Title: Connection Error (#gaymers Series, #3)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 5, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 2973 locations
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
It’s typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he’s (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can’t handle another distraction. But he also can’t ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man’s a fan of his game.
Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He’s got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn’t mean he’s above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.
When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it’s even begun?
“We may not be perfect, but we’re perfect for each other.” Navy Seal Ryan Orson and game programmer Josiah Simmons may seem to be an unlikely pair, but despite everything Ryan and Josiah ARE perfect for one another. Annabeth Albert does a beautiful job of showing all the hard work, and hard truths each man has to deal with along the way to their HEA.
Josiah and Ryan meet aboard a flight to Washington D.C. which is redirected to St. Louis due to bad weather. As they disembark, Josiah abruptly realizes the extent of Ryan’s injuries and, because of his ADHD and complete and utter lack of a filter, says something without thinking and alienates Ryan. But Josiah doesn’t give up so easily and eventually the two men share a hotel room for the night. An afternoon of playing Space Villager, a swim, a nice dinner, and one very hot and steamy shower adventure later, Ryan and Josiah go their separate ways, but not for long.
With Josiah back in California and Ryan rehabbing at Walter Reed outside D.C., they keep in contact via email and text, sexy Skype sessions, and an occasional visit (can you say sexy hot-ass Naked Twister?) But nothing in this story is a fairy tale romance, and Ryan doesn’t recover from his injuries overnight and magically achieve his career goals; Josiah still has ADHD and has to learn how to find his way without his mother (with whom he has been living) in addition to learning how to effectively manage his work team.
The sexual chemistry between Ryan and Josiah is palpable but the strength of their relationship is their easy compatability. Josiah fills a missing gap in Ryan’s life, one Ryan didn’t fully realize even existed. Ryan gives Josiah the strength to realize “if he wanted things right in his life, he was going to have to get in there and make them right.” Again, they may not be perfect … but they are perfect for each other.
I really enjoyed this addition to the #gaymers series but disliked the last-minute Big Miscommunication that got tossed into this fairly low-angst story. I also grew a bit weary of all the emails and texts and felt they slowed down and disrupted the flow of the story. But, apart from these minor quibbles, there is a lot to love about Connection Error.