stumbled into owning a video store even though he doesnít
even like movies, and now heís barely scraping by. He knows
next to nothing about his own wares, and he doesnít really
care about the customers. Heís lonely, so he happily falls
into a casual relationship with the shopís new landlord,
Tom. Itís not really satisfying, but he is willing to take
what he can get. Then a customer walks in, asking about
movies, and suddenly Zachís offering him a job. Angelo
quickly proves to be the best employee he ever had.
didnít plan to get a job at A to Z video rental, but he
loves working there. Itís fun and easy, and Zach quickly
becomes a friend. Angeloís not happy to find his feelings
for Zach deepening. Zachís with that creep, Tom, and Angelo
doesnít do relationships. When Zach finally starts to get a
clue, will Angelo run?
A to Z
is a lovely story about two very different men
learning to understand and love each other despite their
differences and issues. The story is told through
alternating first-person chapters, and both Zach and Angelo
are great narrators. Zach is thirty-four, lonely, and
clueless. It took him years to get his life together after
wasting his college years partying and having random sex.
He doesnít see his own appeal at all, and he has a tendency
not to understand jokes that cracked me up several times.
In spite of his cluelessness, heís a good person and a loyal
friend. Angelo is a very different person. His childhood
was horrible, leading him to run away from foster care at
sixteen. Heís been taking care of himself ever since. Heís
prickly and even the idea of a relationship freaks him out.
Heís afraid of his attraction to Zach, and yet afraid of
losing him at the same time. When Zachís video store is
threatened, a chance encounter with Matt and Jared (from
Marie Sextonís Promises) may be their salvation, or
it may destroy everything.
It was easy
to root for Zach and Angelo as they work through Angeloís
issues and the potential loss of Zachís livelihood. One
thing I really liked about A to Z was the
storyís slow pace. Angelo and Zach form a friendship before
anything else, and thatís a pleasure to read. They also
deal with Angeloís problems slowly, without the magic fix
Iíve seen in way too many romances. The scenes between them
are sometimes funny, sometimes emotional, and sometimes hot,
but always enjoyable. The glimpse into the lives of Matt
and Jared was nice, too. If youíre in the mood for a
slow-paced, emotional tale with realistic conflict and a
sweet ending, pick up A to Z. You wonít