Texting, AutoCorrect, and a Prius (Belen’s Review)

Title: Texting, AutoCorrect, and a Prius
Author: M.A. Church
Release Date: June 28th 2017
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 110 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


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.

Lighthearted, humorous start to a lightning-quick romance between Darrell, who is forty-three and Clay, who is thirty-five.

Kudos to Church for writing a romance featuring older characters. I wish there were more.

The story begins with Darrell and Clay actually seeing each other (and being very interested in meeting) a couple of times, but never actually getting to connect until Clay answers a Craigslist ad for a Prius Darrell is selling.

There’s the blurb covered autocorrect humor moment, followed by the two agreeing to a date. But a misunderstanding occurs that triggers Clay’s past, and he almost blows it.

“I’m not going lie—you hurt me.”
“I’m really sorry.”
Darrell nodded. “I believe you, and I think you are, but I’m concerned if we have another misunderstanding, the same thing is going to happen. Running away from the situation isn’t how to handle things.”
“I know. I agree. You just managed to poke a really sore spot with me.”
“I guess I can see that. Can you promise me the next time we have a misunderstanding, you’ll stick around and not run?”
“Yes,” Clay agreed immediately.

Once the misunderstanding is cleared up, it’s smooth sailing to a relationship.

He came so close to messing this up by overreacting. Never again. No matter what he saw, no matter how bad it might look, he wouldn’t run. He’d been given a second chance, and he wasn’t going to waste it.

Texting, Autocorrect, and a Prius has humor, heat, a sprinkling of angst, and a HEA.

There’s also the possibility of this turning into a series if Church pursues the threads left by Darrell’s younger brother Bert, who is bisexual and looking for love, or possibly Clay’s best friend, Sonny, who has a full romantic calendar, and maybe even Darrell’s other brother, Henry, who has suddenly lost the baby fat and become super fit.

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future