Blog Tour: Beta Test (Gaymers Series #2) by Annabeth Albert (Excerpt, Review + Giveaway)
by Annabeth Albert
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?
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Ravi and Tristan start working at the Space Villager's HQ at the same time. Ravi as a graphic designer and Tristan in marketing, and from the start, it's obvious they couldn't be more different. Where Ravi is extroverted, sociable and outgoing, Tristan is introverted, awkward and he's happier with his spreadsheets than interacting with his coworkers, and because of that, they don't exactly get along at first. Thrown together in close quarters by circumstances they can't control, they are forced to see other sides of the other that might bring them together, if Tristan can put his happiness on top of all the other things that are pulling him away from Ravi.
I loved Tristan from the start. He's awkward and sweet and very relatable to me. I wanted to clobber him a couple of times and make him see the light, too, but that didn't stop me from finding him completely adorable. It took me a few chapters to warm up to Ravi. He was the golden boy, the guy everybody wanted to be friends with, and let's face it, a bit of a jerk to Tristan at the start of the book. However, he showed tremendous growth during the course of the story and I ended up loving him just as much as Tristan. Together, they were both sweet and hot. They had amazing chemistry and worked well together, most of the time.
I loved catching up with Adrian and Noah and I really liked most of their coworkers and I'm intrigued over whose story we're getting in book 3!
All in all, this was a fantastic addition to the series, and while I didn't think it would be possible, I think I love Tristan and Ravi just about as much as I loved Adrian and Noah. Definitely recommendable!
Rating: 5 Stars!!!
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About The Author
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 children.
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