Textual Relations by Cate Ashwood

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Textual Relations: by Cate Ashwood
Release Date: August 10th, 2017
Pages:122 • Format: eARC
Published By: Cate Ashwood
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Evolutionary psychology professor Henry Hathaway is ready to spend his birthday the same way he does every year: a good teeth cleaning followed by dinner with his brother. But when he receives a wrong-number text confirming the details of a date, he does what any considerate person would—he goes to meet them and explain why they’ve been stood up.

Asher Wescott hadn’t expected his blind date to go well, because when do they ever? Henry shows up instead, and things are suddenly looking up. Socially awkward and attached to his routines, Henry is nevertheless one of the most charming and kind men Asher has met in a long time.

Too bad he’s not Henry’s type.

An accidental date, an impulsive kiss, and a few conflicted feelings later, can Asher get Henry to see the world—and him—in a different light?

 

three-half-stars

 

I thought this book was super adorable. I enjoyed this a lot. A feel good romance with carefree feelings, and love in the air. I swear, when I was reading this I felt like tweety birds should have been circling my head. That’s how whimsical and magical it felt to me.

Henry is the same old boring person he usually is but a year older. He doesn’t like change or attempt to change. His routines are his until that unexpected text from a stranger confirming a date. Him being the nice person he is responds that its the wrong number. I like that it bothers him so much that he goes to the said place to make sure the person is okay. Another unexpected is Ash is short for Asher not Ashely what he presumed in the first place. Henry meets Ash, and is intrigued by a person who would go on a blind date. They hit it off. Its an amazing time, and Henry is thrilled at all the new things he’s able to do, and realize what else is out in there in the world. That’s what he thinks until Asher kisses him at the end of their not-date. Its magical, but Henry doesn’t have much to say until he comes to term that Asher must be gay, and no other kiss has made him feel like this.

I loved the way the author went about writing if from this point. Of course Henry was scared, but the literal person he is, he had to think on what it means about himself. He had to come to terms on whether being gay was something he could deal with. Well Bi in his case, but he realized that Asher is the first person in his lifetime who has made him happy. Its a new experience each and every time they spend together. It’s scary, new, exciting, and I loved seeing Henry come alive on page. Asher was amazing and patient as well. 

I wish they was a full length novel, that’s really what my rating is based on. I feel like it was so much more to cover between these two. I needed to see them grow. Yeah the epilogue was great, but I’m greedy and hopefully we can come back to these guys in the future. A recommend from me for sure! 

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About Cate Ashwood

Cate Ashwood wrote her very first story in a hot pink binder when she was in the second grade and found her passion for writing. Her first successful foray into romance writing came five years later when she wrote her best friend, who was experiencing a case of unrequited love, her own happily ever after.

Cate’s life has taken a number of different and adventurous roads. She now lives a stone’s throw from the ocean, just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia with her husband, son, and two cats. Her life is filled with family and friends, travel, and, of course, books.

Accidental Fall by Shae Connor

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Accidental Fall: by Shae Connor
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Pages: 57 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner
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2nd Edition

When it comes to relationships, college roommates Greg and Keith are polar opposites. A recovering addict, Greg avoids sex because it’s too closely tied in his mind with the alcohol and drugs he gave up. In contrast, Keith protects his heart by limiting sex to one-night stands and weekend flings.

As the two get to know each other better, they feel drawn together, and slowly they take tentative steps toward something real. Their attraction soon flares hot, but Greg’s fears overwhelm him, sending him running. It’s up to Keith to help Greg learn to trust in himself—and in the way they feel about each other.

First Edition published as Accidental Love by Amber Quill Press, LLC/Amber Allure, 2012.

three-stars

 

This was a uber slow burn for this amount of pages. You would think it would be a full length novel with the pacing of the story. Both characters have their backstory and it’s pretty good for the length. I was a little conflicted about “why now?” What was so special about now, that they decided to act on their feelings for one another. Initially I got passed that. Greg has all these reservations about Keith. He notices things like him partying only on the weekends. I didn’t see an issue with it. The man is in college and focused during the week, what’s wrong with blowing off some steam during the weekend? I know where Greg is coming from since he used to do all this and it’s why he transferred to another school. He’s walking the straight and narrow plank.

I thought Keith’s plan of seduction was hilarious. He had a plan on what to do with Greg, and how to get him. I do think it was a little mean to try to keep enticing Greg. LOL. He made all the obvious retorts, but by the end he gave in. Keith had shown a different side to him, and a vulnerability and I think it’s what sold Greg to him. It was sweet short new adult story. Both guys have time to grow and figure out if this is what they want. I enjoyed it.

About Shae Connor

About me: I live in Atlanta, where I’m a lackadaisical government worker for a living and write sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. I’ve been making up stories for as long as I can remember, but it took me a long time to figure out that maybe I should start writing them down. I’ve conned several companies into publishing my work, and I add a new notch on my bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.

I started out writing fanfic well over a decade ago, and in 2010, I moved into writing original fiction—gay contemporary erotic romance, to be exact. I’ve since branched out a little (pirates, spaceships, and ninjas, oh my!), but contemporary romance is still my favorite thing to write and to read. When I manage to tear myself away from my laptop, my main hobby is cooking, and I’m a big baseball fan.

I’m a Rainbow Award winner (with my three co-authors) for the anthology Playing Ball, and I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Romance Writers chapter. I’m currently published by Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.

I’m part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why I never shut up. Exhibit A: just follow me on Twitter @shaeconnor. I’m also on Facebook, rarely on Goodreads, and nonexistent on other social media. Generally, the best way to reach me is to email me at shaeconnorwrites@gmail.com.