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?
I think I'm a bit of a victim of book over-hype for this read, as so many of my friends gave this story 5 stars, but I personally didn't get that much fresh or new from this one.
Yes, we had 2 dogs this time, an RV road trip, religious mental battles and Adrian's sister was marrying and having his ex-boyfriend's baby (uhhh, Sister Wives, ewww, "My husband used to fuck my brother, but that's no big deal." Noooooo, that plot point is so not cute, folks.)
However, it sort of felt like I'd already read this one as a mish-mash of several other books.
I'm fully willing to admit that this could just be me and my reading mood, but while fun in several parts of the story, it felt a bit dragged out to me and I wasn't really sorry to reach the last page.
Especially when the story finished with one of 2014-2015's most seriously over-done endings.
Coming in at around 3.5 stars, this one was fine, but not really earth-shattering or all that unexpected.
My copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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