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Beta Test (#gaymers Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Tristan Jones is used to his spreadsheets, lists, and color coding and this is what makes him so good at his job in marketing for a video game company. But he's not always great at socializing with others, especially the creative, easy going, and flashy graphic designer Ravi Tandel. Ravi is out and proud and as far he's concerned, Tristan is too uptight and stuffy; not to mention Ravi has a no work relationships rule that he doesn't plan to break. But when a road trip for work forces the two into close quarters they begin to realize that sometimes opposites are just right for each other.
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I am so in love with this one! I read Status Update several months back and hadn't really planned to read anymore by Annabeth Albert. I'm not sure what I was thinking exactly but I'm so glad for impulse kindle purchases! I devoured Beta Test in one day and couldn't be happier. Ravi was a wonderful character that I wish I could know in person because he seems like a lot of fun. I loved how spontaneous he was and how even when he didn't really like Tristan he still respected his work. Ravi had his hangups about dating a coworker but he muddled his way through them. But Tristan was what I really adored about his book; he was so perfectly cute and awkward. As someone who also loves spreadsheets and organizing things I can totally relate to him and his OCD tendencies. And don't let the cover blurb fool you, Tristan is definitely a gamer he just doesn't go all into the world outside of the actual games. Even through Tristan was out he was trying to be very circumspect about his love life due his mother's political leanings. But even then he still knew what he wanted and wasn't afraid to go after Ravi. Watching them fall in love, but especially Tristan who didn't have as much confidence was so sweet and romantic.
What Needs Work
There is very little to complain about in his one; it hit all the marks for me. It was a bit similar to the first one in the sense that it has the flashy guy and the uptight guy who go on a road trip and have to confront the judgmental sides of their life in order to be together. But Ravi and Tristan, for me, were so different from Adrian and Noah and especially their love story that I wasn't bothered by it.
Ravi & Tristan work together at a game developer. Ravi unintentionally outs Tristan to his co-workers and since those people all like to gossip, he feels terrible. They don't really get along that well initially either, so that doesn't help. Then they're forced to drive their company's exhibit to a conference and will be spending a lot of alone time together. At first it's awkward, but then they break down those walls and grow closer.
Tristan is incredibly cute, although a bit naive and a pushover at times. He's such a dork with his spreadsheets and planning, but hey, it came in handy on their trip (and again, it's cute). His mother is a politician and he's always felt as though he has to do everything his parents say since his brother died when he was younger and he's all they have left. This part was honestly annoying. I get that it's his parents, but they were completely controlling. Tristan's self-consciousness was also annoying sometimes, but when you're constantly told you're not good at something, I guess you start believing it.
Speaking of controlling parents, Ravi's mother was just as controlling or oblivious to her son's wishes. His relationship with his mother has kept him away from his family for a while now, so I'm glad that in the end, they begin to heal those wounds and that most of them accept him for who he is.
I liked Ravi, even though he was a bit bullheaded at times. He was quick to learn from his mistakes too, it just took his sister talking to him about her relationship with her fiance for him to really see how selfish he was acting.
Overall, the book was sweet, with some family drama thrown in. The intimate scenes were hot, but nothing too outrageous. I loved the nerdy language at times and liked that this book involved two characters from completely different backgrounds and ethnicity.
Both Tristan and Ravi have different such vastly different backgrounds but their situations with this families are strikingly similar.
Both are dealing with parents and family who are struggling to support them a nd their relationship.
The emotional battle that theses two faces was palpable. I was angry when Tristan walks away from Ravi but crying when the couple reunites. I was given the full range of emotions is this book.
You don't have to read the first on the series but it's equally as enjoyable. Defiantly looking for the next one in this series.
I was given an ARC for through NetGalley a honest review
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