#ReleaseBlitz • Connection Error (Gaymers Book Three) by Annabeth Albert + Giveaway • Review
Title: Connection Error
Author: Annabeth Albert
Series Title and Number: #Gaymers, Book 3, but stands alone well too
Release Date: September 5, 2016
It's typical of video game programmer Josiah Simmons to be the last one on the plane on the way to the biggest meeting of his career. Though he's (mostly) coping with his ADHD, he can't handle another distraction. But he also can't ignore his rugged seatmate—especially once he learns the military man's a fan of his game.
Ryan Orson refuses to let his severe injuries pause his career as a navy SEAL. He's got hours of grueling physical therapy ahead of him, and no time for anything that might get in the way of his return to active duty. But that doesn't mean he's above a little first-class flirtation with geeky-cute Josiah.
When a delay strands the pair in St. Louis, they agree to share a hotel room and a night of gaming. Neither expects their new connection to move to the next level in the light of day. Opposites may attract, but is this game over before it's even begun?
Book Three of the #gaymers series
Connection Error by Annabeth Albert was like a breath of fresh air. I had no idea what to expect as I’m not familiar with the author, or the series, but I enjoyed the characters, and the writing, immensely.
We meet Josiah, as he frantically boards a plane for Germany, in route to the most important meeting of his life where he will head a management team over his game, Space Villagers. When he finally makes it to his seat, trying his best to calm his ADHD, he sits back to relax only to realize he is sitting by the hottest man he has ever seen.
Ryan Orson can’t help but be a little amused by his seatmate who is a lot younger than himself and in his own geeky way, kind of cute, but in no way someone that he would be interested in, but he strikes up a conversation and introduces himself.
Once Josiah learns of Ryan’s career as a Navy Seal he is on mouth overload asking questions pertaining to his game and Ryan, being a lover of said game, is only too happy to help. Anything that gets his mind off his current injuries and the reason for his own flight works for him. They have a little fubar when Josiah notices Ryan’s injuries, but it’s fairly short lived and with nerves on high for both protagonists that is to be expected.
Due to a storm and the plane being delayed Ryan extends an invitation to Josiah to share his hotel room for the night. Over the course of these few hours, a tentative friendship is formed. However, neither man, regardless of age, fit together and figure they will never see each other again. Wrong.
Ryan is older, more mature, has been in a relationship, has been on his own for many years, whereas Josiah is still fairly young. He lives at home with his mother, although he has his reasons but he feels very insecure about taking care of things himself and he has never had a boyfriend other than a date here and there.
He’s (Josiah) loud, abrasive, has no filter, likes to cuddle, everything that Ryan hates… until he doesn’t. They are hesitant to exchange emails, but one day realize they are texting and are looking forward to those texts daily. Somewhere along the way they have come to depend on each other for pick-me-ups, words of courage and wisdom, strength and support, and are a very important piece of each other’s lives.
Annabeth Albert really pulled me into this story and made me love these two men who are so different and should not have complemented each other, at all, but they did. They are exactly what each other needed. They just didn't know it.
Ryan was more dominant and was able to calm the storms that would take over in Josiah’s brain and Josiah was fun and energetic and able to read Ryan and pick up clues and see when dark thoughts were taking him and he could steer him in a different direction.
I’m not a gamer and if you aren’t either don’t let that stop you because the author made it easy to understand and follow along and at times I actually wanted a joystick to play along with the guys. There are some great secondary characters in this story, also, like the Mom’s. I love Ryan’s mom and that she could see her own son was being a pain in the butt, lol.
Connection Error was a great story that had real depth and it was so palpable during the bedroom scenes especially when Ryan was struggling with new feelings from his injury allowing his head to get wrapped up in thoughts that were real and vivid and it was apparent that the author had done her research.
The sex wasn’t overpowering and felt perfect for the story-line. Josiah has insecurities as does Ryan but together they don’t feel anything but wanted. A perfect hurt/comfort read with lots of laughing too.
Also, Connection Error is Book Three, and can be read as a standalone as I haven’t read the first two and I never felt lost. I highly recommend this book and I will go back and read the first two, at some point. 4.5 Stars
Meet the Author
Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two children.
Represented by Saritza Hernandez of the Corvisiero Literary Agency
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