#Review #NewRelease — Perfect Game by Casey Cameron
Title: Perfect Game
Series: Legendary Pairs #1
Author: Casey Cameron
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 87 Pages
Publisher: Casey Cameron
Publication Date: January 5, 2017
Star Rating: 5
“Hate the player, love the game…or was that the other way around?”
Research biologist Neil Parkinson had to give up a lot in pursuit of his Ph.D–his friends, his music, his home town–but the one thing he managed to hang on to was Legendary Pairs, the hyper-competitive collectible card game that has propelled so many nerds just like him to fame and fortune. With a new job in a new city, loneliness drives him out of his apartment and into The Ogre’s Den–a haven for local players, amateur and pro alike. Neil never aspired to be a professional gamer, but that was before he met Robin.
“Why even play, if you don’t play to win?”
Robin Abboud is cocky, brash, argumentative…and absolutely gorgeous. He may be a lowly caterer with a crappy car, but this game is the one place where he’s a top dog, and boy does he know it. Robin’s end-game goal is to play in the Legendary Pairs Pro Tour; he’s got the skill to do it, and from the moment he meets Neil, he’s convinced Neil does too. His flirty bravado gets under Neil’s skin like nothing else, but he runs so hot-and-cold that Neil can’t figure out if the two of them are competitors, friends…or something more.
“Don’t tell me this is just a game to you. I know better.”
When Robin convinces Neil to join him on a road trip to a major tournament, there’s more on the line than just the cash prize. Even as the two of them clash on the field of the tournament, Neil’s feelings for Robin are growing impossible to ignore. But could Robin ever feel the same way? The longer they spend together, the more Neil risks showing his whole hand. Is a perfect match in the cards for these two, or will their in-game rivalry tear them apart?
Perfect Game is a 25,000 word stand-alone romance novella with lots of heat, deliciously nerdy sweetness, and a happily-ever-after ending with no cliffhangers.
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I’m sure many of you have hesitated opening a new book because the author was new, the plot was unfamiliar, or whatever the reason, but when you finally do you are giving yourself a big ole kick in the rear for not getting there faster. That’s what happened with Perfect Game by Casey Cameron.
From the first page, I was glued! Glued! Casey Cameron has a way with words that pulls this reader in and really had my undivided attention. I had a long day of traveling, to a Drs. Appointment yesterday, so what perfect time to read Perfect Game. As my husband drove, I read—he may have been talking to me—I don’t know—I was too absorbed with Neil and Robin.
The minute their eyes lock onto each other the intensity soars and you can feel the nerves kick in, both from Neil and Robin. This is told from Neil’s POV, but you clearly see what was going on with both characters. They flirt, they laugh, they are competitive—and hesitantly—a tentative friendship turns into a beautiful romance.
Within 87 pages, the author made me laugh—took me back to my own time—made me remember going through something similar with the same thoughts—made me sweat due to some of the best described sexy narrative I’ve read, and even made me tear up just for a second. This is not insta-love—a misconception in short stories—and I love the way the author took us through the timeline.
There are secondary characters that highlight this short story in all the best ways and bring a lot of humor and diversity to the story plus. . .And, this was my biggest hesitation with reading in the beginning—I’m not a gamer. I know absolutely nothing about gaming which kind of made me think I wouldn’t connect to the story. Wow, was I wrong. The author made me love every single aspect of the story—including the gaming part—and I hated to see it come to an end. Highly recommended.
*Side-note: I normally don’t say anything about editing in my reviews because most of the time I’m reviewing from an unfinished copy, but I really want to give credit here where credit is due. This book was flawless, in my opinion. There wasn’t a comma, misspelled word, italicized word, hyphen, etc that I saw, missing. Beautiful work. Hopefully, my review doesn’t have any either, lol.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the author *
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Casey Cameron lives in a rare urban center in the U.S. Midwest, where she can be found among her fellow deviants writing porn in coffee shops.
She writes contemporary and paranormal gay romance and erotica with diverse characters, sex-positive relationships, and subversive themes, and apparently has a penchant for writing about men cooking for each other.
You can find her on Twitter at Casey B Cameron