ARC Review: Textual Relations by Cate Ashwood

35668308Title: Textual Relations

Author: Cate Ashwood

Publisher: Self-published

Publication Date: August 10, 2017

Genre: Contemporary, MM Romance

Format: eBook

Length: ~122 pages

Rating: 3 Stars



Evolutionary psychology professor Henry Hathaway is ready to spend his birthday the same way he does every year: a good teeth cleaning followed by lunch 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?


♦ Personal Thought ♦

A meet cute, “aww, so sweet”, and angst-free self-discovery novella with two adorable characters.

Henry struck me as unimaginative and way too oblivious a person – he was even more awkward than me! How can a fictional character be more awkward than a real person! – yet I couldn’t help but sympathize with him. I pegged Asher as – sort of – a gambling man the way he took a chance with Henry. At one point, I even thought him a bit underhanded with his friendly offer of friendship, though nothing creepy or the likes happened. So…

Although a bit on the instalove to my liking, what I like about self discovery side of this story. That it was a journey that doesn’t necessarily be put into label. It’s just the way it was. I also loved the interaction between Henry and his brother; that he could be annoying but understanding spoke a lot about sibling’s unconditional love.

If nothing, this novella brought that warm fuzzy feeling that for once everything’s just right in this world. At least that’s what it felt for me. 🙂


Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.