Oct 31, 2014

Blog Tour -- Her Perfect Game


Her Perfect Game
Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Release Date: October 27th, 2014
Publisher: eKensington
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 102
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
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Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…

Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn't quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she's entering a "hackfest" over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who's been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can't fight the desire that comes rushing back.

Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they're face to face again, he doesn't know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he's offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?


My Review:
This book pulled me in mainly because of the gaming aspect that was put into the pages. I played World of Warcraft for many years, I just recently in the last couple years quit, but that doesn't mean I don't miss it. This book had me sucked in because of it.

I know the game is The Order of Resskaar, but I couldn't help seeing World of Warcraft as I read, since after all, that is the game I am used to. I was able to smile throughout the whole book not only for the book itself, but for the memories of my own gaming that was cycling throughout my thoughts. I think if this was a long enough book I might have ended up trying to go back to the game.

I know this book was pretty short, but the author did a wonderful job of giving you a full story within the pages. I didn't feel robbed when the book was over. It had a full life and I very much enjoyed it. The book is pretty much set at the Con that they went to, Convention if you need it spelled out :) You get to follow Charlie and Jonah throughout the pages, and you are definitely happy to be able to do so.

Charlie was a wonderful character to read about. I don't hack computers or anything, but I feel a lot like her. I could see me dressing up and doing all the things she did when it came to the game. I don't have the romance life like she does, I am happily taken, but I do know the pain of not feeling good enough as well. You have a small sympathy for in with her not having much money and trying to do all she can just to get by, but she also has the personality to show you that she will somehow find a way to get back on her feet.

Jonah was very sweet. I wanted to hate him for running out on Charlie, but when everything all comes out not only from him but from him to her, you can't help but like him. I enjoyed reading his side just as much as hers. I liked all he did to reunite with her and that no matter what he didn't give up.

There is quite some sexual context within this book, but it wasn't too much for me. I think the author balanced it all rather well and made it easy to keep reading through. There was some graphic details, but nothing that would make your mouth fall open over.

I think anyone could read this, but I do think if you have played games before or have watch someone play some, it will help you throughout the book. I think I would have had a bit of a harder time understanding if I didn't have my own gaming experience behind me. It was still great, and I think I might go sit back down and read it all over again :)


About the Author

Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.


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