Hey everyone! Welcome to my tour stop for Level Up by Cathy Yardley. This is a romantic comedy and the tour runs January 4-22 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
by Cathy Yardley
Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can’t do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…
Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world. Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?
He stopped, then did the most perfect Sherlock hair-ruffle she’d ever seen. Then he reached out, framed her face, and laid the most breathtaking kiss she’d ever experienced on her.
Alright guys, buckle up, because here comes the gushing.
Level Up had me from page one. Everything about this story spoke to my (not so inner) geeky fangirl side. From the mention of Stephen Amell’s bodacious abs to The Bloggess shirts being worn with pride to nerdy gamer dudes with a thing for Sailor Moon there was really nothing for me to hate here. This IS the love story girls like me dream of!
Tessa Rodriguez reminds me the person I want and pretend to be when I’m talking to myself (which is often if you were wondering). She’s an introvert with not so great of skill with humans, all about her fandoms and one fierce lady boss. Her determination is one to admire. In fact, I found her so inspiring as a female who works in a male dominated environment, though I’ll admit, her job is MUCH cooler than mine will ever be. She’s quick witted, funny, smart and can hold her own. Really, it would be more accurate to consider her a sly extrovert who’s social skills haven’t quite reached the level of her other skills.
Adam London on the other hand is swoon worthy. Maybe a little too perfect? Maybe I wished that all men wanted to cuddle up and play Skyrim and Netflix and Chill all weekend? (Note: my husband is one of these guys. Jackpot.) I loved the parts of the book that were from his point of view. He was equal parts adorable and chivalrous, but also awkward and insecure. He wasn’t quite the stereotypical gamer dude that I was expecting, which was a wonderful surprise.
The will they won’t they aspect of the story had me in fits of giggles one moment and gripping my kindle tighter the next with anticipation. There was so much humor laced in Yardley’s writing I found the whole experience of reading Level Up so enjoyable. I’m really excited to see what comes next in this series, also I have hope for José Yao’s dating life. Also, if you subscribe to Yardley’s notification list (link below) you’ll receive Hooked (which is so good), a novella from the Fandom Heart series of which Level Up is the first book.
About The Author
Cathy Yardley needs to get out more. When not writing, she is probably cruising the Internet, sleeping or watching D-list movies and adding to her unnatural mental store of character-actor trivia. She is a closet fangirl for Supernatural, Sherlock, Doctor Who, and too many others to name. Her family is considering performing an intervention for her addiction to pop culture. Want to read more of her writing? Sign up for her notification list, and get a free novella, Hooked, from the Fandom Hearts series!
$25 Amazon gift card (INT)
The event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.