Level Me Up (Gamer Boy #1) by Lauren Helms
Genres/Themes: New Adult, Video Games: Pro gamers, Romance
*I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
I was so excited to get picked to read this book! I swear I’m always complaining about how most romance novels feature the bulky muscular guy, but rarely the normal dude. This is pretty close to a normal dude romance and I liked it even more because video games!!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The last thing Morgan Lawson is looking for when attending Comic-Con is love. But even prior to exchanging first words, Morgan is drawn to Dex, a drop-dead sexy gamer boy who lives and breathes video games. Before she realizes it, Morgan finds herself caught up in all things Dex.
Dex Roberts knows from the moment he first sees Morgan, he wants more. He falls hard and fast but isn’t surprised when his job as a professional video gamer takes a toll on their relationship.
Once Morgan decides what truly makes her happy, there’s no time to waste. But without warning, life threatens to destroy what both Morgan and Dex want most… each other.
I have a little bit of knowledge with video games and the scene because my fiance plays games (recreationally) and watches twitch streams. Unfortunately, one of the guys he watches is Summit1G…. a pro CoD player and therefore for half of the book I kept putting Summit’s face in as Dex’s face hahaha. It was a bit awkward.
Anyhow on to my feelings about the book lol
I was a bit frustrated with this book. Mostly because a lot was being told rather than shown… for example, I don’t need to know upfront about a character’s home life, it should come up naturally in conversation between characters. Let us get to know them as other characters do! So, some topics (Morgan’s family) was brought up so often and repeated. It wasn’t necessary. Honestly, the ‘telling’ was what almost made me drop this book even though I so wanted to read it!!
What kept in interested? The Characters.
I really enjoyed the group and their hangout sessions. I loved the sass and the bullshitting around. Although, with pro gamers their definitely needs to be more shit talking haha.
I liked how Morgan had flaws and knew about them, then confronted them…kinda. I liked how even though there was drama, there were always level-headed people around going ‘wtf are you doing?’.
Link and Ruby are probably my favorite, although I’m surprised The Legend of Zelda has not been brought up yet.
I’m also a huge fan of cheesy actions or gestures, which this included!
I also was surprised Twitch or live streaming wasn’t brought up at all because it is huge in the gaming community.
As much as I complained about the book, I did enjoy my time reading it. I am seriously looking forward to the sequel, which I hope focuses on Ruby and Link (and possibly a third on Gia and Simon???? I need to know what happened!)