Review: C.S. Poe – New Game, Start

Author: C.S. Poe
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Mm Holiday

Rating: ★★★★¼ 

Summary: 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.

Review: In a word, adorable. While I was afraid this would seem outlandish – the online sensation falling for the random guy with nothing to back it up, it wasn’t like that. Yes, Walter (Waldere) is an internet icon from LA with hoards of fans. Edgar, or Princess Edgar, only follows the games to follow Walter. Huge crush, you bet. When Waldere tweets he is going to be in New York City, where Edgar lives, Edgar knows the vastness of Twitter will protect him from a response and he feels brave enough to tweet to his crush. Who, astonishingly, tweets back. WHAT? Cue high school flutters.

This starts some game playing, some Skype and some serious flirting/hyperventilating between the two. Okay, so it’s Edgar hyperventilating while Walter flirts. Their meet up was supposed to be quiet and private and instead the hoards appear. I loved that Edgar is respectful of that. “Still. Don’t bail on them.” Again, he’s adorable.

When Edgar goes all out for a Christmas present for Walter, I melted because it’s absolutely perfect. They have a little romance, a little chasing and some serious sweet times mixed with a miscommunication and it made me happy. Edgar, who threatens himself with “Courage! Confidence! You’re banned from Cocky Boy porn forever if you don’t flirt with this twelve-out-of-ten hunk!”, takes his courage in hand (and misses work deadlines) for his man.

Just the cutest thing ever and I really want to see the present Edgar made!



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