Adrian Gottlieb is winning at life. He’s a successful video game designer with everything a man could ask for, including a warm comfy ride to Denver and a date for his sister’s wedding. But he finds himself in need of a total reboot when he’s left stranded at a snowy campground in Utah. Holiday plans? Epic fail.
That is until Noah Walters offers him shelter for the night and a reluctant cross-country ride. Nothing about the ultraconservative geoarchaeologist should attract Adrian, but once he discovers Noah’s hidden love for video games, the two connect on a new level. Soon, a quiet but undeniable chemistry sparks.
Something doesn’t add up, though. As the miles accumulate and time runs out, Noah must face the most difficult choice of his life. Meanwhile, Adrian must decide whether he’s ready to level up. Is their relationship status worth fighting for, or has this game ended before it’s even begun?
This story was completely lovely. I truly enjoyed Adrian and Noah. They were such an unlikely couple at first. Completely opposite in many ways and you had to wonder if they’d get together. But as they got to know each other and fall for each other, you realized how well suited they were. I was drawn into this book right from the beginning and I couldn’t put it down as I was reading. Ms. Albert writes wonderful stories that I always enjoy reading.
Adrian came across really put together despite winding up stranded right at the beginning. He isn’t quite as put together as you initially think but he’s still open and honest with himself about who he is. I loved what he did for a living. Working on a video game is way cool and he brings the exciting and fun about it and also talks about some of the downsides as well. His family is so crazy and fu nat the same time. They’re so supportive of Adrian even if they don’t understand some of his choices. But you can definitely tell they love him no matter what. Adrian comes so far in this story. By the end of the book he is so happy with life in general and so in love with Noah.
Noah hurt my heart at first. He is unhappy without realizing it. The little glimpses of warmth and happiness show you how happy he can be and how miserable he truly is. His emotions come through clearly in the story. His fears are an ingrained part of him. When they’re drastically less or gone you can almost see his shoulders lifting from the weight not being there anymore. Noah was such a nerd and I loved it! He was passionate about being an archaeologist and shared that passion with others. I despaired for Noah and if he’d get his head out of his ass and stay with Adrian. But once he figured things out and made a decision about his life, oh my word he went all in and was so amazing in his conviction.
Both men have pet dogs in the story and they’re as much characters as the humans. Ulysses and Pixel have such personalities you couldn’t help but love them right from the beginning. They are adorable and I love how they are very like their owners and how they interact with each other in relation to their owners. Both dogs were wonderful additions to the story.
Noah and Adrian were so good together. They had plenty of obstacles to overcome and I wasn’t sure they’d make it a few times. But by the end you could tell how in love they are and they’re going to work hard to stay together. They are so in love and I adored their happily ever after. I’m hoping we get to see more of these two in the next book in the series. I can’t wait to read it and find out!
Four and a half
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 children.
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