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St. Nacho's (St. Nacho's #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  3,296 ratings  ·  279 reviews
Cooper has spent the last three years running from a painful past. He's currently moving from town to town, working in restaurant kitchens, and playing his violin for tips. As soon as he starts to feel comfortable anywhere—with anyone—he moves on. He's aware that music may be the only human language he still knows. Ironically, the one man he's wanted to communicate with in ...more
ebook, 1st Edition, 228 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Loose Id (first published December 1st 2008)
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"Leave it to someone who had never heard me speak to understand me so clearly."

I'm not sure exactly what I expected when picking this one up, but it wasn't quite what I got at all. It was a bit disappointing, because I wanted a lot more focus on Cooper and Shawn than on Jordan. I know that he was a big part of Cooper's past (especially after the accident ;_;) and therefore affected him, but from the moment he went back home, I felt like Shawn ended up in the background... I understand why cons

When I have the word “deaf” plus the word “romance” plus the term “m/m”, it immediately catches my attention. But I usually end up disappointed when I read those books. Mostly because there are important flaws. Because the authors have a tendency to portray deaf people as normal people without the hearing and forget about the consequences of that lacking in their lives and their way of thinking.

Being deaf, above all from a short age, changes everything in your life. It changes the way that perso
Jenni Lea
I see all the reviews about this book and everyone going on an on about how much they love Shawn. Yeah, Shawn is wonderful. He’s kind and giving and persistent and has the patience of a saint. But Cooper? Cooper is amazing! He thinks he’s broken but he’s really not. Yes, he still has some healing to do but he is far stronger than he realizes. He’s not weak at all. What he is, is guilt ridden. He feels responsible for what happened in the past with the accident but he does not let it drag him dow ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Lili rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
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Wow. This book came totally out of left field. Tried starting a few books and none of them gripped me (I'm a very moody reader). For some reason this author came to mind. Looked her up, looked through her back list, saw this one, read the blurb, bought the book, and ended up loving it. It's a beautiful story of healing and forgiveness.

What I loved:
*Shawn. From the moment he is introduced- I loved him. Loved that he was patient and caring but had this other "dirty" side to him ;)
*Cooper. Loved t
Cooper and Shawn were dreamy, my heart fluttered when they first met on the patio it was that first glance at Shawn's hand, beautiful. The interaction between them while Cooper plays the violin is exquisite, all those little glances and touches are so tender and romantic. Then the "kiss" when Cooper rides off, so bittersweet I cried. Jordan, I wanted to shake, hug and kiss him better, such an emotional wreck. All that desperation and self destruction was painful and so sad, I wish he'd never met ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Sunny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
Any talk of angst generally turns me off a book, but after reading all the positive reviews, I decided to give St. Nacho's a try. I'm glad I did. This sweet love story had its share of sad parts, but I wasn't overwhelmed by it and I didn't feel manipulated by the author.

The MCs were very likeable, with distinct personalities. My first impression of Cooper was of a somewhat cocky loner, but he actually turned out to be more self conscious and bashful. He was a little scared of developing close re
Sep 02, 2010 Sean rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sean by: Katie
I really enjoy this book. It's funny how 'Sean' can sound like 'Shawn' and I am Deaf as is the character name Shawn is Deaf. :-) It was an emotional wreck while reading the book. I feel terrible about Jordan and Cooper's past. I am glad Cooper manages to make his life much better than run away for the rest of his life.

What I would love is to see more story about Shawn and Cooper's conversation especially when Cooper is learning the sign language. It is so easy for me to picture it in my head be
Great first read for me from Z.A. Maxfield. I really loved Shawn and Cooper together. Shawn being deaf added an interesting layer to the story, especially how hard Cooper worked to learn to communicate with him. I also really liked how Shawn enjoyed feeling the vibrations of Cooper's violin when he played it. Those scenes were just beautiful.

