Part of the Coda Series
As a young man, Dominic Jacobsen already suspects he's gay, and he gets all the confirmation he needs when a rich boy from out of town climbs into the back seat of Dominic's GTO. One night with Lamar Franklin is all it takes to convince Dominic he's found the man of his dreams. Unfortunately, that one night is all he'll get before Lamar returns to Tucson.
Fifteen years later Lamar returns to Coda, Colorado, after ending the latest in a string of bad relationships. He's alone, depressed, and plagued by late-night phone calls from an unidentified caller. Lamar's ready to give up when he comes face-to-face with his past.
Since he was seventeen, Dominic has dreamed of a reunion with Lamar, but that doesn't mean he's ready for it now. Facing small-town rumors and big-family drama is bad enough, but Dominic won't risk losing custody of his teenage daughter, Naomi. The only solution is to make sure he and Lamar remain friends and nothing more. Clothes stay on, no matter what.
It seems simple enough. But for better or worse, Lamar has other ideas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog I owe Marie Sexton and the Coda series a great big hug because this is the series that got me into reading M/M in the first place. It’s Sexton’s excellent writing and compelling characters that really jumpstarted my love for the genre so I was very excited when I heard that she was going to be releasing a seventh book. SHOTGUN is all about Dominic Jacobsen and Lamar Franklin. It starts off when they are the ripe young age of 17 and they are both feeling a little curious and reckless. When Lamar comes visits, it spurs this instant attraction and lust and soon they are riding off together to secluded areas for privacy to explore this newfound chemistry. But just as quick and as passionate the encounter is, it’s gone when Lamar returns home. Fifteen years later, Lamar returns to Coda, Colorado and that’s where we see what really happened after he left. I really, really loved the beginning of this novel. Sexton really put the romance at the forefront and really established their connection from the very first page. You could definitely feel the passion and the yearning so when Lamar left, it made me really sad to see him go. While the rest of the book occurs when the boys are older, I really thought that Sexton did a great job of writing these younger characters. She could definitely write some New Adult M/M romances if she wants to – she certainly has the voice for it. The rest of the book is a little more complex as it deals with Lamar’s depression and the fact that so much time has passed since they first met. Now the question is, how will they be able to pick up where they left off now that the both of them have lives of their own? The only complaint I can see if that the whole stalking thing kind of took me out of the story. It wasn’t my favorite aspect and I didn’t think it added much in terms of the story other than something that the boys could look into. But overall, it was nice returning to Coda for awhile.
ThreeandHalfStars I loved the beginning of this book. The teenage characters came to life beautifully and I really believed in Lamar and Dominic’s furtive, tentative connection. I didn’t enjoy their adult relationship quite as much. Actually, the relationship worked, but I’m not sure Lamar’s stalker experiences and the resulting police investigation were necessary. With two complicated adult lives to negotiate, Lamar and Dominic’s relationship was never going to be simple. Adding a crime story just seemed to detract from the character building. I loved Dominic’s daughter - her world-view was so wonderfully simple! There were so many good things about this book, but I think I’ve just come to expect more from Marie Sexton. Her “Promises” is one of my all time favourite m/m books and a re-read on bad days. “Shotgun” just failed to pack the emotional punch I expect from her books. Both Dominic and Lamar were attractive, engaging men, but I didn’t fall for either one of them. Dominic was irrationally frightened of his family and Lamar let himself get walked over too often. Human and real? Yes. But neither man makes a great romantic lead. Marie Sexton’s books are always readable and always enjoyable. “Shotgun” isn’t my favourite of her books, but it is still better than the majority of recent m/m offerings. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah