Like the last few years we at Love Bytes are reviewing the whole dsp advent calender
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Reviewed by Chris
TITLE: New Game, Start
SERIES: 2017 Dreamspinner Advent Calendar – Stocking Stuffers
AUTHOR: C.S. Poe
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 38 pages
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.
He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.
For once I’m glad to go first because we start out this year’s Dreamspinner Advent Calendar with on hell of an adorable story.
C.S. Poe–who is quickly becoming a favorite of mine–gifts us this year with the story of Edgar Royal and Walter Chase. Edgar, a medieval scholar and translator, is a bit of a loner. Which works for him most of the time. That is until he, on a whim, replies to a tweet from one of his favorite online gamers, Walter, and ends up in a flirtation that seems more fantasy than reality to the down-to-earth Edgar. A proposed meet-up during a gaming convention could mean that the flirtation has a chance to become something more…or it could mean that Walter finally figures out just how much of a nobody that Edgar is and sends him wandering off into better pixulated pastures.
I’ll have the chance to review Poe’s novel length story later in December, but for now I am more than willing to settle for this tasty little bit of fluff. I might not know a whole lot about gamer culture, but that didn’t really matter here since both Edgar and Walter were written so well. And despite the fact that it could have come off a bit stalkery, it never did. It was sweet and adorable and you never stopped wanting the two to come together.
This was an utterly enjoyable little bite of a story and a great way to kick off this year’s Advent collection.