Published by Entangled: Ever After on June 10, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pen Holloway’s done with men—in real life. Guys in game are so much less drama. But when her partner from Heroes of Fallen Gods invites her to the convention of the year, she panics. What if he’s another jerk? What if he’s not?Cal Burrows is living his dream of being a spy. One of TRAIT’s misfit spies, but still a spy. It’s the perfect job… until an arms dealer with a taste for blood invades his not-so-secret geek haven. All Cal wanted from ConDamned was to meet his on-line girl. Now, with the threat of mass murder looming, he’s forced to choose between keeping his mission a secret and protecting the girl of his dreams.Despite their attraction, Pen can’t help but suspect Cal’s hiding something. She also can’t shake the feeling he’s not as much of a stranger as he seems.
Full disclaimer? I’m a gamer, and I’ve played my fair share of MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft etc. So for me, it was very important that the story be able to pull off that gamer vibe without mocking the gamers as just being geeks with no real care about their appearances or their health. This book succeeded and made it very obvious that the author is a fellow gamer herself.
Pen is a gamer who has been burned in the past by her ex-boyfriend and current guildmate. Ever since the breakup he’s been a jerk and has slacked on the healing, life-saving, heroic part leaving Cal to pick up the slack. And, oh, but he does. Pen is starting to fall for the man behind the character who has sweet-talked and saved her and when the opportunity to meet up at a con arrives she tentatively agrees. It turns out, though, that the life-saving, heroic aspect doesn’t just stay in-game and the con turns into more than just a regular convention, with some real-life action.
I really enjoyed reading this book, and not just for the gaming aspect. While I did find that Pen and Cal fall into bed far too quickly for my tastes, I can see how it would happen, especially in an environment and a time when Pen has decided to just throw her inhibitions away. Besides, at only 112 pages this is a short book. And yes, I did love the gaming part because the dialogue was true to form, and the action scenes were tense and tightly written.