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Putting Out Fires

(Coda Books #4.5)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,071 ratings  ·  105 reviews
A Coda Valentine's Day Story

Matt Richards has never given much thought to Valentine's Day, but when his lover of almost three years, Jared Thomas, hints that he feels unappreciated, Matt realizes he needs to do something. He's determined to make this Valentine's Day special, but nothing is going to turn out the way Matt plans.
ebook, 36 pages
Published February 14th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press
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Matt thinks that being in a relationship with a man means he doesn’t have to put much effort into romantic things. But when Jared hints that he feels unappreciated, Matt determines to show him how much he loves and cherishes him. But things haven’t worked out as he planned.

The story borders on burlesque, still it manages to be charming and laugh-out-loud funny.

I loved Angelo’s ideas for how Matt should make their Valentine’s Day special. ;)


Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This Valentine's short story was so funny that I had tears streaming down my face AND so romantic that I got all verklempt. Even after having read hundreds of m/m stories, Marie Sexton is still my favorite author in this genre. ...more
Cute catch up valentine related short story featuring Matt and Jared from Promises.

Romantic without being overly sappy or complete mush.

My one issue with the story would be that after 3+ years being in a gay relationship the character's narrative voice should be beyond thinking of things as straight/gay, manly/fem...emphasizing how they are too manly.

"I stopped by the liquor store Zach had mentioned and bought the wine and a corkscrew to open it with, because I was pretty sure we didn’t own one
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
The only reason this is not getting 5 stars is that it was just too short. I love Matt and Jared....they are so good together. Matt was busting me up...such a typical guy. The whole dinner fiasco was hilarious!!! Matt and Scooby fighting over the steak and Jared walking in? Loved it. Can't wait for the next book. ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sweet and very Valentiney...

Adorable little shortie.

Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very humorous short story featuring Matt and his funny attempts at making Jared feel appreciated for Valentines Day. I laughed out loud a couple times.
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
Fans of the author’s novel Promises will find this cute little Valentine’s short a must-read. It’s been three years since Matt and Jared met, and Jared’s angry comment about being appreciated along with Matt’s colleague’s marriage break-down, triggers Matt to begin a quest to make Valentine’s Day perfect for Jared and show him that he loves him and appreciates him.

Matt is a guy’s guy. He doesn’t get Valentine’s day, and Angelo and Zach from A to Z aren’t much help. Angelo thinks he’s insane to e
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
OMG!!! Cutest thing in the world! Also one of the funniest shorts ive ever had the pleasure of reading, I just totally loved this!

Apparently, you weren’t supposed to put the steaks right on the rack. Maybe I was supposed to use a cookie sheet? Not that we owned one of those anyway.

A Coda Valentine's story, Matt doesnt really give much thought to the romantic holiday, but when Jared hints at feeling unappreciated Matt jumps at the chance to do something that makes his partner feel more than simp
Anna D.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, short-story
I hate to write anything negative about something relating to this couple because they are honestly at the top of my favorite MM couples list. This short Valentine story wasn’t bad, it was just ok – which is the disappointing part because first of all $2.99 for 36 pages is just crazy! And secondly – and more importantly – only about 25% of it had Matt & Jared together. This story was mostly Matt thinking, worrying, and getting all worked up about Jared not feeling appreciated and Matt trying to ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: boyz-luvin-boyz
Lovable & Foolish. Jealous & uncertain. Unnecessary fears.
One would think three years into a relationship would solidify confidence in your bond. That maybe, just maybe you would know what your spouse, lover and best friend thinks and feels. Matt is an exception to this, for he is obviously still clueless.
My first thought, ‘Poor Jared’. However, in reality there is no poor Jared. Jared loves his jealous, insecure and oblivious partner. He loves him with every bit of his heart, and Matt loves hi
I love Marie Sexton's characters. I love how she always keeps their flaws and quirks consistent, regardless of which perspective she is writing from. I love that they feel like real people who have real problems and whose HEAs are still works in progress. I would probably keep reading about the Coda men for as long as Sexton chose to keep writing about them.