I was a little thrown off when halfway through the book Cooper's best friend and ex-lover Jordan suddenly appeared. It stole a lot of attention from the or
What a touching story!! I am in love with Shawn and Cooper. Shawn is deaf, but has the sweetest demeanor and a smile that lights up the room. I love that he’s not as innocent as he looks!

And Cooper who’s carrying around so much guilt and regret over his past. I think he still has some healing to do, but it seems like he’s beginning to realize he’s not responsible for his best friend Jordan’s actions.

St. Nacho’s sounds like a wonderful place. I think I’d like to go visit :) Moving on to book #2!
This is a good story and the fact that it is written in the first person did not bother me.
The characters are touching: i really liked Cooper and the way he's discovering himself trough the eyes of Shawn.
And that's all.

What bothered me:
Shawn is a mystery and this fact won't change(I'd have liked to know more about his life...)
This story would have been better if the character of Jordan (Cooper's ex) did not steal the show in the second part of the book.
There is really 2 stories in this
Cooper is a man whose life weighs heavily on his shoulders, he's on the road and stops for what he thinks is his usual three days in a small California town. He finds a job, meets a man and settles in more than he ever expected to and decides to extended those three days against his better judgement and see what happens. Oh the angst here, Cooper is just rolling in it and it's killer. Thankfully, there's an underlying sweetness to the story as he slowly learns to forgive himself and comes to acc ...more
This one packs a wallop.

Cooper is damaged, a bunch of it self-inflicted, and definitely more than dented. How does one get beyond past events, find a place in the now when we carry it around like an albatross? Cooper carries a lot and he's been running for a long time until he finds a place where he can finally stop.

Santo Ignacio is the Brigadoon for gays. It's an idyllic place where happiness is possible until the outer world crashes back into it. A place of second chances and letting go for C
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Just a beautiful story. About being a stupid kid making stupid choices, and about how to learn to move past all that and learn to love. What I loved was that Cooper cared enough to try to make it easier for Shawn. And that he wanted to learn for him to be with him and that he finally opened himself to all things Shawn. :) Yes I loved Shawn the man who wouldn't give up. I was disturbed by the shift mid book and how it started to consume the 1st half of the books story but then it all came togethe ...more
Ok I loved this! Macky girl has been bugging me to read this, so now that I have, i will be reading the rest of the series! Cooper and Shawn are wonderful together. And i really loved that the one with the physical disability was the "stronger" of the two.
This book was a buddy read I did with Sandra, and we loved it! This review will be pretty spoiler-free.

This book was so awesome, and I'd like to say I'm rating it 4.5/5.. and the only reason it's not a 5 is being I'm a huge perv and wanted maybe another explicit sex scene or two.

I think this was one of those story's that really pulled at my heart strings, which made it hard for me to put the book down. It was a beautiful story about Cooper, an emotionally distraught drifter finding his place in

Cooper is a violinist with a painful past. He speaks to the world only through his music. Shawn is part of a deaf theater group at the nearby college and wants Cooper as soon as they meet. Cooper needs time to heal and put his past away for good. Shawn wants to help Cooper forgive himself and accept that he can be loved...

I had trouble getting into the story and feel the chemistry between the MCs. The writing style required getting used to. I don't have problems with stories written in the first
I didn't buy this, it was a christmas gift from a friend. And what a gift!!! I think I read it in a day. Couldn't put it down. I like how ZAM took a handicap but made the character strong and dominant. Shawn's character really had me. I liked the writing style and I loved the casual, comfortable setting. I wish St Nachos was a place I could visit. I might just hang out for a while.
Jan 09, 2009 Lindsay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lindsay by: Eyre
I liked this book, but I think it would have been better if it hadn't been written in first person. I wanted to know what was going on in Shawn's mind too. Shawn fasinated me. There is still so much that was unanswered about him. That drives me crazy!
3 to 3.5 stars
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
It would have been 5 stars if, at one point, Cooper's past lover (Jordan) hadn't stolen all the attention away from Cooper and Shawn. It would have been 4 stars, if that hadn't been a smart way to make me understand how important Shawn's positivity was for Cooper.

