Monday, July 12, 2010

Jacob's Ladder

Title: Jacob's Ladder
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-806-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

Santo Ignacio is a place for healing. While most of the residents grew up in the small town, some like Jacob “Yasha” Livingston find themselves drawn to the picturesque location, purely by accident. Yasha didn’t expect to find a place to call home or for that matter, to fall in love...

What began miles away in LA as a head cold started a chain of events that made Yasha rethink the excuses he’s accepted over the years and the lies he’s told himself so he could continue down his destructive path. His new path leads him to the Santo Ignacio. And just when he reached rock bottom, a rainbow brighten his existence.

EMT Jason “JT” Lents’ upbeat nature and sweet smile draws people to him. JT refuses to accept he’s gay and the parade of pretty eligible women attests to his determination to find a traditional love. Yasha makes JT struggle with that closet door he attempts to keep firmly locked and the lust he keeps on a short leash. Soon, it’s not the ache for just a man, but Yasha that will lead JT to decide if he can muster the courage to live life, instead of a lie.

Z.A. Maxfield has truly done it again. I never grow tired of the St. Nacho series and the latest release, Jacob's Ladder, has cemented this talented author on my list of favorites. Brilliantly developed storyline, characters with an emotional depth that draws you in and leaves you wanting to protect them while inviting them over for dinner and a breathtaking setting that makes you want to escape the big city to find a seaside small town to call home awaits your reading pleasure.

Yasha is a strong man, used to taking care of himself, who has allowed his past to dictate how he allows his lovers to treat him. JT wants the kind of marriage that was his example while growing up and is willing to repudiate his true inclination. The two have a great deal to overcome, but eventually the veils are lifted and they begin to see how destructive their behavior has been. I found this to be a wonderful story that tugged at my heartstrings. Messages of self-worth, friendship and redemption are throughout this tale. I saw the beginning of a love connection and I’m truly hoping Z.A. Maxfield won’t make us wait too long to see that relationship bloom. Those who have enjoyed the series will be delighted when they read Jacob's Ladder.

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