Author ~ Annabeth Albert
Publisher ~ Carina Press
Published ~ 30 May 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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
He’s the thing you can’t quit.
4.5 “Inconvenient Attraction” Stars!
Beta Test is the second book in Annabeth Albert’s new series entitled #gaymers. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of this author and with each new book she releases she just gets better and better. Seriously, every time I pick up a book by this author, I get giddy. Serious joy! Her books tell emotional, fun and heart-warming stories that leave you happily sighing in romance lala land. This book was no exception from her norm. From the first page I was hooked and wanted to see just how things would play out between the two seemingly opposite protagonists who don’t exactly start off on the right foot.
Ravi Tandel and Tristan Jones are both hired on at the same time at Christopher Explorations Industries, the developer of a popular video game called Space Villager. Ravi is a brilliant graphic designer and Tristan is to work in the marketing department/ brand management. The pair are about as different as you can get. Ravi is this out and proud, somewhat flamboyant gay man who frequently rocks some colorful clothing as well as a kick-ass pompadour. Tristan is about as stiff as they come. He’s a buttoned-up young man from a politically influential family who has been taught to keep his sexual preferences on the down low. Now, if these two men are so different, how come they seem to keep thinking of the other? Repeatedly.
When food poisoning hits numerous employees at the company with the exception of Ravi and Tristan, they are tasked with having to drive a huge semi-truck to a conference in Seattle containing a top-secret Space Villager project that will be unmasked there. It is a huge responsibility and both men are not in a position to turn down the “request”.
As the pair make their way to Seattle the attraction between them becomes very apparent. However, while Ravi lives his life as an openly gay man, Tristan is the complete opposite. Due to his super-conservative family, Tristan is very reluctant to let everyone know that he is gay. Further, both men have some scars from past relationships that they haven’t completely gotten over. As they get to know each other, they both begin to slowly puncture the mighty fortress that they each have surrounded themselves with. When our two protagonists finally do give in to what is transpiring between them, both guys have no idea just how powerful and real their connection would be. Falling for someone is always a scary thing, especially when the person you are falling for is your polar opposite and someone you thought you didn’t even like to begin with.
I loved the fact that while Ravi and Tristan may have been outwardly different and certainly led very dissimilar lives, there were also many similarities between the two. Both had families that were not exactly supportive and both are lonely, with the major difference being that Ravi is one to surround himself with people while Tristan is more of a solitary loner type. Despite their obvious dissimilarities, they just seemed to work and brought out the best in each other. Ravi is this vibrant and lovable character and he is also a guy who is always on the go, he does not even recognize that he is missing something in his life until he meets Tristan. Tristan needs to break free from the choke-hold that his conservative family and life have around his neck. He has no idea just how much he needs someone like Ravi in his life, not until the sexy graphic designer saunters into his atmosphere. Both men are certainly taken aback by just how profound their feelings for one another become. Certainly something they both are unable to walk away from. Damn the repercussions!
This was a tender, sweet and sexy tale as we watch the two men who are thrown together due to some unforeseen circumstances become everything to one another. Something neither one of them expected when they ventured on trek to Seattle.
All in all, Beta Test was a wonderful addition to this series. I love how real and different the characters this author creates seem to be. Tristan and Ravi were no exception. They had their flaws but in the end all that matters is finding someone who accepts you, the good and the bad. Someone who wants you to fulfill your dreams and perhaps make some new ones with you. This is definitely a series to check out for lovers of the M/M genre. Highly recommended.
Status Update by Annabeth Albert
Adrian Gottlieb is winning at life. He's a successful video game designer with everything a man could ask for, including a warm comfy ride to Denver and a date for his sister's wedding. But he finds himself in need of a total reboot when he's left stranded at a snowy campground in Utah. Holiday plans? Epic fail.
That is until Noah Walters offers him shelter for the night and a reluctant cross-country ride. Nothing about the ultraconservative geoarchaeologist should attract Adrian, but once he discovers Noah's hidden love for video games, the two connect on a new level. Soon, a quiet but undeniable chemistry sparks.
Something doesn't add up, though. As the miles accumulate and time runs out, Noah must face the most difficult choice of his life. Meanwhile, Adrian must decide whether he's ready to level up. Is their relationship status worth fighting for, or has this game ended before it's even begun?
Book 1 of the #gaymers series