I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Marie Sexton
Released: May 29th 2015
Series: Coda Series #7
Narrator: Paul Morey
“Sexton did a great job of writing these younger characters. She could definitely write some New Adult M/M romances if she wants to – she certainly has the voice for it.”
~ Under the Covers
I owe Marie Sexton and the Coda series a great big hug because this is the series that got me into reading M/M in the first place. It’s Sexton’s excellent writing and compelling characters that really jumpstarted my love for the genre so I was very excited when I heard that she was going to be releasing a seventh book.
SHOTGUN is all about Dominic Jacobsen and Lamar Franklin. It starts off when they are the ripe young age of 17 and they are both feeling a little curious and reckless. When Lamar comes visits, it spurs this instant attraction and lust and soon they are riding off together to secluded areas for privacy to explore this newfound chemistry. But just as quick and as passionate the encounter is, it’s gone when Lamar returns home. Fifteen years later, Lamar returns to Coda, Colorado and that’s where we see what really happened after he left.
I really, really loved the beginning of this novel. Sexton really put the romance at the forefront and really established their connection from the very first page. You could definitely feel the passion and the yearning so when Lamar left, it made me really sad to see him go. While the rest of the book occurs when the boys are older, I really thought that Sexton did a great job of writing these younger characters. She could definitely write some New Adult M/M romances if she wants to – she certainly has the voice for it.
The rest of the book is a little more complex as it deals with Lamar’s depression and the fact that so much time has passed since they first met. Now the question is, how will they be able to pick up where they left off now that the both of them have lives of their own?
The only complaint I can see if that the whole stalking thing kind of took me out of the story. It wasn’t my favorite aspect and I didn’t think it added much in terms of the story other than something that the boys could look into. But overall, it was nice returning to Coda for awhile.
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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.
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