Looking for Group

Author: Alexis Hall

Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Rating: 2.5 stars

Buy Links: Riptide & Amazon

Type: Novel

Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: So, yeah, I play Heroes of Legend, y’know, the MMO. I’m not like obsessed or addicted or anything. It’s just a game. Anyway, there was this girl in my guild who I really liked because she was funny and nerdy and a great healer. Of course, my mates thought it was hilarious I was into someone I’d met online. And they thought it was even more hilarious when she turned out to be a boy IRL. But the joke’s on them because I still really like him.

And now that we’re together, it’s going pretty well. Except sometimes I think Kit—that’s his name, sorry I didn’t mention that—spends way too much time in HoL.  I know he has friends in the guild, but he has me now, and my friends, and everyone knows people you meet online aren’t real. I mean. Not Kit. Kit’s real. Obviously.

Oh, I’m Drew, by the way. This is sort of my story. About how I messed up some stuff and figured out some stuff. And fell in love and stuff.

 

Review:  I love “geeky or nerd” themed books but will admit to knowing little to nothing about the online gaming world. I don’t know a lot about a lot of things so this didn’t discourage me from picking up this book. I’ve loved books by this author in the past so I’m always checking out the latest release blurb. This book however was way too heavy on the gaming. Over half the book is through gaming chat. About a third is probably the play by play team raid in a game I know nothing about. It was about 100 pages before the MCs meet in person. Those 100 pages felt SO long! It took me 4 nights of reading to even get to that point and I read about 100 pages a night generally. Basically be warned if you aren’t really really into gaming beware of picking this one up. I’ve read many books where the MCs develop a relation ship through an alternative media without actually meeting in person. There can be flirting and a connection made. Hell being a person who loves the tension build sometimes that makes me love the book more. In Looking for Group I didn’t get any of that with the online chatting while game playing. Lots and lots of references to gaming stuff I know nothing about. I’ll take some of that responsibility on myself for being a noob to the gaming world as they so frequently throw out in this book. I’m also one to roll with the story IF I can get into the connection the characters are feeling. This book never pulled me in. The characters felt young. I barely cared if they got together or not beyond just wanting something to happen other than them playing a game and Drew pining for Solace/Kit. The entire story is told from Drew’s POV.

The second part of the book after Drew realizes the person he has a crush on is a boy and not a girl gets a little more interesting. This is where this book balances out a little more for me. Drew struggles with not thinking of himself as gay but still being attracted to Kit. He’s also a little angry because he feels duped and led on about Kit being a man. Once he comes to terms with it he’s actually pretty open about exploring what’s going on between them. Until he tries to get Kit to hang out with his friends. Kit prefers his online friends but hangs out with Drew’s friends to make him happy. It causes some drama in the sense that Kit should get to do what Kit wants and Drew should accept him for who he is. This all felt a little one sided and dramatic. For me Drew’s friends were probably the highlight of the book. They lent a support system for Drew while giving me, the reader, a little comedic relief from Drew’s angst. I think without them in this book I’d have really disliked it. IMO it was just a totally unbalanced story I struggled to finish. Way too much gaming and not enough development of the MCs relationship.

 

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