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Summary

Cooper has spent the last three years running from a painful past. He's currently moving from town to town, working in restaurant kitchens, and playing his violin for tips. As soon as he starts to feel comfortable anywhere - with anyone - he moves on. He's aware that music may be the only human language he still knows. Ironically, the one man he's wanted to communicate with in all that time is deaf.

Shawn is part of a deaf theater group at the nearby college. Shawn wants Cooper as soon as they meet and he begins a determined flirtation. Cooper is comfortable with down and dirty sex, just not people. As far as Shawn is concerned, dirty sex is win-win, but he wants Cooper to let him into the rest of his life as well. Cooper needs time to heal and put his past away for good. Shawn needs to help Cooper forgive himself and accept that he can be loved. Both men find out that when it comes to the kind of healing love can bring, the sleepy beachside town of Santo Ignacio, "St. Nacho's" as the locals call it, may just be the very best place to start.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some listeners may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, male/male sexual practices.

©2008 Z. A. Maxfield (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Vicki
  • 10-01-17

leave your baggage at the door

This was a solid story. The characters were rich and the story told was moving. The narration was amazing. Thomas Fawley admirably individualized each character and their emotions through voice, accent and inflection.

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  • Charo
  • 03-07-17

heartfelt

Narration = 5 stars.. this is my first time hearing this narrator and he was amazing... giving each h character a distinct voice.
Story = 5 stars.. this is a well written, richly developed main characters and storyline..
Overall= 5 star.. I am highly recommending this book.
Charo

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  • Vicster
  • 16-03-17

Music can be heard in your heart

Other than the insta-love, the story of lost & hurt souls worked it's way into my heart. I fell in love with Shawn's tender heart. This is a love story that left me with a good feeling of hope and happiness.

Good read from a 1st time author & narrator to me. Well done!

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  • Katja Amyx
  • 03-09-18

A place that heals

A lovely first book in a series about a place that has a way of healing people. When Cooper rides into St. Nacho's on his motorcycle he has no idea that he's finally traveled alone long enough. A sweet (and sexy) story about being ready to step into the next part of life. And, of course, the value of having someone loving to support that next step. The author gives us interesting and relatable characters and the narrator skillfully imbues them with different voices.
Doesn't everyone wish to find a place like St. Nacho's?

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  • Chavon McAllister
  • 06-08-18

Decent Read

I like the story and it wasn't a bad book overall. I just had a hard time with the character descriptions. They just didn't quite come together for me. Other than that it was a good read.

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  • DJR
  • 25-06-18

Entire book in one day!

I skipped over this book a dozen times because the description didn't sound interesting, but I was wrong. Thoroughly enjoyed the story. Almost cried for Sean when Cooper left, it was heart wrenching. I sincerely hope these two make appearances in the remainder of the series which I will definitely read. Also, it took a half hour to get used to the narration. It was a bit too fast and even timbered for me to begin with but I loved how he voiced Sean.

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  • CK
  • 16-02-18

I liked the 1st half, but struggled w/the 2nd half

What was most disappointing about Z. A. Maxfield’s story?

I really liked the development of the relationship between Shawn and Cooper, it was sweet and the interplay of Coooper's music and Shawn being deaf led to some very touching and memorable moments. But the story lost momentum for me after Cooper's past pulls him away from Shawn and St. Nachos. I couldn't find Jordan sympathetic, and I found Stan and the whole religious subplot highly annoying and overly dramatic.

Have you listened to any of Thomas Fawley’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've listened to only 1 other performance by him, Touch the Sky by Nyrae Dawn and Christina Lee (which was a dual narration with Brandon Bujnowski), which was also a $1.99 audible add-on to the Kindle Unlimited book. Since I'm not a big fan of dual narration, I liked St. Nacho's narration better ... but I think both of these stories weren't the strongest and the narration helped bolster both books.

Any additional comments?

The Kindle book is offered free (purchase for $0, not Kindle Unlimited) and I added the narration for $1.99 (although it is now included in the Audible Romance Package). I know there are 3 more books in the St. Nacho's series (also included in the Romance Package), but I don't think St. Nacho's and Z.A. Maxfield is a good fit for my tastes!