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    Tristan and Ravi made me swoon!

    Beta Test is the second book in the @gaymers series but you don’t need to have read the first one as Beta Test stands alone just fine. Tristan and Ravi begin their employment with CEI on the same day and their first meeting was less than auspicious. Tristan thinks Ravi is a bit too “out there” and Ravi thinks that Tristan is homophobic – if only he knew the truth. Tristan is the ultimate organized person. He loves spreadsheets, markers and lists. Ravi is artistic and tends to fly more by the seat of his pants. They pretty much try to ignore each other at work until they have to step in and take a road trip when someone gets sick. With hours alone in the truck they actually begin to talk to each other. I loved seeing the relationship between Tristan and Ravi go from tolerating each other to loving each other. Their road wasn’t an easy one but Annabeth Albert gave us just enough, but not too much, angst mixed in with the fabulous sexy time. I also enjoyed reading about Ravi’s family and their culture. I wanted to throw something at both Tristan and Ravi’s parents. Although Tristan’s seemed worse than Ravi’s I don’t think I’d really want to be a child in either family. While the story has a few nearly heartbreaking scenes much of the mood is not so somber and there were many things that made me smile. I’ve now read several books by Ms. Albert covering 3 different series (Portland Heat, #gaymers and Perfect Harmony) as well as a few not in a series. While each book/series offers something different the voice she uses is distinctive and I can’t wait to read more! ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley. *****Reviewed for Xtreme-Delusions*****
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    Sexy workplace romance!

    I really enjoyed this workplace romance! Both Ravi and Tristan are accomplished in their fields, and have the normal quirks of a working relationship, complete with its ups and downs. Tristan is organized to a T, where Ravi is a 'fly by the seat of his pants' kind of guy. Until Ravi inadvertently causes Tristan to out himself as a gay man, it was not something discussed at work (though until then Ravi had thought Tristan might be homophobic, not realizing it was Tristan's own insecurities causing him to be on the defensive around Ravi). Both Ravi and Tristan have family issues to deal, things that actually give them a common bond. For Ravi, it's his East Indian family and his parents who refuse to accept his choices, especially his mother who is constantly trying to set him up with women. For this reason his sister's upcoming wedding has caused him a lot of stress, wanting to be there for her, but not wanting to deal with his mother's wilful blindness to his sexual orientation. For Tristan, it's being the son of a very conservative, very powerful woman, one who doesn't want her son's 'gayness' to affect her political career. To that end, while she's given lip service to his coming out, she's told him quite clearly to keep it under wraps so it doesn't interfere with her political ambitions. He can't be 'out and proud' like Ravi is at work and this causes him his own type of stress. When the two of them are on the road together though, the things that have kept them apart until then are now the things that draw them together. The attraction that was always there comes to the surface, and when put in the position of sharing a room together, and the long drives, they not only start opening up to each emotionally, they do it physically as well. Tristan isn't as experienced as Ravi, but Ravi is quite happy to guide him in the bedroom and the result is some super sexy scenes between them. With the conflict of whether to maintain and strengthen their relationship when they are back home again, or let it all be put away as a vacation/work fling, the second half of the story heats up with family demands and decisions to be made on where they stand with each other. Because this is a story about a video game company, we get several scenes dealing with what happens behind the scenes and how games come to the market. Plus, both Ravi and Tristan are avid gamers (no surprise) so there are some fun scenes with them and their co-workers as they connect as friends. Even if you don't play video games, it's easy to follow along and not overly technical. I found it hard to put the book down, as a I wanted to see how it could possibly work out for them. Of course we get our happy ending but not without a few bumps along the way. It's an entertaining and wholly enjoyable story, and I look forward to the next in the series!
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    Game on

    This is the 2nd book in the Gaymers series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. There are references in it that you may feel are easier to understand if you read this series in order. Tristan meets Ravi at work. He does not want to be attracted to anyone. He wants to focus on work. Ravi feels the same way, about him and work. Ravi does not to be attracted. He cannot seem to help himself. All he can think about is Tristan. He has been hurt before. Why would this time be different? The characters make you just love them from the very first. There are also characters from the first book in here that we love too. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series. ***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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    Absolutely Wonderful!!

    I am so in love with this one! I devoured Beta Test in one day and couldn’t be happier. I will say 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. 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. 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.

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