Book Reviews

Texting, AutoCorrect, and a Prius by M.A. Church at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Humor/Comedy
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 28-June-2017

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

Anyone who has ever texted will know that autocorrect can be a danger to your health. M.A. Church has taken that idea and written a very entertaining, often laugh-out-loud story about what can happen when modern technology takes over and may just lead to a relationship.

Darrell is a mechanic who has a Prius to sell – after painstakingly fixing it. He is pretty down-to-earth, straightforward, and interested in Clay from “first contact” - strange and unusual though it may be. Despite the unusual start to their relationship and all the continuing misunderstandings and issues, Darrell is willing to give Clay the benefit of the doubt.

Clay is more complicated. He makes assumptions all over the place and jumps to conclusions, rather than checking his facts. His motto seems to be “assume first, ask questions later” and it leads to a ton of trouble for him. The one thing he can’t deny is that he is very, very attracted to Darrell. It leads to a learning process on Clay’s part that is painful at times, but very worthwhile in the end.

A big part of my enjoyment of this story is the style it is written in. There are funny (because they are so true) observations, lots of banter between Darrell and Clay as well as between them and their friends, and very realistic dialogue. The humor and the way these guys interact kept me reading even when my “annoyance” at the “big misunderstanding” wanted to take over.

If you’re looking for a truly contemporary comedy that shows the funny side of our increasing reliance on technology when communicating, if you want to see two guys deal with the different way they see the world, and if you’re looking for a fun, entertaining read with a romance as a bonus, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 110 pages/35635 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 28-June-2017
Price $4.99 ebook
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