Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…
Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn’t quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she’s entering a “hackfest” over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who’s been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can’t fight the desire that comes rushing back.
Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they’re face to face again, he doesn’t know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he’s offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?
★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!
When Charlie Castle learned that one of her friends, Felicity, was offered a job instead of internship while they’re on a spring break, secretly, she felt jealous. Apparently, Charlie didn’t seem to have luck in her studies, love-life, as well as on her career. She dropped out of college, broke up with her latest boyfriend, Ethan and can barely manage with her salary at the coffee shop.
But there’s two things she was really good at, and that’s playing online games and hacking. She even actually found someone online named Win, who was sweet and caring to her while they played the game, The Order of Resskaar. One day, she went to a convention for online players and joined a hackfest sponsored by her ex-boyfriend, Jonah Best. Unknown to her, Win was actually Jonah. But Jonah wasn’t ready to admit it to her. How could he, when he had abandoned her three years ago?
I’m not really an online player, but I am aware of the RPG and other games being played online. My kids (aged 7 & 9) know more about online games like DragonFable and Vindictus than me. This book, however, featured a game that was somehow the same with the ones my kids play, so I get the idea of doing quests and housing and fighting.
While I enjoyed the story built around the game more than the life led by the main characters, I still think that Shannyn Schroeder’s writing was fluid and flawless. The sultry scenes between Charlie and Jonah were quite hot and full of passion, just the way I like it. I would love to read what’s in store for Felicity in her next book. This one is best recommended to die-hard RPG players and readers.
Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.
Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.
After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”
So she did.
That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.
She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
Shannyn is represented by Frances Black and Jennifer Mishler of Literary Counsel.