Beta Test (#gaymers, #2) by Annabeth Albert
Released: May 30th 2016
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages/Word Count: 178 pages, 64,000 words
Sales link: Amazon
Player vs. Player. Fight!
Brilliant graphic designer Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game—he’s just been asked to present a top secret project at a huge conference in Seattle. All systems are go…until he learns his buttoned-up office nemesis is coming along for the ride.
Tristan Jones isn’t really the gamer type, but he knows the back end of the video game business inside out. Together, he and Ravi will give an awesome presentation. If they survive the cross-country trip first.
Tossed together in close quarters, Ravi’s shocked to see Tristan’s sexy, softer side emerge from such a conservative shell. He’s less shocked to learn his handsome colleague’s prominent family would never support an out-and-proud son. But Ravi didn’t struggle through his own coming out to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan will have to push past his fear and ultimately decide: Does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over before they’ve even begun?
Beta Test is the second book in the #gaymers series by Annabeth Albert. I thoroughly enjoyed Adrian and Noah in the first book so I had high hopes for another stellar installment. That’s exactly what Albert delivers with Beta Test.
Ravi and Tristan work for Christopher Exploration Industries. Hired the same day, Tristan and Ravi couldn’t be happier to be with the company, but they don’t leave a good impression on each other. It doesn’t take much time for Tristan to realize that Ravi is cool, popular, chic, flashy, and active in everything charitable. Ravi has a ‘fan club’ at work and Tristan refuses to fall into that group. Tristan is opposite of Ravi is every way. He’s reserved quiet, unassuming, and unpopular. He is good at his job though and loves the company so he really doesn’t want anything to harm that. Keeping his head down and trudging on is Tristan’s way. Alone at work and at home.
Tristan and Ravi are put on the same project, Space Villager. Events at a promotional party thrust Ravi and Tristan into traveling to the big reveal in Seattle for the game. Tension is thick to start but it doesn’t take long for Ravi to figure Tristan out and put him at ease. They bond over tough family issues they both navigate in their personal lives. They bond over not wanting any relationship or fling impacting their job.
Tristan’s closeted ways and Ravi’s fear of work knowing and it costing his job propel the two to keep their budding relationship a secret. However, after a week together they’re hooked on each other and find parting less than ideal. Tristan and Ravi are extremely connected. Emotionally they’re charged. From misconceptions, family troubles, to their antics in bed, they’re riding some intense waves of emotions. All they know is that they feel good together. Everything is right when they’re together. They want more with every day that passes. They want to go to bed and wake up together, to be there for each other. How did this fling become an intense relationship they can’t seem to break off?
My only complaint is the late strife. I know it makes sense with the progression of the story, but I really don’t like late black moments! I guess I just hate to see two guys that are obviously in love, hurt so much and spend time apart. Luckily, they get their acts together quickly so they can be the happy, passionate couple again.
The #gaymers series is not one to look past. The books, so far, can be standalones but the cameos from Adrian and Noah in Beta Test can be appreciated more after reading Status Update. I highly recommend this series.
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!