Tread Marks and Trademarks by SA McAuley

Title: Team Maker Jock, Book 1: Tread Marks and Trademarks
Author: S.A. McAuley
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Words: 50,000
Characters: Alex Maddox and Christian Lawson
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Comedy, Geeks
Kisses: 4


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 previously published work. The publisher has changed.


Tread Marks and Trademarks is a good, easy contemporary read with realistic characters and situations. Alex Maddox is driven, not by his career, but by his love of the Maker Movement. And like many, he considers himself to be average, nothing special. Christian Lawson disagrees; he things Alex is very interesting.

I really enjoyed the comedic notes that Ms McAuley injected into her story, and the fact that although there was some angst in the form of miscommunication, it wasn’t wallowed in and instead balanced the rest of the story. I also found Alex Maddox to be extremely relatable; after all, many people don’t understand my love of books, just like they don’t understand his enjoyment of the Maker Movement.

Not being a huge contemporary reader, this was only a four star for me, but if you love contemporary stories, you’ll probably find it to be a five. Ms McAuley is a strong, talented writer with the ability to make you feel like you are there, watching the story in person.

Reviewed By: Alison

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