Not a Game

Not a Game
  • Word Count: 55,872
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release Date: 07/15/2016
  • ISBN: 978-1-942184-58-4
  • ASIN: B01IC2BGB4

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: 55,872




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  • Length: 6 hours and 4 minutes
  • Price: $19.95
  • Release Date: 11/07/2016
Not a Game
  • Page Count: 220
  • Price: $13.99
  • Release Date: 07/16/2016
  • ISBN: 1-942184-60-3


Full Excerpt

Chapter 1


He had chosen the bar because of its name: The Bookstore. It was clever and unusual and he had laughed internally at how happy his mother would be if he told her he was spending time at the Bookstore instead of in front of his computer. Oliver’s entire life, she had mourned the fact he wasn’t a reader, and even though he had now moved two thousand miles away from their home in Oklahoma City, she still sent him books she was sure he’d love. Maybe someday he’d open one of them.

For now, he glanced down at the only book he had read countless times and adjusted it at the edge of his table to make the spine as visible as possible. The title—Coding—wasn’t as clever as the bar name, but the information and the way it was phrased had clicked perfectly in Oliver’s…


I’ve always loved this author and this book is exactly the reason why. This story was so real and cute and believable and funny and unique and fresh and tons more things I won’t sit here and bore you with.

Love Bytes

When you sign on to read a Cardeno C. novel, you are positive to get three things in return: first, a romance that is sweet and rewarding; second, a happy ever after that comes with very little angst or troubles; and third, a feel good emotional reward that leaves you smiling long after the novel’s end. Cardeno C. is a master at romance—sweet, sometimes sappy, yet always a complete story where boy meets boy, boy gets boy and they both live happily ever after....This author dares to create a happy ever after for an average guy, with an above average man who desires him. In the end, Not a Game becomes a magical fairytale romance that delivers all the feels and emotions with a twist—characters who are, for once, utterly real and worthy of love.

The Novel Approach

These two establish a strong physical connection from the very beginning. Their intimate scenes are erotic, detailed, and emotional. Not only do they connect on a physical level, but their dialogue is frank and direct as they get to know each other and their comfort levels rise, particularly Ollie’s. They work well together in all aspects, and I especially enjoyed watching Ollie come out of his shell and revel in his sexuality with abandon.

Prism Book Alliance

The first thing i loved about this story is Oliver. For once a normal guy!!! He's overweight and insecure but he's just gorgeous!! I love how awkward he is. Then the second thing i loved. Jamie! He's a six pack wielding hottie and he fancies the pants off Oliver!! Perfect the pair of them! The third thing. The sweet lovely story-line... awwwwww i wanted to be there every step of the way with them watching dreamily from the sidelines! I felt every ounce of love between them and it made my heart swell! Truly beautiful!

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