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- Print Length: 228 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (January 8, 2010)
- Publication Date: January 8, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003TJAVPS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In comes Matt Richards, a new hire for the Coda police department. Matt and Jared immediately forge a friendship. Things start to get a little crazy when Matt spends wayyyy more time with Jared than is "acceptable" to the townsfolk. Rumors start to spread basically hinting Matt and Jared might be gay... together. Isn't gay together just the dumbest phrase ever? LOL, anyway, I digress.
The problem is, Matt swears he's not into men... at all. Well, we soon find out there's more that meets the eye here. I found these two men incredibly relatable. Their story flew off the pages. So many people repress who they are and what they like due to fear of how they may be perceived by others. This was a well-written story, and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a good friends to lovers trope with strong characters. Ms. Sexton did one bang up job.
I'm glad I did. It's very sweet in its own way, without being nauseatingly sappy. These men aren't the sort to spout off about their undying love, though they're not too tightlipped to admit it either. I appreciated that. I adored Jared's voice as a narrator and practically swooned over Matt's earnestness. Though that same honestness, combined with his readily expressed excitement left him feeling a little like a wide-eyed child at times. But I just wanted to grab him up and squeeze him to death then too, so it's all good.
Seeing Jared and Matt struggle through their own issues was a bit of a blessing. Now, I don't know where it falls on the realism spectrum. I suspect a long way from real. But it also didn't force any "yeah,rights!' out of me. Which left me able to fully immerse myself in the story and pretend it really did represent life somewhere out there.
I deem this one definitely worth picking up and I would be thrilled to read more of the Coda series and/or writing by Marie Sexton.
It has the feel of small town romance - sweet and cute, not realistic but makes you feel good.
The love between Jared and Matt happened slowly and had a a few bumps along the road. On the surface things seems to be more difficult for Matt, and they were to some extend, since he had to admit to himself that he was gay. Yet, their relationship despite being very much desired by Jared, proved to be difficult for him as well. He was open with his sexuality, yet he feared showing it freely in public
Both Jared and Matt were well drawn, complex characters and they went through a whole set of different emotions. I liked how the author presented their lives in their fullness - their friends, family, work were very much present in the story. The focus was not solely on their relationship but also on the ways it affected their lives and the lives of those around them. This gave completeness and fullness to the story.
Sadly, the book employs some general homophobic stereotypes - the military father, the narrow-minded police force. I also felt that the supporting characters, Jared's brother, especially, were underdeveloped and flat. The story would have benefited from a more active role/detailed presentation of Jared and Matt's families.
I enjoyed this book and consider my first attempt in m/m romance a success, so I don't think I will shy away from it in the future :)
Jared is willing to have Matt as just a friend rather than push him into a situation Matt doesn't want.
The characters are extremely well developed; the story has a few twists; & there's no sex until about 60% into the book & unlike many erotic books, it's very tastefully handled. The book is about relationships; what we want; what we'll settle for & ultimately what's important.
If you want to try to understand what seems foreign to you, this is a great beginning.
Even is you're like me & prefer hetro stories, this one is worth your time. There's lots of humor & alot to think about.
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I adored both MCs and their unexpected romance.Read more
Jared is still living in his small home town, helping run the hardware/auto parts store his family left him, his brother and his wife Lizzy.Read more
Narration Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
For original review, please visit the Prism Book Alliance® blog...Read more
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