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review 2017-10-13 10:46
too stinking cute! loved this!
Textual Relations - Cate Ashwood
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian, I was gifted my copy of this book. Henry gets a wrong number about a date,so he decides to turn up at the date to let Ash know HER date wasn't coming. But Ash is short for Asher and Henry finds himself on a date, with a guy. This book landed in my queue at the right time for me. It's short, and cute, and mostly stress free and its a perfect hang over cure!! It's told only from Henry's point of view, in the first person and this is the ONLY reason I didn't give it 5 stars, because Ash didn't have his say. I loved how Henry didn't see what was happening with him and Ash, til it hit him like a freight train. Loved how he didn't question it too much either, he just went with the flow and enjoyed it. It's a really easy read, some 100 pages, took me just over an hour. It's light hearted in places, not overly explicit, and mostly drama free. It gets a little hairy when Henry introduces Ash to his brother, but that's because of how it happens, rather than the fact he is introducing his brother to a MAN when he still thinks Ash is a girl! A too stinking cute read, but not quite a warm and fuzzys one as well. Very well written,with no spelling or editing errors I spotted. 4 stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

 

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review 2017-08-22 00:43
ARC Review: Textual Relations by Cate Ashwood
Textual Relations - Cate Ashwood

This was a sweet, low-angst, meet-cute novella. 

Henry Hathaway, an evolutionary psychology professor, gets up on his birthday to go to the dentist, because that's apparently what one does on his birthday. Except most people go to get their teeth cleaned twice a year, and a dental assistant isn't interchangeable with a dental hygienist. 

Henry is rather dull and a bit socially awkward. When he gets a text out of the blue from someone named Ash, confirming their dinner plans, Henry goes out of his way to meet Ash, thinking Ash is a woman who's going to be stood up, and he doesn't want her to think her date didn't show. Again, most people would reply by text, stating something like "hey, wrong number", but not Henry.

Except when Henry gets to the restaurant, Ash turns out to be Asher. Who's definitely not a girl. 

Meet-cute, right? Except Asher is gay, and Henry is definitely not. That he knows of. 

Henry is also super oblivious so when he and Ash hang out, he doesn't realize it's a date. 

Matter of fact, our oblivious prof doesn't realize much of anything until Ash kisses him. 

What I liked about this book is that Mr. Oblivious didn't suddenly have an existential crisis after The Kiss and his revelation that "huh, how about that, I may be bi", and Asher is spontaneous and fun, and Henry just goes with the flow, allowing Asher to pull him out of his preconceived notions and routines. 

Okay, so when I said "existential crisis", I didn't mean that Henry is all set to go explore his newfound attraction to Asher. There's a somewhat short time period where Henry doesn't answer Ash's calls and texts, but then, professor that he is, jumps feet first into researching sexuality, and... well, you read this for yourself.

As short as this is, there's plenty of steam, once Henry fully commits himself, and starts taking more risks - the staid professor type in Henry takes a leave of absence.

This is only a novella, so there's not a ton of relationship development, and we don't get Asher's POV, which didn't help explain why someone who's supposedly such a player (as we're told) is suddenly hell-bent on gaining the prof's love. I guess the heart wants what the heart wants? They for sure had sufficient chemistry, so even though this thing between them develops quickly, I didn't find it difficult to believe they had the hots for each other. The epilogue sealed the deal.

So, meet-cute, a clueless professor, and a smitten ex-player - this was a fun, albeit quick read. Perfect for an extended lunch break, amirite?


** I received a free copy of this book from its author. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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review 2017-07-26 00:00
Textual Relations
Textual Relations - Cate Ashwood Textual Relations - Cate Ashwood Henry Hathaway is psychologist that likes routine. On his 32nd birthday he's doing what he routinely does since his 21st birthday, which is get his teeth cleaned by the dentist and have a meal with his brother. While out with his brother, he receives a text from a stranger confirming a date. Knowing the stranger didn't get the text Henry decides to go meet the her and let her know what happened.

Henry does't expect the stranger to be a guy named Asher Wescott. When Asher invites him to have a drink to thank him for his kindness Henry sees no reason to decline. The two end up having a nice time together. Then Asher kisses Henry at the end of the night and throws Henry into a bit of a loop. Henry isn't gay and being socially inept doesn't really know how to handle the situation when Asher calls.

I thought this was a cute read albeit rushed. The cute meet was on point and I loved it. Henry came to terms with his sexuality quicker than I expected him to. I enjoyed seeing Henry and Asher's reaction to each other and how much change they brought into each other's life.

An ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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text 2017-04-19 10:31
19th April 2017
Blood Relations and Other Plays (REV Ed) - Sharon Pollock

There is nobility in the struggle, you don't have to win.

 

Sharon Pollock

 

Today we celebrate the birthday of Sharon Pollock. The leading Canadian playwright is best known for Blood Relations, based on the story of Lizzie Borden.

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review 2017-02-23 04:05
Trust
The Hooker and the Hermit - Penny Reid,Luci Cosway

The start of a new series called Rugby, this book has a whole wonderful cast of funny characters and odd situations.  This book starts with our female lead scoping out our male lead to post on her blog.  What she says about the whole event, is where we begin our story.

 

While there is a direct cause and effect going on, we also get introduced to side characters that bring laughter, joy, and sometimes anger.  This book sure brings out the feels!  So much fun and many surprises for the reader.

 

This book was a lot of fun.  I eagerly turned the pages to find out what could possibly happen next.  The male lead was so sincere in his chase.  I found myself shipping the couple right from the start.  I am actually excited to read the books that are later in the series.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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