So.. Many many moons ago, I came across this little book that grabbed me right from the blurb and wouldn’t let go. The only problem? That book was out of “print” and no where to be found. Well I put it on my wishlist anyway in hopes that one day it would find a new home. Lucky for me it was redited, reworked, combined with it’s sequel, and released recently with a new publisher, Wilde City. That book was The Maker Jock by SA McAuley, and it is now known as Tread Marks & Trademarks.
Author: SA McAuley
Publisher: Wilde City
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher
Alex Maddox may be a genius. Or not. In thirty-four days he’ll know for sure. The robot he’s been perfecting for the last four years is finally ready. Alex won’t accept anything less than perfection—if he can keep a broken air conditioner, a flaky twin brother, a thirtieth birthday, and falling for the Norse god of advertising from derailing him.
Christian Lawson is an advertising god. A blond hottie with the beautiful brains to match. He’s worked hard to move past the accident that nearly took his legs, but it’s been years since he let any man get close enough to see just how deep his scars really go.
Christian isn’t the advertising executive Alex expected, and Alex isn’t the coolly confident inventor Christian’s had his eye on for years. But what they discover in each other may just be better than what either of them could have hoped for.
I am just a little bit in love with Alex. Okay that is not completely true. I absolutely ADORE Alex. I loved him in Part 1, but when we get to see him through Christian’s eyes in Part 2… I fell just a little bit more. Alex is a geek. There is no two-ways about that… But he is a lovable, wicked-smart geek. As with most geeks he is insecure, neurotic and bumbling but you just want to wrap him and hold him. Okay, okay I am getting ahead of myself.
T&T is a contemporary with a steam-punk flair. Alex is a genius who is almost ready to unveil his life’s work at the Maker Summit. That life’s work is a robot by the name of Yudo with absolutely awesome fine-motor control. As a geek myself, I understand just how truly cool this would be. With a little help from his twin brother and his brother’s boyfriend, he meets Christian, hot Aussie and marketing specialist extraordinaire. They fall fast and hard, but their courtship is not without its downsides. Between Alex’s neuroses and Christian’s ex scheming for a reunion, they have to depend on each other to make it through.
So what did I like about T&T? A whole heck of a lot. It is not often I give a book 5 stars that doesn’t make me cry at some point, but something about McAuley’s writing style just really worked for me. It was loose and somewhat informal but seemed to fit the characters very well. I was hooked on Alex and Christian and wanted nothing but the best for them from the beginning. Neither character is perfect, but they fit together like any classic love story. I would love to see a short about them in the future. I would also love to see a book for Micah and JT. We really do need to know their story 😉
Where to Buy
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