by Xavier Mayne


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Can a computer program understand love better than the human heart?

Archer, the AI at the dating service Q*pid, realizes humans don’t always make the best choices, so it begins making some unconventional choices for them.

Fox Kincade is the last of his group of friends to be single, so he’s delighted when he discovers a new match in his Q*pid app—one that, according to the new AI wizardry, should be the love of his life. Instead of the woman he’s expecting, he’s paired with Drew Larsen, a shy, somewhat nerdy PhD student who has also grown discouraged with romance.

Drew and Fox have little in common—aside from the fact that they’re both straight. Or so they thought. But as the guys get to know each other, they realize Archer might have the right idea. Their path isn’t smooth, because both need to overcome every idea they have about themselves and what true love might look like. But with the help of Archer—and some friends who have stuck with Fox and Drew through the thick and thin of their relationship trials—they might find their way into each other’s hearts.

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ISBN-13: 9781641081160
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Xavier Mayne is the pen name of a writer who has been both a university professor of English and a marketing professional for software companies. He currently manages a team of writers for a large technology company based in the US Pacific Northwest. Versed in academic theories of sexual identity, he is passionate about writing stories in which men experience a love that pushes them beyond the boundaries they thought defined their sexuality. He believes that romance can be hot, funny, and sweet in equal measure. The name Xavier Mayne is a tribute to the pioneering gay author Edward Prime-Stevenson, who also used it as a pen name. He wrote the first openly gay novel by an American, 1906’s Imre: A Memorandum. Unique among early gay novels, it tells the story of two main characters who are straight until they meet each other. Website: www.xaviermayne.com

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Q*Pid 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Catsromancereview More than 1 year ago
I will admit this started slow. I was tempted to not finish but I did like the concept and Archer and his quirky neighbor lady. Fox finally grew on me as the story progressed. There are some really cool characters in this book. Fox has a friend that wants updates on his sex life, and his wife usually is right there for the video chat. She is intrigued when the guy shows up and Fox agrees to meet for a drink then they continue meeting as friends. Archer is a real sweetheart and I adored his elderly tenant and how he always had her favorite imported sausages "just laying around needing cooked" I liked that he was open when he male match came and he took the chance to reach out if not anything but for a friend and out of curiosity as to why the machine matched him with a man. I also liked the Machine itself as a character. I would have liked a little more on it, but I guess the match and romance did need to be up front. The story is extremely well written, intriguing and fun. The narrator Rudy Sanda was new to me. At first, I wasn't sure how I felt about the narration. I did not like Fox's voice at all. I think maybe if Fox and his friend's voice was switched it may have worked more for me. The pacing was good though and all in all, once the story picked up so did the narration. If you like Gay For You you get a double whammy as it's Gay for You for both characters. It is a good slow burn as well, and lots of humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won’t be disappointed by this at all. I tried to savor the book, but like all of Xavier mayne’s novels... I couldn’t. Fox and Drew are two instantly likeable characters. You will find parts of yourself in each of them. Seeing them explore a shifting sexual identity is a pleasure. It isn’t like other novels where the plot is thrown at you like “bam. Here’s 2 hot guys. Watch them randomly have sex”. Here, you see a relationship develop amidst struggles with real identity problems. I completely recommend. (Also Chad was my favorite character. I’m pretty sure me and him are the same person.)