Monday, May 30, 2016

Beta Test by Annabeth Albert

Title: Beta Test
Author: Annabeth Albert
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: #gamers #2
Main Characters: Ravi and Tristan
Release Date: May 2016
Publisher: Carina
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Player vs. Player. Fight!

Brilliant graphic designer Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game—he's just been asked to present a top secret project at a huge conference in Seattle. All systems are go…until he learns his buttoned-up office nemesis is coming along for the ride.

Tristan Jones isn't really the gamer type, but he knows the back end of the video game business inside out. Together, he and Ravi will give an awesome presentation. If they survive the cross-country trip first.

Tossed together in close quarters, Ravi's shocked to see Tristan's sexy, softer side emerge from such a conservative shell. He's less shocked to learn his handsome colleague's prominent family would never support an out-and-proud son. But Ravi didn't struggle through his own coming out to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan will have to push past his fear and ultimately decide: Does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over before they've even begun?

Book Two of the #gaymers series

This book is approximately 64,000 words

My Review:
ooh, this is a fantastic story about enemies to lovers or opposites attract. Ravi and Tristan start to work at Space Villager at the same time, but they've never gotten along. 

Ravi is the fun-loving artist that everyone likes, who may or may not be a LOT more relaxed about things like deadlines and timelines. Tristan lives his life by lists and graphs. If he has a task to do, there are at least 10-12 spreadsheets breaking it all down by task. Tristan lives his world by highly structured rules and parameters. Ravi does not. So when they are put to work on a joint project, things get tense quickly. But they manage to make it through without killing anyone. Now the project just has to go through the reveal in Seattle. 

The problem...everyone involved with that reveal comes down with food poisoning after the celebration party for the finalizing of the project. Because Ravi and Tristan got into a fight, neither one of them ate at the party. They are the only people left to drive the displays up to the con and get it all set up. Road trip. It will be a bet to see who survives. 

I LOVED this story. These guys couldn't be more different, but they have one huge thing in common. Being gay has caused huge problems between them and their families and they both are dealing with all that throughout the story. I love how this is a slow build between them. Because they are on a road trip, they have to learn to be civil to one another and that means that they begin to see other sides of the other person that they wouldn't have guessed were there. They certainly never thought they would become attracted to the other. 

The characters are fabulous and I definitely connected with Tristan better. He's just so socially awkward. I like how that evolved throughout the book. Ravi shows him how to relax a tiny bit and that allows his coworkers to relax around him. Although I detested the position Tristan's parents continued to put him in and how they didn't see what they did to him after his brother died. Having that tie between the two men really made their romance work. On the surface they have so little in common, but as they delve deeper and deeper, they find they have everything in common and they also find a safe place within the other. I loved that. 

Note: I also really love the world this book is written in. It's fun to see a glimpse inside the gaming world, and I loved the art aspect that Ravi brought to the book. 

I highly recommend both this book and the first in the series. While they both easily work as stand-alones, they are both worth the time and effort to read. Great male/male romance!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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