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One man is older and not quite wiser. The other is young and steady. Can they ignore the critics and let their hearts decide? Veterinarian Linden Davies gets on better with animals than men. After a lifetime of always putting work first, he’s resigned himself to one-night stands and shallow blind dates. But years of heartache evaporate when he offers a handsome young busker One man is older and not quite wiser. The other is young and steady. Can they ignore the critics and let their hearts decide? Veterinarian Linden Davies gets on better with animals than men. After a lifetime of always putting work first, he’s resigned himself to one-night stands and shallow blind dates. But years of heartache evaporate when he offers a handsome young busker a free health check for his companion Labrador. Christopher “Beck” Beckett vowed to care for his late friend’s loyal dog. After falling out with his parents and ending up on the streets playing music for tips, he longs for a warm embrace and a compassionate kiss. Linden is perfect, and he takes Beck under his wing, but his hangups over a relationship with someone half his age have Beck's head spinning. As Linden lets the sweet wayward guitarist into his world and gives him renewed purpose, he battles disapproval from his friends and family. And when Beck realizes the kindhearted vet could well be his true soulmate, he fears that their love is probably doomed. Will this perfect match transcend the judgment of others?


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One man is older and not quite wiser. The other is young and steady. Can they ignore the critics and let their hearts decide? Veterinarian Linden Davies gets on better with animals than men. After a lifetime of always putting work first, he’s resigned himself to one-night stands and shallow blind dates. But years of heartache evaporate when he offers a handsome young busker One man is older and not quite wiser. The other is young and steady. Can they ignore the critics and let their hearts decide? Veterinarian Linden Davies gets on better with animals than men. After a lifetime of always putting work first, he’s resigned himself to one-night stands and shallow blind dates. But years of heartache evaporate when he offers a handsome young busker a free health check for his companion Labrador. Christopher “Beck” Beckett vowed to care for his late friend’s loyal dog. After falling out with his parents and ending up on the streets playing music for tips, he longs for a warm embrace and a compassionate kiss. Linden is perfect, and he takes Beck under his wing, but his hangups over a relationship with someone half his age have Beck's head spinning. As Linden lets the sweet wayward guitarist into his world and gives him renewed purpose, he battles disapproval from his friends and family. And when Beck realizes the kindhearted vet could well be his true soulmate, he fears that their love is probably doomed. Will this perfect match transcend the judgment of others?

30 review for A Much Younger Man

  1. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this a B at AAR A Much Younger Man is, as the title would suggest a May/December romance, and it’s the first book in Z.A. Maxfield’s Men of St. Nacho’s series – a spin off of her earlier books set in the small California coastal town of St. Ingacio, (called St. Nacho’s by the locals).  It does feature some of the characters from that series, but the story is self-contained and can easily be read as a standalone Busy veterinarian Linden Davies – known to his friends as Lindy - decide I've given this a B at AAR A Much Younger Man is, as the title would suggest a May/December romance, and it’s the first book in Z.A. Maxfield’s Men of St. Nacho’s series – a spin off of her earlier books set in the small California coastal town of St. Ingacio, (called St. Nacho’s by the locals).  It does feature some of the characters from that series, but the story is self-contained and can easily be read as a standalone Busy veterinarian Linden Davies – known to his friends as Lindy - decided to try the infamous brunch at Nacho’s Bar one day, and was instantly captivated by the place, so much so that a few months and visits later he’d sold his thriving practice in San Diego and opened a new practice there. I moved for the view, the powerful feeling of community, the sense of belonging and I’ve never looked back. He’s perhaps a little set in his ways, but he’s mostly content; he has good friends, and colleagues and has his outstpoken parrakeet for company, but since his last relationship ended, he's decided he’s really not cut out for relationships because his work has always come first (he doesn’t only run his practice he also volunteers regularly with various animal rescue charities).  He lives alone (with his parrakeet!) and contents himself with the occasional one-night stand or blind date that doesn’t really go anywhere.  At thirty-eight, he’s resigned to the fact that finding someone willing to put up with his workaholic lifestyle isn’t going to happen and that love has passed him by – until the day a beautiful young man by the name of Christopher Beckett bursts into his life and captivates him completely. Beck is an extraordinarily talented guitarist, and the first time Linden sees him, Beck is busking on the beach by the bar.  Lindy can hardly look away; he knows he should – the guy can be no more than twenty and Linden feels ashamed at simply gawking at him, so he’s relieved to divert his attention to the chocolate Labrador sitting at Beck’s side.  When the performance is over, Lindy asks to be introduced to the dog – Callie – and offers to give her a free health check; Beck is a bit defensive initially, but when he realises Linden really does have the dog’s best interests at heart, he agrees to bring her along the next day. Beck hasn’t had an easy time of it over the past few years, and has been travelling around earning money by busking.  His other – human – companion, Tug, is a bit of a shifty character to whom Lindy takes an instant dislike (one he’s not quite ready to admit is jealousy) – and Lindy can’t help being pleased when, a few days later, a distraught Beck arrives at the practice and tells him that Tug has left and taken everything with him – including Beck’s beloved guitar.  Well, Lindy isn’t pleased to hear that, but he’s glad Tug has gone – and that it was he – Lindy – Beck turned to for help. Beck’s backstory – why he’s busking for a living and how he came to be responsible for Callie – is heart-breaking, and yet he retains the resilience and optimism of youth.  He’s funny and kind and secure in himself; he’s exactly what Lindy needs – if only Lindy would let himself have it.  But Lindy’s lack of self-esteem and inability to see that he deserves to be loved get in the way, as does his conviction that the eighteen-year age gap between them is a no-no.  The author addresses the question of the power imbalance really well as Lindy struggles with his deepening and genuine affection for Beck while worrying he may be taking advantage of him - and about what everyone else will think, preconceptions which are only reinforced by (well-meaning but very annoying!) friends and family.  The story is told entirely from Lindy’s PoV, so his struggles are immediate, and his longing for Beck and his love for him are very well conveyed although the single perspective means that Beck is perhaps not quite as fully-fleshed out as Lindy is.  And while I appreciated the way the author addresses the age-gap issue, there were times I felt it was just a bit overdone. A Much Younger Man is a charming and wonderfully readable character-driven romance featuring a pair of loveable central characters who are meant to be together, but have to jump quite a few hurdles in order to get there.  It’s a delightful read and I’m really looking forward to reading more about the Men of St. Nacho’s .

