Book Review: Conventionally Yours by Anabeth Albert


 I am such a sucker for geeks and nerds. In this book, we have a couple of boys who are way into RPG. If you're not familiar with the terminology, it stands for Role Playing Games, ala Dungeons and Dragons. I couldn't explain it any further if I tried. So we have a couple of arch nemesis who play for the same team but for some reason couldn't stand each other. Well, the tension between them is about to reach a new high because they'll have to travel cross-country confined in a car. 

Conrad may look like he's got it all, but behind the upbeat attitude is a boy who is struggling in every facets of his life. He's about to become homeless; his job is reducing employees, and he has no prospects in life except for a possible spot at a highly competitive Odyssey gaming tournament. In the other corner is Alden Roth, perfection personified on the outside but a mess of personal issues on the inside. He also wants to win the tournament if only to find a sense of direction in his life. His moms are about to throw him out on the streets unless he tells them what he's going to do for the upcoming school year. 

On the road, they'll learn to confront the real reason why they hate each other's guts. The grudging respect they have for their respective gaming skills, and their personal feelings for each other. The tension was thick to start that slowly eased as they got to know each other better. Both boys are dealing with personal problems that they will eventually have to learn to untangle.

The romance between them while inevitable, happened slow -- which I enjoyed because it made perfect sense. I also liked that both boys will have to make the decision to unselfishly give up the tournament because they both can't win. Overall, Anabeth Albert's attempt with the New Adult genre was wonderfully done. It had enough heat not to be confused with her geared towards Adult work. 


Comments

  1. I love the sound of this. The gaming tournament too sounds fun. I've been to a few game conventions so I'd probably relate to that a lot haha. Plus it sounds like the romance is well done too. Sounds like a great book!

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    1. I've never been. I would imagine all the loads of fun for gamers, not just to be with their people with the same interest but also for new games on the horizon.

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  2. Oh it looks nice and I love slow romances so it's a plus

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  3. I don't get the RPG appeal, but my 12yo daughter just started playing D&D with some family friends and she LOVES it. Nerds are the best :)

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    1. Haha! I don't get it either. But it's a huge industry now. :)

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  4. I do like a good enemies to lovers romance and forced proximity, like a car ride is always fun! Glad to hear you enjoyed this one, Joy!

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    1. Samee! It's one of my favourite tropes!

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  5. Ooh, this sounds like a cute romance and I'm always here for a cute, slow burn kind of love! Thanks for your review, Joy!

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    1. Thanks, Wena. It was adorable and the slow burn worked even if we already know where it's heading. ;)

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  6. The gaming part intrigued me as my son was far too heavily involved a few years ago!

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    1. It's interesting to read something that we're not familiar with. I enjoyed it, for sure.

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  7. setting the RPG aspect aside, I have a good feeling that I'll like this. I like the sound of the romance and finding purpose in life and generally, the two main characters.

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    1. You totally would! The romance was great and once the boys set their differences aside, you can see why they're inevitable.

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  8. I always wanted to try a rpg, alas, no nerdy friends

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    1. LOL. Well, you have at least a lot of book nerdy friends. :)

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  9. I like the sound of this one. I have had some luck with Annabeth Albert's work so I think this could be a good bet for me.

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    1. Yeah, I liked some of her work but I can't say I look out for them. This was on my watch list so I made sure I picked it up.

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  10. Oh, this sounds adorable, J! I am adding it to my list.❤

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