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Playing for Love



Virtual crushes become reality in this “play”ful romance book. In this novel we follow our main characters Sam and Luke as they navigate their crushes, most of whom are real people. Yes, I’m talking about a video game. Yes, that was a sad excuse of a pun in the first line.


Our story takes us through a work-related romance, or would be if it wasn’t so one sided. Luke is crushing hard on Sam; Sam on the other hand has been in love with a gamer named Blaze – who so happens to secretly be Luke.


In a crazy, fantastical way (that only happens in books), our girl Sam enters a video game competition for a chance to meet her crush Blaze in person. She not only gets picked to be in it, but is partnered with him and believes her life is complete. But what started out for Luke to be a fun, stress-free competition quickly takes a turn when he realizes that he needs the prize money.


While I’m not usually a fan of the awkward/bad communication trope in books, I couldn’t help but laugh at their conversations. While we know who’s-who the whole time, it was too funny seeing them tiptoe and talk their way around each other. When they finally connected to dots and put everything together, well let’s just say it wasn’t the introduction they thought it would be.


Fun, witty and such an adorable romance novel. I absolutely loved how this book played out and enjoyed it from start to finish. While I related to Sam a little too hard in the whole ‘I have no idea how to play video games, but I’m trying my best’ kind of way, I couldn’t get enough.


If work-related romances are your cup of tea, you will definitely enjoy this. I was so thrilled to be able to read this book before it was published and hope that you find this book as loveable as I did.


Book Rating: 4/5

Spice Rating: 2/5

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