This book is part of LT3 Press’ Solitary Traveler’s collection, which includes novels and novellas with asexual and aromantic characters. You can find more about that here. I will be reviewing these stories throughout the next month, so keep an eye out!
How Not to Summon Your True Love, by Sasha L. Miller
Part of the Solitary Traveler’s Collection
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: March 16, 2016
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Though it doesn’t really come as a surprise, Cy is still crushed when he’s dumped. His relationship with Alex had lasted longer than all previous attempts, and started promising when Alex had proclaimed he was perfectly okay with Cy being asexual.
On impulse, convinced no one will ever really see him as worthy relationship material, Cy turns to a book that belonged to his late mother, a grimoire of magic spells that obviously won’t work. It’s a stupid idea, and even if magic was real there’s no way a true love summoning spell would work for him…
This book sold me with the word “asexual” in the summary (I’m easy like that), but I was really blown away by how much I enjoyed this novella! It’s funny and sweet, and also had some really interesting world building. It’s a combination of college New Adult and urban fantasy.
I could relate to Cy pretty easily, which is always a personal plus when I’m reading. I did like how his asexuality was written; not a big deal to anyone else, but still a significant part of who his character was. It wasn’t a one-and-done line dropped in, but something that came up a few times with regards to his budding relationship with Dig.
Dig was a blast! He’s sarcastic and smart, and very good at his job. He definitely kept the action going, but it was also clear that he was just another guy doing a job.
This novella does fall a bit short in the plot and pacing though. I think the author was trying some pretty big things, and didn’t quite hit all of them. Some things, like why Cy’s sister completely ignores him for several days, never got a satisfactory answer. I also wanted more of a build in the relationship between Cy and Dig… they never really bonded the way I wanted, even as friends.
But this is a super fun read, and I really hope Sasha writes more with the magic and characters. (Okay, I really just want to see Cy and Dig on super sweet dates, and cuddling.)
Sasha is a new author for me to read, and she is the author of several books with LGBT+ characters and romances, and you can find her full biography on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3475793.Sasha_L_Miller
You can also find Sasha on her website at http://www.sashalmiller.com/.
I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.