Friday, May 20, 2011

Paris A to Z

Title: Paris A to Z
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publisher URL:
ISBN: 978-1-61581-866-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

One of the biggest shocks of Zach Mitchell’s life comes with discovering his ex- lover, Jon, is getting married to Jared’s old friend/former lover, Cole. Due to the strange intermingling of their relationships, he, his lover Angelo, and their friends Matt and Jared soon find themselves on a jet bound for a wedding in Paris. From the beginning, Zach doesn’t expect things to go smoothly. Between Matt’s jealousy and Angelo’s temper, he’s pretty certain someone’s goings to get punched and it’s probably going to be one of the grooms. The person he didn’t expect to worry about was himself and what would happen when he and Jon saw each other again. Getting over old hurts and giving up old dreams turns out to be harder than imagined but if he hopes to have a future with Angelo, he knows that he has to decide what and who’s going to make him happy.

Paris A to Z is the latest release in Marie Sexton’s Coda series and it follows the lives of the men we’ve met in previous releases, so I advise reading the books in sequential order. Ms. Sexton did a nice job bringing all the characters together and while I don’t know if it’s true, it seems like a wrap-up…an ending to the series.

While the book takes place at the wedding of Jon and Cole, the story is heavily weighted on the side of Angelo and Zach. The phone call where Cole invites the four friends to attend his and Jon’s wedding is amusing due to Zach and Matt’s outrage and due to its description, I could almost see their heads spinning. Yet the premise these two had no one else to invite to their wedding except their ex’s and their ex’s friends seems unrealistic.

The locale…Paris…is handled well, as is some of the activities the couples participate in while they are there. Along the way, there is a little unhappiness, unease and angst but that’s almost to be expected of all these guys. That’s especially true of Angelo and Zach, but I was surprised with Zach and his unexpected pull toward Jon after so many years. The wedding vows, while short and simple, were heartfelt and lovely and the small private dinner/bar time afterwards was a nicely planned end to the special event.

There a few other small twists and turns that I won’t go into but which I’m certain you’ll enjoy. Yes, there are a few inconsistencies but overall it’s an enjoyable read that played out in a well paced and smooth manner.

No comments: