Title: Reaching Nerdvana
Author: Michael War
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: 1/6/2018
Genre(s): M/M Fantasy, M/M Online / Gamers, M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 39
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
At twenty-three, Kel is buff but awkward. He hates going to clubs but loves to play online games. His current boyfriend Jimmy would rather go out and dance the night away, and often makes fun of Kel for wanting to stay home. After a bad fight, Kel catches Jimmy cheating on him and they break up. Later, Kel later tries to ignite a spark with a local hunk named Gunnar, but their first kiss ends in disaster and the rest of their date is even worse.
Heartbroken and alone, Kel retreats to the online 3D game world of New Life, a virtual earth where people can meet others with similar interests … including naughty ones. At one of his favorite fantasy clubs, Kel becomes intensely involved with Darius, a black knight with a penchant for dominance. Their first meetup is slightly kinky online fun, and soon they realize they have more in common than they first thought.
When Darius wants to move things to the next level, Kel isn’t so sure. Is he ready to make their online relationship reality?
I must confess to not having high hopes for this, based on the blurb. It is well documented that sci-fi/comics/computer games tropes are areas I give a wide berth to but for some reason, I decided to give this one a go and I hope you’re sitting down for this because *shock horror* I really enjoyed it.
Kel is the epitome of all things geek except with the body of a Greek god. He loves staying in, role-play sites with dragons and goblins and is comfiest in his t-shirts with super heroes on. His boyfriend Jimmy couldn’t be more opposite and how they’ve lasted this long is a miracle. Kel could do so much better but Jimmy is a smooth talker and always uses sex to get his own way. When Kel chases after Jimmy after their latest argument he not only discovers a horrible truth about Jimmy but encounters Gunnar and the two make a connection. The pair may have way more in common than they could possibly have imagined.
I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole time I was reading this (except for the parts involving Jimmy!). This is such a fun read and I’m actually sad it was over so quickly. It’s a short story but is crammed full of content, it’s tongue in cheek and innuendo-filled and Kel and Gunnar make a perfect couple – they-re lovely. Ok, so there were some bits that were daft but who doesn’t love a guy in a cloak wearing a jock strap with glittery wizard staffs on it. This made me laugh, grin like an idiot and want to punch Jimmy – I definitely recommend it.