Title: Shotgun (Coda Books #7)
Author Name & Publisher: Marie Sexton (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: May 29, 2015 – 260 pgs
As a young man, Dominic Jacobsen already suspects he’s gay, and he gets all the confirmation he needs when a rich boy from out of town climbs into the back seat of Dominic’s GTO. One night with Lamar Franklin is all it takes to convince Dominic he’s found the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, that one night is all he’ll get before Lamar returns to Tucson.
Fifteen years later Lamar returns to Coda, Colorado, after ending the latest in a string of bad relationships. He’s alone, depressed, and plagued by late-night phone calls from an unidentified caller. Lamar’s ready to give up when he comes face-to-face with his past.
Since he was seventeen, Dominic has dreamed of a reunion with Lamar, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready for it now. Facing small-town rumors and big-family drama is bad enough, but Dominic won’t risk losing custody of his teenage daughter, Naomi. The only solution is to make sure he and Lamar remain friends and nothing more. Clothes stay on, no matter what.
It seems simple enough. But for better or worse, Lamar has other ideas.
I loved the beginning of this book. The teenage characters came to life beautifully and I really believed in Lamar and Dominic’s furtive, tentative connection.
I didn’t enjoy their adult relationship quite as much. Actually, the relationship worked, but I’m not sure Lamar’s stalker experiences and the resulting police investigation were necessary. With two complicated adult lives to negotiate, Lamar and Dominic’s relationship was never going to be simple. Adding a crime story just seemed to detract from the character building.
I loved Dominic’s daughter – her world-view was so wonderfully simple!
There were so many good things about this book, but I think I’ve just come to expect more from Marie Sexton. Her “Promises” is one of my all time favourite m/m books and a re-read on bad days. “Shotgun” just failed to pack the emotional punch I expect from her books.
Both Dominic and Lamar were attractive, engaging men, but I didn’t fall for either one of them. Dominic was irrationally frightened of his family and Lamar let himself get walked over too often. Human and real? Yes. But neither man makes a great romantic lead.
Marie Sexton’s books are always readable and always enjoyable. “Shotgun” isn’t my favourite of her books, but it is still better than the majority of recent m/m offerings.
Marie Sexton lives in Colorado. She’s a fan of just about anything that involves muscular young men piling on top of each other. In particular, she loves the Denver Broncos and enjoys going to the games with her husband. Her imaginary friends often tag along. Marie has one daughter, two cats, and one dog, all of whom seem bent on destroying what remains of her sanity. She loves them anyway.