CORRECTION: This is #367 for 2010.
Published December 13, 2010 by Liquid Silver Books
When Joel goes to a science fiction/gaming convention, he never expects to meet the woman of his dreams. But when he finds out a gaming buddy he’s never met is there, that’s exactly what happens.
Sam got tried of being a woman in the gaming communities, so she adopted a male persona to play--only now she has to make that lie up to her best friend Joel, who she’s spent many a night chatting with online. She doesn’t think anything that happens onscreen could be real but things sure heat up when she meets the man she considers a buddy.
Amidst science fiction regulars and popular shows and movie fans, Sam and Joel try to get to know each other beyond their gaming names and have a wild night together.
When another online woman sets her sights on Joel and is willing to do anything to get him, Sam is caught in the crossfire. Will she ever be able to reconcile herself to geek love becoming real?
Hot damn! Real gamers. We're talking 360, not that computer crap. Oh no, we're on a hardcore platform here. Crosscountry500, aka Joel Alton, is at yet another gaming convention with his fellow Halo 2 clan members. Over the years he's managed to meet all of his online friends- all but Samatra300. And oh does he ever want to meet Samatra.
They've clicked. In fact, Joel considers the elusive player his best bud. If only the guy was female. And lucky for Joel, Samatra is just that.
These two characters were just adorable! The girl is standing there, staring at him, and like a true geek Joel's too busy with the things going on inside his head to actually make a move. But when he does, Hil-ar-i-ous!
Stories like this just make you feel young again. Take you back when love was awkward and shy and the whole experience was surreal. And then the maturity rating gets upped and things get all kinds of steamy. The humor is applied to near perfection. I smiled, chuckled, and even proceeded to laugh my butt off at times. Though mostly I just oo-ed and awe-ed over the geekiness. 5 out of 5 stars.
Ms. Armstrong worked magic with this book and proved she is all too familiar with the gaming world because every detail was spot on. I would highly recommend it to romantics with a weakness for geeks or a flair for gaming. Fans of Firefly, specifically Mal and Inara, may find it extremely likable as well.
And ZOMG! Check out the excerpt that is Chapter One.
Other reviews of work by Mechele Armstrong:
Seek & You Shall Find (2 out of 5 stars)