Connection Error by Annabeth Albert is the third book in her #gaymers series and brings the wit and steam just like the first two. It can be read by itself, though you should really read the first two because they are awesome too.
Okay, straight up, I adore this series. But–*ducks flying fruit*–this was the weakest of the three for me. Please note it still gets four stars because it’s still awesomesauce, but the first two (especially book one) blew me away so much that this one gets a lower rating in comparison.
That being said, it’s still really fucking good.
Josiah is so freaking adorable. I was so pumped when I saw he was one of the MCs for this book. And a strong, dependable Marine is exactly what he needs to keep him grounded and to help him learn to stand on his own.
Ryan, oh my dear sweet Ryan, at times he was quite a butthead. So stubborn and arrogant, but achingly vulnerable as well. I was at times rooting for him while others I was cursing his name. He’s truly a complex character you can sink your teeth into. (*wink, wink*)
Annabeth you can’t tease me about Skype sex and then not show it! *grumbles*
There were a few things that I felt were glossed over and they shouldn’t have been. Especially at the end. The issues keeping Josiah and Ryan apart were valid, but I felt a bit cheated with how they were resolved. I would have loved to have seen more of them working on their problems together.
With more angst than the previous two books, Annabeth Albert really puts the boys of Connection Error through some trials. In the end though, Josiah and Ryan were so much stronger and their relationship more balanced because of it.
Copy provided in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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?
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 5, 2016
Length: 66k words