Textual Relations (Susan’s Review)

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Title: Textual Relations
Author: Cate Ashwood
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary M/M
Page Count: 122
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Evolutionary psychology professor Henry Hathaway is ready to spend his birthday the same way he does every year: a good teeth cleaning followed by dinner with his brother. But when he receives a wrong-number text confirming the details of a date, he does what any considerate person would—he goes to meet them and explain why they’ve been stood up.

Asher Wescott hadn’t expected his blind date to go well, because when do they ever? Henry shows up instead, and things are suddenly looking up. Socially awkward and attached to his routines, Henry is nevertheless one of the most charming and kind men Asher has met in a long time.

Too bad he’s not Henry’s type.

An accidental date, an impulsive kiss, and a few conflicted feelings later, can Asher get Henry to see the world—and him—in a different light?

Awwww, this was very cute.

I could really relate to Henry who liked everything in his life to be predictable. No rocking the boat in any way so he felt safe. A bit boring perhaps, but that was quite okay for Henry. But I loved it when Henry met Asher. Who was the opposite and liked to try new things every day. Asher was very good for Henry.

Henry and Asher meet when Asher accidentally texts Henry about their blind date. Henry is afraid this Ash will wait for his date who will never show up, so he decides to go say it in person. Especially since this mysterious Ash texted that he ran out of battery.

Once Henry and Asher meet they simply click. They end up spending the entire evening together doing all kinds of unexpected fun things. When Asher kisses Henry at the end of the night Henry is very surprised. He is not gay and he never suspected Asher was.

But after that kiss Henry can’t stop thinking about Asher and when the two meet again Henry is honest and tells Asher he is not gay. The two decide to just be friends then since it seems they really hit it off and Henry could use a new friend. Of course Henry starts to feel more for Asher than simply friendship, and he decides to try to act on his feelings…

I loved how analytical Henry was about everything and how he tried to approach his own sexuality and the discovery he might be gay/bi. And Asher was such a sweet guy with the way he was so obviously smitten with Henry from the start. Just adorable.

This was a lovely low angst story about insecure psychology professor Henry and the more adventurous Asher.

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