Paperback: 228 pages Publisher: Loose Id, LLC (April 1, 2009) Series: St. Nacho's; Next Book: Physical Therapy
Genre: LGBT Erotic Contemporary Length: Novel
The Blurb: Cooper has spent the last three years running from a painful past. He's currently moving from town to town, working in restaurant kitchens, and playing his violin for tips. As soon as he starts to feel comfortable anywhere—with anyone—he moves on. He's aware that music may be the only human language he still knows. Ironically, the one man he's wanted to communicate with in all that time is deaf.
Shawn is part of a deaf theater group at the nearby college. Shawn wants Cooper as soon as they meet and he begins a determined flirtation. Cooper is comfortable with down and dirty sex, just not people. As far as Shawn is concerned, dirty sex is win-win, but he wants Cooper to let him into the rest of his life as well.
Cooper needs time to heal and put his past away for good. Shawn needs to help Cooper forgive himself and accept that he can be loved. Both men find out that when it comes to the kind of healing love can bring, the sleepy beachside town of Santo Ignacio, “St. Nacho's” as the locals call it, may just be the very best place to start.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices.
So far, I have really like all the Z.A. Maxfield books I’ve read. I really enjoyed this one as well. I was hesitant when I saw that it was in first person POV, I don’t really care for those. This one actually worked ok for me.
I took to both Cooper and Shawn right away. I really enjoyed watching Cooper discover himself after such tragedy, and watching Shawn lead him along the way. These two were terrific. I do wish I knew more about Shawn’s history though. I did find that lacking. I wasn’t thrilled when Jordan came into the picture. It seems like it should be a separate book from the first half, and I definitely didn’t care for it as much. Jordan was a not a likeable character and I felt so sorry for Cooper. But it was the whole church/pastor thing that I could have done without.
When it all came back together I was happy with the HEA. I still don’t love the first person POV, and I think it takes away from the heat level, but I will be reading Jordan’s story. I’d like to see him redeemed.