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    It's good to be home again. We could all use a little bit of St. Nacho's. I forgot how ZAM can turn the ordinary into extraordinary. ZAM's characters are real, you know these people. You share some of the same qualities. Self doubt anyone? Linden is riddled with it. Quirky, a little weird, so smart and so mature. Thirty-eight and he talks like he's over the hill. Loosen up my friend! I get where he is at. Looking for justification for his choices because he is head over heels for a younger man a It's good to be home again. We could all use a little bit of St. Nacho's. I forgot how ZAM can turn the ordinary into extraordinary. ZAM's characters are real, you know these people. You share some of the same qualities. Self doubt anyone? Linden is riddled with it. Quirky, a little weird, so smart and so mature. Thirty-eight and he talks like he's over the hill. Loosen up my friend! I get where he is at. Looking for justification for his choices because he is head over heels for a younger man and doesn't know what to do with that. The man doesn't have a clue. He relates to animals. Rico, his pet cockatiel, who steals the show more than once. Beck, our younger man. Beck is an old soul at 20. Not possible you think? Oh, it's very possible. Pushed aside and pushed out. Death of a sibling at close range. Living on the streets. You find stability and it's like, oh geez now I can do what other men my age do? Beck is way beyond that. He has no interest in the what might have been. He looks ahead, knows what he wants and is not afraid to show it. His feelings for Linden are pure with no regrets. These two souls meet and fall in love. Sounds simple but its not. Their story is extraordinary and quite beautiful. Linden is a nurturer. Beck is a follower, perfectly content, somewhat submissive. Beck carries the strength, linden is the core. Some may see that as a little strange. It's their kink, freely acknowledged and accepted. It works for them. Who are the friends and family to judge? Indeed. Soul mates, a rare and wonderous thing to be cherished. These men cherish each other. Let the naysayers be damned. Go with your heart and the rest will follow. Let the spirit of St. Nacho's live in us all. More, please. Thank you.

  3. 5 out of 5

    French_fry

    I DNF’d this at 91%. Do you know how bored you have to be to abandon ship with that little left? The answer is very. The main characters spend so little time together that it’s hard to believe in their love story. This book is 75% Lindy angsting about what a bad boyfriend he is and how important his job is. Early on, there is a scene where it is revealed that Lindy owns (and frequently reads) a scrapbook of clippings about the animal rescues he’s responsible for. His mom made it for him. And he I DNF’d this at 91%. Do you know how bored you have to be to abandon ship with that little left? The answer is very. The main characters spend so little time together that it’s hard to believe in their love story. This book is 75% Lindy angsting about what a bad boyfriend he is and how important his job is. Early on, there is a scene where it is revealed that Lindy owns (and frequently reads) a scrapbook of clippings about the animal rescues he’s responsible for. His mom made it for him. And he reads it at night in his lonely house. Just. What? The text exchange that we have to read between Lindy and Beck is so cringeworthy it hurts. Lindy says, “be an elven prince”. There is nothing about this text exchange that feels like a real conversation between two humans. Just. What? Lindy is a douche. Beck is a very thinly drawn character. He basically has grief and “NOT SEX WORKER!!!” as his only characteristics. I remember enjoying some of the St. Nacho books many years ago but this is not for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anne Barwell

    The original St Nacho’s series was on my first introductions to the world of MM romance so I was very excited to be revisiting it. I loved Lindy and Beck’s story, which sucked me in immediately, and kept me enthralled from start to finish. An added bonus was revisiting some of the original characters I’d fallen in love with years ago. Cooper and Shaun have a decent sized role in this story. Lindy and Beck are both good men who have gone through rough times/past relationships. I loved how Lindy se The original St Nacho’s series was on my first introductions to the world of MM romance so I was very excited to be revisiting it. I loved Lindy and Beck’s story, which sucked me in immediately, and kept me enthralled from start to finish. An added bonus was revisiting some of the original characters I’d fallen in love with years ago. Cooper and Shaun have a decent sized role in this story. Lindy and Beck are both good men who have gone through rough times/past relationships. I loved how Lindy second guesses himself throughout the story, not only worried about the age difference between him and Beck, and not wanting to take advantage, but convincing himself that he has nothing to offer a much younger man. Beck’s more sure of himself, yet also doesn’t want to take advantage in any shape or form. I liked how the usual trope of more sure older man was flipped in this story. Their mutual attraction is obvious from the first time they meet, and I loved the friendship that grows between them. The scenes with the kittens are adorable, and show the human side of both men. The descriptions are fabulous. Not only do the settings seem very real but the music comes alive on the page. I’m always very happy when music is a part of a story and this didn’t disappoint. This is also very much a story about family, and found family. Lindy’s mother starts off as very annoying and trying to set him up with ‘suitable men,’ yet by the end of the story I loved her. His dad is wonderful, and the heart to heart he has with Lindy felt very real. I was very happy that Beck, whose family made him choose between them and Callie, finds his found family in Lindy’s and in St. Nacho’s. I loved Cooper and Shaun’s part of the series, and I liked Lindy’s staff at his practice. His work and the animals he treats slid into the story and gave it an extra layer. I liked how the author didn’t shy away from the not so great side of being a vet, with Lindy having to help mistreated animals, and make the difficult decision to euthanize those he couldn’t help. I’m very happy that Epic is getting his own story. As soon as he turned up, I wanted to know more about him, despite him not having a large role. Callie and Rico are characters in their own right, and play an important part in the story too. The HEA ending was perfect, and great ending to a very satisfying read. I’m already looking forward to more in this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Calila

