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- Print Length: 242 pages
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- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (August 6, 2010)
- Publication Date: August 6, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003YMMI60
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In this story, Jonathan, Zach's ex, and Cole, Jared's "friend with benefits" get together on a blind date which is a total disaster. Even so, they manage to overcome obstacles; this book is the story of their 18 month journey to become a couple.
The book is written from Jonathan's first person POV but we come to learn what Cole is thinking and feeling from a series of emails that he writes to Jared. It's a very effective device and works better than the alternating POV of Zach and Angelo that was used in A to Z and The Letter Z--primarily because I didn't have to suffer through the irritating first person dialect that Marie used to write Angelo's parts. (I really, really like Angelo but I hate the way he comes off sounding like an ignorant hick. But I digress...)
Cole and Jonathan have very small parts in the other books (although Cole does have one significant scene in The Letter Z that I went back and re-read while I was reading Strawberries for Dessert). In the previous books, Jonathan didn't come off as particularly likeable (he dumped Zach) and for the first 50% of this book I wanted to wring his neck. Cole, on the other hand, I liked from the start although my heart ached for the "poor little rich boy" who lived his life like a cliche, mostly because he didn't know any other way to live.
Like I said, I have enjoyed all four books and although none are perfect, I think Strawberries for Dessert is the best so far. Promises was marred by an over-the-top action scene near the end that I thought was unnecessary; A to Z and The Letter Z had the Angelo dialog (noted above) which was annoying but not a dealbreaker. In Strawberries for Dessert, I suppose the endless discussions of food and wine might bother some people--but since I enjoy food and wine, it didn't bother me! I almost wish Marie included some of Cole's recipes...I'd love to know how to make Sauteed Pasta with Lobster. Yum! I also enjoyed Cole's emails and the endless variations he had to refer to Matt: "your big angry cop," "that big bad cop you live with," etc. It was very funny and a nice touch of humor when things got a little too angsty.
All in all, a terrific book. Definitely recommended. Even though this is Marie's fourth book and uses previously introduced characters, I think this could easily be read as a standalone. In fact, if you read this one first and then go back and read the others, you'll be able to see how much her writing and storytelling has improved over the course of the series.
Five stars and a spot on my "I'll read this one again," shelf.
MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW:
Cole is filthy rich and utterly miserable, in spite of his flamboyant veneer. Beneath the flaming persona is an insecure man who craves love - and he's received so little of it in his life. Jon is an accountant who lives for his job, and who, at least to begin with, isn't particularly attracted to Cole. But Jon comes to realize that there is far more to Cole than meets the eye - that his outrageous persona is just a defense mechanism to protect him from being hurt.
When he's in "flaming" mode, Cole is incredibly funny. The scene where Jon's father first has dinner with Cole and Jon together was so funny, I was laughing out loud. He's a perfect foil for the overly-serious, controlled Jon, and, of course, that's the beauty of the story. The email messages from Cole to his friend Jared (from "Promises") are a wonderful insight into Cole's psyche - they are funny and sad, and they bridge the gap that often exists in a first-person narrative.
All in all, a wonderfully sweet tale of modern love. No major angst (although there was enough for me, and I adore angst), but a beautiful romance that blossoms for the reader. There is one bit at the end that didn't make a lot of sense to me (I won't spoil it here), but it did require a bit of suspension of disbelief. But it wasn't enough to turn me off and I was willing to overlook it.
Sweet, funny read!
Author of "From the Depths"
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I absolutely adored Cole and I really was worried I wouldn't after the last book.Read more