Author ~ Annabeth Albert
Publisher ~ Carina Press
Published ~ 5 September 2016
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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?
Book Three of the #gaymers series
4.5 “Naked Twister” Stars!
Connection Error is the third 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 I think she just gets better and better. Seriously, giddiness ensues with a new Annabeth Albert book! 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, despite the immediate connection, don’t exactly start off on the right foot.
Josiah Simmons is a video game programmer for the popular video game called Space Villager. He’s recently been given more responsibilities and is now in charge of an entire team, something he never thought possible given the fact that he struggles with ADHD. Josiah is hanging in there; however, he is truly stressed as managing a team is not as easy as programming video games. Can he even handle all the responsibility that has been entrusted to him?
Josiah meets Ryan Orson on a flight to Washington, D.C. He’s immediately drawn to the sexy ex-SEAL and certainly is unable to deny that he wants more time with him. This actually happens when their flight is re-routed to St. Louis due to bad weather. Despite the fact that Josiah discovers the extent of Ryan’s injuries from his time in the US navy and has an issue with his brain to mouth filter, Ryan is gracious enough to share his hotel room as they are both stranded for the night. After a night of video-gaming and spending time with each other, Josiah and Ryan part ways. They eventually get back in touch and while it is very apparent that they are both attracted to one another, Josiah needs to focus on all his work responsibilities while Ryan needs to focus on his rehab and getting back to active duty.
Josiah and Ryan are about as different as two men can be. Josiah is this young, geeky guy with no filter when it comes to how quick things fly out of his mouth while Ryan is this somewhat stoic and very driven older man. 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. With so much standing in their way, do Josiah and Ryan stand a chance before they even get started?
I loved the fact that while Josiah and Ryan may have been outwardly different and certainly led very dissimilar lives, they grounded each other and seemed to fill a void that was missing in each of their lives. Despite their obvious dissimilarities, they just seemed to work and brought out the best in each other. Josiah is this oddball geek who is simply a 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 Ryan. Ryan is so focused on moving forward from his injuries. I admired his determination and will to keep going despite all that he had endured. He has no idea just how much he needs someone like Josiah in his life, not until the cute video programmer 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 may have not room in their lives for one another become everything to one another. Something neither one of them expected when they ventured onto that plane.
All in all, Connection Error was a wonderful addition to this series. I love how real and different the characters this author creates seem to be. Josiah and Ryan were no exception. It was very apparent that Ms. Albert did her research when it came to Ryan’s injuries and Josiah’s ADHD. 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.
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