Tori Duarte's big dreams to be a video game designer...well, they haven't panned out. And a girl's got to eat. Enter: the Stadium, a secretive video game gambling ring. As a world ranked eGamer, winning should be cake. Until it's not. Gambling debts suck her in deep.
A chance encounter with the media shy, ridiculously handsome video game CEO Noah Harrison offers her a way out. The deal: 1) Assist the FBI to catch the underworld eGaming kingpin (doable but dangerous). 2) Keep the FBI connection secret by pretending to date Noah (not optional but keeping it PG is problematic).
What neither expects is an explosive chemistry that's more than convincing—it's sizzling. Falling for each other is the most dangerous thing they could do...
About the Author
Award winning author, Zoe Forward is a hopeless romantic who can’t decide between paranormal and contemporary romance. So, she writes both. Her novels have won numerous awards including the Readers’ Choice Heart of Excellence, Golden Quill, Carolyn Readers Choice Award, and the Booksellers’ Best Award.
When she’s not typing at her laptop, she’s tying on a karate belt for her son or cleaning up the newest pet mess from the menagerie that occupies her house. She’s a small animal veterinarian caring for a wide range of furry creatures, although there has been the occasional hermit crab.
She’s madly in love with her globe trotting conservation ecologist husband who plans to save all the big cats on the planet, and she’s happiest when he returns to their home.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Exciting and intriguing romance set in the world of computer video games had me glued to the page with the mystery and suspense. To me this is a fresh take for a romance. I loved the blend of successful Noah and Jake with their video games combined with the dark side with illegal gaming and the mystery of Symphis. Add in this incredibly strong, smart and confident woman, Tori, who can hold her own in a very male dominated world, and I was hooked. Noah is brilliant but struggles with his social skills and dating women but then he meets Tori and connects with her as a fellow trekkie. He didn’t over think it, just allowed himself to be him. As Noah and Tori end up working together to bring down Symphis, they find a natural connection with their love of gaming. The intrigue to this story is amazing and the way the slow burn happens for Noah and Tori is perfect.
Off Her Game by Zoe Forward is the first book in her new Game Lords series. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this series, as it was a different type of read from what I was used to with Zoe Forward. I am happy to say that I really enjoyed this book. Tori Duarte, our heroine, is one of the best elite gamers, which is especially unique for a female. Tori also designs video games, hoping to sell them to make money to pay off her debts, which forces her to be involved with a secret gambling ring. Noah Harrison, our hero, is the CEO and co owner of a game company, known to many as Game Lords. Noah, is a wealthy and handsome bachelor, who is an introvert and shy around women and media. But when he meets Tori, he finds himself very attracted to the badass gamer. But Noah and his partner have agreed to help the FBI find out who is behind the secret gambling ring that is murdering people who worked for them, especially since one of the victims was their brother. Tori is pulled into the FBI sting, since she needs money, and also knows she too is in danger. Noah will join hands with Tori to pretend to be dating, which draws the attention of the evil gaming kingpin. During their adventure, they will both begin to fall in love with each other, though Tori cannot believe that Noah could possibly care about a girl like her. There chemistry was very steamy. What follows is an exciting, suspenseful and fun story. I am amazed how well Zoe Forward described the gaming industry, giving us a wonderful insight to that industry. I loved Tori and Noah together, and Forward also created some very good secondary characters; such as Emma, Jake, Quan, Sam. I expect to see more of them in the future books. Off Her Game was a fast-paced, fun enjoyable story; wonderful couple, great secondary characters, as well as filled with excitement and suspense. Great start to this new series, which I intend to continue reading.