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.
A combat boot-wearing punk with an attitude, Angelo Green was raised in foster homes and has been on his own since he was sixteen; he has never learned to trust or to love. He doesnt do relationships, so when Angelo takes a job at A to Z Video, he decides Zach is strictly off-limits.
Despite their differences, Zach and Angelo quickly become friends, and when Zachs break-up with Tom puts his business on the line, its Angelo who comes up with a solution. Together with Jared and Matt, their friends from Coda, Colorado, Zach and Angelo will find a way to save A to Z, but will they be able to save each other too?
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 seemingly nothing can change that. His affair with his landlord Tom makes him feel like dirt.
It was becoming more and more obvious that he was only in it for the sex. And the sex wasn’t even that good. I felt cheap. I felt used. I felt like a fool.
Still, this is the misstep that gives him the last push to something new and valuable. His relationship with Tom seemed to be unnecessarily detailed, but it was a great counterpoint to that beautiful and precious thing what Zach and Angelo shared.
Angelo Green is a regular customer at Zach’s store. Though the only thing Zach notices about him is a punk with attitude, Angelo is interested in Zach for a long time. When Zach offers a job to him at the video rental, Angelo takes it immediately and they quickly become friends.
“Uh, do you want a job?”
“I got one.”
“Oh.” I wasn’t sure why I had assumed he was unemployed. “Okay.”
“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. “Can you organize all these movies?” “Easy.”
“When can you start?”
He smiled at me. “Now.”
Angelo is perceptive, attentive, and kind. He is tough too and so much fun. He systematizes and rearranges Zach’s store and brings light and fun into his life.
The story is told from a dual point of view, in first person. I love this kind of narrative. It was great to follow how Angelo’s interest morphed into something more and deep for Zach, who noticed nothing about it all the while, of course.
I spend half the night wantin’ to touch him and the other half worried that I will. He’s oblivious, like always. He sleeps like a fuckin’ baby.
I loved Angelo and I loved Zach. They have totally different personalities, still both of them found their way to my heart. They balance each other perfectly.
Angelo’s panic and doubts are understandable and much more realistic than Jared’s panic was in Promises. Zach hasn’t even noticed him for months and now he is suddenly in love with him? Hard to believe, really. Plus, Angelo was raised in foster homes and has been on his own since he was sixteen; he has never learned to trust or to love. Angelo needs affirmation.
I think he can sense there’s still some piece of me that’s scared shitless. That little voice inside of me that’s constantly tellin’ me to run like crazy before he has a chance to hurt me.
Zach is so reasonable and wonderful. His mission is to make Angelo happy, to make him feel cherished and safe.
Zach and Angelo move to Coda and a close friendship forms with Matt and Jared. It was amazing to see, and I was so happy to meet Matt and Jared again.
A to Z was close to perfection to me! I loved the storyline, the romance, the characters, everything. There are so many beautiful moments in it that it is a serious struggle not to give away everything with the quotes. Recommended!
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