A few years before while they were drunk, Cooper, the narrator, and Jordan, his best friend and lover, had caused a car accident, where a little kid was killed. It was Jordan who was driving, after Cooper gave him the keys, so it was J
I was tempted to give my maximum vote, but I must be honest: It's a wonderful book, but also too dark in my view

I'll not spoil the story, so the few thinks I can say is that I just finish this book, and regardless the HEA I'm not glad... or happy... I'm still sad for all the terrible things that happened... . When you read why Cooper freak out inside cars you will understand what I'm saying.

Did I cry reading it? Nope... is a dramatic story, but is not a tearjerker in my view.
All book is only C
Heidi Cullinan
What I loved about this book was how it wasn't what I expected. I adored both Shawn and Conner as characters, and I loved their interactions. I loved that Shawn was deaf but that he was the stronger character, the more self-assured and self-possessed. I loved the way he pursued Conner but also how patient he was with him. I loved how Conner was so completely broken without being angsty or whiny. I felt his struggles were very real but also accessible; his root situations weren't ones all of us c ...more
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I am on such a roll lately. I have hit great book after great book and this one is even better than that. It's going on my favorites shelf. This is a sweet romance about a messed up guy and the man who shows him how to open his heart.

The way these two learn how to communicate and share their worlds is breathtaking. It is completely believable that a musician and a deaf man connect on a such a deep level. Shawn is not at all what I expected and he is SO much better for it. He's Mr. Perfect. He's
This book annoyed the ever-loving sh*t out of me and I almost DNF-ed twice or three times.

It is the Jackson Pollock of emo-porn.

The characters are as flat as the artist's canvas and the pluralistic plot lines and varying prose styles are a similarly terribly disordered mess.

Heather C
When I 1st started this book I really didn't think that I would like it and that I wouldn't like Cooper. But about halfway in my feelings changed. I finished this one in one sitting. Short read.
Lilia Ford
Wow. First of all, I think I'm in love with Shawn. There, I said it--confession and the soul and all that. Also, I want to visit ST Ignacio, like yesterday. Seriously, we're hitting the end of summer break here and I think my sanity might depend on it.

I had my doubts about the blurb, which is actually a pretty common problem I have with Maxfield, which just shows the challenges she gives herself in creating these stories. Messed up guys with tragic pasts are not exactly uncommon in M/M contempo
Trisha Harrington
This is definitely a 4.5 star read. It was so close to 5 stars, but there were a couple of small issues I had with the story. My favourite part of the book was definitely the couple, Cooper and Sean. I think they were perfect for each other.

For fans of a book with a lot of angst, this would probably be for them. Cooper, the protagonist, has his issues. Those issues aren't easily fixed, and they don't magically go away at the end of the book. I will admit, I hate when a character is magically cur
Cooper is the proverbial man with a past. Technically a drifter for the past three years, the man has been running from life and himself for a lot longer, likely since he started drinking at the tender, impressionable age of fourteen. When he finally wanders into Santo Ignacio and to Nacho’s bar, he’s been on the go for so long, he barely knows how to stay still anymore. However, the bar owner extends Cooper a kindness and allows him to stay in a small studio above the bar in exchange for help a ...more
Having read all the books in the series I discovered the healing magic of the town of Santo Ignacio known by everyone as St Nacho's. A man with a violin to joyfully entertain the ears of the locals in a town that assuages and heals the broken hearts of passers by is a character that gives hope to readers that he can find healing in the soul of Saint Nacho's and its people who lead the way.
Emma Sea
Oooh, lovely. Angsty, guilt-ridden deliciousness. Great characterisations, with an internal dialogue from the MC that is articulate and addictive. I want to be a boy who works at St Nacho's.
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