Not a Game: A Contemporary Gay Romance Novel Kindle Edition
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** ACTUAL REVIEW STARTS HERE, I JUST REALIZED ALL OF THAT^ IS RAMBLING… HAHAHA!***
OK so … I love sweet romance. And by “sweet” I most definitely do not mean without the sex (spoiler-not-spoiler: there is sex here!), but rather sweet in the sense of low-to-no unnecessary drama and angst, and characters that you can genuinely believe are a) real, and b) love each other. Oh, and c) you actually *care* that they do :-) Cardeno C. delivered all of that with this sweet book, mixed into the fake relationship trope that yes, is fun and done many times before, but still managed to feel genuine and fresh and gave a great premise for the love affair to develop between these two.
I’m really glad I took the time (blew off work for the day *sigh, me*) to read it (I went on a reading binge yesterday… hahaha! nothing by small measures, here). I’m not usually a fan of big age gaps/May-December romances, but again, these two were well written characters and it felt “natural” … perfectly right.
Other things I enjoyed about the story:
— It was interesting and refreshing to read about a non-underwear-model MC, especially in the sense of having him fully appreciated by his man. While all romance reading is a bit of a perfect-world fantasy (at least, the type I gravitate toward is), body insecurity—especially when it comes to getting naked with someone else—is such a universally understood feeling that it made Oliver instantly relatable. And regardless of his weight, shape, etc.—even if he had been that underwear model—it’s just lovely to read about lovers who fully accept and appreciate everything about each other.
— The gaming world. OMG. I am not a gamer. I know very little about gaming, other than that gleaned from reading stories like this and some research I’ve done for my own work, but I am a mother of burgeoning gamers, and I VERY MUCH appreciated the inclusion of the little side-storyline there re: the vomit-worthy sexism in the gaming world. I won’t spoil by saying more, and it really was just a side thing, but still. Kudos :-)
— Nice guys. I love nice guys. Not so big into bad boy romance, and I just loved that everyone except the unnamed ex was just… nice. Good people make me happy. This book made me happy.
So… would I recommend it to others? Yes (I have). Am I glad it’s on my kindle for possible re-reading in the future? Yes. :-) Very nice job, Cardeno C.
Oliver, overweight with lowish self-esteem because an ex told him he was bad in bed, is looking for ways to better himself so he'll attract more guys. He's sweet and funny and just an all around, fun guy but he doesn't believe that of himself. Deciding to answer an escort ad in the bag of a magazine, he figures that will help when he finds another relationship...
Jaime, a company co-owner on this side of middle aged notices Oliver in a bar and is immediately attracted to his body type and the book that he's sitting with is a book that Jaime himself, wrote years ago. Planning to talk to him about it and let that be his "in", Oliver mistakes him for the escort he's hired from the ad. Jaime hears Oliver's insecurities and finds him endearing, so he pretends to be the escort, meeting Oliver on the weekends and spending time getting to know him and teaching him to accept himself see that there are people, Jaime especially that'll love him for who he is AND what he looks like.
I have to admit, I didn't see the connection to Jaime and Oliver's jobs before it came to light, then I was like... oh, DUH... lol that was a cute little twist.
Over the course of the weeks and dates, Jaime works hard to get Oliver to open up and trust him enough to see himself through unjaded eyes. He does, eventually and their banter is hilarious and really cute. I loved how patient and understanding Jaime was, he was really good for Oliver.
I also liked the friendship that Jaime had with his ex-Jack. It's nice, reading a low angst book where exes can still be friends and there isnt any pettiness or hurt feelings. I get that it was probably hard on Jack at first to see Jaime moving on, but he was mature about it and he understood as well. I liked the way that was handled and the way Oliver encouraged Jaime to be there for Jack at the end their, that was really sweet.
And that ending :) How incredly sweet was that ending. I was sad to see it end.
I'd gladly read more about these two and i'm hoping that Jack gets his Oliver, maybe in a next book or something.
The only complaint I really had was, I did think it was a bit expensive to be an ebook, but it was a good story, so I can't complain too much.
A definite must read! Worth the $4.