Saturday, February 13, 2016

~*★Review★*~ Status Update (gaymers #1) by Annabeth Albert

Title: Status Update
Author: Annabeth Albert
Release Date: December 7, 2015


Adrian Gottlieb is winning at life. He's a successful video game designer with everything a man could ask for, including a warm comfy ride to Denver and a date for his sister's wedding. But he finds himself in need of a total reboot when he's left stranded at a snowy campground in Utah. Holiday plans? Epic fail.

That is until Noah Walters offers him shelter for the night and a reluctant cross-country ride. Nothing about the ultraconservative geoarchaeologist should attract Adrian, but once he discovers Noah's hidden love for video games, the two connect on a new level. Soon, a quiet but undeniable chemistry sparks.

Something doesn't add up, though. As the miles accumulate and time runs out, Noah must face the most difficult choice of his life. Meanwhile, Adrian must decide whether he's ready to level up. Is their relationship status worth fighting for, or has this game ended before it's even begun?

Title: Status Update
Author: Annabeth Albert
Genre: Contemporary Romance, M/M
Series or Standalone: Standalone Series (gaymers #1)
Rating: ★★★★★
I don’t read nearly enough M/M books, and the reason for that is simple. I want more than just the erotic end of things and usually, that can be a tad bit hard to find. Status Update was a wonderful exception and one that now that I’m finished, I am so glad that I found and took the chance on.

The whole religion based undertone of this, the very realistic struggle that Noah, the professor experienced throughout the course of this story really hit me. It felt very real.

Imagine having to live your entire life in the closet, even taking it so far as to attempt to appear different by dating someone of the opposite sex, all the while knowing that you’re gay. Wanting something so badly in terms of the work end of things (tenure) that you’re willing to continue burying it in order to achieve it because where you work is a religious establishment who only sees your true self as a sin. It’s unbelievable given the strides we’ve made but still very real and happening across the globe.

I thought the author tackling that aspect was very well done and handled very well.

Then we have the very much out and unashamed Adrian. Outgoing to a fault, almost unafraid to be who he is, letting his true self fly, but at the same time only allowing himself to have long distance relationships for reasons that as the relationship between he and Noah begins, we get to see and begin to understand.

It felt like an opposites attract situation, yet at the same time, they were a lot alike too. Which made investing in them as a couple very easy for me. I loved the way Noah seemed to almost come alive, or rather have new breath breathed into him during his time with Noah and at the same time, the way Adrian seemed to adapt to Noah and in the end, how they both became what the other needed despite coming from completely different situations before meeting at the start of the book.

There was a drawn out feel to this story even though it wasn’t very long in nature and I didn’t feel that at any point any aspect of their relationship, things were rushed. I think the way it all happened, the speed at which it happened and the very real issues that came between them was all handled very well and at just the right pace.

Having never had experience with this author before, I have to say, I liked the visuals that were brought to life while I read this story and the way the words just seemed to flow. It was a definite plus to a story that just based on the idea of it and the characters themselves was already very strong.

Add in their beloved pets, the various spots of humor and the steam level of their lovemaking when it does occur and I have to say, this was one of the best M/M books I’ve read in quite some time.  This is definitely an author I can see myself checking out more from again in the future.

My thanks to the author, NetGalley and all others that were involved in allowing me the chance to read this even if it did take me far longer than I expected it too. This was a journey I was glad to be a part of. I can’t wait to see where the author takes this series next.

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