Release Date: February 2018
Narrator: Lacey Gilleran
Series: Gamer Boy #1
Genres: New Adult Romance
Length: 5 hours and 42 minutes
Format: Audiobook, paperback, eBook
Can the gamer win the girl in LEVEL ME UP by Lauren Helms? Dex Roberts falls hard and fast for Morgan Lawson, but the last thing Morgan is looking for while attending Comic-Con, is love. Fans of R.S. Grey and Gaming the System series by Brenna Aubrey will love this nerdy and flirty story about what happens when a sweet and sexy pro gamer meets the girl-next-door. Now available on audiobook!
The last thing Morgan Lawson is looking for when attending Comic-Con is love. But even prior to exchanging first words, Morgan is drawn to Dex, a drop-dead sexy gamer boy who lives and breathes video games. Before she realizes it, Morgan finds herself caught up in all things Dex.
Dex Roberts knows from the moment he first sees Morgan, he wants more. He falls hard and fast but isn’t surprised when his job as a professional video gamer takes a toll on their relationship.
Once Morgan decides what truly makes her happy, there’s no time to waste. But without warning, life threatens to destroy what both Morgan and Dex want most… each other.
SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW
Level Me Up is a cute book in which Morgan attends her first Comic-Con after her best friend’s brother can’t make it. It’s love at first sight for Morgan and Dex, the gamer boy. Coincidentally and fortunately for them, Morgan and Dex both live in Chicago, which allows their blossoming romance to flourish.
For a reader who loves geeky characters and plots, this would seem to be an ideal novel with plenty of gaming and pizza, but it’s derailed by Morgan who is insecure and whiny and comes across as a young teen rather than a college graduate. Her neediness is frequently cringe-worthy.
Dex, on the other hand, seems like a great guy, patient and caring.
The audiobook narration struggled a bit, with the voices of both Dex’ best friends and Morgan’s best friends virtually interchangeable. Some phrasing made the prose seem stilted, which I don’t believe it was.
There are some steamy scenes and lots of pizza, which may make you want some cheesy goodness.
As always, these are my reactions to the book: your-mileage-may-vary.
I received an audiobook copy in exchange for an honest review.
3 out of 5 butterflies
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About Lacey Gilleran:
Lacey is a voice actor and audiobook narrator/producer from Connecticut. Her credits include audiobooks like Level Me Up, Up for Grabs, The After of Us, The Summer of Lost Wishes, and The Boy I Hate. She has over 12 years of experience in audio and video production, and holds a Masters degree in Digital Multimedia Production from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut. When Lacey isn’t recording audiobooks, she’s managing social media and marketing at LeftField Media for events like Awesome Con and Rose City Comic Con, or fangirling about Star Wars.
About Lauren Helms:
Author Lauren Helms has been an avid reader from a young age. After starting a book review site, that launched her fully into the book world, she decided to take the plunge and write her first novel. Since she was working for a video game strategy guide publisher at the time, she decided to mix what she knew best, video games and romance. Jumping all in, she joined NaNoWrimo and a month later had a 50K word first draft. Lauren lives in Indianapolis, IN with her video game playing husband, two little girl book nerds, and a little boy who will hopefully be a gamer boy too some day!