Player vs. Player. Fight!
Brilliant graphic designer Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game—he’s just been asked to present a top secret project at a huge conference in Seattle. All systems are go…until he learns his buttoned-up office nemesis is coming along for the ride.
Tristan Jones isn’t really the gamer type, but he knows the back end of the video game business inside out. Together, he and Ravi will give an awesome presentation. If they survive the cross-country trip first.
Tossed together in close quarters, Ravi’s shocked to see Tristan’s sexy, softer side emerge from such a conservative shell. He’s less shocked to learn his handsome colleague’s prominent family would never support an out-and-proud son. But Ravi didn’t struggle through his own coming out to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan will have to push past his fear and ultimately decide: Does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over before they’ve even begun?
This was a wonderful story. Tristan and Ravi are so good together. Their story wasn’t so much enemies to eventual lovers. They didn’t hate each other. There was just strong dislike and strong difference in personality. But they definitely overcame their clashing quirks to be together. Once they got to know each other they had more in common than they thought. I really enjoy Ms. Albert’s writing style. She constantly pulls you in and doesn’t let your attention go until the story is over. Then you’re left wondering when the next book in the series comes out because you want to read it right away.
Ravi was wonderful. He had his own style and unique personality. He truly didn’t care what others think of him. I adored how much he loved his job. He was so enthusiastic about his art and working on Space Villager. He loved his family but struggled with some of them not accepting him for who he is. He fights his feelings so hard and languished in a certain river in Egypt that he even has them in the first place. Once Ravi admits his feelings and wants to give a relationship a go you can feel his happiness.
Tristan is a total sweetheart. He has his own system for things and wants to be prepared for every eventuality. But oh my word when he lefts go. He is so dang happy when he allows himself to be friends with people. He falls quickly and loves easily with his whole heart. The scenes of him on the road trip and at the con are so well written. You can feel his joy and the weight of responsibility slowly leave him. However I felt like he needed to deal with his parents better than he was. I never really understood why he put up with how they treated him and why he listened to their demands. I was so proud of him when he finally stood up for himself.
Ravi and Tristan are so well suited for each other. They click once they give up their biases and snap judgements. I wasn’t sure if they would get together for real for a while. But when they do you can tell it’s going to work. I adored seeing Adrian and Noah again and how happy they still are. Josiah has a big heart and I am so excited his story is next. I can’t wait to read it. I hope we get to see Ravi and Tristan again. I want to see them happy together and if they’ve figured out the apartment situation.
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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