Title: How Not To Summon Your True Love
Author: Sasha L. Miller
Series: Solitary Travelers
Genre: M/M Romance
Though it doesn’t really come as a surprise, Cy is still crushed when he’s dumped. His relationship with Alex had lasted longer than all previous attempts, and started promising when Alex had proclaimed he was perfectly okay with Cy being asexual.
On impulse, convinced no one will ever really see him as worthy relationship material, Cy turns to a book that belonged to his late mother, a grimoire of magic spells that obviously won’t work. It’s a stupid idea, and even if magic was real there’s no way a true love summoning spell would work for him.
Source: ARC from Less Than Three Press via NetGalley
I’m quite a fan of Sasha L. Miller’s books, so I was really excited to see her take on an asexual romance – and this one also sounded like it could be quite fun. Ah well, the anticipation was nice while it lasted.
This is less of an asexual romance than a road trip with lots of talk of magic and an asexual hero. There really is no romance between Cy and Dig, for all that the spell Cy uses is to summon his true love. Instead they become sort of friends throughout a cross-country road trip. Cy shows absolutely no romantic inclinations towards Dig, there are times when I’m not even sure he likes him all that much. I know he’s ace but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t feel happy to be with him, want to know him better, want to spend more time with him. There’s nothing like that here. They get from A to B and at the end, oh, they like each other.
Hmm. Personally, I found the road trip pretty monotonous and repetitive – kind of like a real road trip, except with lots and lots of stops for fuel. I’m worried about the mpg of that rental car, because either the tank is minute or it has a serious guzzling problem. It might also have been nice to have seen some magic too, since there’s plenty of talk, but apart from the one big spell, there’s nothing else.
So overall this one fell a little below my expectations. The world set up here is actually pretty good and I liked Dig a lot, but Cy’s kind of whiny at times, the road trip drags and the romance is non-existent. Loved the idea, but sadly it missed the mark for me.
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