Genres: M/M Romance
Released on January 4, 2016
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.
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.
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