Not A Game (Friends #1) by Cardeno C. | Review

Reviewed by Kiki

not a game cardeno c.Not A Game by the ever wonderful Cardeno C. was fluffy goodness. It’s the first in her new Friends series and I can’t wait for more.

I love atypical characters. Characters who aren’t simply good looks and charms, and that’s exactly what you get with Oliver. He’s overweight, nerdy, shy, and insecure. He’s also smart, funny, and incredibly sweet. He’s perfectly complicated and realistic.

Then there’s Jaime. He may not have had all of Oliver’s quirks (which, honestly is probably for the best or I might still be waiting for one of them to make the first move!) but he was still great. His patience and kindness were boundless. Plus, his experience and determination to win over Oliver were H-O-T.

I loved the secondary characters in the book too. I adored Oliver’s work friend, Tamra. Seriously, I could read an entire book just about her. Absolutely loved her. Then there was Jaime’s bff, Jack, who I felt so bad for and really hope he gets his HEA next.

There’s so much character growth for Oliver throughout the story and a lot of that is with the help of Jaime. He doesn’t change into a different person or suddenly lose a bunch of weight, but he does learn to be kinder to himself and to appreciate his many wonderful attributes.

I’m a big fan of CC’s so I have to work extra hard to be professional when I review her books, but I doubt there’s anything she could write that I wouldn’t enjoy. I love the emotions that she’s able to invoke in me without dousing me in angst. Fluff is the name of her game and I love that.

Not A Game is sweet, funny, fluffy, and sexy. Oliver and Jaime will still your hearts. I can’t wait for more in this series (hopefully Jack next!).

Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Rating: ★★★1/2


An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.

Publisher: The Romance Authors, LLC
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Length: 220 pages
Purchase: Amazon, ARe

Ciao, darlings.

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