Sunday, May 29, 2016

ARC Review: Beta Test (#gaymers #2) by Annabeth Albert


Blurb:
Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game. He’s a top video game developer and he just got asked to present a top-secret project at a huge gaming conference in Seattle. All systems are a go…until he learns his office nemesis is coming along for the ride. Player vs. Player. Fight!

Newly minted MBA Tristan Jones doesn’t seem like the gaming type but he knows the business inside-out. Together, they’ll give an awesome presentation – they just have to survive the cross-country trip. Ravi’s opinion of Tristan is rebooted when he discovers a softer side to the conservative charmer and a new tension builds between them.

Despite their best efforts to keep it casual, things heat up quickly. Tristan is hiding his true self for fear of what his parents might think. Ravi knows that feeling all too well, but he didn’t disconnect from his family years ago only to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan has to push past his fear and ultimately decide, does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over?


Dani's rating:




Ravi is color and charm. He has a million friends and can draw anything. Even his doodles are art.

So what if his traditional Hindu mom and grandma pretend he's not gay a decade after he came out? He lives life on his own terms. And if Ravi can't bear to be alone, well, no one has to know.

Years after his older brother's death, Tristan still lives his life to please his conservative parents. (His one rebellion is taking his Stanford MBA and "wasting" it working on video games.) He prefers folders to people and eats lunch at his desk alone. It's easier that way.

Tristan sure loves his color-coded spreadsheets, but his life is grey.

When Ravi and Tristan are forced into a work-related road trip, neither is thrilled. Tristan is prepared for every catastrophe. Ravi just wants to drink coffee and listen to music. Thankfully, they both like 80s pop.

Ravi, feeling guilty for accidentally outing Tristan, vows to tone down the snark. He isn't prepared to see a softer side of Tristan. And when Tristan stands up for him in a town called Weed and takes charge at the gaymers' convention, Ravi knows he's screwed.

Beta Test is about two very different men, seemingly all wrong for each other, finding something real and right.




For all of Tristan's perfectly structured life, he wants all the dirty with Ravi. Tristan doesn't think he's good at sex (his ex did quite a number on his self-esteem), but Ravi sets out to prove him wrong. Ravi has no problem issuing commands, and Tristan is so eager to please.

The sexy scenes in this book are tender, sensual, and so very, very hot. Ravi and Tristan have an intense emotional and sexual connection, and there's a sense of wonder and exploration in every kiss, every touch.

This story is low on the angst. There is some family drama, but it's fairly low key and the men navigate it together. Communication, people. It's all about the communication. And these two are pretty damn good at it.



While Adrian and Noah from book 1 are in a couple scenes, Beta Test can easily be read as a standalone.

This is a sexy, feel-good book with an aww-inducing epilogue. While I still love Noah and Adrian best, it's impossible not to fall for Ravi and Tristan.

A special shoutout to Pac-Man tattoos, pierced nipples, complicated hair, and cinnamon roll frappuccinos.

Life's sweet like that.



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