Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing is an amazingly written story about two people who are in need of healing. This is a military romance story that I had a hard time putting down once I started reading. Can these two help each other heal? Get ready for one heck of an emotional rollercoaster ride. Both of these characters pulled at my heart strings and I imagined myself going through what they had gone through. I highly recommend this must read book. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Reviewed by @ddaugh35
Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing had me from the very beginning. There was something about Perrin. Her personality and thirst for life just grabbed me and I think I might have fallen in love a little bit.
Perrin is someone I wish I could be more like. She doesn’t fear a lot in life except for maybe relationships but she doesn’t allow that to weigh her down and dictate how she’s going to live which is life as an adrenaline junkie.
Emil broke my heart from the moment I was introduced to him. He has PTSD and is not dealing with civilian life very well. It only gets harder when he loses a friend. To me he seemed to be in a bit of a free fall. Until he makes a decision which changes everything for him.
Loved this story and the way it ended. I don’t usually have a smile on my face when I have to say bye to the characters I have fallen for but in this case I did.
Full Glasses and Burju Shoes, by Blake Blessing, is a new adult/college romance that takes a spin on the hope of something out there that makes life worthwhile. Perrin and Emil approached life differently, and it shone in their personalities and how they handled situations. There was definite a solid dose of conflicts and a lack of understanding throughout a good portion of this story. Yet, the author, brings together historical background to support actions taken and allows the characters to grow and take on some perspective to see a fuller picture. There were definitely parts of the story that were a little harder to read through, but overall, I felt that the author did a commendable job on addressing various topics that are not always easily added into a story.
Reviewed by @hbahm
Full Glasses and Burju Shoes is a lovely romance novel by Blake Blessing that I really enjoyed reading. The title of this book intrigued me as I had no idea what burju shoes were and reading the blurb interested me.
This is the story of Emiliano ‘Emil’ Espocito and Perrin Michaels, 2 characters that I came to love more and more thoughout this book. Emil has recently returned from duty in Iraq and is having major difficulties in adjusting to normal life again. Perrin Michaels in the waitress at the restaurant that Emil’s friend Danny owns. When Perrin shows interest in learning the Bachata dance, Danny suggests that Emil teaches her. Let’s just say that their first few meetings don’t go well.
However, Cupid has different ideas for these two. They grow closer as they spend more time together and Perrin uses the Bachata dance to help with the signs of PTSD that Emil is displaying. I have to admit to having never heard of the Bachata so paid a trip to youtube to check it out. It sure is as sexy and sensual as Blake Blessing makes it out to be during the book.
I really enjoyed this book and I think that the author did a fantastic job of dealing with the issue of PTSD. Oh, and just incase you are still wondering, Burju shoes are the shoes worn when dancing the Bachata.
Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing was an overall great read for me. This book had a great addictive storyline that I felt like I was flipping through the pages to see what more the author had in store for the readers.
Emil has recently come home from war and still has a great relationship with all his buddies he served with. One close friend who was like a brother managed to stay alive through the extended tours they did only to come home and be in a fatal car accident. Emil has severe issues with PTSD and sometimes he cannot control his reactions to certain sounds.
Perrin is a woman who does different activities whenever she finds something that interests her. Her most recent interest is to learn to bachata. Her boss Danny knows just the man to teach her but he says no.
The first two times Perrin and Emil saw each other was nothing pleasant. As a matter of fact, Emil was a total jerk to her when she showed up at his place for another reason.
Will Emil finally give in and be able to teach Perrin to dance Bachata style?
They end up becoming very close friends and Feelings get involved. Will Perrin be able to deal with Emil’s PTSD or will that be a deal breaker. This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster. There is so much sadness and loss but there is also some happy times too.
Review by @xchellex
Full Glasses and Burju Shoes was my first book by Blake Blessing. This was a beautiful story that will pull at every emotion you have. Emil and Perrin’s story felt so real like a friend was telling it to me. I loved how when the author was describing the dancing, I could see it so clear in my mind. I don’t know what it is about military stories, I always cry; maybe the subject matter hits a little close to home for me. Highly recommend reading this and remember “always keep your glasses full”.
Reviewed by @jbruno26
Full Glasses and Burju Shoes is a romantic standalone novel by Blake Blessing. It tells the story of Perrin, a young, vivacious woman whose main coping mechanism is throwing herself into adventurous hobbies, and Emil, a war veteran trying to build a new life.
One of the central themes in this book is PTSD. Emil and many of his friends from the army are struggling with PTSD and adapting to civilian life, and with a variety of characters we see how this can manifest in different ways. From Emil’s perspective, we get the vivid flashbacks and his concerns as he tries to build a new life and relationships with civilians. We also see how PTSD affects his friends, as well as the other people in their lives. It is done sensitively, highlighting the pain and potential consequences as well as offering hope.
I was drawn to this book by the focus on dancing, and liked that it was central to the plot. Having studied a bit of music psychology, I was particularly pleased about the references to music therapy! The descriptions of dancing are very detailed, and it makes me want to try bachata.
For me, this is a five star book. It’s not always a comfortable read, and there are some scenes that might be triggering (including references to drug and alcohol abuse, suicide and descriptions of war) but it is ultimately optimistic and very well written.
Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing was an interesting read. This was a military romance story. There is a lot of thought into the characters of the book. The characters are fully developed, and I can substitute them for people who are in my life now. There are emotional roller coaster going through out the story. The story tells of two people who are hurting and is not sure a relationship will really help them out of their pain. Perrin is a story powerful woman who puts her all into everything. She is very inpulsive and obsessive because she does not know any other way to be. She feels there is no time to have relationships. She puts in a lot of time into everything else and that is how she feels. Then there is Emil (Emiliano) who is bitter and broken. He has built up walls around himself because combat left him that way. He did not think anyone could or would want to him heal from this point in his life. That all changed when Perrin and Emil met. You will have to read the story to see how it ends. I promise you will not be sorry.
This is a military new adult Romance that pulled me in from page one. The story is well written and I loved the authors writing style and the main characters were amazing! Their names are Emil and Perrin. Emil is a vet who’s had a rough life and has some pretty big skeletons in his closet. He is asked by a friend to teach Perrin how to dance and let’s just say he wasn’t over the moon about it.
Perrin is the perfect example of a woman i would love to be friends with. She is fun and is always looking for her next adventure. That’s when she comes across a couple and decides she wants to learn how to dance.
These two are fantastic together. There is so much chemistry and they just work. But with demons in both of theirs pasts they have a lot to overcome.
I am looking forward to reading more by this author and I would recommend this to a friend!!
Full Glasses and Burju Shoes by Blake Blessing
Full Glasses and Burju Shoes is a military romance by Blake Blessing. This is the first book I have read by Blake Blessing, but definitely won’t be the last. This book hooked me from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down until I read the last. This book is so filled with emotions, love, despair, happiness and bitterness. It had me laughing one minute and reaching for a tissue the next. Perrin and Emil are such an intriguing couple as they are complete opposites. I enjoyed the conversations between the two and how they learned to communicate together. The PTSD aspect was handled well and the all around story was smoothly written. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Blake Blessing.
Reviewed by @sunbarn