KJ Reed totally sucked me into the relationship between Trav and Ariel in her story "Text Me". This short story has two people with different backgrounds, though each is comfortable with one night stands. A reader might not expect this couple to have a sweet story, but, in my opinion, they do. I enjoyed reading of the unlikely events that bring these texting buddies together for a steamy sexual fling. They feel drawn together, even as they provide fake names and plan to go their separate ways. I love the coffee house scene when Travis realizes that "MacKenzie" the one night stand is Ariel, his Text Girl. Then, his confusion and anxiety about how to tell her the truth make him even more loveable.
Ariel is a good girl at heart, studying to become a social worker. I enjoy how she retains her shyness, even while engaging in casual, anonymous sex. I laughed at Ariel and her friend Mary Ellen, sticking together to pick up men so that neither risks being alone with a potentially dangerous stranger.
I love Mary Ellen and Pete, they are the best friend sidekicks. I want to know if Trav will be able to find his missing sister Sarah. Imagine my happiness to find that there is a sequel out that has Pete getting together with Sarah, more happy coincidences. I have already ordered that story, I like these characters so much.
Read Text Me. It is sweet and sexy, and it will make you smile.
Staff Sergeant Travis Donavon 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 of.
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?