Status Update (#gaymers Series #1)

Status Update (#gaymers Series #1)

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Status Update (#gaymers Series #1) by Annabeth Albert, Sean Crisden

Opposites attract on an accidental road trip in book one of #gaymers, a geektastic new series from multipublished male/male romance author Annabeth Albert.Adrian Gottlieb is winning at life. He’s a successful video game designer with everything a man could ask for, including a warm comfy ride to Denver and a date for his sister’s wedding. But he finds himself in need of a total reboot when he’s left stranded at a snowy campground in Utah. Holiday plans? Epic fail.That is until Noah Walters offers him shelter for the night and a reluctant cross-country ride. Nothing about the ultraconservative geoarchaeologist should attract Adrian, but once he discovers Noah’s hidden love for video games, the two connect on a new level. Soon, a quiet but undeniable chemistry sparks.Something doesn’t add up, though. As the miles accumulate and time runs out, Noah must face the most difficult choice of his life. Meanwhile, Adrian must decide whether he’s ready to level up. Is their relationship status worth fighting for, or has this game ended before it’s even begun?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781504733106
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/21/2016
Series: #gaymers Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x (d)

About the Author

Annabeth Albert grew up reading romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required. When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she is a published romance writer. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. She loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two toddlers.

Sean Crisden is a multitalented actor who has narrated audiobooks in almost every genre, from science fiction to romance, and won two AudioFile Earphones Awards. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games, such as the award-winning ShadowGun, and has appeared in many commercials and films, including The Last Airbender.

