Beta Test by Annabeth Albert
Series: #gaymers, Book 2
Published by: Carina Press on May 30, 2016
Rating: 4 stars (★★★★☆)
Tristan Jones knows he doesn’t fit in with others in the gaming industry, but he’s excited to go to work for one of the biggest games of the moment. His organization makes him come across as uptight. And he’s sort of okay with that because it helps get things done. His family thinks he’s not making the best use of his MBA, but they don’t exactly understand him anyway.
Ravi Tandel is a graphic designer at the top of his game. He’s confident and talented, and he’s active in the community. A creative person, he makes friends easily and is the center of one of the biggest social circles at the company.
When Ravi and Tristan are thrown together on a project, their different styles collide. Ravi sees Tristan as rigid, serious, and possibly homophobic. Tristan sees Ravi as distracted, flamboyant, and borderline unprofessional. It’s definitely a recipe for tension. And the tension escalates when they’re assigned to drive the display they’ve been working on from San Francisco to Seattle. That’s a long time alone together in a truck. But it might be just the time they need to break through each other’s exteriors. There might just be more that they have in common than they’d ever imagined…
The attention to detail that Annabeth Albert shows in her stories amazes me. Both this book and the previous installment in this series show a great deal of care and research into the settings and the gaming industry itself. The world here is so seamless that it’s so easy to be drawn right in to the characters.
And these two: it’s hard not to like them both. Throw in just the right amount of tension at exactly the right points, and you’ve got a great story that is impeccably paced. I’m definitely a fan.
As a bonus: if you’re someone who laments the end of the Looking, the HBO show, this will certainly help you get that fix. It has just enough of that vibe while being something all its own.[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.]