Thursday, November 10, 2011

"The Book of Daniel (St. Nacho's)"

Review - "The Book of Daniel (St. Nacho's)" by Z. A. Maxfield

Hugely satisfying addition to the series

Very Highly Recommended

This is the fourth installment in Ms. Maxfield's St. Nacho's series, and I while I am hard pressed to name a favorite, I really liked this one.

Daniel is a real estate investor, going through a divorce after 12 years of marriage, stopping over in St. Nacho's after being injured in a car accident that badly injured his hand. His brother, Jake, has settled in town and is putting down roots with his soon to be husband and making a name for himself with his new bakery/cafe. Exploring his freedom with any man handy, Daniel is determined to change his ways, tell the truth, and be a better man.

Cam is a fireman, one of the two biggest players in town, and one hot man. He is also the compassionate, caring and gentle man who helped rescue Daniel from the crash that injured him so badly. He has a past of his own that brought him to the small town of St. Nacho's, which has helped soothe his damaged soul.

These two men spar with each other, and distrust each other mightily. That only serves to hide a growing attraction, but can the two men let go of their pasts long enough to make something worthwhile happen.

Ms. Maxfield has created two of her most memorable characters (and that is saying a lot!) in Daniel and Cam. These two men are both damaged by their families in ways that most men would find it hard to recover from. I found Daniel's ability to adapt remarkable, and his commitment to being an admirable man worthy of being loved so touching. Cam is a good man, but finds it hard to put his trust in one man, especially one who has been living a lie for so many years. Yet, both look deep inside and find the strength to risk and take a chance.

This series really does keep getting better and better, like fine wine. I hope Ms. Maxwell continues to build on this wonderful series of characters. I have been really impressed and enchanted (too gay? certainly not!) by her story telling, and am a fan for life. Her stories about family and acceptance rival those of Amy Lane with her "Promise Rock" series, and I cannot wait for more!

Enthusiastic thumbs up!!!


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