Friday, June 9, 2017

seriously romantic: level me up by lauren helms

lauren helm's debut, level me up, has got a lot of things to like. the characters are great, i loved dex and his gaming buddies, as well as morgan, gia and ruby. the group scenes were some of the best parts of the book, even though i also really enjoyed morgan and dex together.

the problems is that these characters spend so much time in their heads analyzing and describing everything. it's excruciating at times. morgan gives us her entire detailed dating history and philosophy in one of the early chapters, and while this helps us understand her hang ups, this info dump wasn't the best way of getting this information to us.

this isn't a terribly long book, but because there was so much detailed thinking and so little action at times it felt interminable. i would have probably cut about 25% of the inner thoughts and comic con descriptions and added in more sex. i mean, it was fine, i don't mind when we stay entirely out of the bedroom. i just think that a little more bedroom action and less thinking would have done the book some good.

there were things i really liked about this, i just felt like it could have used some tighter editing. that being said, i'll still probably read the subsequent books in the series. i want to know more about simon and gia and ruby and link and bernadette and wade.

**level me up published on june 5, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/barclay publicity in exchange for my honest review.

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