Saturday, February 1, 2014

eBook Review: Gaming for Keeps

Pen Holloway’s done with men—in real life. Guys in game are so much less drama. But when her partner from Heroes of Fallen Gods invites her to the convention of the year, she panics. What if he’s another jerk? What if he’s not?Cal Burrows is living his dream of being a spy. One of TRAIT’s misfit spies, but still a spy. It’s the perfect job… until an arms dealer with a taste for blood invades his not-so-secret geek haven. 

All Cal wanted from ConDamned was to meet his on-line girl. Now, with the threat of mass murder looming, he’s forced to choose between keeping his mission a secret and protecting the girl of his dreams.Despite their attraction, Pen can’t help but suspect Cal’s hiding something. She also can’t shake the feeling he’s not as much of a stranger as he seems.

I have to admit, the idea that one of the people I game with would turn out to not only be the best gaming partner, but also that charming and attractive in real life?  Total fantasy of mine.  Mind you I don't do MMORPG's  (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games for those who don't know), but a lot of games are now MMO's without being RPGs as well.  Halo for instance or as of late I've been playing Assassin's Creed IV.  And I know that attractive guys play games - heck I'm friends with a whole slew of them.  But just because he's an attractive gamer dude doesn't mean he's immune to the foibles of all humans.

So yeah attractive and charming? Yes please.

I liked that both characters weren't rushing into anything.  Pen was uncertain about Lohonas (Cal's in game character) being the legit deal because of her ex, also a gamer and part of why she got into the game to begin with, was a jerk.  Cal, well he pretty much assumed Pen was perfect for him and was willing to take it from there, but his job with the spy group TRAIT also made him think twice.  Especially when his work and his pleasure mixed to almost disastrous results.

GAMING FOR KEEPS was a quirky, amusing romance that focused less on the spy part and more on the funny things in life that seem to happen.  Pen and Cal were adorable together, geeking out about things and I thought that Delaney did a good job about keeping Pen level-headed.  Its very easy at conventions to be like 'omg you are my one' because you have so much in common and spend a lot of time together in a relatively small space.  

I was a little vexed when a relatively common misunderstanding trope appeared, but thankfully it was short lived and they talked about it instead of stewing about it.

Definitely recommend this and I'm looking forward to the next book CONNING FOR KEEPS.