Game of Hearts by Jerry Cole

AUTHOR’S BLURB: Bjorn Falk, screen name Allegiance, has always wanted to make it big in e-sports. His family doesn’t think that his choice for a career is valid, and is not as if Bjorn can blame them. He has spent the majority of his adult life living in a small apartment with the rest of his team, until Bjorn’s team is good enough to qualify for the international tournament of World of Heroes. He knows that it will take a little while for them to get established, but he also knows that it’s worth the wait. Bjorn has to prove to his family that his dream isn’t a waste of time, and winning a tournament this big is exactly how to do it.

Mickey Campbell, screen name Atlanta, is one of, if not the, best e-sports player in the world. He knows exactly what the world expects from him and being a well-paid model as well as a professional e-sports player, there is little that he still wants in his life. That is, until he sees the newcomer Allegiance by himself at a party. Things change for Mickey the moment that he meets Allegiance and he starts falling for him, even though Allegiance is straight and he doesn’t seem nearly as interested as Mickey. When they finally start spending some time together, and it seems to be more than platonic, things blow up in Mickey’s face in a monumental way that he had never imagined.

Normally, the kind of thing that Bjorn is pulling would never fly with Mickey, who knows exactly what he wants. The problem is that he really, really wants Bjorn, and he’s willing to put up with a lot more than he should to get him. The only thing he can hope for is that Bjorn won’t push past the point of no return.
And Bjorn never expected to fall for his e-sports hero, but he can’t get him out of his head. He has to figure out how we can be with Mickey without losing everything he’s worked for, and without being swept in his shadow.

Please Note: This book contains Adult Language & Steamy Adult Activities, it is intended for 18+ Adults Only. Novella, approx. 65,000 words in length. HEA (happy ever after ending). Does not end with a “cliffhanger”.

MY REVIEW: This droned on for a bit longer than it really needed to. And the pivotal moment is a kiss? After multiple errors in judgement? And once again we have one hero who is perfect and one love interest who is a complete mess/needs rescuing/tstl. Not so realistic or encouraging or believable.
I read a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy of this book & am voluntarily leaving an honest and unbiased review.

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