Review: Level Me Up (Gamer Boy #1) by Lauren Helms
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.
I was excited for the chance to read Level Me Up because I wanted to read a gamer-themed romance! It sounded like a fun twist on the genre.
This romance between them is pretty sweet, and fans of the genre will probably enjoy the buildup and cuteness of it. Morgan has a great group of girlfriends, too, and I actually kind of want to read their stories.
I wasn't a fan of Morgan herself, though. She has a sad past, of course. After her mother died, her father lost himself in work and she feels like she lost both of her parents. Once she falls in love with Dex, she becomes needy and codependent and it is not cute. She loses it when he doesn't respond to her texts immediately when he's on the road, and she spends days curled up in bed crying. She's supposed to be in her early or mid 20s, but she read much younger.
Morgan is also a bit of a passive character, led around a lot by other people. All her friends and fans just kind of fell into her life--both of her best girlfriends just knew they needed to be her friend.
There is a dual POV, and sometimes it's handled well! Sometimes Dex's chapters just repeated what had happened in Morgan's, so there wasn't much added to the story.
Despite all that, I really did love the group of friends, and would give the next book in the series a chance.
Should you read it? Maybe? I would possibly wait until after the second one comes out and see what the reviews are there.
2 1/2 Stars
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Published June 5th, 2017