Saturday, November 12, 2011

Game On, Game Over

Title: Game On, Game Over
Author: Chris Quinton
Publisher: Silver Publishing
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ISBN: 9781920501242
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Action/Adventure
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

John Jones is a MI6 negotiator operating in Tajikistan, near the Afgani border, and his assignment is to broker a deal between local tribal leaders.  He needs an excuse to be in the area, so uses his educational background as Aidan Whittaker and gets assigned to a university run archeological dig.  His mission is complicated by the arrival of an annoying reporter, Babcock, who asks too many dangerous questions and his photographer, Scott Landon. 

Scott’s outgoing, friendly, fourteen years younger than John and determined to get in his bed. Unwilling to risk his mission, John rejects him. Then events spiral out of control when Babcock and Scott find themselves in a dangerous situation and in the aftermath, John and Scott give in to their desire and get closer than John imagined. But the region is filled with political unrest, leading to life changes John never expected. 

Game On, Game Over is the first book by Chris Quinton I’ve read and after enjoying this well written and interesting story, it won’t be my last.  

The plot is broken up into two distinct parts. The first portion occurs in Tajikistan. It’s fast paced, filled with intrigue and danger, has great archeological dig details and some interesting secondary characters. Anyone who reads action/adventure books will enjoy this section. The second portion starts with a brief look at what Scott does after the dig site evacuation and how he goes looking for John.  The biggest part of this half takes place in a small village in the English countryside. It has a slower pace and is lighter in tone, but still has great local history, wonderful townspeople and lots of great scenes as Scott tries to get closer to John…who’s now retired and going by Aidan. 

I keep track of my books on Goodreads, and know from glancing at some of the reviews that a few readers found the two part construction distracting but I didn’t find that to be true. Instead, I found it totally realistic…the story and pace changing to fit the events in Scott and Aidan’s lives.  

I like the instant chemistry between John and Scott in the desert. It’s believable and sizzling hot, even if John initially refuses to acknowledge their attraction.  The time in England is more conducive to allowing the guys to get acquainted, even if Aidan is again pushing Scott away. Rest assured they do get their happily-ever-after, despite their time together here being filled with self-depreciation, anger and humor. The format of this story might be a little unusual but I enjoyed it and will be re-reading it again in the future.

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