Review: Tied to Trouble by Megan Erickson

Posted March 21, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 25 Comments

Review: Tied to Trouble by Megan Erickson
Tied to Trouble

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Series: Gamers #3
Genres: M/M Romance
Released on January 4, 2016
Pages: 175
Format: eBook
Source: Giveaway

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The Delight

The Geek and the Player get their story in the third of the Gamers series. Chad has been a colorful figure since book one and I loved that the author gave him his own romance. The series up to now has been m/f, but with Chad being bi-sexual, enter stage right, Owen of the bow-tie wearing rule following variety in this fun, heartwarming opposites attract.

Review

Tied To Trouble was a TBR Pile Vote Winner. Thanks, all! This was a great quick and engaging read.

Owen has heard rumors about Chad- he’s wild, won’t commit to person or job, and it takes nothing seriously- so he is disappointed that he has a thing for the guy from the instant their eyes meet at a party. For his part, Chad is equally surprised to fall for an uptight, purse-lipped geek. Only… they both learn after a series of heated encounters that people aren’t always only what they seem.

I loved how this story explored that. Two people get their assumptions blown out of the water. Chad believes and fears that people may just be right about him since he struggles to put in the effort to stick with something, particularly an education and career or a relationship. He lashes out at Owen. Owen, at first, is fooled, but then he sees through it all and believes in Chad if only he can get past his own vulnerabilities that he’s too boring and will lose a guy like Chad’s interest.

Mixed with the soul-searching is some no-holds barred hot sex for this pair. They both get each other revved with dirty talk, teasing in public, and some tantalizing sexual scenes. Frequently. I thought the author balanced this well so that relationship building occurred as did personal growth. That said, I confess to skimming some of the sex scenes after a time. Just a preference.

Tied to Trouble is the third book in the series. It focuses on Chad and Owen, but the other couples particularly Austin and Marley (since Chad is her brother) are prevalent and getting their ongoing story. So, its not a clear standalone, but the reader can do alright in a pinch.

All in all, this was hot, but also charming. I enjoyed both guys and another chance to enjoy this author’s work. I haven’t read the other stories in the series, but would definitely be willing to get caught up. Definite recommend for those who enjoy spicy opposites attract m/m contemporary romance.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #78 LBGT
Literary Pickers #69 gaming system
COYER #62
Mt. TBR #40

Recommendations

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the childrenโ€™s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • Karen

    I LOVED this book. It was sexy and sweet.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  • I really do need to try out more m/m books! Thanks for the recommendation ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You betcha! This was a fun one if a bit spicy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • a geek and a wild boy, that sounds like they had a lot of obstacles in the way. Great review!

    • Oh, they had their conflicting moments of not seeing eye to eye. LOL

  • I don’t think I ever tried this author but why not

    • She’s got a nice long backlist of a variety of types of romance. Hope you get the chance, Melliane!

  • I haven’t read anything by this author but your review makes me want to grab this one. Sounds really good.

    • I had a good time. She’s done contemporary, paranormal, and new adults both m/f and m/m so lots to choose from, Mary!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I really loved it. I haven’t read anything else in the series, but Megan Erickson is just great. ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    • I’ve read a handful of books from each of her series, it seems, and I’ve yet to finish one of them. LOL I enjoy her books, too, Lauren!

  • Debbie Haupt

    oh I love that geek and player trope. Great review Sophia Rose she’s a new to me author too!

    • That is a fun one, for sure, Debbie. They were such opposites and were antagonistic at first. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I haven’t read too many by Erickson but have liked the few that I have read. I think that sounds like a nice story and I am glad you enjoyed it.

    • I’ve done some picking and choosing through a few of her series. I think her new adult one was my first and I was very taken with her characters and the romance development. I loved her PNR ones.

  • Hot and charming. Nice combo ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay for a good tbr winner!

    • It sure worked for me. I’ve enjoyed trying so many from the shelf that get picked. This crowd has a gift for getting just the right book for my mood and taste. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This series does sound great after reading this one. I need to read her PNR series, too.

    Thanks, Alyssa! Enjoy your day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I really do love Megan Erickson’s writing,she is wonderful.

    • Same here! I’ve read two or three contemporaries, a dystopian, and a PNR and loved what she did with them. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This sounds like a great story. I haven’t read M/M in a while.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • This pair just cracked me up from the beginning when they both bristled from the first moment of eye contact. Fun pair!

  • Oh I like how they both make assumptions about the other and then figure out the other isn’t what they thought at first at all. It’s fun to see characters realize that. Sounds like the heat is balanced well with relationship progress and the other aspects. Opposites attracts romances can be so fun. Great review!

    • Yes, it sure is a reminder to withhold judgment until the person is better known. I think that’s what I like about the opposites attract trope. Thanks, Lola!