Monday, September 19, 2011

The Book of Daniel

Title: The Book of Daniel
Author: Z. A. Maxfield
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-61118-438-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

In the last few months, Daniel Livingston’s life has changed. He’s free of his loveless marriage and has moved to St. Nacho to be near his younger brother, Jake. It also allows him time to sample the sexual charms of the local available men, while getting physical therapy for an injury suffered during a car wreck. His plans are to experience as many men as possible, but his problem is firefighter Cameron Rooney…a man Dan can’t get off his mind.  

Cam’s an honest man and he requires the same from Dan, which is tough for a man with a history of using his glib tongue to get what he wants. Having Cam in his life turns Dan’s world upside down and makes him decide to make a confession to his ex-wife that will cost him half of everything he owns. He also has to deal with a family secret that could endanger his relationship with his brother. Then there’s the issue with his business partner that could change the landscape of St. Nacho forever if he can’t stop it. If Dan wants to prove himself to Cam and move his life in another direction, it could cost him everything. Or it could give him what he wants most. 

The Book of Daniel is the latest release in Z. A. Maxfield’s St. Nacho’s series. I’ve been a big fan of all the books but I admit, at least initially, I didn’t like Dan. He’s a complicated man and deeply flawed, which makes him completely human and not a particularly nice guy…at least on the surface. Underneath the snide remarks, strange charm and drinking is a caring and protective older brother who’s just now coming to grips with his sexuality. He’s an odd man and it takes some time before you can like him…but that again makes him realistic and believable.  

Then there’s hunky firefighter Cam. He’s a bit judgmental, and for at least half the book waxes hot and cold toward Dan which is a little confusing, but they are fun to watch, whether fighting or making love. Whichever it is…they are fiery hot.  

There are numerous secondary characters. Some are returning individuals from the wonderfully, quirky town of St. Nacho, while others are new. This expanded cast is almost too big and complicated for a book of this length. While interesting, it distracted from the romance and meant that for a big portion toward the end of the story, Dan and Cam are apart. But despite these issues, they still manage to work through their problems and Dan handles his as well, allowing them to have the happily-ever-after they’re looking for. I don’t know if there’s another St. Nacho’s book planned but I hope so.

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