#BRMondays – Not a Game by Cardeno C

not-a-game-coverNot a Game by Cardeno C

Friends Series

(Book #1)

Kindle Edition: 220 pages

Published: July 15th 2016 by The Romance Authors, LLC

Genres: Romance, Gay Romance, MM Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, LGBT

Kindle Version ~ Kobo ~ Audible ~ Goodreads

Synopsis (From Goodreads)

An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

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.

A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in 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.

An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. 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 misunderstanding.

Word count: 55,872

My thoughts on Not a Game

WARNING: This May have spoilers. You’ve been warned.

I’ve told you that I was going to bring more reviews about this author’s work!

Oliver Barnaby it’s a designer for Snow Storm Company, he is 28 years old, gay and chubby. He spends most of his days sitting at his desk, making video games and his social life it’s almost none existent outside of the cyber space.

Jaime Snow it’s a middle age guy that owns Snow Storm with Jack Storm. The difference between those two is that Jaime is not the front and center kind of man, more like behind the scenes, silent partner is going on with him. There is some interesting news about how Jack and Jaime started the company but that’s not the point.

Oliver had a piece of shit of an ex boyfriend that took a huge chunk of his male self-steam when he left, telling Oliver that he was bad in bed. What does Oliver do about it? Hire an escort to teach him what guys like in bed, of course!

Can you guess now what the misunderstanding is when Oliver and Jaime meet for the first time? Can you? Can you? *wiggle her eyebrows* Yeap! Oliver thinks Jaime is an escort! *giggles*

Now, going to what I felt was one of the cutest, sweetest and amazing things on this book. Jaime is talking to Oliver, the first time they’ve meet and he tells him: not everyone wants a guy with a gym body.

I think I fell in love with Jaime just right there. Why? Oliver is not your model body type, he likes to eat, he is chubby, he says so himself when he talks about his height and weight, he spend most of his days sitting at a desk and do not work out. He is the definition of the regular guy you may see on the streets and that right there, is a huge point for me.

How many stories have you read about gorgeous geeks that don’t look like geeks because they have a body drool worthy of any book boyfriend you can think of? Jaime does look like that, book boyfriend material for sure. Oliver is not and I love him for it. And I love Cardeno C for writing him.

The book was a fantastic read, and since I got my hands on the audio version, even better. This will be a repeat when I feel the need to know that there is someone out there that could love a chubby person no matter what. Because in this day in age is very hard to believe you will find such a person, but books like this one makes me believe there is hope.



A story that felt so relatable, even when I’m a girl reading about gay characters.


Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever-after sunset.

Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”

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