I've enjoyed the Coda books, especially Strawberries for Dessert and Promises. Maybe I just don't love Zach and Angel and all the angst that seems to accompany them, but I kept craving more of the other side of the equation -- namely Jon and Cole -- in this novella.(view spoiler)[
Cole and Jon are getting married. Leave it to Cole to do it up -- bringing all the boys to Paris (all expenses paid) for the ceremony. The book is written from Zach, Angel, Matt and Jared's perspectives, but the main focus is on Zach and Angel, and Zach's relationship with Jon, even when we hear the other characters' perspectives. And this, in my opinion, was where the book fell short for me. I wanted to know more about Jon, and how he and Cole were dealing with the issue of the resolution of Zach and Jon's relationship. Instead, it was very one-sided.
The book begins with another Zach/Angel hookup scene, where they pick up some random kid at a seedy bar. I know a lot of readers hate the open relationship/voyeur dynamic of this pair, but I actually found it intriguing. That said, Ms. Sexton doesn't really explore it much further than in the first few pages. Zach admits he likes to watch Angel get it on, and Angel says he'll do anything for Zach, and then, boom, we're into the whole Paris thing and Zach and Jon.
I loved the way Ms. Sexton worked through the pain and guilt that Zach felt over having pushed Jon away, many years before. But that was the only area in which I felt satisfied at the end. Otherwise, the book was mostly fluff about Matt becoming comfortable with Cole and Angel deciding he wants to grow up (at last). Maybe Ms. Sexton is aiming for another sequel, but I expected she'd address some of the other issues raised here.
So, if you like the Coda books, this is an okay entry. But if you hated "A to Z," you probably won't be impressed with this book.