Textual Relations by Cate Ashwood

Occasionally I get approached by an author about a book of theirs, and while I really want to read everything under the sun (and the moon), I don’t have much time. So I choose selectively. Something about Textual Relations made me curious, and so I accepted.

Will you believe me if I said that when I started reading the book, I didn’t remember what it was about, and it didn’t even occur to me that it’s MM?

So I pick up the book and start reading, and after a few minutes I’m at 10%. Color me surprised, but then, somehow, the story flows so well for me, I keep reading. There’s a boy, who’s a total nerd, introvert, and possibly shy. I have it in my head Henry (said boy) is on the spectrum. Possibly Aspergers?

But nope! Dude is just not very socially inclined. Which is fine. Because he’s got some guts, and when he gets a text from a girl, to meet him (finally) at this restaurant, he decides to go, so she won’t feel stood up.

Only the girl is a boy, and the two boys now click like it was meant to be. GASP – it was meant to be. There’s even a goodnight kiss.

But our boy Henry is straight, so two boys striking up a close friendship is awesome, yes? Suuuurrrre….

I loved how everything developed. The journey in the story is Henry’s, his past relationships, his relationship with his brother, him spending time with co-workers, and his attraction to Ash.

Textual Relations is a fantastic little story I wholeheartedly recommend that you read. It’s sweet, the trope is new (to me, anyway) and the writing is great.

4 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?

Cate discovered her love for books of all kinds early on, but romance is where her heart truly lies. She is addicted to the happily ever afters and the journey the characters take to get there. Currently residing in White Rock, B.C, Cate loves living just a stone’s throw from the ocean. When she’s not writing, she can be found consuming coffee at an alarming rate while wrangling her children, her husband, and their two cats.

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