I really enjoyed this one and felt like it was very different from the previous two in the series, which was nice. Both Josiah and Ryan are out and comfortable with it and both have supporting families so that was a big difference from the other #gaymers books. Ryan and Josiah are a perfect alpha and beta couple and I loved that they created a solid friendship first.
I loved how confident Ryan was about himself (though he had some insecurities about losing his legs); he’s easily the most Alpha character I’ve come across in a m/m romance — though I have to admit I’m new to the genre. Ryan was flirty and cocky and knew what he wanted and that was very attractive to Josiah (and me!). He was a bit hung up on his ex but the breakup was fairly recent and really messed with confidence so I get it.
Josiah was also pretty adorable with all this weird quirks and his attempts to build up his confidence. I liked that Ryan and Josiah really built their friendship through their online gaming and emails and chat and that really allowed their relationship to build in a more casual manner before they really got serious.
Watching Ryan go through his rehab and try to sort out his life was also really interesting because Annabeth Albert does a really good job of showing the good and bad of his situation. It was great to see how Josiah always supported Ryan and respected that Ryan wanted to do things on his own. He never made Ryan feel helpless or like the needed to be tended to. They were so sweet together!
Content Note: amputation/prosthetic, ADHD
••• Book Details •••
#gaymers #3 • Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary • Carina Press • September 5, 2016
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?