My rating: ❤❤❤❤ of 5!
Published: the 14th of June 2017
Written by: Lisa Swallow
Source: Kindle Unlimited
A full length standalone romantic comedy from USA Today bestselling author, Lisa Swallow. If you think geek heroes can’t be hot… think again!
Online gaming, cosplay and a guy named Thorsday. She’s a kickass gamer, but Evie’s love life is about to hit challenge mode.
He’s my knight in shining armour, but not the romantic kind a girl dreams about. This one invaded my online world and threw everything into chaos.
My sorcerer can kick his ass in the game, but real life kicks mine. Gaining experience points online is easier than in reality, and when I play, I know where my quests lead. In the real world, the storylines confuse me, and I don’t know which direction I’m heading in.In the game, I’m in control. Or I was until he arrived.
This guy never shares anything about himself, and I only know him as ‘Thorsday’. My Aussie gaming nemesis can’t be a blond haired, blue-eyed god in reality. Can he?There’s something about this secretive guy that intrigues me, and the more we play together, the bigger my desire to meet him. And I know he feels the same.
The problem is, if I allow my game world to merge with reality, I could die standing in the fire.
Romance meets gaming in this romantic comedy that takes place across the real world and a game world. The majority is ‘real world’ romance, including some steamy scenes which makes this book unsuitable for under 18s
Written in British English.
End Game is a fun, adorable and easy to read novel, for those who enjoy their romances with a geeky theme. As a former gamer girl I’m always pleased when I find LitRPG books that are well researched, and stay true to the gaming community. The language and gaming encounters were explained and done so well, that even if you’ve never played an online game, there will be no problem keeping up with understanding the in-game part of the story.
Evie is down to earth, with a quirky and rebellious personality. Her favourite past time activity is logging into her game, and loose herself in a world filled with sorcerers and monsters. Each and every online accomplishment is exciting for her, and it keeps her from thinking about her real life. Evie’s reality is that she’s working a dead end job and have no plans for the future – so she craves the control the game brings, when she’s slaying monsters with her friends. When a new player joins her group, things changes and this is something Evie isn’t ready for and definitely not okay with! Aaron is arrogant, cheeky and cocky – and his in-game character “Thorsday” is, in Evie’s opinion, way too good. Evie is hellbent on not liking this new and infuriating player, which proves to be harder than she thought. Not only because he does try (in his own way) to be nice to her – but also because he’s voice makes Evie wonder what Aaron is like in real life. When the opportunity arises for the two of them to meet, Evie and Aaron can’t deny their instant attraction. But with distance and Aaron’s determination to keep his secrets to himself, their relationship is anything but smooth sailing.
I really enjoyed the in-game banter between Evie and Aaron. When they went on adventures without the rest of the group, their interactions were sweet and adorable. I was somewhat annoyed with Aaron and his secret keeping, but when the cat was finally out of the bag, I did feel for him. But I think by that point he had dragged it out for too long, for me to really be able to understand him. What made me love the book was Evie’s quirky friends. Even though they’re “only” secondary characters, Tyler, Erin and Cole felt three dimensional.
Though I do prefer Lisa’s paranormal books (written under her other pen name LJ Swallow), this is one the few contemporary romance novels that I really like, and I hope she’ll write more like this one.
Have you read this book or any of the authors contemporary romance? Do you enjoy gamer romance? Let’s talk in the comments!