Author: Heidi Champa
Publisher: Amber Allure (Amber Quill)
Cover Artist: Trace Edward Zaber
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 11/22/2015
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Keller James loves his smart phone. A lot. In fact, his phone is the most important relationship in his life, much to the chagrin of his friends. Keller uses his phone for every part of his life, including his favorite thing—hooking up. Keller doesn’t see the problem with being connected all the time. Until one night, when a simple text message turns his whole life upside down, he suddenly finds himself without his phone. And without his friends.
In desperation, Keller turns to Gus Adams, his favorite barista, who has never owned a smart phone in his life. Gus helps Keller through the loss of his electronic connection, through his withdrawal symptoms, and shows him how to survive without the world at his fingertips.
As they get to know each other, Keller finds himself falling for Gus. And suddenly, for the first time in years, Keller doesn’t miss his phone at all. When he finally gets a new phone, will his addiction resurface, or can he resist the temptation of the digital world and follow his heart instead?
I liked it! I liked the way this entire story was a criticism of the way people today are so focused and dependent on technology while managing to have that criticism take a back seat to the developing romance.
This story was a cute way to point out what assholes the technology dependent can really be if not careful. I hated Kell at first and it was not until he made a true effort to try to be better that I thought he was even remotely worthy of Gus.
I liked the way this turned out. It was very unrealistic in its simplicity, but it was the optimistic and hopeful ending to what is turning out to be an epidemic in our society. I liked the way the author pointed out Kell’s flaws and the way she had Gus be a bit of an asshole himself at times. I liked the way the two men connected and the way they ended things together.
This story was unique and enjoyable.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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