Beta Test, by Annabeth Albert
Series: #gaymers (Book 2)
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 30, 2016
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game. He’s a top video game developer and he just got asked to present a top-secret project at a huge gaming conference in Seattle. All systems are a go…until he learns his office nemesis is coming along for the ride. Player vs. Player. Fight!
Newly minted MBA Tristan Jones doesn’t seem like the gaming type but he knows the business inside-out. Together, they’ll give an awesome presentation – they just have to survive the cross-country trip. Ravi’s opinion of Tristan is rebooted when he discovers a softer side to the conservative charmer and a new tension builds between them.
Despite their best efforts to keep it casual, things heat up quickly. Tristan is hiding his true self for fear of what his parents might think. Ravi knows that feeling all too well, but he didn’t disconnect from his family years ago only to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan has to push past his fear and ultimately decide, does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over?
Nerds in Love
Enemies to Lovers
This book works as a stand-alone, but I would highly recommend reading the first book in the series, Status Update, as well. Both of Albert’s books are well written and involve two nerds falling in love.
Albert does a good job of differentiating between the nerds in her book. In this book she has a shy, super organized, seemingly conservative Tristan with the well dressed, sociable, hipster-type Ravi. The two clash at first until they get to know each other better during a road trip before finally giving in to their mutual attraction.
After their initial personality conflict, Ravi does a good job of softening Tristan’s hard protective shell. Once that happens Ravi can’t help but fall in love with the sweet, self-conscious guy underneath. Theirs is a slow burn type romance, but I promise that the wait is worth it.
What I liked best about this book was how relatable both Tristan and Ravi were. I can relate to Tristan the most, but Ravi is an inherently likeable guy. Especially after some Tristan-inspired emotional growth. This made it super easy to root for them to get together.
With some books there is so much conflict that I am internally screaming for them to get away and find a healthier relationship. However, this book has a low, low amount of drama/conflict, though some exists, so if you are a fan of that this book is perfect for you.
Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.
You can find this book and Albert’s other works over at her website (click here).
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.