Friday, December 29, 2017

New Game, Start by C.S. Poe – Stocking Stuffers

Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.

He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

C.S. Poe is a new-to-me author, and New Game, Start was the perfect introduction to get a feel for the author's writing style. This short story packed a punch, reading as a complete story, with a start/middle/finish, leaving me completely satisfied. Even though it didn't take me much time to read, I was fully immersed, time not even on my radar while inside the story.

The awkward, undateable Edgar is a fan of an online gamer celebrity. Walter has a gigantic following, and is as attractive as he is charismatic. Edgar is intimidated, but replies to a tweet about Walter visiting NYC for a gamer con, thinking it would get lost in the mix of other fans' replies.... not only does Walter tweet Edgar back, he private messages him too.

New Game, Start was sweet, cute, romantic, and awkwardly adorable. I'm a sucker for a gamer story, for geek stories, and for celebrity stories, so this hit all those notes for me. What I enjoyed the most was how so few pages packed so much, without any of the filler and unnecessary detailing larger novels use to draw it out for readers.

All payoff, no filler, for those of us without a lot of time on our hands wanting to be entertained by a full story. The author managed to fit the romance and sexy time in there too, without overpowering any other facet of the storytelling, and it was all tied up in a holiday bow.

Highly recommend, and I look forward to more by this author in the future.

C.S. POE is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.

She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited-edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.

She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Stocking Stuffers: New Game, Start by C.S. Poe to read and review.

1 comment:

  1. Recently I discovered C.S. Poe's books. She is amazing.


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