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- Print Length: 104 pages
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- Publication Date: December 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QXQQVHG
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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First of all, I love these characters. Science fiction writing gaming chick and science fiction loving game developer is a match made in heaven. I also personally found them both really relatable, like I'm pretty sure I could be best friends with both of them, we'd be BFF's, except we'd never actually use that terminology for it, and because I just did in a non-sarcastic way, they will no longer even consider being friends with me.
This story is told in alternating dual POV, which I usually really enjoy, and this book was no different. I like being able to see both sides of the story as it progresses, especially in cases like this one where the story continues through the POV changes, rather than the POV change resulting in a repeat of what we just read. This dual POV really helped me get inside each characters head.
Overall I give this story 6 out of 5 stars because it made me break my husband's "no book buying in December" rule. I seriously don't even have time to read Game Changer yet, but I have it on my Kindle now. This story equals awesome.
At a New Years Eve party, Maci, a covert science fiction author dressed as Marvel's Black Cat, meets Liam, the lead developer at nZone Games cosplaying The Phantom of the Opera. Only neither know who the other is. In the midst of a wonderful night together, they decide to place a wager. Whoever wins in a game of Super Smash Bros. gets whatever they want, and what both of them want is each other - only in different ways.
That's as far as I can go with describing what happens in the story. If you want to know what happens, then you're gonna have to read this. And by the Almighty, you're gonna want to read this novella!
Rene Folsom once again flexes her writing muscles with this amazing story. It's hard to make something so short so awesome, but doing that is Rene's forte. She blends comedy, romance, video gaming, and cosplaying into a perfect mix that's titled The Wager. As a hopeless romantic gamer who likes to tell a joke, this was the perfect piece of fiction for me, and for any and everybody like me!
I couldn't wait to jump into The Wager after finishing the first book in the series! Maci and Liam's story is cute! Maci's friend Sky invites her to a New Years party to get out of the house because she's one that would rather stay inside. She seems like the antisocial type however she has complete confidence and I absolutely loved that! Breaking the forms of stereotypes is a big part of this series giving this a fresh voice for me! So when the party begins Maci falls in lust with Liam's piercing blue eyes and after to getting to know each other, all but their names, she decides to have a little fun by making a bet on Super Smash Brothers.
Overall I feel like Mrs. Folsom could actually combine these two, I think it would make this even better! I don't really think there needs to be a prequel for Game Changer, I believe it could all be one story. It all just flows perfectly that I don't see why not. Other than that and how I felt during the sex scene some of the paragraphs needed to be rearranged, I truly enjoyed this! Even though I still have some questions that need to be answered, hopefully in book two.
Once you start you can't put it down. Make sure you will have the next book in the series, as you will want to start it immediately!
I feel, though, now that I've read all the books, Ms. Folsom could have and should have, IMO, spent some time on their pasts. There were only brief glimpses into their families: Liam's unfeeling, dismissive family, not actively engaged in his childhood, apparently. Maci's absent family, having dies in a car accident, leaving behind only a grandmother in name only.
There was more that needed to be unearthed, more that would have made these two characters really come to life. There didn't have to be angst and trauma, but how they were treated determines how they developed and I think it would have made the story richer.
Still waiting for End Game. Looking forward to seeing what the characters will be facing in the future.