From the blurb:
Landon can’t believe he’s let himself get roped into participating in a charity calendar, let alone one that features tastefully photographed nudes. The genius physicist is hardly model material, and he’s dreading the nude part of the photoshoot. Amid his reluctance, the one bright spot is his emails back and forth with the photographer.
However, Bailey turns out to be not exactly what Landon expects, and their first meeting is decidedly awkward. Bailey’s persistent though, and gradually Landon warms to the burly photographer, and they discover they have a shared love of gamer culture.
A tentative friendship is born, but the road from friends to lovers isn’t easy. Landon’s battling past trauma and must decide how much of a risk he’s willing to take. A sexy connection may not be enough to keep them together unless both are willing to put their hearts on the line.
I love Annabeth Albert but Level Up, a novella in the #Gaymers universe, isn't quite as impressive as her usual stuff.
I mostly struggled with Landon, who had a troubled sexual history. I felt for him for all that he went through, but I still hated how he treated the infinitely patient Bailey. Landon kept Bailey at arms length and though Bailey was very considerate of Landon's feelings, Landon didn't give Bailey the same respect.
I liked the mild kinkiness and heat, and I liked the side story with friends of Landon and Bailey getting together (though I think it got proportionately more page time than it should have), but the combo of the novella format and my issues with Landon really cut back on my enjoyment.
All in all, Level Up was a good story with some nice aspects but mostly forgettable.
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