Monday, 5 September 2016

REVIEW: Connection Error (#gaymers, Book 3) by Annabeth Albert

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It's typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he's (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can't handle another distraction. But he also can't ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man's a fan of his game.

Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He's got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn't mean he's above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.

When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it's even begun?



The 3rd standalone book in this series, it’s Josiah turn with Ryan.

Josiah met Ryan by pure coincidence on a plane, and thanks to a diverted trip, they ended up spending a night somewhere. A friendship was born but who are they kidding, it is more than that. As this is part of #gaymers series, gaming plays a big part, of course, in how their relationship evolved.

Josiah, dealing with his ADHD, may lack the necessary filters in his communication but at least you know he means what he says and says what he means. He’s considerate of Ryan, adorable with his insecurities. I’ve lost count of the times I found myself with this silly grin on my face with his lines and thoughts.

Ryan was still recovering, physically, mentally and emotionally, from his military tour that would his course in life. When he met Josiah, a lot of things are still new to him and Josiah definitely was unexpected. Josiah becoming a part of his life was definitely not part of his plan. He’s grumpy in a charming way and Josiah has the right temperament to create a chink in his armor. He’s an alpha through and through but now saddled with his new reality and that’s a tough pill to swallow. And it was just as adorable to see him be unsettled by Josiah.

Josiah and Ryan’s story has a heavier feel than the first two. I think Annabeth handled it deftly and respectfully without trivializing the aftereffects, especially when I think of Ryan’s situation.

In my mind, while this was not perfect in its execution like the first 2 bks in the series, what I can’t deny is the perfection of the characters in all their imperfections. They cannot be any more endearing in my head. There’s just something in the way Annabeth exposes the “flaws” of these men in such a fashion that makes you love them even more without shoving angst in your face. She gives me characters I would want to surround myself with in RL. And just like the first 2 books, she gave me a story that’s complex in its simplicity, like a hot cup of tea with a surprising spice to it. Like chai, maybe? LOL

Two opposites gravitating towards each other, reading each other to give each other what they need and finding in each other what they want… sigh… Can’t get any better than that!

About the Author

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.

Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

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