Series: 2013 Daily Dose: Make a play
Author: Pinky Rae Parker
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: Short Story
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 1st, 2013)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥2.5 Hearts
Blurb: Gavin Gage has never been much for sports, but he does love fantasy-based role-playing games. Though his social life is quite active, Gavin feels like he’s botched his role in the love department. Then he receives a mysterious invitation to an exclusive gaming tournament at a comic book convention, and Gavin meets a mysterious suitor. Between one roll and the next, Gavin realizes that when it comes to love, everything is just a game of chance.
Review: Ok, so I’ve been a gamer myself for some years and being an addict during that time I have to say that the game part of this story… I loved it. Even though RPG wasn’t really my thing, I understand it and the mindset, so it was not hard for me to love the fun part of this story and get some of Gavin’s fears and disappointments in the love section. It is too easy for a person that has a love for comics, graphic novels, rpgmmo’s to find someone out there to understand and love him with all that or because all that.
So while Gavin has a social life with friends that share his passions, his love life is non-existent. But one good thing amidst this depression is that he gained a VIP invitation for the tournament of a re-launched game at the three days Convention he would partake.
And there the nerd that lives inside me got really, really excited. Gavin’s change from the insecure guy he was outside those doors to a comfortable player, his persona, his role-playing character, all very fascinating and just when things start to get really, really interesting as the Game Master is being somewhat flirtatious, BOOM! Comes the end.
Yes, I forgot this was a short story because the story got me involved more than I thought. But, that made it worse with the kind of ending this one has. Too abrupt, too what-the-heck-just-happened and I felt as if I was playing my game back in the days and while I was in the middle of a Boss fight, healing like crazy, my tank suffering severe damage and my internet connection has a break-down. Good God the frustration this ending caused me cannot be described in words.
So anyway, if you’re not the maniac I am with such things and you want a sneak peek in the Gaming world with a hint of “nerdy” love there in the air, then this short can give you that desirable glimpse.