Connection Error, by Annabeth Albert
Series: #gaymers 3
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 5, 2016
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
It’s typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he’s (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can’t handle another distraction. But he also can’t ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man’s a fan of his game.
Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He’s got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn’t mean he’s above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.
When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it’s even begun?
Connection Error is a really sweet book. It’s filled with all kinds of adorable moments, times of angst, high quantities of adorable flirting, bits of online and in person relationship building, and a lot of heart ache and heart break. So, all of that means that I had a really fun time reading. The feelz were pretty palpable, actually.
Josiah is a really insecure guy. His ADAD really impacts his life and he struggles a lot. I appreciated the conflicts he had to deal with, and had a number of those whoosh moments when I felt his sadness. But when he was happy, that was also very contagious. The same goes for Ryan. He’s not as insecure as Josiah is, not by a long shot, but he does have insecurities and challenges due to major injuries from his last mission. Ryan’s determination to overcome obstacles, train hard, and get back to service in a new capacity is what keeps him going. I was very moved by this.
The growth both characters find in the story was so nice to see. Each of them have their own issues and challenges in their lives and sometimes they’re able to help each other more directly than others. The biggest thing that I came away with was the fact that once they get it together, communicate better, learn more about each other, and themselves, that’s when the real growth happens. The confidence building that occurs is really wonderful.
I really liked the story, and enjoyed the way my emotions were all messed up. When there was heartbreak, I felt it deep. When there were triumphs, I cheered. This is one of those books that while giving me all kinds of sad feels, had me happy at the same time. Mostly because I knew where it was going. It was pretty obvious, really. I mean, this is romance! Of course things should end well, right? It’s the journey to get there that’s all the fun.
With that, I did think the ending felt a bit cut off and short. I could have used another chapter or so to give me a hint at how things end up. Not that there isn’t a conclusion, it just didn’t feel very flushed out and left me wanting.
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.