Monday, July 13, 2015

REVIEW: "Shotgun" by Marie Sexton

Shotgun (Coda Books, #7)

Shotgun by Marie Sexton
(Coda #7)

For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Contemporary Romance -- Male/Male

Dreamspinner Press -- Published on May 29, 2015
Ebook, 260 pages
Read in June 2015
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Rating: 3 Stars

Reunited Childhood Sweethearts, Dual POV, Small Town Setting, Teacher Hero

As a young man, Dominic Jacobsen already suspects he’s gay, and he gets all the confirmation he needs when a rich boy from out of town climbs into the back seat of Dominic’s GTO. One night with Lamar Franklin is all it takes to convince Dominic he’s found the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, that one night is all he'll get before Lamar returns to Tucson.

Fifteen years later Lamar returns to Coda, Colorado, after ending the latest in a string of bad relationships. He’s alone, depressed, and plagued by late-night phone calls from an unidentified caller. Lamar's ready to give up when he comes face-to-face with his past.

Since he was seventeen, Dominic has dreamed of a reunion with Lamar, but that doesn't mean he’s ready for it now. Facing small-town rumors and big-family drama is bad enough, but Dominic won’t risk losing custody of his teenage daughter, Naomi. The only solution is to make sure he and Lamar remain friends and nothing more. Clothes stay on, no matter what.

It seems simple enough. But for better or worse, Lamar has other ideas.

"The room was loud and crowded and filled with cigarette smoke, and when Dominic Jacobsen first locked eyes with the blond-haired boy across that mob of people, he couldn't help but think how it was like something out of a movie."

Marie Sexton's Coda series is one of my favorite collections of male/male romance stories.  I adore the setting, the fun cast of characters, and, of course, the eclectic romances.  Shotgun is the seventh installment, but can be read as a stand-alone since it features a brand new couple: Dominic and Lamar.

These two met as teenagers when their obvious chemistry resulted in a steamy session in the back of a car.  Unfortunately, Lamar moved back to Arizona shortly afterwards and they don't see each other for another fifteen years.  Their reunion is complicated by the fact that Dominic is still in closet to his family including his teenaged daughter and that Lamar might have a stalker trying to run him out of town forever.

I did like both Dominic and Lamar.  They work so well as a couple and just seem to get one another from the get-go.  I enjoyed reading about Lamar's journey from the depths of depression to self-confidence despite the mystery surrounding the threatening late-night phone calls.  Dominic was also easy to like with his protectiveness of Lamar and devotion to his daughter.  I did get annoyed by Dominic's reluctance to come out to his family despite his overwhelming feelings for Lamar.  I understood the reasons for his hesitancy, but I felt like he kept leading Lamar on and then backing away.

For me, the best part about Shotgun was the return to Coda and the many appearances of my favorite characters from the series.  I loved getting to see Matt, Jarad, Angelo, and Zach as happy, loving couples who are finally secure in their lives.  I especially adored the scenes with Matt and Jared since they were the first Coda couple that I fell in love with.

Shotgun was an entertaining vacation read that I finished very quickly.  It was not as good as the other Coda books, but I am happy for any chance to revisit this series and those wonderful characters.  I do hope that Marie Sexton continues visiting this world in the future!

1. Promises
2. A to Z
3. The Letter Z
3.5. The Promise
4. Strawberries for Dessert
4.5. Putting Out Fires
5. Paris A to Z
6. Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding
7. Shotgun

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  1. I read Promises last month and really enjoyed it but hadn't realised it was part of a series! I think Dominic would annoy me too with his hesitancy but I will still definitely be giving the rest of this series a go :) Great review!

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf

    1. This series is amazing! I'm super jealous that you get to discover it for the first time now. My personal favorite is book 4--Strawberries for Dessert which features Jared's friend Cole!


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