Friday, April 15, 2016

Level Up by Cathy Yardley [Review]

 Level Up by Cathy Yardley
Level Up (Fandom Hearts #1) by Cathy Yardley
Format: ebook
Source: free Kindle download 2/12/16
Date read: February 13, 2016

Fandom Hearts
1. Level Up - Kindle
1.5. Hooked

Cathy Yardley
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can't do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…

Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.

Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?
Thoughts on Level Up: I liked this one. Tessa and Adam were sweet and adorably dorky together. Tessa's crippling social anxiety puts out standoffish signals to the men she works with and she's been relegated to the position of audio tech when she wants to be doing so much more.

What's a girl to do when she wants to get ahead? She shows them how good she is, of course. And somewhere along the way she ends up falling for her roommate. There's an awful lot of kissing involved in their brainstorming, btw. It's adorable.

Adam has his own set of issues to work through. His last girlfriend left him high and dry and spending time getting to know Tessa has led to a few awkward-boner moments. *slow thumbs up to that*

I liked the two of them together and I liked their cadre of friends and co-workers. Even the douchey one who unbent enough to deliver on a bet.

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