Title: Texting, AutoCorrect, and a Prius
Authors: M.A. Church
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 28, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 110
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 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.
Okay, let me start by saying that this isn’t my first book by MA Church. In fact, I love her Harvest Series. For those of you that love Sci-Fi, read it. You will be glad you did. With that said, I feel really bad with what I am about to say. To thwart off the many readers that will think I am crazy, I want to explain to you where I am coming from. When I read the blurb, I was so excited. Seriously, I am sure that I am not the only one that is a victim of autocorrect, there for a story most of us can relate to. For me, typing, “Yeah, I like the new iPod Dock”; of course autocorrect turned the word dock to dick, and let’s just say my family still brings it up. Gotta love technology. So, needless to say I was looking forward to a story riddled with humor; possibly of the raunchy/witty variety.
Well, it turns out that is the only funny line/part in the story. Needless to say I was a bit bummed, but one cannot rate based on expectations so I kept reading. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to the story even with the book being 110 pages. Timeline you ask? Well, here it is:
- Friday: Drinks with the two MC’s seeing each other in passing.
- Saturday: Bert, Darrell’s brother, ends up placing the ad for the Prius before going to his brother’s house. Later that day, Darrell happens to spots “him” again while taking his brother to his truck at the shop to secure it. Clay responds to the Craigslist Ad with his new phone and gets invited over due to his texting snafu to look at the car, only for both men to recognize one another from the night before. Besides scoring the Prius, Darrell scores as well with receiving a hand job. They agree to have to a date the next day.
- Sunday: There is a misshapen and Clay runs off and consequently ignores all of Darrell’s pleas.
- Monday: Clay continues to ignore Darrell, but eventually caves after talking to his friend and goes to his house.
- Tuesday/Wednesday: Their schedules are too busy to see one another, but they talk on the phone.
- Thursday: Clay purchases the Prius and they set the outline to their relationship.
- Epilogue: Six months later and they are moving with one another even though Clay practically lives with Darrell; just making it official.
This story was like reading a shifter book where it’s insta-everything. While it works well with shifter storylines, it doesn’t work here. With how quickly everything is established I unfortunately didn’t feel the connection to the story; nor the connection between Darrell and Clay.
Things I liked:
- 1. I liked how the characters weren’t overdone. They had realistic homes and jobs, which was nice for a change.
- 2. I loved the age gap.
- 3. Also, I adored that the two MC’s are older men.
Things I didn’t like:
- 1. The lack of character development.
- 2. It was too wordy in some scenes, when those words would’ve been dedicated to developing more of the story between Clay and Darrell.
- 3. IMO all the insta-everything was too much; needs a middle ground.
- 4. Certain things were too easily resolved.
However, for those of you that are looking for a story that is extremely low in conflict and has lots of fluff, then look no further. Both Clay and Darrell are on their way to their HEA. The author seems to leave it open for a possible series with the middle brother Henry coming to visit Darrell out of the blue. Not to mention that his younger brother Bert being newly single. Only time will tell.