Published by Riptide Publishing on August 27th 2016
Genres: M/M Romance, Young Adult
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So, yeah, I play Heroes of Legend, y’know, the MMO. I’m not like obsessed or addicted or anything. It’s just a game. Anyway, there was this girl in my guild who I really liked because she was funny and nerdy and a great healer. Of course, my mates thought it was hilarious I was into someone I’d met online. And they thought it was even more hilarious when she turned out to be a boy IRL. But the joke’s on them because I still really like him.
And now that we’re together, it’s going pretty well. Except sometimes I think Kit—that’s his name, sorry I didn’t mention that—spends way too much time in HoL. I know he has friends in the guild, but he has me now, and my friends, and everyone knows people you meet online aren’t real. I mean. Not Kit. Kit's real. Obviously.
Oh, I’m Drew, by the way. This is sort of my story. About how I messed up some stuff and figured out some stuff. And fell in love and stuff.
***ARC received through NetGalley for review***
I am fairly new to Alexis Hall, but what I have read I have liked. That being said, most of what I have read from him has been more adult-themed, sex-centered books. That is not at all what we are getting in Looking For Group. I would classify this as a Young Adult read as both MC’s are nineteen and there is very little sex involved. So, if sex is what you are expecting, you will probably just want to stop now. I kind of knew what to expect going it, and I really did like it.
This book is basically about online gaming. Drew and Kit meet when Drew quits his current gaming guild and joins a new one. The first half of the book is really the two of them getting to know each other through the game. Drew is under the false impression that Kit is a girl because of his character. It is only after Kit runs a raid that Drew hears his voice and finds out he has been crushing on a boy. The question then becomes, does it matter that he’s a boy, because he really likes who he has met online.
I am not a gamer, at all. I do, however, have a now adult child that used to play his X-box online with his friends all the time. So, I have a little familiarity with the concept. I was still lost on a lot of the terminology and I’m sure I lost out on some of the humor because I have never been a part of that world. I found the glossary at the end of the book helpful and I did a lot of online searching to help me not feel quite so ignorant. I really had to because a lot of this book is spent in the games and in their chat during the games. Even though I had a hard time with it, I really liked that it was written this way. It showed how two people can get to know each other and like who they are as people without the first impressions of looks, gender, age…whatever other hang-ups might normally present themselves. They found people with personalities that matched theirs, that made them feel good about themselves, that they could call their friends.
Overall, I found this to be a very fun, sweet read about two guys getting to know each other and finding a way to make their gaming world work with their real world. I would recommend this to anyone that likes and understands online gaming that is looking for a very sweet romance. I gave Looking For Group 4 out of 5 stars.