Level Me Up

Lauren Helms
Level Me Up
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Release Date
June 2017
Book 1 of Gamer Boy
Contemporary Romance, New Adult

This debut new adult romance brings you an even mix of nerdy and flirty in a story about a girl-next-door and her professional gamer boy.

Morgan Lawson wasn't looking for love when attending Comic-Con. She just wanted a good time. But even before exchanging their first words, Morgan finds herself drawn to Dex. Before she realizes it, Morgan is caught up in the drop-dead sexy gamer.

Dex Roberts didn't think falling in love was a big deal. But he knew the moment he saw Morgan, he wanted more. He fell hard and fast but wasn't surprised when the downfalls of dating a professional video gamer became too much for Morgan. To Dex, video games are life. But he'll bide his time because he doesn't want anyone else.

It turns out a broken heart is harder to deal with than falling in love. Once Morgan decides what truly makes her happy, there's no time to waste. But without any warning, life threatens to destroy what both Morgan and Dex want most...love with each other.

Book Review by Gabrielle Sally (author,reviewer)
Jul 05, 2018   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
46 people found the following review helpful
You've seen reference to it online, but have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend one of the ComicCons? Are you brave enough to dress up as one of your favorite characters? Are you even braver to wait in endless lines to gather autographs? What happens when you meet the one person you might want to spend the rest of your life with?

Morgan wasn't looking for love when she joined her friend at ComicCon and Dex certainly didn't expect to fall in love with a young woman waiting in line for his autograph. But they do and what follows is a budding romance complete with young love trials and tribulations with the added difficulty of Dex being a professional video gamer and everything that goes with it, including groupies.

Likes: Dex and Morgan work well together. Where he is confident and outgoing, she's more of a hot mess but together, they fit. The secondary characters helped tremendously with the world building and we learn enough about them that we can anticipate them getting their own happily ever afters. I'm impressed that this is Lauren Helms' debut novel.

Dislikes: I would have loved more gamer scenes. Morgan really is a hot mess. I realize that she's young but her character came off as more immature than her age at times. Morgan has some serious dad issues that came up at some odd times and seemed to wrap up too quickly.

Overall, this is a fun read and the characters are all likable enough that you'll definitely want to know what happens.

Lauren Helms' LEVEL ME UP is book 1 in the Gamer Boy series and is categorized in both Coming of Age and New Adult & College. I would also add in mature YA.
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