The Official Description: Gabe is bored with hookup culture. He’s in his thirties and wants something more stable. But sitting in traffic is even more boring. He expects more of the same tired, headless torsos when he swipes open Cruised, the most popular hookup app for men, during his morning commute. Instead, he meets Mark.
Mark is handsome, funny, and interested in conversation. He’s also interested in meeting Gabe in coffee shop bathrooms for quickies on the way to work. Mark doesn’t rush out of the room after sex either. He’s tender and sweet, and way more than Gabe had hoped for. The sex is hot, but the connection between Gabe and Mark is something deeper.
Gabe’s feelings grow each time he and Mark text, but seeing an attractive woman driving Mark’s car stops Gabe cold. He doesn’t want to hookup with a cheater. He doesn’t want to stop seeing Mark either. But could it all be a misunderstanding?
Gabe knows nothing about Mark’s life or how to negotiate a hookup into something more. Does Mark want something more, or is he already taken?
My thoughts bit: This was a fun, hot read! I was surprised by how quickly I felt invested in these two. This might be a short novella but there’s a lot of clever characterization built in.
Evans has done a wonderful job of using witty text messages to build a rapport between two strangers. I loved the flirting and the candor of their first tentative teasings.
What this book lacks in length, it more than makes up for in intensity. There’s an instant connection between Gabe and Mark and it doesn’t take long to be cheering them on! I would have happily read another three hundred pages about these two!
The sex is hot and sizzling and well-written. Bravo! Great cover too!
The warnings bit: Please be aware, I’m by no means an expert on what may or may not have the potential to disturb people. I simply list things that I think a reader might want to be aware of. In this book: texting while driving (in a traffic jam) 😉
If/Then: If you liked these books, you will probably enjoy this one!
I received an ARC of Bumper to Bumper by Gretchen Evans from NineStar press via NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.