Also by this author: Status Update
Series: #gaymers #3
Also in this series: Status Update
Published by Carina Press on September 6, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance, One Night to More, Opposites Attract
Character(s): Military Guys, Nerdy/Geeky
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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?
Erin: Annabeth Albert’s newest release, Connection Error, is book three of her very popular and entertaining #gaymers series and it’s my favorite so far. I’ve been dying for Josiah’s story ever since he was first introduced, and boy his first impression wasn’t all that great, and this book was everything I expected and so much more. Crossing a nerdy, ADHD, mama’s boy with a strong, gruff, and damaged SEAL might not make much sense on the surface, but by the end of this book you’ll find out just how perfect these two guys are for each other.
I adored Josiah Simmons. Like hard core. He’s sweet and eager (a bit too much at times, but that’s more the ADHD than anything) and really struggling to figure out exactly who he is. He loves his job, even if he is the youngest to lead a team, but he’s really trying to find his feet and his place in the world. The last thing he expected was to find his perfect match in the hot, stoic, ex-military guy who is his seat mate on a flight to DC. And he sure didn’t expect that guy to be a double amputee, a fact of which Josiah makes horribly worse by his total lack of filter.
Ryan Orson damn sure doesn’t want anyone’s pity, least of all the guy he enjoyed flirting with during his flight back to Walter Reed where he’s continuing his rehab since he was injured. After Josiah’s careless comment, he’s more bound and determined to keep his focus on his recovery and making his way back to the military where he hopes to continue his career, albeit a much different one than he imagined. Through circumstances and a sense of doing what’s right, they wind up sharing a hotel room when they’re stranded in St. Louis due to a snowstorm and from there a very tenuous friendship begins.
Watching Josiah and Ryan get closer, learn about each other, was sooooo very very sweet. It’s not without its ups and downs as Ryan is still dealing with his injuries and all that entails. I am quite in awe at the amount of research Annabeth Albert had to have done in order to treat Ryan with such respect and genuineness. There’s anger and determination and the anguish of all he’s lost. There’s this palpable feeling of loss, and the grieving he must do in order to move on. Josiah’s endless support is just what Ryan needs, even if he doesn’t necessarily want it. These two guys aren’t perfect, but they’re real and they had me rooting for them from page one.
This book left me feeling all warm and melty and I loved every single word. Be sure to check out the entire series, you’ll be sorry if you don’t.