Author: Alexis Hall
Cover Artist: Simoné
Rating: 2.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 08/29/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance
So, yeah, I play Heroes of Legend, y’know, the MMO. I’m not like obsessed or addicted or anything. It’s just a game. Anyway, there was this girl in my guild who I really liked because she was funny and nerdy and a great healer. Of course, my mates thought it was hilarious I was into someone I’d met online. And they thought it was even more hilarious when she turned out to be a boy IRL. But the joke’s on them because I still really like him.
And now that we’re together, it’s going pretty well. Except sometimes I think Kit—that’s his name, sorry I didn’t mention that—spends way too much time in HoL. I know he has friends in the guild, but he has me now, and my friends, and everyone knows people you meet online aren’t real. I mean. Not Kit. Kit’s real. Obviously.
Oh, I’m Drew, by the way. This is sort of my story. About how I messed up some stuff and figured out some stuff. And fell in love and stuff.
So Looking for Group was a super sweet geeky gamer novel.
However, it is definitely a niche book. If you aren’t into mmo video games (and don’t even know what that means) you will not enjoy this book. Even I, who has played many rpg games and understand the concept of mmo, found the jargon hard to understand and needed to skip to the end to read the glossary just to not be lost. Eighty percent of the book is spent playing some game or another and is written in chat logs. While I enjoyed the first few game battles, it became a little much.
I sort of liked and disliked Drew’s ability to easily switch from “I only like girls” to “I like this boy, I’ll take a chance”. There wasn’t as much issue with his sexuality as I expected. I liked shy Kit and understood his desire to immerse himself where he felt welcome. What I didn’t like is we didn’t see much of them together talking and getting to know each other, just them playing games, often alongside other people. I didn’t really feel any deep connection. We are told but not shown. Their passion and physical attraction was fade to black, which in itself is not bad but we don’t get to see the desire anywhere else either.
Some people will love this book. For me, it was lukewarm.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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