    *Received A Copy To Review From The Author* I never get tired of seeing St. Nachos. I think I enjoyed this for the most part. But I did struggle with liking Linden a lot at times. He was mean, and superior at times. And I don't know why Beck would forgive him so easily. But I also feel for Linden, he's so stuck and disconnected from himself almost. It's hard to explain what I mean. Beck on the other hand, I loved. He was such a sweetheart. His devotion to Callie is everything. *Received A Copy To Review From The Author* I never get tired of seeing St. Nachos. I think I enjoyed this for the most part. But I did struggle with liking Linden a lot at times. He was mean, and superior at times. And I don't know why Beck would forgive him so easily. But I also feel for Linden, he's so stuck and disconnected from himself almost. It's hard to explain what I mean. Beck on the other hand, I loved. He was such a sweetheart. His devotion to Callie is everything.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Monika

    It was great being in St. Nacho's again! I missed this place and didn't really know it until I re-visited it with Lindy & Beck's story. This was a fast, easy sweet read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. TAGS -- quick, easy read -- age difference -- homeless -- no real angst -- sweet -- feel good -- friendships -- family good and bad -- for the love of animals -- love this town -- loved the MCs... Lindy & Beck -- want more It was great being in St. Nacho's again! I missed this place and didn't really know it until I re-visited it with Lindy & Beck's story. This was a fast, easy sweet read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. TAGS -- quick, easy read -- age difference -- homeless -- no real angst -- sweet -- feel good -- friendships -- family good and bad -- for the love of animals -- love this town -- loved the MCs... Lindy & Beck -- want more

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joyfully Jay

    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 stars With A Much Younger Man, we are back in St. Nacho’s, a fictional town that holds a warm place in my heart. Z.A. Maxfield has released a new story set in the idyllic coastal town that connects to the main St. Nacho’s series. This is an age gap story with Doc Lindy, just shy of forty years of age, blindsided emotionally by Beck, a twenty-year-old drifter who comes to town. They meet as Beck is playing his guitar for tips and still involved with a guy named Tug, who t A Joyfully Jay review. 4 stars With A Much Younger Man, we are back in St. Nacho’s, a fictional town that holds a warm place in my heart. Z.A. Maxfield has released a new story set in the idyllic coastal town that connects to the main St. Nacho’s series. This is an age gap story with Doc Lindy, just shy of forty years of age, blindsided emotionally by Beck, a twenty-year-old drifter who comes to town. They meet as Beck is playing his guitar for tips and still involved with a guy named Tug, who turns out to be a not so savory “friend.” But the story moves quickly, removing Tug from the picture and leaving Beck in need of help—something Lindy and his friends offer without reservation. Read Sammy’s review in its entirety here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Annie Maus

