Landon cant believe hes let himself get roped into participating in a charity calendar, let alone one that features tastefully photographed nudes. The genius physicist is hardly model material, and hes dreading the nude part of the photoshoot. Amid his reluctance, the one bright spot is his emails back and forth with the photographer.However, Bailey turns out to be not exactly what Landon expects, and their first meeting is decidedly awkward. Baileys persistent though, and gradually Landon warms to the burly photographer, and they discover they have a shared love of gamer culture.A tentative friendship is born, but the road from friends to lovers isnt easy. Landons battling past trauma and must decide how much of a risk hes willing to take. A sexy connection may not be enough to keep them together unless both are willing to put their hearts on the line.Previously released as part of the EXPOSED anthology, and loosely linked to the #Gaymers universe, this friends-to-lovers, hurt/comfort story stands alone with a guaranteed happy ending. Contains a brief mention of a prior assault, but no on-screen violence or flashbacks....
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Level Up Reviews
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*
If I have to narrow down what I love most in books, it's quite clear I love the trope friends-to-lovers, gamers and other geeky/nerdy stuff, addiationally spiked with guys (or ladies ;)) who love animals or have a heart for children.
With Level Up Annabeth Albert gives me almost everything from this said check list.
The book is most exquisite in how it fleshes the characters out; I adored Landon right from the start; ...more
I'm Annabeth Albert's biggest fangirl. Her stories are the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. But, sadly, this story lacked any sort of oomph to make it stand out.
Level Up is a novella about a physics professor and photographer, both gaming geeks, who meet at a photo shoot. Bailey and Landon flirt virtually for weeks before they meet. Landon, about to take his clothes off for a charity calendar, is fully prepared to meet Bailey, the petite, pink-haired girl who often appears on Bailey's Instagra ...more
There was something definitely missing from this story.
I don't know what it was but I just couldn't connect with anything in this. Nothing.
It had an interesting premise and began well but, I was bored by the 30% mark and situations didn't improve much for the rest of the story. It was all about Bailey tip-toeing around Landon from beginning till the end with Landon unwilling to make any compromises of his own. That seemed very unfair to me and actually prevented me from feeling any kind of kinsh ...more
Originally read and reviewed in the Exposed Anthology.
This story is maybe the longest in this bundle, and it dragged a bit. It's about Landon, who made an appearance in the gaymers and the Out of Uniform series as well. He was Pike's roommate.
I really liked this one, because it wasn't stereotypical. With the name Landon, I instantly thought about a tall and burly guy; and with Bailey, a quirky twink comes to mind. And they were the exact opposite. Landon was a shy man in nature, a ...more
This novelette deals with the realities and rough spots of a new and complex relationship. That the surprise twist comes at the beginning only makes it cuter. Sweet, cautious, hanging within reach of collapse, the protagonists work their way together through the maze of twisty little passages. The game here doesn't require a console or computer, fortunately. But it does require patience, skill, and finesse.
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
This is and quirky addition to the Gaymers series. There are sparks from the start between physicist Landon and photographer Bailey but distance and past trauma make a relationship between them difficult.
There are so many things I really liked about this relatively short story. I loved Landon’s easy bisexuality. I appreciated the author’s sensitive and realistic approach to the long-term effects of sexual assault. I loved the ...more
3.5 stars...sweet, sexy short story...
I'm fond of this author.
I didn't love this read.
Try as I might I couldn't get myself to care for these two as a couple or as individuals. They were just too superficial for my taste. No, not superficial just not captivating or something. I finished it because it was so short.