A to Z (Coda Books, #2)
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A to Z (Coda Books #2)

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Promises spin-off

Zach Mitchell is stuck in a rut. His college boyfriend left him ten years ago, but Zach still lives in the same apartment, drives the same car, and feeds his ex-boyfriend’s ungrateful cat. His Denver business, A to Z Video Rental, is struggling. He has annoying customers, eccentric neighbors, and an unfulfilling romance with his landlord, Tom.

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ebook, 230 pages
Published March 5th 2010 (first published March 4th 2010)
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Rating: 3,5 stars

'"I want a job."
"You just said you already had one."
"I do. I got two. But if you're hirin', I'll quit one of 'em. It hella sucks anyway."
I didn't know what "helisux" was, but I wasn't about to ask.'

Gosh, Sexton's books seem to be impossible to put down! I love how sweet they are, how they always manage to put a smile on my face. Just wonderful! I didn't love this one quite as much as Promises , but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved Zach and Angelo together; to see them go...more
2.5 stars.

*This review contains mild spoilers*

I know many of my friends liked this book, but I didn't enjoy it much. One of my problems was the alternating first person POV (simple past for Zach and present tense for Angelo). It drove me nuts.

Another problem was the characters and the chemistry between them. I didn't particularly like Zach. He was kind of doormat-ey; first with Tom (seems like Ms Sexton likes to have at least one despicable caricature/character in her books. It was Matt's fath...more
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I am absolutely addicted to Marie Sexton books! I’ve read 4 of her books in the past month! And they have all been 5-star reads for me! I am loving the Coda series. In A to Z, we meet Zach who owns a video store in Denver. His life is stagnant, he’s not terribly happy, but he doesn’t know what else to do. He doesn’t think he has any other options. He’s sorta dating the building’s new landlord Tom, but beginning to wonder if he’s anything more than just a booty call to Tom. Then he befriends Ange...more
From the plot, to the writing, to the characters, as a whole this was underwhelming. I didn't care for Zach. He was dense, he let Tom walk all over him and he was too eager to please everyone. I liked Angelo a bit more than Zach. At least he had some personality. He has a bit of an edge and he's perceptive, although at times he came off extremely immature. As a couple, they were ok but I really didn't find myself routing for them.

Meh, I'll probably forget all the details within a few months.

Nichole (Dirty H)
I think I'm among the minority who actually liked this better than Promises. I know a lot of people were turned off by the dual first person narrative. I personally don't see how she could have written it any other way. First person is so much more intimate than third, and this was the kind of story where the characters' thoughts and feelings and experiences were more important than anything else. It would have lost so much of its impact if all or part of it had been in third person.
And Angelo's...more
Monique ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
This is the second book in the Coda series....and just as good as the first.

This is the story of Angelo and Zach....at first, I really couldn't see these two characters together, they are both so very different and somehow seemed a million miles apart. I did think to myself 'where is she going with this'

We open with Zach, who is 34 years old with a college degree but ends up not using it and working in a video store, which he eventually buys. He has had no serious relationships in ten years and...more
3.5 stars

A to Z is called a Promises spin-off which is one of the selling factors for me. Having adored Promises, I was really excited to read the laid back romantic style of the author once again. This offering does evoke some of the highlights of the previous book but ultimately fails to live up to the same excellence due to the writing style. The alternating first person point of view is jarring and uncomfortable to read, which constantly draws the reader out of the experience. Although the c...more
Audible's audio book version.

Somewhat boring. (Really trope-y, typified m/m).
Badly written (1st person, terribly lazy!)

Plus, I could have seriously done without all the Christian overtones in my m/m romance...seriously.
Warm fuzzy alert! Warm fuzzy alert! I loved Zach and Angelo, their separate baggage and issues, their friendship and finally falling in love. Loved loved loved!!!
Zach Mitchell has been in a rut for the last 10 years. He stills lives in the apartment he shared with his ex. hH still has the cast his ex left behind. He now owns the video store where he got the job to hold him over until he got a real job. He's still single. Then he meets Mr. Perfect and he's a douche bag. But he did become friends with one of his customers, Angelo Green.

