Tuesday, June 11, 2013

REVIEW: "Strawberries for Dessert" by Marie Sexton


Strawberries for Dessert (Coda Books, #4; Strawberries for Dessert, #1)
Strawberries for Dessert by Marie Sexton
(Coda #4; Strawberries for Dessert #1)

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For Ages 18+
Male/Male Romance -- Contemporary
Dreamspinner Press -- August 6, 2010
Ebook, 242 pages
Purchased from Amazon

THEMES
Family Issues, Opposites Attract, Unconventional Hero, Tearjerker

SUMMARY
When Jonathan Kechter agrees to a blind date with Cole Fenton, he expects nothing more than dinner and a one-night stand... but he gets more than he bargained for in Cole. Cole is arrogant, flamboyant, and definitely not Jon’s type. Still, when Cole suggests an arrangement of getting together for casual sex whenever they're both in town, Jon readily agrees.

Their arrangement may be casual, but Jonathan soon learns that when it comes to Cole Fenton, nothing is easy. Between Cole’s fear of intimacy and his wandering lifestyle, Jonathan wonders if their relationship may be doomed from the start—but the more Cole pushes him away, the more determined Jon is to make it work.

FIRST LINE
The flight was six hours long.  Six hours to contemplate all the ways this could end.

MY THOUGHTS
I re-read this book in preparation for the release of its sequel, but it was definitely no hardship.  Strawberries for Dessert is one of my all-time favorite romances and it was a joy to revisit Jon and Cole's love story.  Opposites attract stories have always been a guilty pleasure of mine and this book is a perfect example why.

Readers of Sexton's Coda books will recognize both Jon and Cole from previous installments in the series, but, despite my love of her writing, I wasn't sure whether I would like this one.  Jon is a workaholic accountant who has been in a dating rut ever since his lover left him ten years ago.  Cole is a flamboyant wanderer who was only known for providing Jared from Promises with some casual sex whenever he happened to be in town.  But, somehow, these two men develop a relationship that is full of humor, emotion, and plenty of love to keep this romantic satisfied.

The development of the relationship is one of the true joys of Strawberries for Dessert.  Things are told primarily from Jon's point of view with a few of Cole's email providing his perspective.  What starts out as a date gone wrong turns into something that both can't live without.  They manage to get under one another's skin and see what the other hides from the world, particularly Cole.  There were so many moments that made me either laugh or cry which always tells me something about good a book is.

I can't say much else without ruining what is a fabulous story this is and I also can't do it without gushing like an obsessive fangirl.  Let me just say that if you are a fan of well-written romance, I highly recommend Strawberries for Dessert and you don't even have to read the earlier Coda books to properly enjoy it.

RATING
5+ STARS -- Absolutely perfect in every way! I will re-read this one for years to come

FAVORITE QUOTE
"I haven't missed you either," he said quietly.  "Certainly not every single minute of every single day."  His arms were tight around me and mine around him.  His skin was soft and warm, and his hair smelled like strawberries like it always did.  And everything about it felt right.

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
1. Promises
2. A to Z
3. The Letter Z
4. Strawberries for Dessert
5. Paris A to Z
6. Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding

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