The Book Of Daniel

Z.A. Maxfield
The Book Of Daniel
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Loose Id
Release Date
August 2011
Book 4 of St. Nacho's
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Daniel Livingston is finally free. He's come clean about his passionless marriage and moved to St. Nacho's where he can spend time with his brother. Now he's ready explore the endless sexual buffet being hot and rich and single has to offer.

The problem is a firefighter named Cameron Rooney who haunts his every waking thought and half his dreams. No doubt about it. Cam is going to require a level of honesty Dan has never before considered, and in order to achieve that, he will have to turn his life inside out. Coming clean to his ex-wife will cost him money, doing right by St. Nacho's will anger his business partner, and exploring a painful family secret will hurt the one person Dan has sworn to protect.

Cam's faith in Dan is tested and Dan's belief in himself is nearly non-existent. In the end, forging a new path could cost him everything or net him the most important score of his life in The Book Of Daniel.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Sep 26, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
155 people found the following review helpful
Most people, when they see the name of the author of this book won't think twice before buying it. They expect great writing, wonderful characters, emotional situations and funny anecdotes, and being a fan, I can say that in my opinion that is usually what people get. More so with Z.A. Maxfield's older work, but the style is still there and certainly our expectations are as well.

St. Nacho's is a very popular series with some wonderful characters and almost palpable magic to it. It has won over many and is gaining fans daily, so it comes as no surprise that I jumped in at the opportunity to read THE BOOK OF DANIEL.

Fourth book in the series is about Daniel, Jake's brother, who we got to see in the previous book. He is a man with a past who has made many sacrifices and thinking it was finally his time to live, he simply let loose. As a consequence to an accident, his hand was badly injured and while physically it is somewhat healing, emotional scars are very deep, and something Dan just doesn't want to face. A bad marriage behind him and optimistic future ahead make it easy to stay awhile in St. Nacho with his brother while taking some time to heal.

His match in this book is Cam, a firefighter who is also known as a player and doesn't shy from male company. The two of them don't hide the mutual dislike until one tragic event changes the way they see each other.

I enjoyed the first maybe half of the book. It had that dose of familiarity and I liked reading about the characters from previous books. But at some point I had to wonder when Dan and Cam would come into their own. The original vibe I got from Dan was that he was somewhat malicious, taught by the harshness of his life and all the things he had to give up so that other people would be happy. But despite that, it was obvious that he was trying. He was giving himself another chance at life while trying to live up to the expectations of others.

It didn't take me long to love him, but it took me even less to hate just about everyone else. A town that I found very accepting and charming in all previous books, turned into something belonging to an alternate reality movie with twisted personalities and upside down vibes. Everyone was so set against Daniel it was painful to read and to make it even more tragic, all that animosity was completely uncalled for. Every little infraction from his part was met with extremely harsh words and instant distance, something he really didn't deserve. For me, it was so harsh that by the time I reached the end, I wanted a happier place for him than St Nacho's.

The romance part of this story was extremely unsatisfying. The sudden connection between Cam and Dan wasn't really explained let alone felt, and that basically set the tone for the rest of the book. They danced around each other without any shown dedication, especially from Cam's part. Every time Dan would bare his soul in truly remarkable and affectionate words, Cam would pull back or hurt him terribly. Everything seemed more important than Dan's feelings and for me this book almost felt like confessions of a victim who didn't even realize he was abused. Consistent with their relationship, the bit of sex they had was almost clinical with just a whisper of hot.

With the last third of the book, I just got angry. All the interesting and, in my opinion, important parts got glazed over or completely skipped. It's never fun when you are led into a conflict or a resolution of a big issue only to get barely a few sentences to satisfy you. In addition to that, a lot of Dan's actions didn't sit well with me, because they were either uncharacteristic for him or they simply didn't make sense.

All of that said, I would still suggest the fans to read this book. It is a continuation to a wonderful series and even if you don't end up liking it, you will probably feel as if you've missed out by skipping it. With this last line, I can't really say anything other than – tastes are different – what bothered me might make this book the best one for you in the St. Nacho's series.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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