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Not a Game Audiobook

Not a Game: A Contemporary Gay Romance Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second's hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn't lacking friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there's an emptiness in Jaime's heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little understanding.

©2016 Cardeno C. (P)2016 Cardeno C.

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    Belen 11-09-16
    Belen 11-09-16 Member Since 2015

    I'm an unabashed fiction fan: mostly M/M, Romance, Erotica, Suspense, Thrillers, Action, NA/YA genres.

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    "Perfect fluffy goodness!"
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    I honestly didn't think I could love this story any more than I already did. Easily on my favorites shelf, this is a perfectly fluffy, low angst, feel good romance that is absolutely, impeccably captured by Michael Ferraiuolo's performance.

    I loved every minute of it.

    Ferraiuolo's choices for Oliver, Jaime, and Jack's voices were faultless. He precisely captures Oliver's shyness, Jaime's infatuation, and even Jack's wistfulness.

    The narration is a brilliant complement to a really wonderful, lovely story.

    This is a perfect romance for anyone looking for a lighter, low angst, feel good story with great characters, hot sex, and a perfect sigh-worthy HEA ending.

    Highly Recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan A Skye 11-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "So Effin' Sweet!!!! 6 stars!"

    Oh my goodness this is SO effin’ SWEET!

    The blurb tells the basics: Oliver, an overweight game designer, has moved to Seattle and has decided to do a make-over with his life.. He hires an escort to teach him how to be a better lover since he was told by an ex that he lacked skill. When Jaime, a very attractive older man, comes over and notices the book he’d brought in to signal the escort, Oliver assumes Jaime is the escort.

    Jaime is just a man who’s finally realized his passion leans toward bigger men and he’s finally embracing it and he approaches Oliver out of real interest, not professional, but he realizes that Oliver needs the “paying for it” to overcome his shyness.

    Just as can be predicted from the beginning – the deception can only go so far before someone gets hurt.

    But… it’s so much more than that. There are layers, and a sad ex and growth and laughter.

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    Unlike SO MANY books with overweight characters – this is NOT A MAKEOVER STORY! Thank GOD! Oliver is PERFECT as he is and Jaime shows him that he can be loved exactly as he is.

    Even disguised as “just getting healthy”, books that show the MC changing their bodies and finding love are really telling everyone that only the physically perfect can find love. Even if the author tries to show differently. Cardeno C doesn’t do that and it’s so beautiful!

    Another GORGEOUS part of this story is that there is no BIG MISUNDERSTANDING! Instead of drama and angst, we have two grown-ups having conversations about their concerns. Despite the way they met. It was so refreshing!

    The writing is excellent as always. I couldn’t put this down and in fact started reading it again as soon as I’d finished.

    I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet, somewhat unique, low-angst romance. It’s funny, terribly sweet and somewhat thought provoking.

    Highly Recommended

    Audio

    Michael Ferraiuolo does an excellent job with this. He gives both Jaime and Oliver very calm, serene voices and nobody has any over the top accents to add drama to this lovely story. He’s excellent with pacing, is easy to listen to and adds just the right touch to bring this story to life. Highly recommended.

    6 of 5 stars

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    Saban_reads 11-17-16
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    "I liked the narrator...."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I may have liked it better if I didn't feel like the author was pushing their personal issues with sexism in gaming down my throat. And I was hoping for a fat character who actually liked himself.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Cardeno C. again?

    Totally. This one just wasn't for me.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Ferraiuolo’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Loved the narrator. Characters have unique voices that match their personality (like how shy, insecure Oliver is soft-spoken). I would definitely listen to him again.


    What character would you cut from Not a Game?

    The "sexist co-worker" characters. They seemed exist solely to show us how mean (straight) boys are in the workplace.


    Any additional comments?

    These characters have zero chemistry. Their relationship was just awkward and rushed. And Oliver was almost child-like sometimes, which was weird. And oliver's easy acceptance of Jamie's real identity was ridiculous. And the attempt to throw in all current slang phrases reminded me of when my grandma tries to use phrases she learns on facebook (on fleek. Shade. The struggle is real. And on and on) was annoying. Also annoying: basically getting preached to about those sexist dudebros in gaming. Why must we constantly be reminded that basically every straight man at the office was a pig? Plus I just found the story boring.

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  • BevS
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    11/22/16
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    "My first Michael Ferraiuolo, but NOT my last...."

    Great story from CC, great narration from Michael Ferraiuolo....just a wonderful love story, period. My fave CC story since Perfect Imperfections. 4.5 stars from me.

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  • Amazon Customer
    11/18/16
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    "Outstanding heartwarming tale narrated beautifully"
    What did you like most about Not a Game?

    The characters are so real, likeable and easy to relate to. Plus Cardeno C writes the best dialogue. Ever. Seriously.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the love of Jamie helped Oliver to like himself, and develop a confidence he never knew he could have. The curious start to the relationship added a brilliant twist.


    What does Michael Ferraiuolo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Gosh, Michael is a new narrator to me, and he brought such a special vibe to this gorgeous book. He totally hit it out of the park.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Over and over! I couldn't get enough.


    Any additional comments?

    A must listen for a perfect, fulfilling contemporary gay romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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