Book Reviews

New Game, Start (2017 Advent Calendar - Stocking Stuffers) by C.S. Poe at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 29-December-2017

Book Blurb

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.



A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar "Stocking Stuffers."

Book Review

I’m clueless about online gaming. Seriously. When I was a teenager, Atari had just come out, but my mom wasn’t about to buy anything like that, even if I had wanted it. I was pretty good at PAC-MAN but only because those were all over the place. Personally, I preferred pinball. However, Edgar and Walter are serious gamers, and it was a whole lot of fun to watch their romance unfold amidst learning about a whole culture I know nothing about.

I vividly remember the very first time I got a Twitter reply and I felt almost as stunned, shocked, and euphoric as Edgar did. Granted, mine was from an author I had just discovered - along with the Twitter-verse - so a wee bit different but the feelings were fairly similar. Part of me wanted to reach out and smack Edgar over how badly he puts himself down (even just in his own head), but another part couldn’t help giggling a little because he’s very dry and funny. I kept hoping he would see himself in a different light but, then again, he has a PhD in medieval studies and languages. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that’s probably not a huge partying crowd.

Edgar and Walter’s Skype calls have got to be one of the cutest things ever. Even better is when they finally meet and, as silly as this sounds, I was so proud of Edgar for manning up and not letting his insecurities keep him from getting the man of his dreams. Now, if they could just manage a lot less miscommunication, I’d get - oh wait - they’d get their holiday magic and cheer.

‘New Game, Start’ is absolutely adorable and I had so much fun reading it. I would’ve loved more but I’m greedy that way. Regardless, I can definitely recommend this holiday delight.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Short Story, 38 pages/11573 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-December-2017
Price $1.99 ebook
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