Sunday, June 30, 2013

Strawberries for Dessert

Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61581-551-7
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Jonathan Kechter spends a lot of time out of town with his job and doesn’t have a lot of time for dating. When a friend suggests a blind date, he’s reluctant but decides to give it chance—after all it’s only dinner, and if he’s lucky—a one-night stand.  Cole Fenton isn’t what Jonathan expects. He’s too flashy, conceited and annoying.  Yet there’s something about him Jonathan finds appealing, and they agree to give getting together a try. Being in a relationship with Cole isn’t easy because of his fear of commitment, but Jonathan isn’t willing to give up. The question is whether Cole will let his fear get the best of him, driving him away from Jonathan for good.  

I don’t know how I missed Strawberries for Dessert when it was released in 2010. It’s part of Ms. Sexton’s Coda series and follows Cole and Jonathan, who we first met as secondary characters in previous Coda books. 

Cole and Jonathan are neither dull nor boring. No, they’re interesting; a bit complicated and have nicely developed personalities I found engaging. Yes, both can be annoying at times, especially Cole, but they managed to keep my attention. In fact, their bantering is often fun, entertaining and…hot.  In many respects these two guys are as opposite as they can be, which is why starting off as casual sexual partners works so well. Yet, the author skillfully develops a true relationship between Cole and Jonathan. She lets it sneak up on them, and I have to say I appreciate the difference of her approach from the usual M/M romance. The pacing is steady, the imagery good and I liked the subtle and not so subtle differences between the guys. I hope you enjoy Strawberries for Dessert as much as I did. 

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