I like it. I like the characters and I loved the dual first person narration! Mostly because my biggest dislike (usually)...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Jan 10, 2011 Emanuela ~plastic duck~ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emanuela ~plastic duck~ by: Kathleen
I really liked the story and the way it was written. There are two points of view: Zach's and Angelo's. They have two distinct voices: Zach's is more refined, like Zach himself is, cute and tidy, written in a classical third person, simple past; Angelo's is rougher, like Angelo is, very direct and colloquial, written in a raw first person, present tense. This helps give the characters their uniqueness.

Zach is cute and clueless. At the beginning it seems that Angelo is the strong one and Zach is...more
I fell in love with the two MCs - Zach and Angelo. They complemented each other so well.

Zach is muddling through life without any ambition, he owns a failing video store… but he hates movies, is disorganized and lousy at customer service. Ang works two jobs, visits the video store every day, and is obsessed with movies. When Zach offers Ang a job, Ang not only transforms the video store (he is organized and is great at customer service), he also ends up changing both their lives for the better....more
This book has received many excellent reviews and deservedly so. Some comments have been made regarding the alternating first person narrative and Angelo's voice or accent. I'd like to say that the first person style didn't put me off at all. Both characters were so likeable that I wanted to know what they were thinking. We the readers knew they were in love long before they did and that really drew me in. I had to know when and how they would find out! I liked the fact that Zach's and Angelo's...more
This is kind of a sequel to Sexton's "Promises", but it has two different main characters. Matt and Jared from "Promises" are supporting characters who only appear half way through the story.

It's quite interesting that in both Marie Sexton's stories, she has a character who's stuck in a comfortable rut that's too easy and safe for their own good. Zach is similar to Jared in "Promises", he doesn't have a career drive, he's content to just run a video store which he doesn't care much and it's not...more
Zach and Angelo's book didn't even come close to Jared/Matt's or Jonathan/Cole's. At least now I know why Zach came home one day to find Jonathan had left him. Not that Jonathan himself is a firecracker but at least he had enough in him to be a good match for Cole in the end. Though, you know what? I'd have chosen Matt, da big, angry, jealous, possessive cop, for Cole. I'd likely have indigestion reading that particular story but I digress...

Zach just didn't cause so much as a blip in my romance...more
I was up to page 61 before I realized 'A to Z Video'... Angelo to Zach! I get it! Yay!

OK, I just loved these guys. When Zach is first describing himself in the first chapter I thought, "how are we possibly gonna like this guy?!" But he's not that same person, and we really get to know him and see him come out of his shell with Angelo's entrance. I loved seeing Zach through Angelo's eyes. I thought Zach put up with Tom a little longer than was realistic but, it was a good set up. Things were surp...more
Zach owns and runs A to Z video rentals (hence the title). He started working there 10 years ago, for a lack of other options. Now he runs the place, but he still knows about as much about movies as he did before he started. Zach knows nothing about customer service.. or about movies. Zach doesn't even like movies. When the shop gets a new landlord, Zach thinks his luck has changed; Tom is goodlooking and suave, and he even won't put the rent up if Zach goes on a date with him... great prospects...more
Nov 04, 2011 L-D rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m, series
Zach owns a video store that is not doing well. He hires Angelo, a young punk, with a love for movies. While Angelo is attracted to Zach right away, he is frustrated with Angelo's relationship with Tom, a man who treats Zach poorly. Zach and Angelo become friends watching movies, eating take-out, and doing puzzles together. It is a nice friendship but I did not get into their relationship as much as Matt and Jared's relationship because it seemed a little contrived that after working so hard to...more
I really liked this book. I even feel like it could have been a 5 star read. However, the sex between Zach and Tom annoyed me to no end. I understand that we had to go through those scenes to see what a jerk Tom was, but really, even one such scene was more than enough for me. The rest was unnecessary. It could have been only mentioned just like in the first book, where it was obvious that Jared and Cole had sex. But what I was really grateful for was the fact that there was no actual sex scene....more
There was more baggage in this damn book than at LAX! Zach was TSTL for about the first half of the book. Why did it take him so long to buy a clue and figure out that Tom was a complete DOUCHE?! Then there was Angelo, who I'd been liking just fine until Zachs big turning point and then thats when he turns into a complete nut job. I mean he's yearning, yearning, yearning for Zach and then when he gets him, he's all "Throw on the breaks!" Ugh, I got whiplash in this story.

