Title: Gaming and IRL Boss Fights
Series: Famous on the Internet, Book Three
Genre: Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance
Length: Novella (38,000+ words)
An internet famous geek. A sexy landlord who hates him. An unlikely duo with slim chances of beating the romance game.
Simon Cromfield’s life seems perfect from the outside. His gaming channels made him an internet celebrity, he has great friends, and he’s just moved into a luxurious apartment. Yet his gorgeous landlord did a one-eighty turn and decided he hates Simon, his family thinks he’s a total failure, and some of his fans act like they own him.
Branden Dahlman has enough on his plate. He doesn’t need that pest, Simon, who became the bane of Branden’s existence on top of a large estate he never wanted and a family that drives him insane. As he unleashes his resentment on Simon, the sexy bastard insists on proving Branden wrong about everything.
In an unlikely turn of events, when Simon hits his lowest, Branden is there to support him. But will this new-found thing between them last when the pressures of Simon’s world come crashing in?
Gaming and IRL Boss Fights is the third book in the contemporary gay romance series Famous on the Internet. If you like geeks, binge-watching online content, and enemies-to-lovers tropes, then you will love Alina Popescu’s online celebrity protagonists.
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Well, we’ve come to the third, and I believe final book in the Famous on the Internet series. As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters and world building were as multi-layered and rich as I’ve come to expect from one of Alina Popescu’s stories. The secondary characters, again a Popescu trait, were strong, believable and interesting, especially the female character.
The sex scenes were meaningful, hot and interesting. The relationship between the main characters was dynamic and complex. They reacted like real people in real situations, even if the situations were a bit on the embellished side, but that’s standard in a romance.
Again, as is usual for one of Alina’s stories, the ending was an HEA but a realistic one and not everything was tied up in a rosy, frilly bow, something I’ve come to expect and admire about Alina’s writing.
It was a very good read and a great finish to a great series, even though I certainly wouldn’t be averse to another one.
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The Famous on the Internet Series
Book One – Br0th3rly
Tristan’s love life has one simple rule: his brother, Trevor, is off limits.
To fight his relentless love for Trevor, Tristan left for college at sixteen. A new city, building a new life for himself, and making new friends weren’t enough to give up what he considers sick, twisted feelings. Tristan even started an anonymous blog to cope with his love for his older brother. It made him famous on the Internet, but it wasn’t enough to get over his obsession.
Every time he goes home, a quick glance at Trevor brings it all flooding back.
When commitment-phobe Trevor introduces his serious boyfriend on one of Tristan’s rare visits home, things get a whole lot more complicated for the adoring kid brother. How far can Tristan run this time before he runs out of places to hide from his feelings?
Disclaimer: the main characters in the story are not blood relatives, the two boys were only raised as siblings.
Past review can be seen here: https://wordpress.com/post/eddylefey.wordpress.com/398
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Book Two – Travel and Spice
Famous travel blogger returns home to have his life thrown off balance by his high school crush.
Dante Sandford is at the top of his game. He’s paid to travel the world and share his spicy stories on his blog. He’s still young, gorgeous, and confident. When Dante’s high school reunion knocks on his door, he’s reminded of everything he’s lacking. More so when his old crush, Tommy Clancy, makes a pass at him. Or when the hot romance blows in Dante’s face because of his lifestyle.
Tommy has always been the hottest man in Riverbrook. Possibly the world. He’s stunning, smart, and the kindest soul Dante has ever known. He’s also read Dante’s blog along with all his steamy encounters. No wonder Tommy doesn’t trust Dante for anything more than a casual hookup.
Dante returns to hometown Riverbrook to face his past of bullying and feeling like a misfit. He instead ends up dealing with the reality of being a travel blogger: relationships are close to impossible. That won’t stop Dante from trying to convince Tommy his short-lived flings are not by design.
Well, it’s about time. I’ve been looking forward to reading the second book of Alina’s Famous on the Internet series ever since I learned she was writing the third one. Somehow, I missed the second book’s release, but now I get to review it: Travel and Spice
In her intro to the story, Alina expressed her view that this story was light-hearted. The implication, it seemed to me, was that it would be fluffy and unrealistic. It wasn’t. The author has an uncanny ability to bring life to her characters. Yes, the situations the two main characters find themselves in aren’t overly dramatic. There are no murders, violence, or taboos to navigate, but I thought it was a breath of fresh air to read about a “boringly normal ” couple for a change.
The two main characters were not portrayed as one-dimensional. Each had their worries and little quirks. I don’t think this could be an Alina Popescu story otherwise. The world-building was simple, straightforward and practically perfect. If the characters were wine, they’d be full-bodied and complex without being over-the-top.
The story flowed like a traditional romance, the sex scenes were well thought-out and dispersed in a nice arc. It was a well written, simple, realistic story, with an enjoyable ending. I like how Alina ends her stories and she didn’t disappoint. This one was more HEA than some of her others, but it still had a realistic feel, with some unresolved issues concerning secondary characters and a bright but not too rose-coloured future for the main characters.
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About the Author
Alina Popescu is an author, traveler, and coffee addict. She has published several paranormal, science fiction, urban fantasy, and contemporary series, many of them having reached the Amazon bestseller lists for their genres. Her stories often fall under the LGBTQ fiction and romance subgenres.
Born and raised in Romania, Alina has been writing for most of her life. She’s an avid consumer of stories in all their forms. She’s fascinated by myths, folk tales, and other creators’ visions of the future. She finds her inspiration in books of all genres, movies, and the occasional TV shows or anime binges.
Alina is a proud geek and needs her fast internet connection and assortment of gadgets more than she needs air.
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