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A to Z (Coda Books #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,730 Ratings  ·  340 Reviews
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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Paperback, 236 pages
Published March 5th 2010 by Dreamspinner Press
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Zach Mitchell is just drifting along. His college boyfriend left him ten years ago, still he lives in the same apartment, drives the same car, and feeds his ex-boyfriend’s ungrateful cat. Not because of the memories, but the lack of motivation. His business is struggling.
So now here I am: thirty-four, single, and the not-so-proud owner of A to Z Video Rental. Did I mention that I hate movies?

He is totally oblivious about things and people around him. His life is dead in the water, and seemingl
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 g
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I know for some of you, this your least favorite of the whole series. But I loved these guys, they are DIFFERENT. Everything they've been through, it's so much different, not ordinary, not what everybody has been used to.

I like Angelo, I think out of the Coda guys, he's my favorite. He's very deep, and he doesn't know he is. That's adorable.
And Zach, I can really relate to him. I'm one of those guys who are academically smart, but at times, not sharp enough and feels one or two steps behind, lik
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
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I loved the first book in this series, Promises. Unfortunately, A to Z just didn't stack up well. This book would have irritated me on its own, but the fact that it came after such a great beginning in a series only seemed to make things worse.

Zack was just....ya know, I read a lot of m/m romances because reading about idiotic, clueless women in hetero romances has just taken its damn toll on me. So why would I feel even slightly thrilled reading a m/m romance where one half of the romantic duo
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.

Monique ~ Sinfully
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Coda series....and just as good as the first.

This is the story of Angelo and 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
Nichole (Dirrty 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
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zach and Angelo's story...



New beginnings


Warm and fuzzy with a bit of angst.

I loved Zach and Angelo. Both have their separate baggage and issues and lots to work through.

All starts with a simple friendship and then they finally fell in love.

Great to have a glimpse of Matt and Jared too.

"Jared’s contented love, Matt’s amazed love, and Zach’s reverent love. I thought my love had to be one of those. I see now I have my own love. My love is belongin’. ’Cause before Zach I nev
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Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it

*Happy Sighs*

I been looking for a sweet story that touches me and this do the trick.

I don't have really much to say of this book, not as amazing at the first one, a book that had a golden place in my heart, I loved to see Matt and Jared and the relationship of Angelo and Zach it just perfect.

Well Done Marie Sexton
Mar 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
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!!!
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m

Zach Mitchell is a man that just goes along with his life. After his college boyfriend left him 10years ago without a single explanation he still lives in the same crappy apartment, drives the same car and takes care of his ex's cat -that hates him-. He owns a video rental store AtoZ is struggling. He doesnt understand his customers, doesnt know anything about movies, has crazy neighbors and has a sad unfulfilled relationship with his new landlord, Tom.

Angelo Green, a p
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading twice the first book (Promises) of this series, I ask myself why I did not continue the series? Damn, I was wrong then. I thought that maybe the other books weren't going to be good as the first, but damn (again) I was wrong. This book was just as perfect as the first one!

Let me explain a little. This book does NOT follow the story of the first book, but you will see the characters at some point and you will be happy because they are happy. Now, this story follows the story of Zach

2.5 stars

It’s been a while since I read the first book in this series, Promises. I gave it five stars, but A to Z didn’t grab me the same way. I think, mostly, because I couldn’t believe in the connection between Zach and Angelo. Zach’s in his thirties, owns the video store, A to Z, but doesn’t like movies and doesn’t put much thought or heart into running his business. For ten years. He also has a failed relationship and has been alone and cut off from social connections. Zach is the color ‘gra
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)
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: slow-burn, mm
3 stars
I liked Ang and Zach's story. It was sweet and ends well. They get to know each other before they jump to bed.
Notwithstanding that, I didn't care about Zach's character at all.
In the first chapters he sounded depressed, but then he just read as a completely clueless moron.
I couldn't get over the fact that he lets Tom have sex with him without a condom. After that, he is Tom's doormat even when it's so obvious that he's using him.
And don't get me started with the fact that he and Angelo h
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.
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: various-romance
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
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, 3-5
Marie Sexton writes well that's for sure. There was something missing with this one for me this time though.
For some reason Angelo had mannerisms and behaviours of a teenager even though he was 27.
Their relationship felt rushed from Zach's cluelessness to love almost instantly.
All the complications were not properly explored. There were quick fixes towards the end.
Good read all the same.
Although the quality of the writing was good, this book fell flat for me. This was mostly due to the lack of any real action in the plot and a lack of depth in the characters.

Zach went from clueless to in-love, while Angelo wine from hip to tortured and in-love. I didn't feel much heat from these guys.
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance, reviewed
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
Morgan  Skye
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
You can get the gist of the story from the blurb. Zach is clueless. He owns a movie store but knows nothing about movies. Angelo is a wonder. He’s sweet, but gun-shy, knows everything about movies and is in love with the clueless Zach.

It takes a trip to the mountains of Colorado where they meet Jared and Matt (from Promises) and the opportunity to start over, and do it their way, that Zach finally comes to his senses.

The battle isn’t over, though. Angelo is like a bird in a cage. Sometimes he’s
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zach, is the owner of A to Z video rental. He feels like his life has been floating aimlessly. He is 34-years-old, he is lonely, he has no idea about the movies that he rents. Then he meets his new landlord, Tom. Zach is immediately attracted to him -- even if after awhile, his heart telling him that Tom only uses him for sex. That is when one of his customers, Angelo, walks into his life, and changes it completely.

I loved "Promises" so much, I immediately jumped into this story after I finish.
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Angelo is an angel - for putting up with Zach. All I know is that the first half of this book, I really hated Zach. Why do I hate Zach? Because he is a lazy ass free loading slob. People like him drive me crazy. People with absolutely no motivation and just drug their way through life should donate their perfectly working bodies to those with bodies that don't work. Like those with MS or quadriplegics. People who want to do so much yet are trapped in their broken bodies would love to have Zach's ...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.” 12 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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