Cooper never stays in one place more than a few days and he never allows himself to get attached to anyone or anything. He has been running from his past for years and he doesn’t believe he deserves to be happy or that he will ever find a place to belong. When Cooper arrives in the small town of
Santo Ignacio he doesn’t intend to stick around but he soon learns that St. Nacho’s, as the locals call it, has a way of getting under a person’s skin.
Before he even realizes it Cooper has a place to stay and a job he actually enjoys working in a restaurant. He is also rediscovering his love of music through playing violin for the patrons. The best thing about this town is actually Shawn. Cooper feels undeniably drawn to the younger man but Shawn is deaf. Can a musician and a deaf man find common ground?
Cooper is an intriguing character who I found myself identifying with. He is convinced that he is unworthy of love and happiness yet it is obvious to all those around him that his poor self-image couldn’t be further from the truth. I found myself rooting for him and for his relationship with Shawn. As he slowly begins to see that he deserves all the good things and people who care for him and more importantly, to believe in himself. Shawn and Cooper’s dynamic is captivating and sizzling but also very charming.
Nacho’s Bar, where Cooper works, is full of quirky and interesting people. I enjoyed the way they accepted Cooper and helped him to begin the healing process.
ST. NACHO’S by Z. A. Maxfield is a moving and unique story.