Title: Single Player
Author: Elia Winters
My Rating: A-
Genre: contemporary romance (m/m)
Series: Slices of Pi #3
Main Characters: Matthew and Silas
Release Date: September 2016
Publisher: Pocket Star
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Matthew Abrams finally has the life he’s always wanted—a promising career as a programmer at PI Games, a decent apartment in a nice neighborhood, and a thriving social life. And he’s perfectly content until he has a one-night stand with Silas Benson, a biomedical engineer with a charitable side to boot. Suddenly Matthew is doubting his life choices and worrying he might not be living up to his full potential.
Silas Benson doesn’t have time for much else outside of work, and that’s how he’s always liked it. As a biomedical engineer, he’s at the cutting edge of advances in the field, and he’s not going to waste his life partying when he could be doing actual good in the world. After a one-night stand at his friend’s twenty-fifth birthday party, though, Silas feels his focus shifting toward a certain tall, dark, and handsome almost-stranger.
When an emotional breakdown requires Silas to take a leave of absence from work, Matthew rushes to his aid and teaches him the merits of frivolity. Silas is an unwilling student at first, but Matthew soon has him in the groove, which makes for one steamy, wild ride. But is this a forever sort of affair, or will Silas abandon Matthew’s wanton ways in favor of a life of serious-minded solitude?
I've seriously cut down my reviews this late summer/fall because of my other obligations, but this book was an exception. I've loved this series, but honestly probably would have passed on this book if it had been an m/f. But it was an m/m and I couldn't resist my curiosity about what this author would do with two guys. OMG, I was not at all disappointed. This story was excellent.
Silas and Matthew have nothing in common. Silas is brilliant and works every day in his biomedical engineering career to make differences in people's lives. He does important work and is ALWAYS conscientious about that. As a result, he works long, long hours every single day of the week. He can't enjoy time off because that time could make a difference to a person's value of their life. That's the way his parents raised him and after they died suddenly four years ago, he's gotten even more obsessive about his work.
On the other hand is Matthew. He's a video game programmer and he spends his life kind of skating by. He does the bare minimum at work to do his job and is always the first one out of his chair at 5:00. He likes his life because it gives him the freedom to relax and party. He does bartend on the weekends, but come on...that's fun, not work.
But when Silas is dragged out for his friend's birthday to the club where Matthew works, things get hot and heavy between them. It was supposed to be a one-time thing, although they both thought it was incredibly hot. But then they run into one another and a pseudo-friendship/hookup relationship develops. It's pretty much an accidental thing, because these guys don't have much in common besides really hot sex. But when circumstances change, they both begin to see the possibilities.
I really enjoyed the book. I liked how the story developed so that the reader got to see exactly why Silas is the way he is. This poor guy, but even while he's learning to chill out a bit, he brings out a better side of Matthew, too. I like how they equalized one another and they both became better people because of the other's influence on their life. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read and story.
The entire series has been good, but all the books work perfectly well as stand-alone reads.
Note: Can we take a moment to enjoy the view on that cover? Yum-mm-my. OMG, that cover is hot. LOVE it so much.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.