"Putting Out Fires" is a sweet and funny Valentine's Day story told from Matt's perspective. It's one of those simple, mostly-plotless stori
When I think about the Coda books, Matt and Jared are the first thing that come to mind-they are my favorite couple in the series-so I was a little disappointed that the story was so short. BUT, what it lacks in length it makes up in pure sweet comedy at Matt's expense (sorry Matt!) as he tries to (1) come up with something special for his sweetie on Valentine's, and (2)-to actually go about doing it when he has no idea how!

A hilarious and romantic short, and great addition to the Coda series.
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
This short story about Matt trying to do a Valentine's Day for Jared was amusing. I liked seeing him scramble around and end up doing what Angelo originally recommended. It's hard not to empathize with Matt. This story did hit home that I may take my DH for granted and I should do something romantic for him and make him feel special. A sweet romantic story - recommended for the romantic readers. ...more
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-novels, cops
It was a short but cute moment from Matt and Jared's life. I couldn't stop laughing at all the blunders Matt made trying to organise a perfect Valentine's day.

But like Angelo said, Matt and Jared's relationship doesn't rely on romantic gestures but on the love between them and the way they prove that.

Quite a nice read!
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I did enjoy this short (there was quite a bit of giggling), but...I've come to the realization that I don't like shorts. I Oliver...more. Here's hoping Marie Sexton writes another Coda book. ...more
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
God I love these two!!!
Matt and Jared Rock!!
Marie I love you!!!
I laughed so much, and when it ended i just wanted more!!!
I wanted to give it 5 stars, but it was so short!!! :(
Matt and Jared are so addictive!!!!

Love Love Love It!!!
Karen K
Sweet, funny, romantic and one of my favourite couples of all time - there was nothing here that I didn't love. I'd really missed Jared and Matt and this was just the perfect story to see them again. :) ...more
Heather C
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was hilarious! And sweet too
MsMiz (Tina)
Feb 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt-all, pdf
Man do I love these two!!
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Another "Coda" delight! Loved this one,...the kitchen scene had me in stitches! And a perfect ending to this Matt & Jared story ! Thanks, Marie!! ...more
Frances McNeal
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
So sweet! I love this series. I wish it had been longer because I love Matt and Jared, but really it couldn't have been. It was a perfect short story for Valentine's Day! ...more
3 Stars

Love Jared and Matt! Cute and funny Valentine's day story. Like always with the Coda series, I want more!
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 0-lgbtq-read
OMW! I laughed till my eyes were overflowing as the scene in the kitchen progressed and then I sighed with much contentment as they sat on the rock being just Matt and Jared! Yes, this was a wonderful little peep into the lives of two of my favorite Marie Sexton characters! This series has been straight-across-the-board 4-star reads for me and I look forward to getting to the rest of them!
Liz (Bugetta)
Loved this little snippet of Matt and Jared's life together and OMG, Matt and Valentine's Day do not mix well. Lol! ...more
Katy Beth Mckee
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very short story that lets us see the confirmation of a love. Understanding what you mean to each other.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
good short story
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, shorts
Predictable, but sweet and cute enough to overcome that mostly. Plus the dog got two steaks, lolol! Plus it was nice to revisit Matt and Jared, they are sweet.
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Very cute story about rekindling romance in a long term relationship. I enjoyed it as a quick followup to the original book.
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5+ of 5 stars, DIK

Summary Review: Matt and Jared from Promises are back in this highly entertaining, emotional (in a very guy sort of way) short story that is absolutely not to be missed.

The Review:

It’s the day before Valentine’s Day and our lovable cop Matt has no idea–until he spies a pink envelope laying on the coffee table. It’s a “Be Mine” card to Jared from one of his students. Matt is instantly jealous–and he knows how ridiculous it is, but he can’t help it. Instead of his usual a
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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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  • Promises (Coda Books, #1)
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