Review & Giveaway: Game All Night by Lauren Helms

Posted November 27th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review & Giveaway: Game All Night by Lauren Helms

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Game All Night

Review & Giveaway: Game All Night by Lauren Helms
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Author: Lauren Helms
Series: Gamer Boy #3
Also in this series: Level Me Up (Gamer Boy, #1), One More Round
Release date: November 26th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 222
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
Add to TBR: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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Star rating:
Heat rating: three-flames

A game between friends...

RUBY
Just friends.
That's all we are,
All we ever were.
But when I finally let myself go,
Let myself really feel,
The only thing I want is him.
Despite how opinionated, frustrating, and charming he is,
We're only friends.
He's my player number two.
But lately, we're powering up,
Trying for more,
And playing this game just might destroy us for good.

LINK
She deserves better,
Better than the game-less douche who gets to have her.
She's strong, feisty, and so damn smart.
Too smart--if you ask me.
And now, I'm amped up for more,
Ready to play this game,
With no "game over" in sight.

This book can be read and understood as a standalone but does contain minor spoilers for the first two books in the series.

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The Faerie Queen’s review

Link and Ruby finally have their story. All that bickering is coming to fruition. Hallelujah.

Do you know when you can see a car wreck coming, and time slows down? You can’t look away? That’s what reading this book was like. In a good way of course. But also a sort of terrible, angsty way. You see, both Link and Ruby are dating other people at the start of this book, and both of those relationships are not ideal.

Link, on the one hand, is with someone only superficially interested in him. That’s easy enough to understand, right? He wants Amber because he doesn’t want anything serious. (Also, he totally wants Ruby from the beginning, let’s not kid ourselves.) And she wants Link (or should I say, “Lincoln”) because he’s rich and famous. Whatever. I get it. I won’t judge.

What’s harder for me not to judge, but what I actually 100% understand, is Ruby’s relationship with Mason. I get it. I do. And that makes me hate it so much more. Because Ruby was like I was, thinking that I had to settle down at some point, watching her friends do the same. She felt the pressure, and she wasn’t even 25 at the start of the book. That pressure made her not trust her gut all the times it was screaming that Mason wasn’t right for her.

Just a reminder that you do not have to settle to settle down. If you do want to get married and have kids, fine, but don’t impose a stupid deadline on it that only makes you panic and convince yourself to stick with someone who is unsupportive, uncaring, and inattentive. You can and deserve to hold out for the right person, someone who won’t belittle your interests and insult your friends. Don’t date a Mason. (Sorry to any guys named Mason who are not tosspots.) Instead, find yourself someone who will be there for you when you’re in trouble, even when they’re busy.

So while the two of them had this crazy chemistry that shone through more and more throughout the story, I had to slog through all my rage and resentment at Mason first. What a fopdoodle. And it was an incredible moment when the two finally stopped fighting what they had. I almost cheered out loud. I bet the rest of the gang wanted to cheer in the book.

BUT THEN IT GOT WORSE. And when I say worse, I mean Lauren couldn’t just let these two be happy and threw something terrible at them. OUT OF NOWHERE. And I can’t tell you what, because spoilers. It was almost too heavy for a “nerdy and flirty” romance, which Lauren acknowledged at the start. I do wonder if maybe it was too sensitive a topic to be handled so lightly, and it could catch some people unawares, so if you really want to know, here’s a warning in spoiler tags: View Spoiler »

But these two loved each other, and they made it through. And that’s what matters. I almost forgive Lauren.

My one issue with this book is that the writing style is still a little awkward and stilted. There are info dumps here and there instead of information being blended in with the narrative. Also, for some reason, Link’s chapters flowed smoother than Ruby’s? Something about the dialogue and more natural narration. But you know what? I stopped noticing as much as I got caught up in the story! So it was fine!

Honestly, I just really like that this series exists. Pro gaming is a real profession, and nerd love is the best. FQ out.

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About Lauren Helms

Author Lauren Helms has been an avid reader from a young age. After starting a book review site, that launched her fully into the book world, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. Since she was working for a video game strategy guide publisher at the time, she decided to mix what she knew best, video games and romance. Jumping all in, she joined NaNoWrimo and a month later had a 50K word first draft. Lauren lives in Indianapolis, IN with her video game playing husband, two little girl book nerds, and a little boy who will hopefully be a gamer boy too some day!

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