Game On

Berkley. Dec. 2023. 400p. ISBN 9780593199077. pap. $17. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
This funny, sexy, and geeky romance features Samara, an avid gamer, and Aron, a gaming-company CEO. Samara’s love of gaming and her career helping companies create more inclusive workplaces uniquely prepare her to call out game elements she sees as discriminatory. Her videos go viral in the gaming community, garnering responses ranging from agreement to abuse, including threats of physical harm from those who prefer the status quo. Aron, who believes that his company’s games appeal to everyone, is caught off guard when Samara makes a video about a racist character in one of his games, but he recognizes how valuable her insight and input are and hires her as a consultant. Despite some initial friction, Samara and Aron’s professional relationship flourishes, with their personal attraction keeping pace. They bond over their close relationships with their families (both blood and found), who play a vital role in their growing romance. Glass tackles weighty topics, including chronic illness, neurodivergence, and misogynoir, providing meaningful and affirming look at these experiences in an organic way.
VERDICT Glass’s (The Love Con) gem of a novel is highly recommended for all collections.
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