- File Size: 3089 KB
- Print Length: 412 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Spotted Horse Productions (June 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GQSMZW0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Flawed (Gamer Girls Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Love it! Completely hooked me and I couldn’t put it down! Not being much of a gamer myself it was interesting to read more about the culture of gamers and differences between the types of games. As well as some of the difficulties of being a female gamer. Dez and Chance make for a great read as do all the secondary characters!
Generally, i really liked the book with the fast paced storyline and really good written charakters.
I remember when D&D was released and all my buddies at school were playing. 7th grade. The guys didn't invite me even though we all discussed LOTR, Pern, Arthur C Clarke, etc. It was boys only. Move up to the late 80's when I made friends who had access to dedicated servers and ran their own BBS. I was one of three women who played there, out of about 70-80 total people. From there, it went to Compuserve, Prodigy, AOL and then it went BOOM out to the World Wide Web and the baby Internet!
This book brought back so many memories, good and bad. The romance was just as good as the mystery and oh, how the characters were real people!
I would recommend this book to any of my gamer girl friends who read romance and quite a few of my romance reading friends. Enough is explained about the gaming world that you don't have to know it to understand it in the book.
What happens to Dez as a teenager is something that terrifies me. I, myself, was a bit player in the industry (just a tester), but the death threats against female devs are real, the rape threats against devs and players are real. I've had them leveled against me while playing games considered to be male-centric. Cox and Hadley took these very real, very sensitive issues and wrote a story that lets us grieve for the pain caused as well as celebrate the victories of those women involved. The way they portrayed the support and following lack by the community at large, as well as media, for Dez and the group was spot-on.
Not only does this novel spotlight the perils of being a female game developer, but it also allows us to celebrate the female developers. The women who code, who put their lives on hold for the game. It shows us that women have a place in this industry, too. The book impressed me with this so much, I referred it to many of my former coworkers, male and female, some in the industry, some not.
Perhaps the most impressive thing, to me, about this book was the clear and honest reactions of Dez to people. So very many writers gloss over how a person who was raped will react to sex or a person who was tortured will react to touch. I feel like Cox and Hadley really took the time to delve into the psyche of somebody who was brutalized in more ways than one and find out how that person would react. What would it take for that person to fall in love? What kind of person would it take to fall in love with that person? I cried and laughed with the characters as Dez and Chance BOTH grew into the couple they could be. As the whole team grew to be stronger together, becoming the base that Dez needed to face the industry again.
The book tells the tale of Destiny (Dez) Pierce, a female coding and game design whiz and Chance Hunter, a game developer. Dez brings down the ire of misogynistic gamers to a degree that is terribly damaging, and when Chance discovers her whereabouts three years after this tragedy befalls her they collaborate to bring a very special and technically complicated new game to market while creating a relationship in which both of them can conquer their addictions and find sexual healing. These subjects are handled powerfully yet delicately, and the book shows (rather than tells) in a truly compelling way how a lover’s understanding and compassion can be transformative for both. Kudos to the authors for creating these strong, layered and supple characters.
I give the book four stars rather than five because I felt the ending was weak, and didn’t do justice to the first part of the story. It felt like a stock “woman in peril” wind up that lacked the originality and sensitivity of the beginning of the book, and was a bit dragged out. As a writer I sympathize as with complex characters like Destiny and Chance it can be difficult to come a good stopping point. The book does tee up a sequel, which I hope shares the strengths of this one, and improves on its few weaknesses.