Tread Marks & Trademarks
Title : Tread Marks & Trademarks
Author : S.A. MaCauley
Publisher : Wilde City (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 200 pages (e-book)
Published : December 11, 2013
Rating : ★★★1/2
Alex Maddox may be a genius. Or not. In thirty-four days he’ll know for sure. The robot he’s been perfecting for the last four years is finally ready. Alex won’t accept anything less than perfection—if he can keep a broken air conditioner, a flaky twin brother, a thirtieth birthday, and falling for the Norse god of advertising from derailing him.
Christian Lawson is an advertising god. A blond hottie with the beautiful brains to match. He’s worked hard to move past the accident that nearly took his legs, but it’s been years since he let any man get close enough to see just how deep his scars really go.
Christian isn’t the advertising executive Alex expected, and Alex isn’t the coolly confident inventor Christian’s had his eye on for years. But what they discover in each other may just be better than what either of them could have hoped for.
Note: This is a novel that is an expanded and re-edited combined version of the two novellas previously published as The Maker Jock and Tread Marks and Trademarks.
I liked this book. I wouldn’t say it was great. I think I preferred the first half of the book told from Alex’s POV, to the second half from Christian’s POV. It was probably more of the building of their relationship in the first part that captured my attention. The second part had a slower pace and brought up a lot from Christian’s past while tying everything up very neatly.
I think the first part was interesting. Alex is a genius never given the chance he deserves, so he does it on his own. He builds a robot with the ability to adjust it’s sensory touch. An amazing advancement in technology. His twin and his boyfriend, JT, decide he needs to patent and brand it. He’ll also be needing someone to sell his name and product since it’s going to be huge. This need brings in Christian who is a marketing genius. The guys know Christian from college. Alex thinks he looks like Thor and of course he’s attracted to him but a guy like Christian is way out of a geeky relationship only type of guy like Alex’s league. He soon learns Christian has had a thing for him for years.
The second part of the book is basically Christian dealing with his leg injury and coming face to face with the man he let go after it happened. All the guys decide to start up a business together which changes their lives and ties them together for the long hall. Something that feels right but that doesn’t mean there won’t be kinks to work out along the way.
I think this was definitely better as one continuous story vs two. Christian was a rock and almost too amazing but for some reason he was the one constantly smoothing the way for the brilliant and socially awkward Alex. It was both sweet and frustrating to see. It never feels balanced when one person seems to give more than the other. JT was probably my favorite character as small of a part as he played. He was such a good balance to Alex’s twin, who may have tipped the scale into an OTT character at points but he did add some much needed levity. I’d have liked to read more about them. I did enjoy the clever banter between the characters in this book. I like a geek and a beautiful man with flaws coming together. Overall a good story but not as great as I’d hoped. It had some good bones but I just never fell for the characters.
Rated 3.5 stars by Whit