Review: Rivals by Alison Hendricks (Gaymer Guys #1)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via LesCourt ARC Team.

Alison Hendricks is a new-to-me author, and my introduction to her writing came by way of her Gaymer Guys series starter, Rivals. Whatever expectations I had of this book were knocked aside because I was left more than impressed while I was reading and way after I had turned my tablet off. You don't have to be a fan of competitive gaming to fall in love with this enemies-to-lovers story. Heck, my own experience with gaming is limited to years of playing everything from Game and Watch and Atari to the Nintendo Family Computer, Sega, and first Playstation. Nowadays, it's all about games I can play on Facebook or on my tablet or mobile phone. So, I may not have firsthand experience with competitive gaming and I've only seen tournaments shown on television, but those combined with the addictive and competitive nature of playing games in general were enough for me to have a good idea of what life was like for the cast of characters here. And if you simply like reading M/M romance, then I hope you give this one a whirl because it's easily become one of my favorites and Hendricks a must-watch author.

Finn McLaughlin, captain of the the Cyclones, is considered one of the best gamers around and has earned the respect of his team and fellow gamers out there. James "Ryker" Winthrop can't seem to help but push Finn's buttons whenever he's online, and there isn't a whole love lost between the two. The thing is, Ryker's been crushing on the out and proud Finn for years and he's a secret admirer of the guy's skills. I loved that there was this spark between the two of them even when they weren't in front of one another. There is a thin line between love and hate, after all, but I doubt that these guys actually hated each other. Sure, they were irritated from time to time and the rivalry was very real, but there was always this inkling of the possibility of something more between them. There are bites of humor as well as a small dose of angst, both of which were quite appreciated on my part. As expected, the spotlight was truly on Ryker and Finn, but know I'm all curious as to whose story could be up next in the Gaymer Guys series. My only wish is that it'll be just as good as--or even better than--Rivals. It gets five stars. ♥

Date Read: 12 October 2018

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