A to Z by Marie Sexton
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Title: A to Z
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Blurb: Zach Mitchell is stuck in a rut. His college boyfriend left him ten years ago, but Zach still lives in the same apartment, drives the same car, and feeds his ex-boyfriend’s ungrateful cat. His Denver business, A to Z Video Rental, is struggling. He has annoying customers, eccentric neighbors, and an un-fulfilling romance with his landlord, Tom.
A combat boot-wearing punk with an attitude, Angelo Green was raised in foster homes and has been on his own since he was sixteen; he has never learned to trust or to love. He doesn’t do relationships, so when Angelo takes a job at A to Z Video, he decides Zach is strictly off-limits.
Despite their differences, Zach and Angelo quickly become friends, and when Zach’s break-up with Tom puts his business on the line, it’s Angelo who comes up with a solution. Together with Jared and Matt, their friends from Coda, Colorado, Zach and Angelo will find a way to save A to Z, but will they be able to save each other too?
Review: Video store owner Zach is oblivious to things that would make us cringe. For instance, his creepy boyfriend Tom, who I took an instant dislike to. He’s a manipulative asshole who reminds me of a former man in my life, except my ex was far more subtle about it.
Tom’s disagreeableness was so blatant, I’m surprised blinking neon signs were hanging around his neck like one of my boas, yet Zach was under his thrall for much of the book, making me question his intelligence. Really, Zach? He shows up late, sometimes not at all, and when he deigns to make an appearance, you’re down on your knees? *sniff* Where’s your pride, mister?
The instant Angelo arrived on the scene, I fell in lust. Ang is smart, observant, and stupid (or smart) enough to fall for Zach, who he slyly but sweetly hoodwinks into giving him a job.
Watching their romance develop was fun; I kept waiting for Zach to get a clue. He finally does, because there is a satisfying HEA. You don’t have to think to enjoy this story. Just settle in with the box of chocolates and begin.
Marie Sexton is a favorite author. If you haven’t read this one, I suggest you give it a try. Her writing is fluid, strong, and carries you right along.
Reviewed by: Red Licorice