Texting, AutoCorrect, and a Prius, by M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 28, 2017
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.
Bisexual Secondary Character
If you don’t want to read my whole review, I’m going to give you a summary: “excellent concept; poor execution”.
You know what this book reminds me of… you’re out to lunch with your friend and you say something kind of funny, and your little brain goes, “Huh… that’s hilarious… I could write a book”. No the hell you cannot. You have one idea that is not going to fill up a book, not even a 100 page one. I honestly thought I was dealing with an author’s first release. I looked up M.A. Church to confirm my suspicions but nope… numerous books.
This one though, let’s go through my notes:
- 8% in and we are already talking about mundane things like the weather
- Introduction of the 2nd MC and same slang usage by both MCs. Who don’t know each other… going to make telling them apart pretty hard.
- 16% in and this guy is mushing on about upgrading his cell.
- 17% in and Darrell is back to talking about the weather and needing to water his shrubs… MCs have yet to meet.
- Location 369, back to talking about Brett’s (Darrell’s brother) relationship issues and girlfriend’s inability to accept his bisexuality. This book isn’t about Brett… when are MCs meeting?
- Location 638, Clay (2nd MC) is perfect… so perfect… from his blue eyes to his perfectly shaped feet.
- Location 666 Seriously the speed at which this has progressed makes zero sense…
Let me pause here from my internal musings. So up until about 37% the guys don’t actually meet in person. We are introduced to them separately and their siblings. We find out that Darrel is in his 40s and gay. He spends a lot of time with his brother Brett, who is bisexual. There is a loose connection between Darrell and Clay in that Brett’s girlfriend is friends with Clay’s sister. The town this is set in must be super small though, because Darrell and Clay see each other around often but don’t meet until Clay answers a Craigslist ad for a Prius Darrell is selling.
When the two meet it’s… a bit crazy. Darell asks Clay out during the initial meeting, but they end up in a whirlwind sexual experience in Darrell’s garage. The book then progresses into an “exploration”– not about sexuality, but sexual compatibility, because Darell has mostly been the aggressor and “top” but that’s the role Clay traditionally prefers. There’s a lot of talk about assumed roles and why people gravitate to them. The book becomes about whether or not Darrell will be able to handle letting the younger Clay lead.
- 46% and more mundane weather talk.
- Location 1351 and descriptions of pillows & furnishings
So basically my final thoughts come down to: I think for as short as the book was, there really was too much focus on things that didn’t feel relevant. The book spent a ton of time initially on Brett– which, I can see the 2nd book is going to address partnerships with bisexuals and how to respect that, which I appreciate– but this is actually a pet peeve of mine when too much of the current story is introductions for future books. The progression of Darrell and Clay’s relationship as a whole first felt too slow (didn’t meet until 37%) and then got serious waaaay too fast with deep conversations about sexuality, preferences, long term relationship plans and condom ditching for two people who hadn’t had a first date and miscommunication or actually no communication caused a separation before things actually got started. I think the best thing this story could do for itself would be to expand it. Given more pages, so things didn’t feel so rushed, it could have been a lot better.
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a fulltime job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it! When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children. She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013 and is a member of Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
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