Review: New Game, Start (2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers”)

Author: C.S. Poe

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 4 stars

Buy Links: DSP

Type: Short Story

Received from Publisher


Blurb:  Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.

He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.


A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2017 Advent Calendar “Stocking Stuffers.”


Review:  Edgar has a crush on a famous online gamer named Walter. Edgar’s comment on one of Walter’s twitter posts one day gains him a response he wasn’t expecting. From there the guys do a little flirting online while gaming together. They decide to meet in person. Edgar works from home and doesn’t socialize much so he’s a tad awkward. Something Edgar finds adorable. The meet up doesn’t go exactly as planned but has a very good ending.

This was a really cute and fun holiday read. The characters were great. Their connection is quick but it felt genuine. There’s lots of humor and sweet moments. Edgar is a bit of a mess but a likable one. This is a well written story. I don’t always like shorts but this one felt complete. If you’re picking up a few things to read this season I’d add this one to your list. It’s sure to leave you feeling light and happy.

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