Review: No Rulebook for Flirting by Laura Bailo

No Rulebook for FlirtingNo Rulebook for Flirting by Laura Bailo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*


When Gabriel goes to the annual gaming convention, planning to play as many games as he can during the next three days, he doesn’t expect to be glared to death in the parking lot by a really cute guy. So when the same guy joins the game Gabriel is playing, Gabriel is determined to make him smile, even if it takes some awkward flirting.

When Aitor makes it inside the convention center after someone steals his parking spot, he doesn’t expect to be so attracted to the man he decided to hate just a few minutes earlier. But as he gets to know Gabriel through gaming and flirting, he just can’t look away.

The game of flirting has no rulebook, but for Gabriel and Aitor, it may just have two winners after all.

This book is my debut work from the author and I was engrossed from the first to the last page. I really loved it. :3 ❤

Instantly, right from the start, the blurb the book hooked me with its sweetness and the charming & geeky adorable character, who are totally into board games.  Gabriel & Aitor are such a joy and pleasure together, their mocking, their flirting is on point and I had to laugh out so many times when they’ve annoyed Raúl. I can only say: more of scenes and of course with them please. ❤ ❤ But not only them. I really was captured by the whole setting, it was refreshing and totally new. I’ve read one or two books about gaming conventions, something I’m myself a bit into it, visit anime and manga conventions but a whole board game convention is new. I loved how the reader get explanations about the games without being bored by them, and it’s easy to catch the dynamics and what joy it is for the player to being this interactive. I even had my joy with  Raúl  although he acted like a total douchebag. XD I wouldn’t mind if we get a novella or short story where he appears again or is maybe the main character because I believe he isn’t a really bad guy. 🙂

This book was, next to the amusing, sweet flirting told in a great pace and the chemistry between Aitor and Gabriel is there. The fact that Aitor is a transgender man isn’t a problem at all for Gabriel and I loved their intimate scenes, well included in the book, but honestly even without the sexual encounter the guys are so adorable that I couldn’t help and fall in love with them. Gabriel has a great family and I was so happy when his niece got along with Aitor. 🙂 I can really see a bright future and how joyous the future meetings will be. And I honestly want to be a part of it, so: another small novella or short story because I don’t want to say goodbye yet…  😉

This novella about the geeky, nerdy board game lovers gets a full recommendation from me, I say: get it and let the dices roll. 😀 5 out of 5 stars. 🙂

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