Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: Textual Relations by Cate Ashwood

Textual Relations
by Cate Ashwood
Release Date: August 6, 2017
Genre: M/M Romance, Contemporary

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?

My very first Cate Ashwood, but definitely wouldn't be the last. Textual Relations is simple, sweet, low angst, yet very romantic and filled with so much warmth. This is a story told completed from Henry's POV. He is a socially awkward, psychology Professor who sounds like a hermit. He likes his routine and the predictability. On the day he finally step out of his comfort zone to meet with a random stranger, Henry might just found someone that totally upheaval his mundane life.

I love this story for its pure simplicity. Although I would have love to have Asher's POV, I can understand this is about Henry's sorta sexual awakening. Sounds dramatic, but it isn't that heavy. Getting attracted to the same sex make Henry questions about everything, I bet he googled 'gay' to death. As with any GFY, I always enjoy the initial confusion and reservation, but the best part is when the hero open up to exploring and embracing the possibility for the first time. 

Not only that this is absolutely romantic because stargazing!!, it was also filled with enough heat too. Judging from the cover, I'm worried there isn't much sex or worst it might be fade to black, but I'm surprised to find out things were heating up in the bedroom. The chemistry between Henry and Asher feels natural and effortless. Overall, a sweet and tastefully done romance.