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.
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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 fell in love with both of these men. Jaime never once made Oliver feel inferior. He was an amazing man and brought Oliver out of his shell. Jaime was tender and passionate. He gave Oliver everything he craved. Watching then fall in love made my heart melt.
Not a Game is sweet and delicious and left me with a smile. Jaime and Oliver get their HEA and it may or may not have brought a tear to my eye. Allegedly.
Now, this is not your usual sexy alpha man with the hunky-dory body where his head disappears from the breadth of his wide shoulders, pecs bursting out of his tees or arms ripping his sleeves. No. Think the other way around. Think, normal man meets a cuter than normal man and they fall in love. Simple. Madly romantic.
Not a Game' is probably the most romantic book I've read in a very long time. I mean that in the truest sense of the word. Everything about the story, the main characters, and the secondary ones, just worked and fit together seamlessly.