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- Print Length: 226 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (July 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: July 14, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K4M3I44
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This book had some hot sex it it, but I felt like the characters were flawed throughout the story and this was not a story about how two people meet and their love fixes all their problems.
Truth be told I picked up this book because I’m a gamer, my husband is a gamer, our friends are gamers, it’s not uncommon for lunch time during the week to mean 10 army guys sitting in the house playing xbox. So a book about a woman who designs video games, totally up my alley. I have to say I really enjoyed the who gaming/designing aspect of the book. I liked how accurate the whole forums and trolls storyline read, I know how insane some of these crazed trolls can be.
So Emily was definitely an interesting character. I liked that she was super skilled in a job/world that is so male dominated, I love when women are good at fields where people don’t expect them to be. She operates behind a shield, he identity hidden from everyone, so of course everyone just naturally assumes that she’s a man, so I loved that she used that to her advantage at times. There were moments when I really felt for her, for her past, her past that she carries with her like a battle wound that hasn’t healed yet and has her looking behind every corner to make sure she’s not still under attack. I think in some ways she thinks of herself as being weak because she hides, but to me she comes off more of a survivor than someone who is just running.
Fox is well, hmmm, there is so much to say about Fox. Fox is in town to try and uncover who Phenix, the elusive gamer designer is, and since he doesn’t want anyone to know why he’s there, he just says he is writing a novel. Of course then he meets Emily, and suddenly attraction is in the air. Fox is definitely a character, he’s dominate, but submissive also, he’s beyond sure of himself, and unashamed of his wants/desires (see hot tub scene). But he’s more than all that, he’s got this great kind of confidence around him, but then when you are in his POV you can see that sometimes it’s authentic confidence and sometimes it’s a mask. His past definitely came full circle.
Chemistry wise this book was off the charts for me. Yes the sex scenes were all hot and steamy, they pushed boundaries and were just all around kinda awesome (if you are looking for vanilla don’t come looking for it in this book). More than that though was the chemistry Emily and Fox had even when they were just talking, they had a great push pull dynamic.
So the whole book I’m sitting there thinking how is this going to end. Is Fox going to find out the truth? Is Emily going to tell him the truth? Maybe Emily finds out about Fox? Will Emily be exposed? And believe me I want to tell you what happens, but the ending just all came together so nicely. There’s this great scene at the end… I really want to talk about it cause it’s awesome… but it would totally ruin it for you, so go buy the book read it as quickly as possible and then find me on twitter so we can chat about how awesome the ending is. Seriously go buy the book. Now.
Emily knows about online trolls and she is not going to deal with them if she doesn't have to. While hiding out on an island, using a male persona, she meets Fox. Fox says he's there writing but he is really there looking for 'Phoenix', the guy behind the hottest game online. While there he is intrigued by Emily and they begin a 'no commitment' relationship but soon their mutual secrets threaten to rip them apart.
First of all, I'm a gamer. I'm not an online gamer but I love sitting down with a controller and having a whole lot of fun. I was really excited to pick this book up and see what the gaming side was like. While the character was heavily invested in the gaming world and programming, the actual gaming aspect was nearly non-existent other than the conversational aspects. Emily spent very little time doing anything related to gaming. It was a nitpicky complaint but I wanted to mention it up front for those looking for that sort of story.
The relationship was explosive. I was expecting a forced obsessive relationship with lots of insta-love but I was really surprised in a good way. Sure the two experience instant attraction but I can get behind that. I was really excited by the way Ms. Kennedy handled the sexual relationship between Emily and Fox. They didn't jump into bed immediately. They also recognized mutual needs and played with control quite a bit. Fox had a night in the driver's seat and then Emily got a night. Emily who didn't know a lot about dominance, got some guidance from Fox. He wanted to show her and explain what to do and what was safe. I really applauded that. It's not typical to see that kind of consideration and respect in romance with regard to discussing a sexual relationship.
Back when I began reading this book I made a comparison on Twitter which I still stand by. I informed Ms. Kennedy, I felt the book read like a Nora Roberts novel with more sex. I stand by that distinction because of two things. First, the setting was nearly a character in itself and as a reader I could picture the surroundings. I always feel that happens in Nora Roberts books (think "Whiskey Beach"). Secondly, the relationship followed a similar track with the general meeting, discussions of setting and general daily events, some dating, some issues, some downtime, some magic, and a whole lot of realism. Plus we got 'competence porn' where both characters were exceptional at their jobs. That's another thing we get in Nora Roberts books. So I do still support my original feelings.
Finally, I wanted to mention how the concept of online trolls were handled. In this day and age in internet relationships, I see this more and more. I've dealt with some harassment and hatred online and I can only imagine most others have as well. This book played a bit with how cruel and scary online harassment can be when Emily dealt with it in her past. Her version was particularly frightening and I thought the discussion and portrayal of this was handled incredibly well in this book.
I'm eager to see what book two will bring in the future and I urge everyone to try this book.
Published by Carina Press
July 14, 2014
Provided by: NetGalley
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