Player vs. Player. Fight! Brilliant (if he does say so himself) 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. When they're 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. For them 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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(This can be a standalone, but book one was awesome so read it first!)
Ravi and Tristan are two new employees at the game company where Adrian (from book one) works. Ravi is an artist, self confident, colorful, suave, funny, out and proud and an extrovert. Tristan is the PR/Business major, organized, anal retentive, quiet, nervous, in the closet and introverted. When they first meet, the sparks start immediately. A total case of opposites attract. But… neither wants an office romance – or any romance at all – so it’s hands (and minds) off.
Fate, of course, has a different plan for these guys, and they end up not only working together on a project, but being responsible for driving it up to Seattle for a convention.
The two are obviously attracted to one another, but there are a world of hurdles keeping them from acting on that attraction: Tristan’s family, Ravi’s family, both of their past dating histories and … spreadsheets?
I adored book one (see review here) and it was great to see a couple glimpses of Noah and Adrian again, but you definitely don’t have to read book one to appreciate this story.
Tristan is an amazingly lovable character and he absolutely made me fall for this book! He’s so earnest and sweet and tries SOOOO hard to do the right thing ALL THE TIME. He absolutely needs someone like Ravi to shake things up and bring some color into his life. More importantly, he needs Ravi to show him how standing up for yourself is the right thing to do – even in the face of your family.
Ravi, on the surface, seems like he has it all together, but he’s just as full of insecurities as Tristan, they simply manifest differently. Tristan is just as good for Ravi as the reverse. I loved the anchoring presence and strength he provided and how well the two complemented one another – especially in the face of family drama.
The smexy times were super hot, but definitely didn’t overwhelm the story. I loved the gaming time – nothing like a sucker punch to make you reconsider your assumptions about a person! – and I hope we see Josiah in a story of his own in the near future!
I read through this in one sitting, totally captivated by page one and absolutely satisfied by the ending.
Highly recommended. 5 of 5 stars
Sean Crisden does a wonderful job with this narration. He gives a slight accent where needed and gives both MCs a lovely distinction and I personally really loved Tristan’s deep voice. I really enjoyed listening to this and think it’s a great way to experience this story.