Monday, February 6, 2023

Textual Connections by Becca Jackson Blog Tour

Blog Tour. Becca Jackson’s Textual Connections.


I thought I was good with my life in No Man’s Land. Truth be told, I was, until I messaged Bear.

What started as an online debate about coffee vs wine, has become something so much more, it doesn’t even matter that I don’t know his real name and have never seen his face. My daughter doesn’t agree.

She wants me to find someone “real” before she leaves for college, so when the neighbors hot brother rolls into town, she’s less than subtle about my single status.

Bobby is a free spirit, man in every town, according to his sister, but that’s not really him. He’s fun, adventurous, kind, and he’s a fantastic flirt, so when the similarities between Bear and Bobby start to align I can hardly believe my luck.

Can my online crush really be the guy next door?


I never wanted to come back to Normanland, traveling the world is everything to me, but the money has almost run out and I’m in desperate need of a sponsor that doesn’t make me cringe.

My sister thinks I’m crazy for not wanting to settle down, and when I told her about chatting online with Mal she basically gave me the whole catfish creeper tv-special warning and begged me not to try to meet him for real.

Not that Mal would want to come to Normanland. I can’t see what this small town has to offer anyone, that is until Michael takes it upon himself to show me the beauty of this town I’d chosen to forget.

Michael owns the local café, he’s a fan of puns, is an amazing dad and loves travel, though he’s never actually been anywhere… just like Mal.

I tell myself I must be crazy, because if Michael really is Mal, how long has he known? Was Meg right? Did I come back to Normanland just to get my heart broken, or could Mal really be the happy beginning I never knew I needed?


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Textual Connections by Becca Jackson

Book 1
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“No pressure. Just thought we could save our hands and use our mouths for a bit.” I hit send and take a sip from my coffee, then choke on it. What the fuck did I just write?



Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Textual Connections is the first book in the Love in No Man's Land series. It is a fun, low-angst story that sets a great foundation for future books to follow.

Mal and Bear have been talking online for close to a year. What started as a wine vs coffee rant had Bear messaging him. And that messaging has turned into daily communication that they both look forward to. When their conversations turned a little flirty, they decide to move to calls, then one mind blowing video chat. They still haven't seen who the other is or where they are located.

Bobby doesn't want to move back to his hometown, Normanland, with his sister and two nieces. His heart is set on traveling, but when his money is starting to run low and getting a sponsorship proves harder than he thought, he unhappily moves home. When he meets the new coffee shop owner, he finds Michael adorable and quite cute with his coffee puns.

I really enjoyed this story and the characters. It was a quick read but worth it. I can't wait to see what's next for Lucas and Carter.

I loved this book. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because I felt the ending was rushed. Mal and Bear are just the cutest couple. Even as Michael and Bobby they were cute. I love the banter and the genuine connection they had. The secondary characters were great too. I cannot wait for the next book and I hope Mal and Bear make an appearance.

3.5 stars rounded up

This is the first in a new series, and given the world building that goes on, I am looking forward to the next installment!

Michael lives for his daughter and coffee shop, and an online travel blogging friend called Bear. His town has not served up any men that he finds irresistible, and anyway until his daughter leaves for college.

Bear returns to the US as he is out of funds and stays with his sister, Meg, neighbour to Michael. He continues to post as if overseas, and chat with his online crush, Mal.

Yep Michael is Mal, and Bear is Bobby... it takes them a while to work it out, and in the meantime, we get to meet the Crystal Queers quiz team, understand just how fab Michael's coffee is, and that Bear has scruples about sponsors. For a place Michael claimed had no prospects, there was a lively group of guys who made no secret of their sexuality.

This is a pretty low-angst, small-town paced novel which I found a very easy read. The coffee puns were awful, but also funny.



My timer chimes again and I catch my breath. Ten minutes and I’ll hear his voice. Ten minutes and what is essentially a pen pal relationship becomes real. Ten minutes is both too soon and far too long to wait.


Author Bio

Becca Jackson. Heart, Heat and H.E.A.s.

BECCA JACKSON is the author of mm romance stories that deliver heart, heat, and happily ever afters for some totally adorkable and fabulous guys.

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“You’re drooling,” Dorian whispers in my ear.     “Am not.” I’m staring. Why am I staring? It’s just Michael. Michael in a tux. Michael in a tux looking sexy as fuck and… Fuck, I’m still staring.


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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Textual Connections (Love in No Man's Land #1) by Becca Jackson to read and review.

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