Review: Gaming for Keeps (Agents of TRAIT, #1) by Seleste deLaney

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Review: Gaming for Keeps (Agents of TRAIT, #1) by Seleste deLaneyGaming for Keeps (Agents of TRAIT, #1) by Seleste deLaney
Published by Entangled: Ignite on June 10, 2013
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
Format: eBook (96 pages)
Source: Kindle Freebie
Purchase: Amazon
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Pen Holloway’s done with men—in real life. Guys in game are so much less drama. But when her partner from Heroes of Fallen Gods invites her to the convention of the year, she panics. What if he’s another jerk? What if he’s not?Cal Burrows is living his dream of being a spy. One of TRAIT’s misfit spies, but still a spy. It’s the perfect job… until an arms dealer with a taste for blood invades his not-so-secret geek haven. All Cal wanted from ConDamned was to meet his on-line girl. Now, with the threat of mass murder looming, he’s forced to choose between keeping his mission a secret and protecting the girl of his dreams.Despite their attraction, Pen can’t help but suspect Cal’s hiding something. She also can’t shake the feeling he’s not as much of a stranger as he seems.


Proceed With Caution:

This book contains a sexual assault and mentions of terrorists.

The Basics:

Gaming for Keeps is the first novella in this series about secret agents! This one is narrated by Cal, a codebreaker for the FBI, and Pen, a normal girl. Both of them play the MMORPG called Heroes of Fallen Gods, which is kind of how they meet.

My Thoughts:

Gaming For Keeps is a geeky, but exciting, Romantic Suspense set at a gamer convention! Pen and Cal both play Heroes of Fallen Gods in supporting guilds. The two flirt in game, but have never met in real life. Of course, both of them are going to the upcoming ConDamned. Cal has an assignment there to hack his way into a terrorist plot, which is his first priority, but he’d also love to finally meet “Megara.”

What I liked most about Gaming For Keeps is that it’s fast paced without skipping over the good stuff. There’s the overarching terrorist plot that’s to take place at the convention, which Cal has to help stop. There’s the romance between Cal and Pen, obviously, complete with mistaken identities! And there’s the game and the convention, which get a decent amount of page time to make them feel like real parts of the world rather than just plot devices. It’s all very well balanced and enjoyable.

My only complaint was that during the inevitable misunderstanding scene, Pen basically says that coding is only for ugly chicks. She sees Cal with a beautiful woman when he says that he’s working and jumps to the conclusion that they’re seeing each other because no woman who looks like that can work in coding. Right. I know there had to be something to come between them briefly, but that was just rude.

In the end, I really enjoyed Gaming For Keeps. It was geeky, steamy, and fun!

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4 responses to “Review: Gaming for Keeps (Agents of TRAIT, #1) by Seleste deLaney

  1. Sophia Rose

    Yeah, this does sound like a good one. I like that the plot takes them to a gaming convention and they had met playing the game. The usual misunderstanding sounds irritating to me, too. Adding it to my list.

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