Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else…Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior—in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn't quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she's entering a "hackfest" over spring break—where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who's been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can't fight the desire that comes rushing back.Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they're face to face again, he doesn't know how to admit that her online admirer is really him—or how to convince her that he's offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this story from NetGalley for an honest review.
Nerdy girls are getting their well deserved romantic day in the spotlight in Shannyn Schroeder's highly addictive Hot & Nerdy novella series. Her Perfect Game is a wonderful second entry in the series with waves of humor, steaminess, and sweet second chance romance.
Charlie Castle has a secret that event her BFF's don't know. Despite Charlie's expert gaming and hacking skills, college proved to be the one game she just couldn't win. So while her girlfriends go live it up on one last wild Spring Break, Charlie's got to lay it all on the line at a weekend long "hackfest," praying to secure a spot at a major gaming company without a college degree. It's going to take all her skill and concentration... which is totally blown the moment she arrives and runs smack into her ex.
Jonah Best is a golden boy in the gaming industry but his success hasn't helped him forget Charlie, the girl he loved and left in an act of desperation. When a recruitment mission puts him right in Charlie's path, Jonah vows to reclaim the girl he once walked away from. Unfortunately Jonah's been keeping a secret, a secret that may break Charlie's trust in him for good.
What I Loved: As a proud nerdy girl, Charlie struck a chord with me and I felt a solid connection with her character. Sexism is a real issue in the gaming and fan community. More than once I’ve been in a comic book store and been asked if I was there to pick something up for my guy while the clerk’s eyes stayed well below my neck level. Charlie’s refusal to let the inappropriate behavior of others turn her away from a world she feels at home in had me cheering. Her Perfect Game is also a super fast and super easy read that I was able to get through in one straight read.
What I Didn’t Love: Jonah's character was a bit of a struggle for me. His connection with Charlie was strong and sweet, but I could not get over his reason for leaving Charlie without a word when they were in college. Jonah loved Charlie so much and was so worried about her that he had to leave her without confronting her with his concerns? I would have loved for Charlie to call Jonah out on his presumptions and Jonah to own up to hurting Charlie and making bad decisions.
“You leaving made me realize how pitiful my life was. I had no balance. Nothing I really cared about. Losing you showed me I needed to unfuck myself.”
“I’ve never been disappointed in you. I’ve been afraid for you, worried about you, but never disappointed. Just the opposite. You amaze me.”
Her Perfect Game is novella #2 in the Hot & Nerdy Series. I loved Her Best Shot (#1) and thought Her Perfect Game was a good follow-up. I can’t wait to check out the final novella of the series, Her Winning Formula (#3). The Hot & Nerdy books are quick reads with strong independent female leads and a fair share of heat. Each can be read as a stand-alone but I'm loving the series as a whole.