Tied to Trouble (Gamers #3)
by Megan Erickson
An M/M Contemporary Romance
Released January 4th 2016
Between love and hate, there’s a whole lot of trouble…
Chad Lake only showed up at his sister’s party for the free food, but when he spots an uptight nerd at the edge of the crowd, he can’t resist trying to ruffle the guy’s perfect bow tie and impeccable hair. The hottie’s ready for him, though, and in the end, it’s Chad who’s left wide-eyed, his ears still ringing with the filthy things Bow Tie whispered in his ear. No one gets the upper hand on Chad. Ever.
Owen Hawkins has heard all about the cocky Adonis from Chad’s sister—the same sister who holds Owen’s career advancement in her hands. He has every intention of steering clear of the other man…until Chad’s sexy taunts push him too far. There’s something intriguing about Chad, and even though Owen knows that getting tangled up with the infuriating man is trouble, he can’t seem to stay away…
**This is part of an M/F series but can be read as standalone**
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When I was approached to read and review a new Megan Erickson title for Entangled I jumped at the chance. I didn’t even give a chance for my series-OCD to rear its ugly head–I wanted this book! Thank you Entangled, for allowing me the chance to read it, because it was everything I’ve come to expect from Megan Erickson and then some.
On the surface Chad Lake seems like a carefree young man happy to drift from job to job without any expectations of a set career or romantic relationship. In truth, he’s much more than that. Sure, he enjoyed his younger years but lately he has come to yearn for more and although he has set his goals he’s still not sure he can make them happen. Meeting Owen Hawkins at his sister’s party and thinking about him after their short interlude it’s not something Chad has time for, but he can’t seem to help himself regardless.
Owen Hawkins is content with his life–a promising career doing something he loves and a close friend in his boss. Meeting his friend’s brother and being enthralled by him it’s not something Owen ever thought possible, nor is it the side of him that only Chad seems to bring to the surface. Owen is cautious, reserved and set in his ways but there’s something about the other man that sets him free.
In the last year, I’ve come to enjoy Megan Erickson’s writing, especially her characters. I love that her characters feel real–they are flawed, with some insecurities and real-life yearnings any reader can relate to. Chad and Owen were no different.
While Chad appeared to be confident and cocky, he had moments of insecurities and doubts in regards to his talents. And although he hadn’t been one for relationships, once he discovered raw passion for another man he allowed himself the chance to explore it even when it cost him emotionally. Owen was a nerdy type content with his life and set in his ways–like one gets when accustomed to living alone. He was not prepared for Chad and his struggle to come to terms with his attraction to the other man was like the kind any other person would go through when confronted with the chance to change a part of one’s life you’re already settled in.
Of course, it helped that they had great chemistry. It was that chemistry that led the way to a deeper connection. Even through their bickering, sarcastic remarks and overall clash of opinions the author made sure to point out the other ways that they connected. Sure, it was a physical connection in the beginning, but in time emotions came into play which made the whole journey all that more worthwhile.
Keep in mind that although this is the third book in the Gamers series it can be read as a stand alone.
All in all, a fantastic opposites attract story that left me wanting more and cemented Megan Erickson’s place on my list of favorite authors.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.