Title: Beta Test (#gaymers #2)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 30th 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 178 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game. He’s a top video game developer and he just got asked to present a top-secret project at a huge gaming conference in Seattle. All systems are a go…until he learns his office nemesis is coming along for the ride. Player vs. Player. Fight!
Newly minted MBA Tristan Jones doesn’t seem like the gaming type but he knows the business inside-out. Together, they’ll give an awesome presentation – they just have to survive the cross-country trip. Ravi’s opinion of Tristan is rebooted when he discovers a softer side to the conservative charmer and a new tension builds between them.
Despite their best efforts to keep it casual, things heat up quickly. Tristan is hiding his true self for fear of what his parents might think. Ravi knows that feeling all too well, but he didn’t disconnect from his family years ago only to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan has to push past his fear and ultimately decide, does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over?
Annabeth Albert has written a great opposites attracts, friends to lovers story. Ravi and Tristan are like night and day. Ravi is social and flashy while Tristan is cautious and introverted. They get stuck working on a project together that forces them to go on a road trip together. They expected it to be awkward and to drive each other nuts but in the end, it turned out to be the opposite. They ended up enjoying each others company, and the sexual tension between them build with every second they spent together. The only problem is neither man wanted to commit to anything serious for multiple reasons.
-The main characters. Both individually and together. They were lovable and endearing and complimented each other perfectly.
-Character development and growth.
-Relationship build up. It went from annoyance to attraction, to sexual tension, to friends, friends with benefits, then love. And it just flowed perfectly, and it was a joy to read.
-We get alternating POVs giving us a clear picture of where each man is coming from.
-The intimate scenes are sexy and romantic.
-I appreciated that the drama wasn’t over dramatic and never took over the story.
-This book has a light feel good vibe.
-Great cast of secondary characters.
-And it has a lovely ending.
Any negatives? Nah.
Can it be read as a standalone?Definitely but the first book is great so do yourself a favor and read it!
All in all, this was another hit for Annabeth Albert. This is a charming story about family, self-discovery, understanding, and love. 5 Stars. Highly recommend.