Books by Z.A. Maxfield

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Home the Hard Way

I love flawed characters. They make a story so much more interesting. I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t want to read about a perfect hero and heroine (or in this case, hero and hero.) I want the characters to be approachable, and since I am in no way perfect, I want to read about peopl ...

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Eddie: Grime Doesn't Pay

Can a teacher and lifelong reader really love a severely dyslexic man? The second of the Grime and Punishment series about the men who clean up scenes of the crime and other potentially toxic sites successfully grapples with this question of essential personalities and established lifestyles. ...

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Grime and Punishment

Painful pasts seem to be the staple of romance literature. Mopping up the pain and putting protagonists on a newer, happier track make up the plotlines of a long line of memorable books. This change of path from Maxfield’s St. Nacho’s series and a slew of stand-alones marks the first of the Brot ...

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The Book of Daniel

The St. Nacho’s gay series is set in a small coastal California town where a group of interesting individuals live and for the most part get along peacefully. While there’s a little prejudice and bias, the laid-back community mostly accepts any and all who settle there. In Maxfiel ...

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Rhapsody for Piano and Ghost

After reading one of Z. A. Maxfields’s St. Nacho’s novels, I wondered what else the author had written and was surprised to find a paranormal gay story in the mix. My curiosity getting the better of me, I dove in. Nineteen-year-old piano virtuoso Fitz has spent his life placatin ...

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St. Nacho's

Narrated in the first person, St. Nacho's is a story of contrasts. Cooper, the narrator, is struggling with his past, and yet for all the angst, the story is full of hope. Also, although Cooper is a skilled violinist, he falls in love with a deaf college student. Yet it's Cooper's past that truly ge ...