Romance, LGBTQ, Contemporary
Bryce and Clark haven’t spoken for five years — not since the kiss that ruined a perfectly good friendship. Clark had to leave for his scholarship but now he’s back and ready to be with Bryce. But Bryce is still angry over Clark leaving. I love the nerdness that Annabeth Albert writes about; we need more nerdy MCs in romance books. So I enjoyed that this one centered around a convention and that Bryce owns a bar with an arcade room. I like both Bryce and Clark and enjoyed their characters as individual people and as a couple.
This was so short and it really felt like someone cut the end off of a book and just gave us that. Bryce and Clark’s friendship and feelings all develop prior to this book and though we do get a flashback to the kiss (which I appreciated) we’re still mostly just taking the author’s word for their feelings. I understand this was written as part of a promotional event, so it is what it is. There’s just not much character development and both characters are already in love with each other by the time we show up. I never really connected with their love story because of this.
Nerds/Geeks, Conventions, Cosplay
When Bryce Weyland agrees to go to a comic convention dressed as a superhero, the last person he expects to see is his one-time best friend (and hopeless crush), Clark Kenmore. But Clark is impossible not to notice—he’s wearing spandex tights, a rainbow cape, and the same disarming smile that haunts Bryce’s dreams.
Five years ago, they shared an ill-advised kiss that torpedoed their friendship. But now Clark has returned to Portland, and he wants nothing more than to return to the easy friendship that defined their college years. But the glowering Bryce makes it clear Clark’s mission is going to require a super-human effort—and more than a little luck.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love is an Open Road” event.
Published by Annabeth Albert on October 1, 2015