ARC Review: Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding by Marie Sexton

Posted June 8, 2013 by Annie in Reviews / 6 Comments

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ARC Review: Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding by Marie Sexton
Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding
by Marie Sexton

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: June 5, 2013
Series: Strawberries for Dessert #2
Published by Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 140
Format: ARC
 

 

The title of the story is quite fitting. You feel the fear and the hope inside both of these characters. You feel the strain on the family dynamic. But above all, you feel the love and that’s what’s most important. ~ Under the Covers

I’ve been waiting a long time for this sequel to STRAWBERRIES FOR DESSERT. Marie Sexton is one of my top favorite M/M authors because she pens some incredibly touching scenes for her endearing characters. The Coda series goes down as one of my favorite series, so I had high expectations for this sequel.

Jon and Cole’s relationship all started in STRAWBERRIES FOR DESSERT. To hear my thoughts on that fab book, you can read my review here. Sexton takes that love and builds on it, pushing them towards the next step of their lives. The first line of the blurb is a dead giveaway as to what happens in this novella: “Families should grow, not shrink.”

This is where the fear kicks in. Is this something that they really want? How will this affect their relationship and their lives overall? Will the steps necessary to make this happen crush them with its uncertainty? Sexton goes into details on their emotions, putting heart into every one of these pages. Cole in particular had a hard time in this book.

There is also the presence of Cole’s mother, Grace who comes into the picture after having separated herself from her son. She didn’t attend Cole and Jon’s wedding and that put a major strain on the familial dynamics. Sexton also provides an outsider view in the form of George, Cole’s father. At first, I wasn’t sure how I would like this POV. It seemed out of the blue but in the end, I thought it was a refreshing take that worked well with the storyline. I loved how George’s love for his son shone through every word he said.

The book wouldn’t be the same without the letters to Jared. I’m so glad we got them. They brought greater insight into Cole’s mind and created the ties between characters that made me fall in love with this series in the first place. Though there aren’t any appearances by Zach and Angelo, they are mentioned in the letters briefly.

Now, let me talk about the emotions. As I said earlier, Sexton always writes touching scenes but this novella really packed a punch for such a little thing. The title of the story is quite fitting. You feel the fear and the hope inside both of these characters. You feel the strain on the family dynamic. But above all, you feel the love and that’s what’s most important.

George’s POV needed to happen. Grace’s presence had to be there in order for all of this to work out. Without them, this story wouldn’t have held the appeal that it does. Cole and Jon wouldn’t have felt totally at ease and the ending wouldn’t have been as perfect as it was without it.

Sexton took one of her beloved gems and simply polished it, making it shine greater and become more precious to readers.

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Marie Sexton

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.

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I’m an obsessive makeup junkie and a compulsive reader. I like to call Under the Covers Book Blog my stomping ground, but when I’m not talking about books with my girls, I write New Adult Dystopian and Contemporary Romance under the pen name Ana Jolene (http://www.anajolene.com). I also work as a virtual assistant for authors. You also can find me as a reviewer and columnist for FreshFiction.com.

When it comes to books I’m pretty adventurous. I read everything from Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy, New Adult, BDSM, LGBT fiction, Cozy Mysteries and even YA. If it’s got the littlest trace of romance in it, then I’ll probably read it. That being said, my all-time favorite authors are J.R. Ward and Karen Marie Moning.

When I’m not submerged in a good book, you can find me musing about makeup and planners or dreaming about Kpop boys and beaches. Until then, check out my reviews and let’s talk books!
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I love Marie Sexton’s books too. Look forward to this next one that continues the story. These titles are making me hungry. ;D

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Yes! Isn’t she fab! I love the emotions she pours into her books.

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New author to me. Thanks Ann for the review.

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Hope you give Sexton a shot, Lori 🙂

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I love Marie Sexton’s writing too! She’s the one that got me obsessed with male/male romance after I devoured Between Sinners and Saints. Jon and Cole are one of my all-time favorite couples and I’m excited to see their story continued. Fabulous review!

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Thanks Jennifer! Absolutely, Marie Sexton was one of my first M/M obsessions. She keeps me wanting more and more of her characters. Love the Coda books to death! I couldn’t possibly choose my fave between those characters.