Review: M.A. Church – Texting, Autocorrect, and a Prius

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Reviewer: Barb
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Summary:

Clay McDonald finds the perfect car on Craigslist and is quick to send the seller a text:

Is your penis still for sale?

AutoCorrect strikes again. Damn—he should’ve proofread. How embarrassing.

Luckily Darrell Anderson, a mechanic and the owner of the Prius, is more amused than offended, and the two men agree to meet. When they do, the attraction is instant, and a date is arranged. But a series of mishaps, misunderstandings, and misplaced assumptions sorely test the new relationship.

In a contemporary romantic comedy about the perils of technology and dating in the modern world, a text that went so wrong might just lead to something so right—but only if Clay can refrain from jumping to conclusions and give love the benefit of the doubt.

Review:

When I read the title and the blurb for this one, I was sure I was going to love it. Unfortunately, it didn’t deliver on the promise of a lighthearted MM romance. The potential was there, but the story was fairly short, filled with misunderstandings, and followed an easily recognized trope.

What I did like was the inclusion of an older MC—Darrell was forty-three and Clay was thirty-five. I also loved the fact that Darrell thought he’d be the big ol’ alpha top and Clay set him to rights immediately.

Unfortunately, I found the writing and the men’s behaviors too simple and immature, falling back on the old trope of misunderstanding something one sees, won’t then answer the phone, ignores texts, and anyone would react that way if you had my past boyfriend, etc., etc.

There were also multiple inconsistencies and things that simply didn’t make sense or failed to be followed-up in the story. Granted this is an ARC, but it’s going to need some major edits to get rid of those issues. I certainly hope it does but it’s not one I can recommend, regardless.

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