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St. Nacho's by Z.A. Maxfield
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Jul 03, 10

Read in May, 2009

St Nacho's is not everyone's kind of place, or book. It is not the fun and amusing romantic comedy, or the mysteriously compelling romance usually associated with ZA Maxfield's work. St Nacho's explores a dysfunctional man in a town that becomes one of healing and forgiveness.

Cooper has traveled the country, barely existing, letting himself be used and thrown away in a sentence of self-punishment for his part in a terrible accident. Reliving a past he cannot forget and cannot forgive himself for, Cooper wanders into St Nacho's, a small quiet town by the sea. He makes a little niche for himself, develops friendships and even allows himself more than a one-night stand lover. In Shawn, Cooper begins to find self-worth, and the leaden ball of guilt he has shouldered begins to lighten.

Just as Cooper believes he's found some measure of peace, his past calls for a reckoning. Long time best friend, long time lover Jordan is asking for Cooper's help, demanding Cooper return to his hometown to atone for the sins they both share. Cooper returns, but on his own terms; he has a lover, someone he loves, and does not want that with Jordan again. Cooper deals with his own demons in the town that has held judgment on both him and Jordan, the town that still holds them both accountable for what they had done and what they might do. But, Cooper also finds there are those in town who believe in him and give him a chance to show he has changed. Finding that Shawn followed him, gives Cooper the strength he needs to withstand temptations and expectations. Being with Shawn again allows him to know what he needs to do.

Now, if only Jordan will forgive him and let him go.
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