{Review} Status Update by Annabeth Albert

{Review} Status Update by Annabeth AlbertStatus Update by Annabeth Albert
Also by this author: Connection Error
Series: #gaymers #1
Also in this series: Connection Error
Published by Carina Press on December 7, 2015
Genres: Christmas, Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
Character(s): Nerdy/Geeky
Pages: 189
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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?

Erin: How much do we as readers just LOVE when we read a book and it totally surprises you? I’m not talking plot twists or unexpected deaths or things totally out of left field, but when a book ticks every single one of your boxes of things you love and does it so well that all you want to do is read the book all over again. Status Update by Annabeth Albert is a swoony, heart-melty read from start to finish and I loved each and every word.

Let’s see. We’ve got two guys who are so completely engaging and charming and SO perfect for each other that it’s hard to decide who to love more. We have dogs and snowstorms and geeky sci-fi goodness. We have a genuine friendship with an absolutely delicious slow burn toward romance. We have first-time kisses and cuddles and sexy times. We have a hard fought coming out, next-to-no angst, and a positively feel good HEA. This book has it all.

Annabeth Albert has given us Adrian Gottlieb and Noah Walters, and written each so perfectly. Adrian is quirky and fearless and so flirty and fun and then Noah, who at first seems SO uptight, but is really just lonely and a sweet hearted geek underneath his shyness. These two together have major chemistry, but it’s their connection as friends first that provides the foundation for them to build on. But when they move toward the feelings growing between them, well, the swoons come out for sure.

“Did you call her for Thanksgiving?” Adrian asked. Did you tell her about me?

“I texted.” Noah’s eyes seemed far away, and he felt lighter in Adrian’s embrace, like he might be about to float away. “It’s so, so, so hard, Dre.”

“What is, baby?” He nuzzled Noah’s temple, letting the music carry them both away.

“Keeping it all in,” Noah said, shaking his head.

“You don’t have to, sweetheart. Not with me.”

“I know…That’s what I I—like about you.”

Love. It was there on the tip of Adrian’s tongue too, so he kissed Noah, put all the emotion neither of them could name into it. He held Noah close, trying to tell him that he could have a safe space with him as long as he needed.

All. The. Sighs.

These two, gah, there’s just so many feelings and emotions they bring out. Annabeth Albert did such a tremendous job balancing the light with the heavy, the silly and fun with serious and deep, the sweet and tender with sexy and hot. The writing is tight and not over the top. There’s no overdone sappiness or over the top dramatics. There’s nothing really NEW in Status Update, but the way Annabeth Albert tells Noah’s and Adrian’s story is so spot on that you’ll fall in love with them just like I did. This is a feel-good, heartwarming book full of gluten free happiness (and dogs!) you won’t want to end any more than I did, and thank goodness there’s more of this series to follow. I can’t wait!

Erin

Erin is a book addict! She loves books of all kinds, but her favorites are Contemporary Romance or YA (and she reads both boy/boy AND boy/girl, sometimes even girl/girl!) She's been reading since she could hold a book in her hands and doesn't see that changing any time soon. Give her a Coke, kick ass tunes from her favorite playlists, and a book, and she's in reading heaven.

She's a Texan, though she drinks her tea plain and NOT sweet. She loves cheesecake, strawberry limeade's from Sonic and her favorite color is purple. In her books, she loves an HEA, but she never minds if the road is rough to get there, as long as the reward is worth the struggle.

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