    If you’re not already enthralled by Saint Nacho’s, the mystical locale for Z.A. Maxfield’s acclaimed St. Nacho’s series, where odd pairings fall in love, no worries. A Much Younger Man is the start of a new series. The delightful back stories of Maxfield’s minor characters aren’t required to appreciate the beauty of this seaside town with bountiful community spirit. But, man, could we all use a bit of St. Nacho’s today! (And I highly recommend the prior series.) Meet Linden “Lindy” Davies, who so If you’re not already enthralled by Saint Nacho’s, the mystical locale for Z.A. Maxfield’s acclaimed St. Nacho’s series, where odd pairings fall in love, no worries. A Much Younger Man is the start of a new series. The delightful back stories of Maxfield’s minor characters aren’t required to appreciate the beauty of this seaside town with bountiful community spirit. But, man, could we all use a bit of St. Nacho’s today! (And I highly recommend the prior series.) Meet Linden “Lindy” Davies, who sold a successful San Diego Veterinary practice to open shop in St. Nacho’s where, “Time flowed in a rhythm all its own as if progress, and politics, and the next new Instagram trend didn’t exist there.” He tells himself he’s happy with his cockatiel, whose favorite squawk is “You ruin everything.” Lindy’s disastrous relationship history has left him to conclude, “No one believes me when I say I’m not good at relationships, though I prove it all the time.” He prefers animals, any day, any way. Then 38-year-old Lindy encounters 20-year-old Beck, a busker/guitarist who seems unsullied, though Beck has lived rough on the streets. When Beck’s dodgy companion steals his guitar, leaving Beck and his chocolate Labrador destitute, Beck seeks out Doc Lindy for solace. And they discover they are complementary. Lindy loves to nurture, especially to feed, and Beck is thrilled to receive it. Is this enough to overcome an 18-year age gap and the tongues which will surely wag? Maxfield’s scenes drew me in completely. “I looked around to see if anyone else saw what I saw – joy, entirely unrestrained. Skill and passion. Creation in its purest most breathtaking form. Pure youth on the verge of magnificence. The sight of that young guitarist felt like a wound, like a scar. Talent like his was rare. I also felt breath stealing sorrow, not desire or envy but a kind of despair, as if I’d lost something I’d never realized I had until it was gone.” Can’t you feel Lindy’s longing for Beck and the unbridled freedom this younger man represents? Lindy won’t allow himself to accept his desire, obsessing over ethics – would he be taking advantage of Beck’s difficult situation? Meanwhile, Beck seems almost smug, as if certain he has exactly what Lindy needs. Is this youthful hubris, or hard-won wisdom? Told from Lindy’s point of view, what follows is a comedy of self-doubt showing readers precisely who is more mature! Take it from someone in a marriage with a large age difference, A Much Younger Man is delightfully thought-provoking. Meet Lindy’s mother, who clearly taught him how to be “clueless.” She is protective of both men and a thundercloud of certainty about what her son needs, feeding Lindy’s angst. I felt his head and heart running rapidly in opposite directions. Maxfield sets a simple plot line into a thrilling arc, where I couldn’t wait to discover what happened next. Luckily Beck takes life as it comes, telling Lindy, “’I sort of realized it’s not like we’re on a train heading for a destination. We’re just…made of transition, and the only thing anyone can count on is this one moment right now.’” Or, as Lindy thinks, “How long had it taken for a man half my age to teach me something I should have learned long ago?” Lindy’s journey is an object lesson for anyone who has struggled to accept our intuitions. ‘A Much Younger Man’ is pure romance, with the dorkiest, most adorable climax I’ve read in ages. Gosh, do I wanna live in St. Nacho’s, with its gentle, supportive community, seaside sunsets and special entrancement, that can only exist when we all reach out a helping hand.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Saul-Avila

    I really, really, really liked this book. I found both lead characters endearing together and separately. Beck is definitely portrayed as the less flawed of the two, despite his circumstances, but that's partly because the book is from Lindy's point of view. This book is as much as about Lindy's growth as the relationship between him and Beck, if not more so. Beck is the catalyst for this stage of Lindy's life. Although there are plenty of serious moments and Lindy does a whole lot of ruminating, I really, really, really liked this book. I found both lead characters endearing together and separately. Beck is definitely portrayed as the less flawed of the two, despite his circumstances, but that's partly because the book is from Lindy's point of view. This book is as much as about Lindy's growth as the relationship between him and Beck, if not more so. Beck is the catalyst for this stage of Lindy's life. Although there are plenty of serious moments and Lindy does a whole lot of ruminating, (which he himself is pretty self-deprecating about), there is a LOT of great humor in the form of teasing, puns, age jokes, "dad jokes," and a talking bird with an interesting repertoire. I laughed regularly. My only negative on this was that I wish that there had been more interaction between the two leads before they realized that they had fallen head over heels. It wasn't 100% insta-love, but it would have been good for them to have had perhaps a few more awkward dates and moments of domestication for me to enjoy. But I'm perhaps being greedy on that. Although this is the start of a series and can be read as a standalone, I definitely wished that I had read the original St. Nacho's series prior to this, since there were some interactions with side characters who I'd bet money on were in that series. I've had it on my TBR absolutely FOREVER and now I've got extra reason to go there. I'm also very much looking forward to the next book in this series and really hoping there will be glimpses of Lindy and Beck, (and to be honest, I really want to see more of the bird too).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    It was a real treat visiting St. Nachos again. The place just seems to exude love pheromones. This is a May/December romance, with a bit of a quasi daddy kink, without the kink. The characters are interesting, and the story is written well. Lindy is the local veterinary, closer to forty than not, and has a pretty big hero complex. He's pretty content with his life as a bachelor, living the one-off life that drives his meddling mother crazy. It's not until he comes across a busker while walking wi It was a real treat visiting St. Nachos again. The place just seems to exude love pheromones. This is a May/December romance, with a bit of a quasi daddy kink, without the kink. The characters are interesting, and the story is written well. Lindy is the local veterinary, closer to forty than not, and has a pretty big hero complex. He's pretty content with his life as a bachelor, living the one-off life that drives his meddling mother crazy. It's not until he comes across a busker while walking with Cooper that Lindy starts to question his morals. Because this gifted, gorgeous, down on his luck, much younger man, is really turning him into a mess. Beck is 20; old enough to vote, but not to drink. He's been doing the best he can to take care of his dog while living rough, and Callie seems to have caught the attention of a man that Beck would definitely like to get to know better. His traveling companion, Tug, calls the older man as an easy mark, but the young man soon shows his true colors once again, and Beck ends up at Lindy's clinic door. Lindy tries to live in denial , telling himself it's wrong to desire someone so young. But Beck knows what he wants, and he is not afraid to ask to be taken care of in the way he needs. Bring in interfering friends and family, a bird that mimics Lindy's ex, and of course, Callie, and we end up with a match made in... St. Nachos. And, of course, a happily ever after that has just begun. Happy reading! * I received an ARC of this book and I am leaving my honest opinion. *

