Title: The Best Ever
Author: Deanna Wadsworth
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Characters: Jason Lewis, Blake Huntington
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Jason Lewis is a self-proclaimed nerdy guy who hates his red hair. Bullied most of his life, at 22 social situations still make him awkward. On a trip to the World Video Game Expo in Las Vegas, Jason decides to enlist the help of Madame Eve in his failed romantic endeavors. While at the con, he runs into sexy, professional baseball pitcher Blake Huntington, the guy he tutored in high school. Blake invites him to a party and after hanging out with his high school crush, Jason begins to regret booking his 1NS “encounter” later that night. But Madame Eve may have planned the best night ever.
This is a wonderful, erotic and emotional quickie. Jason is a geek who had a single sort-of sexual experience when he was fifteen with a jock at his school, Blake. They were kind of friends but nothing more. Fast forward seven years. Jason is tired of being a virgin, and he arranges a one-night hookup through an agency at a video game expo. Two for the price of one. At the expo he meets the successful baseball player Blake has become. Jason is as smitten as he was before, but… he has a date to go to.
Though the plot is not intricate and the twist is easy to see coming, I liked the way the two guys were portrayed. They feel real, their interaction is fluid, and their dynamic interesting and balanced. The story’s emotional in a good way, and it’s easy to relate to two people who have fantasized about each other for a long time and finally get their reward for their patience.
The writing’s efficient and to the point, even though there are a couple of slower inner musings that could have been shortened. There are precious few side characters, and they don’t interfere with the story. The plot moves well, probably due to the length of the story. I for one would have liked to have seen maybe an epilogue or something to see how the two men fare in the future.
In any case, a good read. Recommended.
Reviewed By: Susan