Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ST. NACHO’S by Z.A. Maxfield

Book 1 in series
Publisher: Loose Id Publishing
Date published: December 2008
ISBN 9781596328297
Contemporary GBLT
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained via Author

Cooper has run from his family, his past and after three years of moving place to place, he finally finds a haven in Santo Ignacio. Finding a place to live and work at the Nacho’s Bar, Cooper finds he has friends, contentment and his life is on even keel for a change. It all changes when Shawn meets his eyes and then Cooper is lost…in a man who will change him, love him and force him to deal with his past even as Shawn tries to show Cooper that love is the best healer he can ever hope for. Welcome to Santo Ignacio or St. Nacho’s as the locals call it.

I love ZA Maxfield’s writing. There is humor, passion and underlying it all, a human heart that needs healing. ST. NACHO’S is the beginning of a series that will leave you hungering for more. ZA Maxfield writes a very emotional, heart rendering story that will touch you deeply and you can’t just help but fall in love with Shawn, Cooper and the folks in Santo Ignacio. There was angst, secrets, passion, love, disagreements and more all within the pages of this first book in the series. It’s also a story of two people finding the way to heal a heart that has been broken, put back together roughly and finding forgiveness in one’s self to love again. I loved the introduction to the St. Nacho’s series and found the story compelling, relatable and damn if the characters don’t steal your heart right out of the gate. The writing was tight, storyline moved quickly and the characters are quite life like that I felt I should go on a road trip of my own just to see if St. Nacho’s was an actual place.

Meet Cooper. A man with a past that haunts him. He moves from place to place, never staying long and is trying to figure out who he is now versus the man he was before. He always moves on once he begins to feel comfortable somewhere yet in St. Nacho’s, he finds contentment like he hasn’t felt in a long time. What I loved about Cooper was how he was true to himself in a way. He loved dirty sex, no strings attached but meeting Shawn had him lost in something he wasn’t even anticipating-Love. Shawn is deaf but it doesn’t stop him from feeling the music Cooper makes. Shawn wants to show Cooper that he can have love in his life even as Cooper tries to push him away. What got to me was how well this author shows the reader how these two are so very different from one another yet they are absolutely perfect for one another. It’s like two sides of a coin that come together and fit perfectly. It was so sweet to see how this man with the face of an angel could be so naughty yet the bad boy Cooper is lost from one glance. You feel the connection between these two and you end up rooting for them to get their happily ever after in the end. Shawn and Cooper are the perfect couple, in my opinion, as they are so different yet they fill something in the other perfectly. The secondary characters keep the story flowing nicely and there are even a few I hope make their rounds in the rest of the series.

ST. NACHO’S is a wonderful introduction to a series set in a sleepy beach side town that has some wonderful diverse cast of characters there to enjoy and I, for one, am really looking forward to the next few books in the series. The author does a wonderful job in creating a fresh story that leaves the reader entranced till the very end. I have got to admit, I got teary a few times as I hoped, prayed and wished Cooper would just believe in himself again. ST. NACHO’S is more than boy meets boy, falls in love and lives happily ever after. It’s about finding the strength to forgive in order to move forward to a future that includes love.

If you are looking for a strong emotional story with intriguing characters and a storyline that leaves you breathless, then I highly recommend Ms. Maxfield’s St. Nacho’s series. A wonderful introduction to a series I am itching to read more of. I hope you join me as we journey to this sleepy town and as we watch the sun rise on the beach, let yourself fall in love with a place that heals the hardest of hearts.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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