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I have to get this off my chest: I don't like the cover at all. That cover model is the absolute last person I would choose as Beck. I believe at some point Lindy describes Beck as being "elven" like... that cover dude is so not. Personally I don't understand how an older, financially successful, educated man would find an almost half-his-age, uneducated homeless drifter so fascinating... but I guess that's what the whole book is about. The writing is excellent - I've read several books by this au I have to get this off my chest: I don't like the cover at all. That cover model is the absolute last person I would choose as Beck. I believe at some point Lindy describes Beck as being "elven" like... that cover dude is so not. Personally I don't understand how an older, financially successful, educated man would find an almost half-his-age, uneducated homeless drifter so fascinating... but I guess that's what the whole book is about. The writing is excellent - I've read several books by this author and it's pretty much a guarantee that I'm going to enjoy the book. I don't understand the relationship, but that's basically the whole premise of the story: it's not my place to judge what they feel for each other. The whole book is Lindy fighting himself over his feelings, questioning them, trying to figure out if they're real or an in-the-moment lust kind of thing and he'll revert back to his old self of being devoted only to his work. Then it becomes his family and friends questioning him. Beck knows what he wants, but everyone questions whether he's too young to know for sure if he's making the right decision or if he's just setting himself up to be taken advantage of because of his naivete. This who book is basically low level angst throughout, and I'm not a fan of angst, but it was more like hearing Lindy rationalize and justify to himself why he can be with Beck. It's was like inner monologue mumblings to himself and the animals he works with, so it was entertaining. His bird was a riot. I liked it and I'll look for the next in the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    An age gap romance with unfair stereotyping and immature characters, but a nice HEA. The HEA goes a long way to making this story worth the read because it shows that they finally get it together and get together in a way that's probably satisfying for most readers. This reader, however, didn't exactly enjoy the bumpy ride, the unnecessary angst, the judging, the issues feeling forced and immature, the dialogue, and the lack of alternating POV. Where a lot of the connection should have taken place An age gap romance with unfair stereotyping and immature characters, but a nice HEA. The HEA goes a long way to making this story worth the read because it shows that they finally get it together and get together in a way that's probably satisfying for most readers. This reader, however, didn't exactly enjoy the bumpy ride, the unnecessary angst, the judging, the issues feeling forced and immature, the dialogue, and the lack of alternating POV. Where a lot of the connection should have taken place we got awkward dialogue and weird conversations that didn't deepen their relationship or move things forward. Kissing other people, exaggeratingly stressing the age gap of a measly 17 years making someone who is barely older than me sound as if they were half dead, and the juvenile reactions from both men all combined to make me wonder how this really belongs in the world of St. Nachos. Read book two in this series, truly, because even without the alternating POV the author creates tension, sweetness, rawness, and a growth through honesty that is worth reading. I didn't feel convinced by this couple and I wish so hard that I did. There were some really sweet moments between them when they weren't concerned with artifice, opinions of others, or how their relationship looks on paper that were gems, I just wish there were more of them; enough to convince me that they work together for the long run.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    4.5 stars, rounded to 5. Whew. This book gave my heart a workout in all the best ways: some angst, some drama, some humor, and a whole lotta romance. Beck and Lindy’s story is deceptively simple - they meet and connect, but Beck is young, and Lindy doesn’t do people well even when they are his age and more like him. As might be expected, grumpy older guy and sunshine-y younger guy then dance around each other until they reach their HEA. But then there’s so much more. Lindy’s struggles to let him 4.5 stars, rounded to 5. Whew. This book gave my heart a workout in all the best ways: some angst, some drama, some humor, and a whole lotta romance. Beck and Lindy’s story is deceptively simple - they meet and connect, but Beck is young, and Lindy doesn’t do people well even when they are his age and more like him. As might be expected, grumpy older guy and sunshine-y younger guy then dance around each other until they reach their HEA. But then there’s so much more. Lindy’s struggles to let himself feel anything for this younger beautiful man are understandable yet heartbreaking. He knows all his faults too well, and undervalues his innate goodness. As for Beck - he’s been through so much, and would love a protector, but he's secure in himself and open and caring. He’s everything Lindy needs, even though nobody seems to realize it, not even Lindy (well, OK, it’s partially because everyone knows Beck is too good for him, but still). Bonus points for the age gap and power differential being acknowledged and addressed by just about everyone, almost too much. This was my first visit to the town of St. Nacho’s. It will not be my last. I’m in love. Copy received for honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Lindy and Beck's story was a great beginning to the Men of St. Nacho's series! Lindy is the older man who thinks he wiser, but Beck has a thing or two to teach him. Lindy has a nice house, decent bank account and his own veterinary practice. He's established a routine, made friendships and established himself in the community. Although the idea of a life long partner is nice, he knows it isn't in the cards for him. His job and volunteering schedule take up all the hours in his day and thinks he Lindy and Beck's story was a great beginning to the Men of St. Nacho's series! Lindy is the older man who thinks he wiser, but Beck has a thing or two to teach him. Lindy has a nice house, decent bank account and his own veterinary practice. He's established a routine, made friendships and established himself in the community. Although the idea of a life long partner is nice, he knows it isn't in the cards for him. His job and volunteering schedule take up all the hours in his day and thinks he doesn't have anything to offer another one else. Beck is on his own, kicked out by his parents for not getting rid of his beautiful lab, he's doing what he can to survive no matter what the cost. He's young, younger than should ever have to make his own way, but he's doing it and he's not going to be anyone's charity case. Beck and Lindy meet on a Tuesday night after tacos and guitar playing. Soon Lindy realizes that even though he says he doesn't have anything to offer, he wants to be the one to take care of Beck. Beck knows that even though Lindy is older, his life experience in short time he has lived may outweigh the age difference between them.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Philip Cowsill

