia find herself again? Glue by D.W. Plato is pulsating, sizzling, and emotionally intense.
Told in the first person narrative, Glue immediately absorbs the reader into the narrative and forces them to look at things from the point of view of the protagonist. Dacia is well-developed, the kind of character who doesn’t seem to take full responsibility for her failing marriage, and who won’t be able to take full responsibility for her addiction and wanton sexual life as well. What is interesting is how the author explores the theme of addiction, showing how it could make someone so helpless. D.W. Plato writes great romance and the writing resounds with originality, the characters are exceptional, and the prose seductive. This is a book that will delight mature readers, a story with strong plot lines, a powerful conflict, and a realism that will wake readers up. I couldn’t put it down until the very last page.
Reviewed By Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite
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Glue by D.W. Plato is the story of a woman named Dacia and her life and relationships with men. Interwoven in this plot are love stories and romance. Glue starts off in a big way right off the bat in Dacia’s own words. Dacia is married to a man almost the age of her father and is in a toxic, abusive relationship with him. We learn how Dacia makes up her mind to run away and leave her husband, and her fear and lack of self-worth are glaringly portrayed as she relocates to try to start a new life. However, it’s not smooth sailing, as one would hope, as she gets involved in one relationship after another, always in search of something meaningful. Her story is one of drugs and abuse, but it is also one that offers love and hope. We also see Dacia’s evolution throughout the book as she comes to terms with herself and her life, and grows from a young girl into a wiser woman.
I liked Glue, although this is not really a conventional romance novel. On the contrary, I would suggest this book falls more under the category of a gritty thriller or a coming-of-age book, in a sense. Of course, there’s plenty of romance, love, and relationships throughout, but it is Dacia who is and remains the central and main character. I also liked the first person voice of Dacia in the book as we learn what she is thinking and feeling in her own words. I did wish that more of Dacia’s background had been explored to truly understand why she became who she was, but that’s just me. Overall, this is an interesting book that I enjoyed reading.