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 am NEVER disappointed reading a Cardeno C. novel and Not a Game hit the romance spot....Cardeno C.’s characters are down to earth and people we’d meet on the streets, and want to get to know.
This was an amazing story and I fell in love with Oliver and Jaime and their full of Feelz relationship! ...If you have not ever had the privilege of reading a book by CC this is the perfect book to start. Those of us who are Cardeno C fans will love this story and the connection created between Jaime and Oliver. ...This wasn’t an insta-love story but one that was semi-realistic (maybe more than that, if people hire escorts to teach them how to be better at sex) and allows the reader to believe in happily-ever after for ordinary people!
This was a lovely and sweet story of acceptance and finding the right love
Oliver might not see himself as an adonis and to be perfectly honest he doesn’t sound like one, but that’s what makes this story so great, he’s just a normal guy looking for love with someone that he feels comfortable with. Jaimie loves everything about Oliver so to him, he’s perfect. You see, there is someone for everyone in this world. This was such a beautiful read. Once I started I just couldn’t put it down.