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Press START to Play by Briana Lawrence at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by jj on 24-June-2013

Book Blurb

Lukis Singleton’s once-popular sports column is fading fast, thanks to the terrible track record of the local football team. In an attempt to save the column, Lukis's editor, John, decides he needs to go in a different direction. Video games are all the rage these days, so John insists that sending Lukis to a huge video-game tournament in Los Angeles will shake up his current readers and bring in new ones. Lukis isn’t thrilled about reporting on games with impossible powers or gamers who still live in Mom’s basement, but then he meets a tempting flaw in the gaming stereotypes of unwashed man-children. Aaron Sanders is a gorgeous breath of fresh air at the tournament who takes Lukis’s less-than-stellar view of gamers and turns it on its head, leaving Lukis to wonder if it might be worth being Aaron’s player two.

A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2013 Daily Dose package "Make a Play".

Book Review

The perks and advantages available to an established sports reporter can sometimes fail to be enough to lift his spirits when his city’s football team is having a miserable season. With today’s ‘what have you done for me lately’ attitude, readership is dropping and hits on the reporter's blog have gone down. If his editor starts wondering if his column is really worth it, that is clearly the writing on the wall. The beleaguered reporter knows the perks and advantages will disappear, too. So, when he is offered an out of town assignment to cover a hot new ‘sport’, it seems like the perfect escape.  How could he know there would be an unexpected and amazing surprise associated with the trip? We readers sort of know and I loved the adventure.

Lukas Singleton, established and well-known writer of the “Big Lukiz’ Replay” column and blog, is under a great deal of pressure since the Minnesota Vikings’ season has gone down the drain. His editor has offered him an assignment to cover a huge video game competition event. Plus a local resident from Minneapolis will be competing, providing an additional angle and local appeal. The big problem is Lukas doesn’t think video games are sports. However, he accepts the assignment and his editor is really gung ho about it, especially with a local resident having made it to the competition.

Aaron Sanders does not look like a typical “gamer”. He is twenty-five, lives on his own, has a job in Minneapolis that is not at a fast-food place or a retail store, and he is a rising star in video game competitions. He is thoroughly captivated by Los Angeles, site of the big competition. He also seems initially taken by this older guy who looks lost and bewildered as he tries to enter the building where the event is to be held. There is a brief, playful encounter between Aaron and Lukas that makes them both aware that their preferences for companionship are on the same wavelength. However, Aaron knows where he is going and Lukas is still bewildered. By the way, Aaron’s physical appearance is a delightful side benefit that both pleased Lukas and myself throughout the story.

What follows is an exciting, hot, extremely entertaining and major eye-opener for Lukas. I got a good education, too, about video games and a great read about two different but wonderfully compatible guys.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 51 pages/15197 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 01-June-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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