Level Up by Annabeth Albert
Published: May 17, 2018 by Annabeth Albert
Genre: LGBTQ+ Contemporary Romance
Landon can’t believe he’s let himself get roped into participating in a charity calendar, let alone one that features tastefully photographed nudes. The genius physicist is hardly model material and he’s dreading the nude part of the photoshoot. Amid his reluctance, the one bright spot is his emails back and forth with the photographer.
However, Bailey ends up being not quite what Landon expects, and their first meeting is decidedly awkward. Bailey’s persistent though, and gradually Landon warms to the burly photographer, and they discover they have a shared love of gamer culture.
A tentative friendship is born, but the road from friends to lovers isn’t easy. Landon’s battling past trauma and must decide how much of a risk he’s willing to take. A sexy connection may not be enough to keep them together unless both are willing to put their hearts on the line.
I am a long time fan of Annabeth Albert so I was really excited to read Level Up and I was not disappointed. I adored Landon and Bailey; they were just too perfect together. Bailey was the most understanding, sweet guy there is and considering he’s also this bearded giant, it made the perfect mix. Landon is bisexual and he prefers to be with men or women who are smaller in stature. In college he was drugged and sexually assaulted at a frat party and since then he’s struggled with panic attacks.
Landon really likes Bailey but he’s not sure they can be together after a make-out session triggers a panic attack. I loved that Bailey sticks by Landon and supports him through his struggles even when Landon doubts himself. I also appreciated that Albert didn’t magically cure Landon of his problems just because he’s fallen in love. It made the efforts they’re both putting into the relationship more real and meaningful.
**Reader Safety: Hero was abused in the past (referenced, off page); Hero with panic attacks
5 stars – loved it!