Audiobook Tour including Review & Giveaway – Not a Game Audio Book by Cardeno C

Not a Game: A Contemporary Gay Romance Novel

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little understanding.

©2016 Cardeno C. (P)2016 Cardeno C.



Christina‘s review

4 of 5 Stars

The vocal performer was pretty good. He had a slight variation in voices between most characters. There were a couple of times it was hard to distinguish who was talking but it became clear quick enough that I wasn’t too bothered.

My relationship with this author is tenuous at times. I literally almost DNF one of her books at like 90% because I was SO mad about what happened (and yes, I’m still bitter about that). BUT, I really liked this book. Is it perfect? No. Are there issues that might be hard for some to overlook? Yes. It’s not earth shattering either. Is it light, entertaining and low on angst? Yes! And the premise is unique enough to hold my attention and keep me from putting it down.

I liked both characters a lot. Oliver is a self-conscious, cubby, inexperienced geek that moved to a new town to try to makes some major changes in his life. He’s super smart, quirky and cute but is completely socially inept at times due to lack of experience and self-confidence. Jamie is the exact opposite – he’s confident and well experienced in relationships. I love Jamie’s patience with Oliver. I love that Jamie wants Oliver as is instead of wanting him to change. I love that Oliver didn’t over react when he learned the truth.

They do move fast in their relationship after the first couple of times they get together. It’s almost insta-lovey but it worked for me. The first few times they meet are very descriptive, lengthy scenes and the rest of the book sort of flies by but I didn’t have a huge problem with that.

Overall, and possibly because of my history with this author, I liked this book a lot and would totally recommend it.


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Cardeno C. – CC to friends – is a hopeless romantic who wants to add a lot of happiness and a few “awwws” into a reader’s day. Writing is a nice break from real life as a corporate type and volunteer work with gay rights organizations. Cardeno’s stories range from sweet to intense, contemporary to paranormal, long to short, but they always include strong relationships and walks into the happily-ever- after sunset.

Cardeno’s Home, Family, and Mates series have received awards from Love Romances and More Golden Roses, Rainbow Awards, the Goodreads M/M Romance Group, and various reviewers. But even more special to CC are heartfelt reactions from readers, like, “You bring joy and love and make it part of the every day.”


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