Title: Tied to Trouble (Gamers #3)
Author: Megan Erickson
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Release Date: January 4, 2016
Page Count: 175
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.6 stars out of 5
A sexy new M/M romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…
Between love and hate, there’s a whole lot of trouble…
Chad Lake only showed up at his sister’s party for the free food, but when he spots an uptight nerd at the edge of the crowd, he can’t resist trying to ruffle the guy’s perfect bow tie and impeccable hair. The hottie’s ready for him, though, and in the end, it’s Chad who’s left wide-eyed, his ears still ringing with the filthy things Bow Tie whispered in his ear. No one gets the upper hand on Chad. Ever.
Owen Hawkins has heard all about the cocky Adonis from Chad’s sister—the same sister who holds Owen’s career advancement in her hands. He has every intention of steering clear of the other man…until Chad’s sexy taunts push him too far. There’s something intriguing about Chad, and even though Owen knows that getting tangled up with the infuriating man is trouble, he can’t seem to stay away…
**This is part of an M/F series but can be read as standalone**
This is the third book in the Gamers series. And while it works fine as a standalone, the sublot (Austin’s proposal to Marley) is basically a continuation of the previous M/F book of the series.
For me, this book was all about Owen. His character ticked all my boxes. Nerdy, with horn rimmed glasses, not a hair out of place and….BOWTIES! I’m not really a fan of bow ties, but I’m a fan of Owen’s! Because they can be used as cock rings too. Really, they can!
But don’t let this nerd fool you. He’s dirty and shameless in the bedroom department, and when he cares about someone, hereally cares!
Chad is the polar opposite. He’s directionless, impulsive and doesn’t commit. But for some reason, he can’t get Owen out of his mind. Or his bed.
The enemies to loves trope is very well done and the sex is off the charts hot. Erickson’s dialogue always hits all my spots, whether it’s dirty talk, loving words or just playful banter. The back and forth and the building tension had me really hooked for the most part of the book.
BUT somewhere along the way, I stopped feeling the connection between the characters; Owen seemed to be ready to take it a step further but when Chad felt this, he shut down. Sometimes using awkward excuses, some others using ugly words.
When one of the MCs is an asshole, I don’t need to like him, but I need to be able to understand him. And I get that Chad had a lot of insecurities, but I needed a little more background from him to understand where he came from.
So, Chad becoming defensive and snapping at Owen, Owen acting all passive aggressive and their inability or unwillingness to communicate, took some of my enjoyment out.