REVIEW: “NOT A GAME” by Cardeno C.


TITLE: Not a game
AUTHOR: Cardeno C.
PUBLISHER: The Romance Authors
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PRICE: $ 4.99 e-book on Amazon
LENGTH: 220 pages
RELEASE DATE: 15th July 2016


BLURB:  An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.  



How does this author do it? delivery of winners after winners, after winners every time and this book adding another trophy to that already sizeable collection!

At 1% I knew I was going to be entertained, at 5% I had tears of laughter streaming down my face and at the end? I was in love with the two most perfect men.  And Oliver, the 6’2”, 28 year old, chubby nerd (who was forced to attend Social Etiquette Classes at school) is perfect, not only for me but for Jaime, the charismatic man he falls in love with.

Their love affair all started on a misunderstanding – Oliver believes that Jaime is his hired “teach me about sex” Escort for the night. I’ve already mentioned the Social Etiquette Classes and with Oliver’s very amusing introduction of “It’s not about eating the meal, it’s about learning to fish”, I’m sure from this statement alone (and there are plenty more scattered throughout the book) that you can judge for yourselves if the Classes paid off?  However, I have to say, boy-oh-boy did they go fishing!!

Because of Oliver’s low self-esteem and general shyness, Jaime knows that he has to tread carefully, he knows instantly that the man before him is something special and that if he reveals that he is not the man Oliver thinks he is, he will be straight out that door and Jaime will never see him again, so he plays along, hoping to ensnare Oliver in his own fishing net whilst teaching the inexperienced Oliver about his “learning to fish” experiment. No more spoilers from me, you will have to read this delightful, engaging book yourselves to see why it gained another award winning trophy from me.

I loved everything about the book, these two amazing men and their friends, the low angst, the way Oliver bloomed under Jaime’s tutorial and the acceptance of everything when the truth finally comes out.

Highly, highly recommended.

5 big fat “what a wonderful game” stars from me


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***I would like to thank the author for the privilege and opportunity of reviewing this ARC. My review was an honest opinion of the book***


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