Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ARC Review: Not a Game by Cardeno C.

An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.

Jewel's rating:

Not a Game was so so sweet. It was a perfect vacation read for me. Low angst, awesomely sweet with really likable characters!

Oliver Barnaby is a game developer who is a bit on the heavy side. His self esteem is low and he thinks that because he's not buff, and he isn't sexually experienced, that he'll never be able to find someone to even look past his body type and give him a chance. Oliver wants to make changes in his life. He's in a great new city, has a new job that he loves, he just needs to figure out how to be the guy he needs to be in order to find someone to share life with. So he takes a chance on trying something new that will hopefully help him become more confident in the matters of love and sex, so he can find that special someone.

Jaime Snow is buff and gorgeous, but those things are not something he looks for in a guy. Jaime is attracted to heavier men. When Jaime sees Oliver in The Bookstore bar, he is genuinely attracted to Oliver as he is. So when Oliver assumes Jaime is someone else, Jaime goes with it because he doesn't want to scare Oliver away. He really wants to get to know Oliver and he isn't at all put off by the fact that Oliver is overweight. Instead, Jaime constantly tells Oliver how wonderful and beautiful he is and as they get to know one another, they discover that they really have a connection.

What I loved about Not a Game is that it shows that not everyone wants a partner who is the embodiment of 'physical perfection'. I loved that when Jaime's "secret" was revealed, Oliver handled it like a grown up. I loved that Oliver and Jaime had chemistry and a real connection. I loved that there was no manufactured drama.

Not a Game is sweet and delicious and left me with a smile. Jaime and Oliver get their HEA and it may or may not have brought a tear to my eye. Allegedly. And I hope the next book is for Jack because he deserves his happy, too.

ARC of Not a Game was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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