Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Not a Game
SERIES: Friends #1
AUTHOR: Cardeno C.
PUBLISHER: The Romance Authors
LENGTH: 185 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 15th, 2016
An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.
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.
A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in 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.
An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. 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 misunderstanding.
I love Cardeno C.! I’ve always loved this author and this book is exactly the reason why. This story was so real and cute and believable and funny and unique and fresh and tons more things I won’t sit here and bore you with. I adored Jaime and Oliver’s story (and in my head I found myself combing their names and chuckling to myself. If they were British chef’s I would have been done, Jaime Oliver HAHAHAHAA). Sorry, got sidetracked…this story was so good. I’ve noticed several books that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed most recently have this gaming/game designer/nerdy/techy element and I am really liking it. Needless to say I thoroughly enjoyed this story, what a great start to a series.
Oliver Barnaby is ready to start a new chapter in his life. In a new city with a new job he realizes all he’s missing is a partner to share it with. Having been shamed by an ex Oliver wants to improve his bedroom skills so he knows he can please any lover he takes.
Jaime Snow meets Oliver through an incredible misunderstanding but there’s no denying the attraction and chemistry between the two.
Jaime and Oliver come to an agreement, of sorts and realize they fit in each other’s lives more than they realize.
What I find interesting is this author could have made this story incredibly angsty but she didn’t. And I love angst, don’t get me wrong but I liked how the “misunderstanding” was handled. Communication at its finest.
Overall, a fantastic start to a series. I am definitely looking forward to book 2 and absolutely recommend this one!!