New Game, Start (Ana’s Review)

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Title: New Game, Start
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Holiday, Contemporary
Page Count: 38
Reviewed by: Ana
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.

He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.

This was the cutest thing I read in a long time. I couldn’t stop smiling while I was reading it. It was fantastic. This is the first time I read something from the author, but it was a great first experience. I certain will be looking for more of her books soon.

Walter and Edgar were such adorable characters. I loved their flirting and I loved how the plot went. It was a lighthearted story, very easy to enjoy. I’m not a big fan of Christmas stories and, on that matter, it worked perfectly for me because there wasn’t a constant reminder of the season they were into or the extremely festive tone I see on other stories.

Walter and Edgar were so perfect for each other, it was very endearing. I like the gamer’s world they were into, such a big mystery to me. I know nothing about such things and any book that shows me something new is welcome.

Overall it was a great story. I loved it. I think any reader would be able to enjoy this lovely and free of angst Christmas story.

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Galley copy of New Game, Start provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


I love to read M/M books. I’m still doing a lot of catching up with some series and getting to know some authors. I love to read stories with dark themes, a lot of angst and complex characters. I’ve always been interested on how mental illness is portray in books, so I would probably read any book with that subject.

Here are some of my favorite books


Strain Violence Vegets Arctic Absolution Dark Soul The dreams you made in the Dirt
Fog Bought Caged Jaye Evenfall The Invasion of Tork


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