Reviewed by Ami
Title: New Game, Start
Author: C.S. Poe
Series: 2017 Advent Calendar Daily – Stocking Stuffers
Heroes: Edgar Royal/Walter Chase
Genre: M/M Contemporary Holiday
Length: 38 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Available at: Amazon & Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.
He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.
First of all, Edgar, the main character is a MEDIEVAL SCHOLAR. I repeat, MEDIEVAL SCHOLAR. How cool is that?!? I haven’t encountered a lot of characters with such a job description before so this fact alone makes me happy. Then Edgar also recites Beowulf in Old English …
Of course, Edgar’s crush towards Walter (and fanboy-ing at him!) is adorable to read. I read this in an afternoon while drinking a Piccolo Latte at a nearby café and all the time I was smiling with how cute Edgar was when Walter was communicating with him. All anxious and a bit dramatic!
I may not understand the fascination towards games. I also thought the ‘fall in love’ part to be rather quick. But overall, this is VERY entertaining.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*