I’m not a huge gamer, so I was a little nervous going into this one that I wouldn’t understand it well enough, but that wasn’t the case. I mean, I’ve played D&D a couple of times (probably badly) and my character, Betty the Elf, Buddy’s long lost sister, is the best, but it’s really not my thing LOL.
𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: Conventionally Yours
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Annabeth Albert
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Romance, Contemporary, LGBT
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 64/75
𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙤𝙥𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨): Charming, charismatic, and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all…but in reality, he’s scrambling to keep his life from tumbling out of control.
Brilliant, guarded, and endlessly driven, Alden Roth may as well be the poster boy for perfection…but even he can’t help but feel a little broken inside.
When these mortal enemies are stuck together on a cross-country road trip to the biggest fan convention of their lives, their infamous rivalry takes a backseat as an unexpected connection is forged. Yet each has a reason why they have to win the upcoming Odyssey gaming tournament and neither is willing to let emotion get in the way―even if it means giving up their one chance at something truly magical.
𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49811667-conventionally-yours
𝙍𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬: This was another hate to love trope, which seems to be super common nowadays, but I love it. It followed Conrad and Alden on their adventure to a gaming convention, where both of them yearn to change their lives. The catch? Only one of them can win.
They set off on a road trip and through a few happenings along the way, it ends up just being the two of them for the majority of the trip. While their painstakingly slow coming around to each other frustrated me at times, it was fun watching the ebb and flow of their relationship. I typically enjoy faster-paced romances, so at times, I found this one to be a little slow and hard to get through, but overall, the pacing worked for the story — and it was worth it for the end result.
I loved how Alden and Conrad handled their inevitable clash at the convention – from the beginning, we knew only one could win, and as the story went on, how that would go down became even more muddled, but in the end, it was beautiful.
This is a great LGBT+, geeky book that I highly recommend!