Not a Game: A Contemporary Gay Romance Novel
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- Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release Date:11-07-16
- Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second's hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.
Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn't lacking friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there's an emptiness in Jaime's heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.
When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little understanding.
©2016 Cardeno C. (P)2016 Cardeno C.
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*** Audible code provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my listening pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement.***
I'm a huge Cardeno C. fan, but I hadn't had time to read this book since it came out, so when we were given the chance to review the audiobook, I jumped at the opportunity.
Oliver is a chubby nerd, with low self-esteem issues that he hopes to get over to find the man of his life. Mistaking Jaime for the man he was supposed to meet at a bar, provides him with the chance to make some of the changes he'd planned on doing in his life. The more time they spend together the more he likes Jaime, but he's not sure Jaime could really be attracted to him, considering Jaime could have any man he wants.
Oliver and Jaime were adorable together and individually. Oliver is shy, sweet and funny and Jaime is oh so very dreamy and treats Oliver with all the gentle passion that the situation requires. They're so hot together and I just adored listening to their interactions, they definitely fit together in more things than just in the bedroom, but the explosive sex definitely was a huge plus!
The story is as amazing as Cardeno C. has me used to. Flawlessly written, with a very organic progression in regards to Oliver and Jaime's relationship and very light on the angst, which was just what I needed.
The narration was awesome as well. Michael Ferraiuolo has a very pleasant voice and really brought the story to life for me. He did an outstanding job with all the different voices he came with for the different characters and of course, it doesn't hurt that he was really good at reading the hotter than hot sex scenes, either.
All in all, either by reading or listening Not a Game, you definitely can't go wrong! Highly recommendable!
Rating: Story: 5 Stars!!!
Narration: 5 Stars!!!
Overall: 5 Stars!!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Cardeno C. - CC to friends - is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few "awwws" into a reader's day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno's stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.
Cardeno's Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, "You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day."
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