From the blurb:
It's typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he's (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can't handle another distraction. But he also can't ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man's a fan of his game.
Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He's got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn't mean he's above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.
When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it's even begun?
Annabeth Albert is one of my favorite authors, and her #gamers series is one of my favorite series, so it's NO WONDER I adored this book. Adored every stinkin' word!
Do you like slightly spastic, hyper geeks? How about hot military men? How about overly enthusiastic puppies? Hurt-comfort stories? Even if you think you don't like these things, I'm telling you, you will!
I like a good military M/M as much as the next gal, but I'm not one of those readers that goes insane for men in uniform. I actively avoid romantic suspense, so I actually don't read that many military-type stories. This one is more of a civilian story with a navy SEAL MC, but it had that intensity that some military stories have, which I really enjoyed. Plus, Ryan is one of those typical super brawny military men, and has huuuuuge.... hands. What? What were you thinking? *Psst- that too!*
I usually don't read many reviews before starting a story, but I think it is important here to find out the nature of Ryan's injuries along with Josiah. I think that story reads more organically and profoundly that way, and it will help you stay inside each of the character's head-spaces.
I have a thing for geeks, so a geeky MC is gravy to me. Perhaps that is why I'm so in love with this series? Give me a computer programmer any day of the week! Smart = sexy in my book, so I really enjoyed Josiah.
I also liked how the relationship between Ryan and Josiah grew from just a friendship with a spark of attraction to something more. It was a slow progression with lots of bumps on their journey, but I loved how there were no silly misunderstandings or other tired plot devices. These two men had a lot of things to work through, and I loved how they complemented one another and grew along the way.
This book isn't super-duper sex-focused, but I thought that the sex was hot and emotional. I absolutely loved Ryan's dirty talking and his toppy-top attitude. He was a beast in bed, and I could have used even MORE of the nasty stuff.
I loved this nearly perfect story with perfectly imperfect characters. I think if you are a fan of men who have to fight against the odds and want a story that is really special, pick this one up.
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
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