Welcome to my tour stop for Level Up by Cathy Yardley. This is a romantic comedy and the tour runs January 4-22 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer– including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can't do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…
Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?
Tell you what: tomorrow, right after work, we'll go through each level, start storyboarding and come up with components. Then we'll split up coding. This is still going to be a shit ton of work to split between the two of us. We really ought to get the other guys involved, if at all possible."
“Nobody would help...” she said, still bitter.
“Well, I’m not much,” he said, grinning, “but I promised: I will help, no matter what.”
She felt so grateful, she couldn't help throwing herself at him, giving him a huge hug.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you," she said, with a quick squeeze.
Of course, they were still on the couch—so that meant that they both twisted a bit, and she landed a bit in his lap. Just a little, for a fraction of a second. She inhaled in cologne—something woodsy, with a little bit of something musky. Sandalwood? She wanted to inhale it until she could identify the combination.
Oh, God, she realized. First she'd kissed him. Then she'd hugged him. She'd quite literally thrown herself at him. Twice.
She quickly pulled away.
"I'm more tired than I thought," she stammered. "I'll just...go to bed! Good night!"
With that, she fled to her room, shutting the door and leaning against it.
For God’s sake woman. Get it together.
On the plus side, she was going to create the game, which would be a slam-dunk to win. She'd help the bookstore girls. Best of all, she'd have something tangible to show off for review, and to help make the case that she deserved to be on the engineering team.
On the minus… they were going to have to work hard, side by side, for the next two weeks. Every minute they weren't at MPG, they'd be working together.
And her body was being none too subtle about what it wanted.
Well, too bad, she scolded her body. She wasn't going to screw this up just because she’d had a dry spell for the past three years, especially not with a co-worker who was also her roommate.
Guys came and went, but the job? That was something she could count on.
$25 Amazon gift card (INT)
Ends Jan. 27, 2016
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