“Beta Test” by Annabeth Albert

about

Player vs. Player. Fight!

Brilliant graphic designer Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game—he’s just been asked to present a top secret project at a huge conference in Seattle. All systems are go…until he learns his buttoned-up office nemesis is coming along for the ride.

Tristan Jones isn’t really the gamer type, but he knows the back end of the video game business inside out. Together, he and Ravi will give an awesome presentation. If they survive the cross-country trip first.

Tossed together in close quarters, Ravi’s shocked to see Tristan’s sexy, softer side emerge from such a conservative shell. He’s less shocked to learn his handsome colleague’s prominent family would never support an out-and-proud son. But Ravi didn’t struggle through his own coming out to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan will have to push past his fear and ultimately decide: Does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over before they’ve even begun?

review

Awwww…this book was seriously cute. Opposites attract. Road trip. Enemies’ish to lovers. Family pressure. All the good stuff that make for a fun story. And written really well. Oh yeah…and video games!

Ravi is a stylish and talented illustrator. And he’s all the rage at his new company. (also…he’s a POC lead character, which…YAY!) Tristan is a little more lowkey, loves himself some spreadsheets, is closeted, and is partnered with Ravi on a new project.

The two of them embark on a road trip to a gaming convention and what you’d think would lead to mayhem, actually lead to a really sweet blossoming of a friendship. And then to an attraction. And then to a relationship. The roadtrip was the perfect backdrop for the author to slowly and preciously reveal more about each of our main characters and I grew to love them as I believe they grew to love each other!

Now, about the narration: I’m not the biggest Sean Crisdon fan. I think his voice is great at narrating plot. But when he gets into dialogue and when he takes on personalities in other characters, his style is a little too over the top and sometimes feeds too much into stereotypes for my taste.

Nevertheless, the story carried the experience for me and I really enjoyed it!

Like

I really believed and enjoyed the slow journey from workplace nemesis to lovers.

love

Having been to a few comic-cons in my day, this familiarity of the gamer space was fun to read.

beware

I want to make a warning about the audiobook: the narrator did what felt like a really stereotyped accent when it came to Ravi’s mother and family. It irritated me at best and offended me at worst.

bookisfor

If you want an easy-to-read contemporary romance, this is a great go to.

bookinfo

beta testTITLE: Beta Test (gaymers #2)
AUTHOR: Annabeth Albert
NARRATOR: Sean Crisdon
PUBLISHER: Carina Press
LENGTH: 6 hrs, 13 mins
RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2016
BUY LINKS: Audible

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