Text Me by K.J. Reed
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (93 pgs)
Other: M/F, voyeurism
Rating: 3 cherries
Reviewed by Bittersweet
Staff Sergeant Travis Donovan is on the hunt for his little sister. Though he hasn’t spoken to her in years, his last deployment reminded him how short life is, and it’s time to reconnect. Only problem? The one piece of contact information he has, a cell phone number, belongs to someone else now. A woman named Ariel. A woman he can’t get his mind off.
Ariel Winston doesn’t have time for a man. Her plate is full with work and grad school and family obligations, and she’s fine with that. But the innocent friendship she’s sparked with Trav, the anonymous texter, can’t hurt. Right? It’s not like she’ll ever meet the guy face to face.
But when these two collide during a night of voyeuristic pleasure, they have decisions to make. Will they balk at what fate has dropped into their laps? Or be willing to look beyond the unique circumstances and enjoy their finite time together?
She has no life outside of textbooks; everything is about exams and studying; there is no time for relationships. As I read about Ariel, the main character of Text me, I felt that K.J. Reed was sometimes talking about me. That is until the part where she leaves her more than healthy study life for a healthy sex life.
Thanks to her best friend, Mary Ellen, Ariel goes out and meets a very sexy, hot man. The author describes wonderfully well the hot sizzling chemistry between Ariel and the stranger. KJ Reed not only describes sex well, but is also able to create an aura of sweet innocent romance between Ariel and her anonymous texter friend.
However, one problem I had was that K.J. Reed presents us two mysteries which never got solved. We never find out why Mary Ellen can’t date Brice and we never find out what happened to Trav’s sister.
Nonetheless, the story between the main characters flows easily and the connection between them – be it via phone or real life - is great. The story hooks for its funny moments, its coincidences, its sweetness, and the very realistic confusion that texting messages can create.
Text Me is a quick, fun read for any moment in which we wish to leave technology aside and focus on a good story.