Title: Connection Error (#gaymers, #3)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 5, 2016
Word Count: 66,000
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 5 flames out of 5
Rating: 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?
Book Three of the #gaymers series
This book is approximately 66,000 words
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YES! Straight to my top favourites of 2016!
Annabeth Albert has gone above and beyond with this series and every book seems to be getting better than the one before. In Connection error, the angst is a palpable thing, interspersed with glorious chemistry between Ryan and Josiah, and emotions galore. Recipe for success!
Josiah is a nerdy gamer with ADHD who cannot filter things that come out of his mouth. This character trait is a fad, I think, because I have seen it a lot lately, but boy did Annabeth Albert get it exactly right here! Because see, Josiah isn’t just cute when he blurts things out. He can be offensive. He can be extremely rude, even if he wasn’t trying to be and comes off as an insensitive jerk. But it’s so genuine, and he feels so bad afterwards, but you can’t help but feel endeared towards him. He is adorable in his awkwardness and I do love me a quirky character, so it was love at first sight for me!
Ryan on the other hand…Ryan is a navy seal. He has the badass thing down pat and has the muscles and hotness factor to go along with it. Ryan’s type is something NOT Josiah but Josiah ends up impossible to resist. Ryan is more reserved and personal issues he is dealing with stemming from his deployment are holding him back. Little things like a forgotten laptop have Josiah and Ryan talking and they begin a tentative friendship which quickly explodes –seriously– into one of the most scorching hot couples I’ve read about recently. Dirty talk? Bossiness? Hot action? You got it in spades here.
“That’s right. Beg me. Tell me what you need.”
“I need to come. Please. Please let me.”
“Not. Good. Enough.”
What the what? Josiah made an anguished noise. “Please come. Come for me. Come so I can. Please.”
“There you go. Beg me to shoot.”
“Oh fuck, please.”
But the most amazing thing of all is that Ryan and Josiah make a great team together. Ryan is a natural caretaker, and while initially you’d think it’d be the opposite, it’s Josiah who needs looking after. And Josiah does a lot of growing up throughout the book. He is unsure of himself and it would be so easy to just let Ryan make the big decisions for him but he actually steps up and takes the plunge when it comes to becoming more independent.
I just absolutely loved these two. Their story comes with heart-ache and uncertainty but they care for each other so deeply that nothing could possibly stand in the way. I loved the ending and just writing this review makes me want to start rereading this right freaking now.