The redeeming factor of...more
A solid romance about accepting and loving people as they are, and not the image you have of them. I like how much Zack seems to understand Angelo, and be willing to accept what he is able to give him. They both have their own issues, and I appreciate that there isn't some sort of magical happy ending. It seems more honest than the books where two characters meet, and are instantly in love, and everything just somehow works itself out. There is no healing penis, and the fears and insecurities bo...more
Kristie Sanchez
I liked this way more than I thought I would. Not that I didn't think I'd like it, just that a lot of my friends have read it and didn't enjoy it as much as the first book. Just goes to show you that so many things are a factor to the enjoyment of a book.

Is it the mood I'm in? The timing? The writing? The story and characters? I think it's those things and so many more.

I really enjoyed the easy way this story pulled me in. Sometimes I wanted to shake Angelo until his neck snapped. Other times I...more
Flounced. Complete load of crap. 'Nuff said.

Alternating tenses was always going to piss me off. First person POV's are fine, I know some people and publishers hate them, but I think they can be real winners. Not here. Hollow, shallow, irritating characters and childish writing make for a sadly poor effort from this otherwise incredible writer.
I loved this one. The part where Angelo describes Matt's and Jared's love for each other is simply beautiful.
Pamela Su
Another enjoyable friends to lovers theme from Marie Sexton.

I love how the author writes these stories where the characters really get to know each other before they start having sex. Every one of the stories I have read thus far has been beautiful and sweet with a twist of heartaches thrown in.

Zach is an adorably clueless man. I really don't know how his video store survived with his level of cluelessness. Angelo was a perfect fit with his snarky, charming personality.

This may not have been as...more
Donna J
Despite not being a fan of bromance stories, I really enjoyed this one. The sex balanced out, a interesting plot, without overwhelming it.

My one gripe is one on a personal level. Ang's voice annoyed me at times. The constant dropping of letters (view spoiler) and not being able to use the word I. (view spoiler). That aside he was a really sweet guy, who dese...more
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
I just love this series, butterflies galore <3
Seeing both sides of the story as Angelo and Zach find their ways past old trauma, current ennui, and the general difficulties of staying in business and forming a couple worked well here -- the absolutely Rashomon quality made for some really intense reactions from me. The voices were absolutely distinct, their perceptions totally opposite.

Angelo was my favorite, he's a lot more self-aware, a lot smarter, and when he's working against his own best interests, he can acknowledge that and try to d...more
Tuğçe Sevin
First I have to admit, I wasn't deeply affected by Promises, I liked the book but it was a good read for me that's all. But this one totally changed my view of Marie Sexton's writing. I loved the 2 different first POV narration, the confusion and the way it was described, drama and deft touch of angst.
The story was about, Zach Mitchell and Angelo Green. Zach is a prepy guy who still leaves in the same apartment, owns the same video store - where he hates btw - and drives the same car, 10 years...more
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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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“First, you don't have to be smart to read books. Lots of idiots read books. Trust me, the ability to read does not necessarily mean the ability to think.” 8 likes
“Hey, Angelo?"
"You wanna hang out some time?"
"You Think I got nothin' better to do?"
"It was just a thought, never mind."
"Yeah, what?"
"Yeah I wanna hang out some time, see you tomorrow Zach”
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