Early Review: Connection Error by Annabeth Albert

Connection ErrorConnection Error by Annabeth Albert
Book #3 in #gaymers
Genre: LGBTQIA, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 5th, 2016
ARC provided by Carina Press and Netgalley

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?

4 Stars – A

I’m just going to say it – Josiah is my favorite #gaymer so far. (Though I do reserve the right to change my mind book by book if I am doing a series re-read.) Annabeth Albert never ceases to amaze me with her characters. I just love that while they’re not always in the best places of their lives and while they may try to keep themselves closed off, they can’t. They’re simply too full of and too in need of love. Her characters have a gentleness about them that draws me to them, and they always seem to bring something out in each other that no one else can.

We’re first introduced to Josiah in all of his quirkiness when he boards a plane for Germany to attend a meeting for work. Not one to let an opportunity pass (even if it is because he is so off the cuff,) he promptly introduces himself to the person sharing his row. When Josiah learns that Ryan is a fan of one of the games his company created, he seizes the opportunity and grills Ryan about ways to make the game better. This is typical Josiah throughout all the story – when he’s with Ryan, his first inclination is to throw it all out there. Ryan, still trying to come to terms with the severe injuries that were the leftovers from his career as a Navy SEAL, finds Josiah to be a breath of fresh air. After being initially surprised by Ryan’s injuries, Josiah returns to their old banter and becomes a buffer between anyone who thinks Ryan is less capable because of his injuries. It’s impossible not to fall in love with Josiah. He is so precious and sweet. Ryan’s frustration and denial are palpable within the story. It’s clear that the military wasn’t just his career; it was his life. And as such, he lost his life when he lost his legs and is having a hard time accepting things as they are. It’s his communication with Josiah and Josiah’s gentle persistence that finally help coax Ryan back to reality. Pacing was perfect; Ryan and Josiah’s love was a long time coming and was realized at the perfect time.

This book was a beautiful story of two men who seem to have an easier time finding their way when they’re together. At times it like it was Ryan and Josiah against the world, and I loved every minute of it. Connection Error was another winner in the #gaymers universe, and I can’t wait to read more from her!

Rating: 4 Stars

Series Reading Order:
1. Status Update
2. Beta Test
3. Connection Error (Expected Publication: September 5th, 2016)

Thank you to CARINA PRESS and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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