- File Size: 826 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- 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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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,349 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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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.
Cole is a flamboyant effeminate acting gay man. Jon is an uptight accountant who works long hours and travels a lot. Jon's gayness is not obvious to others. Jared, a friend of Cole's, suggests the two meet - a blind date.
Most of the story is their relationship. I enjoyed it. I liked their differences. Jon was having problems with Cole's effeminate actions in front of others. I loved how it was discussed and resolved. I also liked events relating to Jon's dad. I liked the thoughts and actions when Jon's employer wanted him to relocate.
This is told in first person by Jon which is not a favorite for me because Coles' point of view is missing. But I liked the way the author used emails from Cole to Jared to provide Cole's thoughts. That was smartly done, but it was only a few times. I wanted more of it.
One of my pet peeves is a character breaking up with another because he fears being hurt in the future. The couple's break up had some of this, but I was surprised that it didn't bother me much (but a little). Cole had such unusual emotional issues and problems that his weird actions kind of worked.
There were many short sex scenes - toward the sensitive caring loving side - two men together including rear door activity.
Narrative mode: first person Jon. Kindle count story length: 5462 (625 KB). Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: 12. Setting: current day mostly Phoenix, Arizona. Copyright: 2010. Genre: gay male romance
Cole is the "wanderer", a traveling, restless man in perpetual motion, but liking an anchor. Jon may be his anchor, because he's solid, strong, steady, loving, and very much a stable being.
Totally an awesome book, and I look forward to more in this series !!
Highly recommend. ENJOY !!!
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