Title: Beta Test (#gaymers #2)
Author Name & Publisher: Annabeth Albert (Carina Press)
Publication Date: May 30, 2016
Ravi Tandel is ahead of the game. He’s a top video game developer and he just got asked to present a top-secret project at a huge gaming conference in Seattle. All systems are a go…until he learns his office nemesis is coming along for the ride. Player vs. Player. Fight!
Newly minted MBA Tristan Jones doesn’t seem like the gaming type but he knows the business inside-out. Together, they’ll give an awesome presentation – they just have to survive the cross-country trip. Ravi’s opinion of Tristan is rebooted when he discovers a softer side to the conservative charmer and a new tension builds between them.
Despite their best efforts to keep it casual, things heat up quickly. Tristan is hiding his true self for fear of what his parents might think. Ravi knows that feeling all too well, but he didn’t disconnect from his family years ago only to hide who he is now. To be together, Tristan has to push past his fear and ultimately decide, does he want a future with Ravi? Or is it game over?
I found this book to very interesting and extremely realistic. I was captivated by Beta test from the very beginning. I read it in one reading and loved it.
Ravi comes off to me at the first of the book as being a very confident person in everything that he does including his graphics for “Space Villager. He is an out and proud gay man that works with many different organizations as a volunteer including the AIDS project. He is a little flamboyant and does not care what others think of him or so he portrays anyway. Which is far from the truth.
Tristan also works on the Soace Villager project along with Ravi but he is more of a conservative person who lives by his lists. His lists keeps him in control and not many people realize that. Tristan is also gay but he is more about keeping it quite because that is how his mother and father want it be. His parents are very conservative and his mother is planning to run for governor and does not agree with the gay lifestyle even though her son is and she does not support organizations that are for gay individuals. So Tristan does not want to disappoint his parents because he does not want to be the cause of heartache for them especially after their oldest son was killed years before to a drunk driver. So Tristan keeps to himself even though he is not being true to himself for their sake.
Ravi and Tristan seems like the most unlikely pair but they have so much more in common then they realize and it all comes to whether they will fight together to over come the obstacles that stand in their way or will they give in to what everyone else wants.
What made this book so realistic to me is how Tristan is willing to hide who he is so he does not disappoint his family. And even though Ravi is so confident or acts to be so, he is really insecure when it comes to love. I love how Annabeth made these characters stand up for who they are and what they believe in and made them fight for the love and happiness that they could have together. Well done Annabeth. And this is definitely a book I recommend others to read.
Frequent tweeter, professional grammar nerd, and obsessive reader, Annabeth Albert is also a Pacific Northwest romance writer in a variety of subgenres.
Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.