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Status Update 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters are just amazing and so well developed. Its quite a gripping story and I couldn't put it down once I started. Definitely one of my favorite authors and I highly reccomend reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about those book from the description, but I'm so glad I bought it. I love the dynamics between Adrian and Noah
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved Adrien and Noah they were perfect for each other! Would love to see their wedding and more of them in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read this the first time, it was actually my very first Annabeth Albert book and my very first M/M romance. It was outside my normal reading, but I really enjoyed it and now Albert is one of my favorite authors. Adrian is a great character and Noah grew on me as he comes out of his shell and begins to accept himself. Adrian was so enjoyable in this one because he’s outgoing, silly, and compassionate. He’s also very self aware of his bad habits and the things he could work on. He doesn’t bulldoze over Noah’s quieter nature, but instead respects him and finds ways to work within his environment. Noah’s acceptance of himself and his journey to be with Adrian is really beautiful but also heart wrenching. He has very low self-esteem when it comes to being gay and he’s pushed all his desires and feelings deep down so that he can live a lonely life. Albert creates a truly emotional story for Noah. I was a little slow to warm up to Noah because he came across as standoffish but a lot of that is wrapped up in how he perceives himself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best of the series!
edcsdc More than 1 year ago
This one just made me smile and sigh. I loved that the progression of Adrian and Noah feels so realistic. No miracles, no one with amazing abilities; just real people with real struggles, dreams and fears. Noah's fearful nature has him so trapped. I enjoyed watching him blossom into the man he dreams of being because of Adrian. Adrian is the counterbalance to Noah's introverted nature, but he is so in tune with Noah. He sees the reasons behind Noah's words and actions. I love that he wants to give Noah everything, but is willing to demand what he needs in the relationship. Very sweet ending and I'm so looking forward to reading the next book New Status Needed. Recommended Author Adult read
AGoodell More than 1 year ago
I’ve always enjoyed this authors books and this one is no different. These two charaters just need each other for varies reasons and because the stars lined up just so, they found each each other. Noah, because of upbringing and current life situation has not be able to blossom into the man he knows he should be. He’s a great teacher about to get tenure, writing a book on a subject he loves. But the sacrifice is really weighing heavy. Adrian on the other hand, has lived what looks like the perfect life, out, proud, loving family, great job. But digging down you soon realize that His love life is flawed and is scared for different but just as complicated reasons. Getting these two together, to talk, to bond was an amazing roller coaster with a perfect ending. I was given a copy for an honest review from Crystals Many reviews
ravenwolf_EPTX More than 1 year ago
⚠ MY THOUGHTS ⚠ ⭐ ⭐ Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐ Judging a Book by it's Cover: Cozy, affectionate m/m couple on/at the couch with a dog - perhaps a small Rottweiler or Rott-mix. Colors are subdued. Nothing to really catch the eye. (*Funny Note: Cover features the same couple and dog, just repurposed, as a book I read this summer.) Synopsis actually sounds rather mediocre, but I've read several books by this author with mostly good outcomes. I hope this will be more enjoyable than it's looks. Looking Deeper: Short novel / long novella - hovering just on the underside of 200 pages. Third person POV. Adrian, and his lap dog Pixel, are stranded in Utah by a barely-boyfriend while on his way to Denver by way of California. Noah retreated to the quiet campground from Texas with his giant canine companion, Ulysses, to finish writing a book. Both men are introverted, work-obsessed men. Adrian is out and proud, while Noah is very closeted due to location and upbringing. When Adrian is stranded in the neighboring campsite with only the clothes on his back and temperatures dropping, Noah feels compelled to help. These two men couldn't be more opposite on the surface if they'd tried, but once they get to know one another a bit more, it seems they have a number of things in common - much more than either would have ever guessed. I am a big fan of Ms. Albert's work, but have to admit that this one started out much slower than I am used to from her. Thankfully it starts picking up after the first 1/3. Adrian is a fun and very likable character from the start. Noah takes a bit to grow on you. The dogs are a fun added touch. There is not a lot in the way of secondary characters for the first half, then we are slowly introduced to family and co-workers. The chemistry between the leads is a gradual progression, filled with raw emotions and pent-up passion. Dialogue is believable, interaction natural. The plot was good and, as stated, the characters were enjoyable - but, for once, the flow of the book was almost painfully slow to me... very unlike Ms. Albert's other books. There were some conflicts along the way, internal and external - all of which are resolved in a timely and mostly appropriate manner. Predictability was low, but not completely lacking. The conclusion was well-wrapped, leaving no loose ends. Overall, it was just okay to me. I'm not sure what it was exactly that made this book drag on the way it did, but I did seem to prefer the author's Portland Heat series over this one. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: 3.75 [R] ~ Score: 3.95 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This was a very sweet and sexy story. I really liked both of the characters, in particular because neither of them is a really alpha male. They are both nice, friendly guys, who meet as equals, and while Noah might be shy and reserved to Adrian's outspokenness, when they are together they just click. Noah's definitely got the more challenging situation. He's gay but very in the closet, a necessity for the Christian college he works at, and the one he's almost made tenure with if he can just finish up his publication and stay out of trouble. And Adrian is definitely trouble for him. Adrian is the kind of guy who makes rash decisions, who lives his life to the fullest (if not always the smartest when it comes to relationships) and his job as a video game designer keeps him on his toes in a good way. At first, that's how Noah and Adrian get over their initial communication barrier, as Noah is a huge fan and supporter of the game Adrian is working on, and they start to bond over conversations about the game and its progress. But once Adrian figures out that Noah has an interest in him that he's trying to suppress, he works on coaxing Noah out of his shell, even with the tacit understanding that what might happen between them on the road can not happen in 'real life' when Noah is back home and working again. They share some sweet and steamy love scenes, and Adrian's patience with Noah and Noah's ability to finally let himself feel made for a deep connection between them. The two of them bring out the best in each other, and while neither is perfect, there's no denying that they make a good team. Another aspect of the story that I quite liked was that they both had dogs, and as opposite as Noah and Adrian are in their characters, their dogs reflected that too. They added some fun scenes to the story, and a good touch of cuteness. Other characters play an important role as well, mostly Adrian's family as they are the ones we see at the wedding Noah drives Adrian to. Adrian is seen by them as the goof, the one who makes the questionable decisions and the one who always stands out, whether it's by his choice of clothing, his job, or his relationships. Having Noah with him, even if their relationship is just friends, gives him the support he's looking for. In fact, they support each other very well, making it difficult to imagine that they have to end things when Noah heads back to his college teaching. There are also some great scenes that take place at Adrian's workplace, showing a bit of the inner workings of a video game company, and the camaraderie between him and his co-workers. It certainly looks like a fun place to work, and it's easy to see how Adrian flourishes in that environment. Noah struggles with his choices after meeting Adrian, both in terms of coming out to his family and his work. In the end he makes the ones that give us the happy ending for him and Adrian. Even with Noah's personal history I found the story to be low angst and not overly dramatic (though there were some happy tears at the end, I freely admit it). It was really quite lovely and I'm looking forward to reading more of the series. At first I was going to give this 4 stars, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized just how much I enjoyed it. So it's 4.5 stars for me.
specialangel87 More than 1 year ago
WOW!! Annabeth has done it again. She has written another romance with well-developed characters that I truly care about. She writes in such a smooth, flowing, can't-wait-to-turn-the-page style with such depth that I not only care for Noah and Adrienne but I felt what they were feeling. I felt like I was part of the book instead of simply reading a book. There are only a handful of authors who can make me feel that way. Status Update isn't just a romance. Major themes throughout the story were self-love, being honest and true to yourself. It's not bad to put your feelings, wants, and dreams ahead of others. Especially if their needs cause you pain and loneliness. Hiding your authentic self is a miserable way to live because it causes nothing but unhappiness and self-loathing. Embrace who you are and stop worrying what others think of you. All good points for everyone to live by. There was definitely chemistry between Noah and Adrienne. Hawt!! They were two souls in need of someone to show them they were worthy and how to live without regrets. Together they were able to figure out how to make their lives better. Fuller. Happier. Filled with a passion for life. Full of love. As I'm sure you have figured out, I enthusiastically recommend reading Status Update. I urge you to read all of Annabeth Alberts' books. She will become a "must one-click" author. I actually rate the book a 10!!