    4 years ago, I read St Nachos by Z A Maxfield and thoroughly enjoyed it, a 5 star for me. I intended to look for more books by the author but somehow strayed to other authors. This has now been rectified with A Much Younger Man by Z A Maxfield. I had just finished a book that was laborious to read and was wondering whether I was being harsh. I started A Much Younger Man and was immediately engrossed. I realised the difference was the flow of the words drawing me along. It is hard to explain what 4 years ago, I read St Nachos by Z A Maxfield and thoroughly enjoyed it, a 5 star for me. I intended to look for more books by the author but somehow strayed to other authors. This has now been rectified with A Much Younger Man by Z A Maxfield. I had just finished a book that was laborious to read and was wondering whether I was being harsh. I started A Much Younger Man and was immediately engrossed. I realised the difference was the flow of the words drawing me along. It is hard to explain what I mean but it is like the author is having a conversation and the dialogue is totally natural and not overly complex. I thoroughly enjoyed this age gap tale of attraction between Lindy, the local veterinarian and Beck, a drifter, and the resistance they encounter against their relationship from friends and family. I warmly recommend A Much Younger Man and intend to delve into more of Z A Maxfield’s books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarita Chapdelaine

    This is a wonderful story with great characters, an intriguing storyline and a lovely setting. I love that we get to see some of the people from the St. Nacho's series and that Cooper and Shawn play a fairly major role in this story as they are one of my favorite couples. Lindy and Beck have an amazing connection but Lindy's inability to accept the large age difference between them causes a lot of unnecessary angst. Beck is a sweetheart who has had to deal with a lot in his life but he is resili This is a wonderful story with great characters, an intriguing storyline and a lovely setting. I love that we get to see some of the people from the St. Nacho's series and that Cooper and Shawn play a fairly major role in this story as they are one of my favorite couples. Lindy and Beck have an amazing connection but Lindy's inability to accept the large age difference between them causes a lot of unnecessary angst. Beck is a sweetheart who has had to deal with a lot in his life but he is resilient and I love how he will do anything for his delightful dog Callie. They are exactly what the other needs but Lindy will have to decide if he is willing to risk his heart instead of worrying about what everyone else will think. The secondary characters are amazing, the ending is perfect and I can't wait to read the next book in this exciting new series. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ...

    This book had so many things that do it for me: a homeless, needy mc; a guy with a savior complex; some unexpected kink... but wow, did it ever fall short on how I was hoping all those things would come together. 😕😕😕 I suppose that Lindy's emotional journey was probably true to life in regards to how someone struggling with an age gap and some relationship self-worth issues would feel, so kudos for that, but it was definitely NOT the emotional journey I was hoping for, and I really didn't feel t This book had so many things that do it for me: a homeless, needy mc; a guy with a savior complex; some unexpected kink... but wow, did it ever fall short on how I was hoping all those things would come together. 😕😕😕 I suppose that Lindy's emotional journey was probably true to life in regards to how someone struggling with an age gap and some relationship self-worth issues would feel, so kudos for that, but it was definitely NOT the emotional journey I was hoping for, and I really didn't feel the connection between these two. I *read* about their connection, but all in a very tell-not-show way that already had me struggling to feel invested in their romance, even before Lindy repeatedly failed to stick up for his man and their relationship the way I would have liked to see. And the single POV and general lack of emotiveness in the writing meant I didn't feel much for Beck, either. Sigh. I am... disappointed. Hopefully it will appeal to other readers, though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bo

    Strummin' His Pain With His Fingers I loved the original St. Nacho's series and this new one looks like it may top it given this first one and the preview of the second one. This is a play on the older/younger theme with a bit of a twist: The older man, veterinarian Lindy Davies, is not even 40 years old but he has come to the conclusion that he is never going to find true love and a partner because of his obsession with trying to save animals--and his deep empathy to other human beings. The young Strummin' His Pain With His Fingers I loved the original St. Nacho's series and this new one looks like it may top it given this first one and the preview of the second one. This is a play on the older/younger theme with a bit of a twist: The older man, veterinarian Lindy Davies, is not even 40 years old but he has come to the conclusion that he is never going to find true love and a partner because of his obsession with trying to save animals--and his deep empathy to other human beings. The younger man is a 20-year-old somewhat drifter named Beck who is universally loved and deeply admired for his ability to play the guitar. How they meet up and how they develop their friendship into a romance is beautifully handled by Z.A. Maxfield whose insight into the frets and foibles of men of various ages is remarkable. Beck is such a wonderful character and Lindy, however frustrating he may be at times, is really perfectly drawn. The plot rolls along the way you might not expect because Lindy's mother becomes involved, and that is really the main drama of the book. But it's handled as well as can be imagined considering the complexities Lindy brings to everyone's lives in St. Nacho's. Anxiously awaiting the next book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    The St. Nacho's series is a longtime favorite of mine, so I was very excited to learn that about a new series set in the beachside town. This is the first book in that new series, and it is a terrific story. Veterinarian Lindy is kind and caring, and he would be pretty much perfect if he didn't worry so much about what others think about his actions. I also find it frustrating that Lindy is occasionally convinced that Beck is too young to know his own mind. Beck is almost twenty years younger th The St. Nacho's series is a longtime favorite of mine, so I was very excited to learn that about a new series set in the beachside town. This is the first book in that new series, and it is a terrific story. Veterinarian Lindy is kind and caring, and he would be pretty much perfect if he didn't worry so much about what others think about his actions. I also find it frustrating that Lindy is occasionally convinced that Beck is too young to know his own mind. Beck is almost twenty years younger than Lindy, but he a history that makes him feel older than his actual age. Beck is incredibly patient overall with the way Lindy keeps changing his mind about them being together. Despite my frequent annoyance with Lindy, I love these two and think they're so good for each other. I absolutely adore the sweet and satisfying ending, and I hope to see more of this couple in the upcoming books in this series. I'm excited to spend more time in St. Nacho's.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jean Malherbe

