Marie Sexton
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DreamSpinner Press
Release Date
January 2016
Book 7 of Coda
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

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 teenaged 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.

Book Review by Breann (reviewer)
Oct 02, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
98 people found the following review helpful
First off, I am a huge Marie Sexton fan. I especially love her Coda books. Maybe my expectations were too high, but this book didn't quite hit the mark.

Lamar was visiting his family in Coda as a teenager when he met Dominic. They share some steamy kisses and one night together until Lamar had to return home.

Years later, Lamar moved to Coda to get away from his horrible ex-boyfriend. The last person he expected to run into was Dominic. When they saw each other, all those feelings came rushing back to them both.

I really enjoyed the beginning of their relationship. They hung out together, shared hobbies and just had a good time being friends. Of course, they had a current of sexual tension running between them, but that only made things yummier.

Once things started to get more serious between the two, that's when the story lost me. Dominic refused to be with Lamar because he was terrified of his daughter and family finding out. I understood his reasons and I think they're valid, but did he have to treat Lamar so harshly for it? His wishy-washy-ness got on my nerves and I was done with him by the end. I did love how Lamar handled him. He was understanding, but didn't let Dominic walk all over him. He stood his ground and had some serious self-discovery amongst all of Dominic's angst fests.

Lamar suffered from depression and I really felt for him in the beginning of the story. I think the author did a great job of depicting his disorder. But then it kind of went away and was never mentioned again. There was no real resolution to this and it left me with some unanswered questions.

All in all, this is probably my least favorite in the series. But I adore the entire cast of characters so much that if there are more Coda books to come, you can bet I'll be picking one up.
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