If Adrian wanted to liquify the steel core at the center of Noah, he’d have to do it with patience, not speed.
When I read this the first time, it was actually my very first Annabeth Albert book and my very first M/M romance. It was outside my normal reading, but I really enjoyed it and now Albert is one of my favorite authors. Adrian is a great character and Noah grew on me as he comes out of his shell and begins to accept himself.
Adrian was so enjoyable in this one because he’s outgoing, silly, and compassionate. He’s also very self aware of his bad habits and the things he could work on. He doesn’t bulldoze over Noah’s quieter nature, but instead respects him and finds ways to work within his environment. Noah’s acceptance of himself and his journey to be with Adrian is really beautiful but also heart wrenching. He has very low self-esteem when it comes to being gay and he’s pushed all his desires and feelings deep down so that he can live a lonely life. Albert creates a truly emotional story for Noah. I was a little slow to warm up to Noah because he came across as standoffish but a lot of that is wrapped up in how he perceives himself.
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#gaymers #1 • Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary • Carina Press • December 7, 2015
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?