    A Much Younger Man ZAMaxfield Such a good book. Your quintessential age-gap tale with plenty of frustration and angst related to the supposed foolishness of such a relationship. I must be honest, Lindy did make me mad a lot of the time, because he claimed to have fallen for Beck at first glance, yet as the story progresses, his actions suggest that he would choose his work... and the opinions of his MOTHER over and beyond the sweet, patient, passionate and adoring young man who wants nothing but h A Much Younger Man ZAMaxfield Such a good book. Your quintessential age-gap tale with plenty of frustration and angst related to the supposed foolishness of such a relationship. I must be honest, Lindy did make me mad a lot of the time, because he claimed to have fallen for Beck at first glance, yet as the story progresses, his actions suggest that he would choose his work... and the opinions of his MOTHER over and beyond the sweet, patient, passionate and adoring young man who wants nothing but him. However, this book is written so beautifully. Editing is impeccable. Story flow and pacing cannot be faulted. The world building and scenic descriptions are amazing. Very well done! ° Standalone story ° Singular POV ° Heat level around 3 flames. (not too many scenes of intimacy. Many fade to grey and some, mildly explicit. ° I read an ARC of this title and have submitted my review quite voluntarily. ° Recommended.

  21. 5 out of 5

    **Kaycee**

    5 stars Z. A. Mayfield is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She really knows how to write emotions and personalities. I FEEL when I read her books. I cried happy tears at the end of this story. Thirty-eight year-old Dr. Linden “Lindy” Davies is a vet. And like a good vet, he adores animals—especially strays. He feels for them and wants to care for them. Well, 20-year-old Christopher “Beck” Beckett is a stray, himself. Leaving his family’s home, he’s been busking on the streets of St. N 5 stars Z. A. Mayfield is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She really knows how to write emotions and personalities. I FEEL when I read her books. I cried happy tears at the end of this story. Thirty-eight year-old Dr. Linden “Lindy” Davies is a vet. And like a good vet, he adores animals—especially strays. He feels for them and wants to care for them. Well, 20-year-old Christopher “Beck” Beckett is a stray, himself. Leaving his family’s home, he’s been busking on the streets of St. Nacho’s. Beck, along with another man, are living rough. When Dr. Davies hears the beautiful guitar player and sees him and his pup, well, Dr. Davies just has to help. But Beck has pride. And Lindy has insecurities. But in the end, they realize that pride and insecurities are keeping them from the most important thing of all. Old dogs really can learn new tricks. Lol. I really loved this! It wasn’t overly complicated and didn’t have a lot of angst. It was just sweet.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Amy Stauffer

    Kudos for flipping the characters around. It gave the age gap an interesting, and original twist. Linden, despite being older, didn’t quite have himself pulled together like Beck, who was younger, did. Beck had to grow up fast. Life did not deal him a good hand early on in life, but he has his head on straight. Despite their differences, and there were plenty, I liked them together. I wish their family and friends would have stayed out of it, though. I enjoyed the side characters and all the int Kudos for flipping the characters around. It gave the age gap an interesting, and original twist. Linden, despite being older, didn’t quite have himself pulled together like Beck, who was younger, did. Beck had to grow up fast. Life did not deal him a good hand early on in life, but he has his head on straight. Despite their differences, and there were plenty, I liked them together. I wish their family and friends would have stayed out of it, though. I enjoyed the side characters and all the interactions with the animals. The writing was very descriptive so it was easy to picture it all throughout the entire book. The storyline flowed well, and it was easy to get lost in the words. I didn’t read the series this spun off from, but I’m interested in checking it out. ***I voluntarily accepted an ARC from Gay Romance Reviews. My review reflects my own thoughts and opinions***

  23. 5 out of 5

    T Paul

    An absolutely delightful story. The main characters, Lindy and Beck, were over the top magnificent. This book had me before I even finished the first chapter. The heroes were a perfect creation. They were likable, actually lovable, they were affable and just all around amazing. Following through the story, Beck was so real. Lindy, his insecurities, his lack of personal commitment was endearing. His fighting of his own feelings and wants was so genuine. I was rooting for them and extremely please An absolutely delightful story. The main characters, Lindy and Beck, were over the top magnificent. This book had me before I even finished the first chapter. The heroes were a perfect creation. They were likable, actually lovable, they were affable and just all around amazing. Following through the story, Beck was so real. Lindy, his insecurities, his lack of personal commitment was endearing. His fighting of his own feelings and wants was so genuine. I was rooting for them and extremely pleased when Tug took a hike. The supporting people in their lives were all equally wonderful. This story, these people and this HEA was charming, delightful and just adorable in every way. I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janet Hunt

