My rating: ❤❤❤❤ of 5!
Welcome to Gaming the System
Yet again the story has a nerdy feel of it. This time it’s all about re-enactment and Dungeons & Dragons role play. But Brenna’s amazing creativity does keep it modern and she’s really great at explaining the process behind each game, so it shouldn’t be hard to keep up if you don’t have any experience with either.
I was actually a bit gutted that Brenna was going to write a story for William.
I know he’s popped up here and there, through the first five books. But somehow, I hadn’t managed to connect with him. So, I can’t say that I was looking forward to this one and I dreaded that it might be one of those instalments that I’d suffer through in order to get to the next one.
Brenna is absolutely acing the character creation and development in this book!
William, Adam’s cousin, and Jenna, one of Mia’s BFF’s, has been in the same friend circle since Adam and Mia hooked up and William has been attracted to Jenna for just about the same amount of time. However, due to some bad advice (or bad execution of said advise), William has had to suffer through seeing his love interest dating another guy.
William is exactly the kind of character that I wish there was more books about. He’s interesting, kind and caring character with a no-nonsense attitude. He’s autism doesn’t make everyday life easier for him, but William isn’t the kind of character who wants the easy way out. He doesn’t mind working for the things he wants. Now that’s a good guy with some oomph!
A lot of the time the characters we meet in these kinds of books are mind and heart players, so it’s refreshing to have a male lead like William, who is honest about what he wants and doesn’t try to hide his feelings or make himself feel better at the cost of others’.
Jenna is not exactly your typical lead neither. I love how she, just like April (female lead in book #4 For the Win is comfortable with her own sexuality. Jenna is like one of those wild and independent girls. She’s a free spirit, she embraces life and tries to live it to the fullest.
I’m happy to say that this book took me by surprise and made me fall in love with the swoon-worthy William! So, I’m happy I didn’t skip it all together and it’s definitely one of those books I’ll be re-reading over and over again.