Friday, June 19, 2015


Title: Shotgun
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-63476-129-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Dominic Jacobsen realized he was gay after he meets Lamar Franklin when he was in town visiting family. It’s only one night and then Lamar returned to Tucson, but it convinced Dom that he’s met and lost the man of his dreams.

After ending a bad relationship, Lamar gives up his job and heads back to Coda, a town he hasn’t seen in fifteen years. Luckily the high school has an open position and a family member has a house he can live in. He’s upset, depressed and getting crank phone calls---then his car is vandalized.

Having his car taken to the auto repair shop changes everything when it brings Dominic and Lamar face to face. Seeing Lamar has been Dominic’s dream for years but now he has much to fear as well—losing his teenage daughter and his large family if they learn his true feelings for a man. That means being friends only with Lamar—which is harder than Dominic ever imagined. The question is can he do it when Lamar wants more?

Shotgun is release 7 in Marie Sexton’s Coda series. I enjoyed seeing the previous characters included in the plot but feel its okay to read the book as a standalone. These previous individuals added physical and emotional support and grounded the story in the Coda world since Lamar and Dominic are new additions.

I enjoyed the opening scenes where Lamar and Dominic met in high school. The emotions and actions of teenagers are well done and I got a good feel for what was going on with them on that night. The reason behind Lamar’s return to Coda is believable and so is his upset and depression, but for a romance book his emotional angst goes on for too long in my opinion. So much so that I didn’t find it realistic when he suddenly met Dominic again and they started seeing each other and he’s enthralled. Then you move into the other issue…Dominic’s emotional baggage…his daughter and family. So there’s angst and baggage galore to wade through as these two try to figure out how they feel. I enjoyed getting to know Dominic’s daughter and some of the other characters but for me the story started to drag in the middle and I wanted it to speed up. 

Then there’s the vandalism plot line and other things too. There’s just a lot going on and I’m not certain they make good leads for a romance novel. You’ll have to judge for yourself. Give it a try.

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