Title: Perfect Game (Legendary Pairs #1)
Author: Casey Cameron
Publisher: Casey Cameron
Release Date: January 1, 2017
Genre(s): Self published, short story, competition, gay contemporary love
Page Count: 87 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
“Hate the player, love the game…or was that the other way around?”
Research biologist Neil Parkinson had to give up a lot in pursuit of his Ph.D–his friends, his music, his home town–but the one thing he managed to hang on to was Legendary Pairs, the hyper-competitive collectible card game that has propelled so many nerds just like him to fame and fortune. With a new job in a new city, loneliness drives him out of his apartment and into The Ogre’s Den–a haven for local players, amateur and pro alike. Neil never aspired to be a professional gamer, but that was before he met Robin.
“Why even play, if you don’t play to win?”
Robin Abboud is cocky, brash, argumentative…and absolutely gorgeous. He may be a lowly caterer with a crappy car, but this game is the one place where he’s a top dog, and boy does he know it. Robin’s end-game goal is to play in the Legendary Pairs Pro Tour; he’s got the skill to do it, and from the moment he meets Neil, he’s convinced Neil does too. His flirty bravado gets under Neil’s skin like nothing else, but he runs so hot-and-cold that Neil can’t figure out if the two of them are competitors, friends…or something more.
“Don’t tell me this is just a game to you. I know better.”
When Robin convinces Neil to join him on a road trip to a major tournament, there’s more on the line than just the cash prize. Even as the two of them clash on the field of the tournament, Neil’s feelings for Robin are growing impossible to ignore. But could Robin ever feel the same way? The longer they spend together, the more Neil risks showing his whole hand. Is a perfect match in the cards for these two, or will their in-game rivalry tear them apart?
Perfect Game is a 25,000 word stand-alone romance novella with lots of heat, deliciously nerdy sweetness, and a happily-ever-after ending with no cliffhangers.
This was a good quick read.
I will admit the card game that the two main characters was into is not a game I have ever heard of so that took some time for me too understand but other than that this was a good read.
Neil is the opposite of Robin when it comes to personalities. To in is outgoing around his friends and he is comfortable in his own skin whereas Neil is still adjusting to the fact that he was a late bloomer in realizing that he is attracted to men. He is shy and does not come out of his shell unless he has been around others for a while and even still he is not very outspoken.
Both men are alike in the fact that they take competition seriously. Also they are both serious about the game that they like to play. Where Neil enjoys the game because it is a release of everything else mentally for him, Robin is serious about the game in a way that he wants to play professionally. Both men are kind of nerdy in their own ways but they own it.
When it comes to their attraction to one another they are both kind of clueless. They both like the other but neither believes the gesture is returned. It takes going on a road trip together for them to finally clue in that the feelings are returned and are mutual. Even still it is not smooth sailing. They both have to figure out if they can be in a relationship together and not let the competition come between them? With these to men that both love to win, will it be possible to seperate the feelings from the competition and a personal relationship when they have to face each other competitively or will they let the nature of the game come between them?
This was a short read but it was very entertaining. I enjoyed this book and I think others will enjoy it also. Both of he men may be different but they are perfect for each other. The only obstacle that stands in their way is their own selves. If they can overcome their hurt feelings when they lose then they will be able to have everything they want out of life. Good read and perfect example of having to learn to compromise on a relationship and that not everything is easy sailing. Also this book is great at showing communication is the key to making any relationship work.
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