Not a Game

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Not a Game

A Contemporary Gay Romance Novel

“Not a Game” by Cardeno C. does a lovely job of depicting a shy young man’s blossoming under the tutelage of an older man. The familiar theme of mistaken identity and potential landmine underlying their relationship is an enjoyable ticking time bomb that contrasts nicely with the lovely buildup of the relationship that confers confidence on Oliver. I love geeks and was specially impressed with Jaime’s delight in his discovery and appreciation of the less than svelte physique of his new friend. I enjoyed the heat and intensity of the growing connection, especially as Jaime convinces Oliver to become comfortable in his desires and preferences, but wish there was a little more depth to the various characters who are glimpsed, although I suspect that some of them will get their own time in the spotlight. This was a lovely and sweet story of acceptance and finding the right love and I hope there will be more tales with these folks.

This contemporary and erotic m/m romance follows Oliver Barnaby, a 28-year-old chubby nerd, who has decided to make himself a better lover by hiring an escort, despite the fact he “wasn’t skilled at holding an articulate conversation with a live human.” Jaime Snow happens to be in the wrong place at the right time and discovers the man he’s been looking for all of his life. Now to convince Oliver that the attraction is genuine and he likes him just the way he is.


Book Blurb for Not a Game

An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.

Word count: 55,866


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2016 4.00