    Linden is the town of St. Nachos resident veterinarian. He meets Beck a 20 yr. old playing his guitar along with his faithful side kick Callie. Linden is 38 and set on no relationships. He likes his independence. But he cannot get Beck out of his head. These two were great. I loved all the banter between them. This was an age-gap, May/December romance, full of steam with some low angst. Z.A. Maxfield is a new to me author and I loved the writing style. The characters were well developed and well Linden is the town of St. Nachos resident veterinarian. He meets Beck a 20 yr. old playing his guitar along with his faithful side kick Callie. Linden is 38 and set on no relationships. He likes his independence. But he cannot get Beck out of his head. These two were great. I loved all the banter between them. This was an age-gap, May/December romance, full of steam with some low angst. Z.A. Maxfield is a new to me author and I loved the writing style. The characters were well developed and well written. The secondary characters played a great part in bring the story line together. I loved it!! I am voluntarily leaving a review from an advanced copy that I was gifted. Thank you so much for letting me read your art. My reviews are solely based on my thoughts and opinions.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This was a wonderful look at younger/older relationships. There is so much 'stigma' to couples who don't 'look' like what is considered 'normal' that sometimes the weight of them can ruin what could be a special 'coupledom.' Beck may be young but he's lived a lot of life in his 20 years. Linden may be an older man...a professional...but he's never found someone who's made his heart beat so fast or fit in his world as well. Though there's pain and grief and long conversations...there's also love and This was a wonderful look at younger/older relationships. There is so much 'stigma' to couples who don't 'look' like what is considered 'normal' that sometimes the weight of them can ruin what could be a special 'coupledom.' Beck may be young but he's lived a lot of life in his 20 years. Linden may be an older man...a professional...but he's never found someone who's made his heart beat so fast or fit in his world as well. Though there's pain and grief and long conversations...there's also love and understanding and plans for a beautiful future in this small beach town. Have a bird and dog along for the ride certainly helps...as do the family and friends they make along the way.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A good story These two guys in this story have some definite issues to work through. Beck is homeless with his dog and Lindy is a vet who discovers he really wants to get to know him better. After offering free care for Callie, he gets to know the young man and has to decide if he is willing to risk popular opinion for what really makes him happy. This is a sweet book and the characters have a lot of depth. I was ready to strangle Lindy's mom though. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in what othe A good story These two guys in this story have some definite issues to work through. Beck is homeless with his dog and Lindy is a vet who discovers he really wants to get to know him better. After offering free care for Callie, he gets to know the young man and has to decide if he is willing to risk popular opinion for what really makes him happy. This is a sweet book and the characters have a lot of depth. I was ready to strangle Lindy's mom though. Sometimes it is easy to get lost in what others think is best for you instead of listening to your own heart. This story has a lot of heart.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ravenclaw Silverstripe

    This had so much going for it, and I was looking forward to this story. Ultimately, it fell short for me because rather than seeing the connection between the two characters for ourselves, it felt like we were simply told about it. Their connection wasn't as strong as I would have hope partly because of the single point of view rather than the two, the tell rather than show aspect of the overall story, and the fact that Lindy didn't find ANY opportunity to stick up for Beck because of his insecu This had so much going for it, and I was looking forward to this story. Ultimately, it fell short for me because rather than seeing the connection between the two characters for ourselves, it felt like we were simply told about it. Their connection wasn't as strong as I would have hope partly because of the single point of view rather than the two, the tell rather than show aspect of the overall story, and the fact that Lindy didn't find ANY opportunity to stick up for Beck because of his insecurities surrounding their age gap. I didn't dislike the story but was definitely expecting more from it. *ARC provided and I have written my honest review*

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather Rawlins

    I’ll admit it, I was biased to this book before I even read the blurb. I love St. Nacho’s series and I knew I’d love the next book. And boy did A Much Younger Man deliver. I just loved it. I truly enjoyed visiting St. Nacho’s again and I thought Beck and Lindy are adorable together. Everything about their story was sweet and sexy, hot and just totally romantic. I absolutely recommend this book. And if you haven’t read the rest of St. Nacho’s series, I suggest you read them too. I am totally look I’ll admit it, I was biased to this book before I even read the blurb. I love St. Nacho’s series and I knew I’d love the next book. And boy did A Much Younger Man deliver. I just loved it. I truly enjoyed visiting St. Nacho’s again and I thought Beck and Lindy are adorable together. Everything about their story was sweet and sexy, hot and just totally romantic. I absolutely recommend this book. And if you haven’t read the rest of St. Nacho’s series, I suggest you read them too. I am totally looking forward to more stories in St. Nacho’s.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bb

    I enjoyed but didn't love it. I like both Beck and Lindy- they are good guys. I understand Lindy's dilemma- that kind of age gap is serious. I hated how his Mom was so judgmental and he just accepted it. For goodness sake he is 38 years old! Then she does a complete turnaround. Thank goodness for his Dad. My issue with Lindy saying he does not have time for a relationship yet he talks about going out with friends and being immersed in the community. He obviously has time to fall in love with Beck I enjoyed but didn't love it. I like both Beck and Lindy- they are good guys. I understand Lindy's dilemma- that kind of age gap is serious. I hated how his Mom was so judgmental and he just accepted it. For goodness sake he is 38 years old! Then she does a complete turnaround. Thank goodness for his Dad. My issue with Lindy saying he does not have time for a relationship yet he talks about going out with friends and being immersed in the community. He obviously has time to fall in love with Beck. Glad it worked out in the end.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Hardin

    This was a beautiful story of two very different men that just fit. Beck is an interesting character that is wise beyond his years. He is so delightful to get to know and watch his character grow and develop throughout the book. Lindy was a bit frustrating in his stubbornness but he cane around and redeemed himself in the end. If you love an age gap with some moderate angst this will be a book you enjoy.

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