Title: New Game, Start (2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers)
Author: C.S. Poe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 38
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.
How else would a medieval scholar (who translates text from home) meet a world-famous gamer other than on the internet? When Edgar Royal learns that Walter Chase is coming to a gamers convention in NYC, he decides to take a chance a reply and reply to his Tweet. The two men start an unlikely friendship and learn about one another – “Dogs or cats, big spoon or little spoon, warrior or mage. You know, the biggies.”
When they meet, their chemistry is combustible, and bonus points for Edgar’s post-coital recitation of Beowulf … in Old English. I adored the insta-love here. This short and oh-so-sweet story is charming, and I give it 4 stars.
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