Firstly, I want to apologize to the publisher that it has taken me this long to post a review. I honestly forgot that this book was e-mailed to me and began reading it right before the book tour was ending. This was a very careless mistake on my part and my sincerest apologizes and I want to do better in the future.
Melody Joo is thrilled to land her dream job as a video game producer, but her new position comes with challenges: an insufferable CEO; sexist male coworkers; and an infuriating—yet distractingly handsome—intern, Nolan MacKenzie, aka “the guy who got hired because his uncle is the boss.”
Just when Melody thinks she’s made the worst career move of her life, her luck changes. While joking with a friend, she creates a mobile game that has male strippers fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Suddenly Melody’s “joke” is her studio’s most high-profile project—and Melody’s running the show.
When Nolan is assigned to Melody’s team, she’s sure he’ll be useless. But as they grow closer, she realizes he’s smart and sexy, which makes Melody want to forget he’s her intern. As their attraction deepens, she knows it’s time to pump the brakes, even with her Korean parents breathing down her neck to hurry up and find a man.
With her project about to launch, Melody suddenly faces a slew of complications, including a devastating trolling scandal. Could the man she’s falling hard for help her play the game to win—in work and in love. (goodreads)
My Bookish Thoughts:
Going into this book, I had forgotten the synopsis. As I started reading it I met Melody, who works for a company that creates video games. One day she is talking to a co-worker, joking about an idea for a video game when her boss overhears and wants Melody to create this idea into reality.
The creative juices start flowing but there wouldn’t be a story without some forbidden love twist and some drama. I will say that this book is funny. The characters are likable and the plot is something that I have never read before.
From the beginning, I knew there is going to be a romance in place and there were two different characters that I had suspected there would be the love interest. The romance takes time to build up and I would almost say this is a slow- burn romance type of book.
But, the writing is captivating and I feel like this book would appeal to readers that are into video games.
One element of the book that I found enjoyable was getting to know Melody’s family. They want to be involved in Melody’s life and they place themselves in a way that even if Melody wanted to she couldn’t avoid them. I really enjoyed that Melody made it a point to be very polite and respectful to her parents, even when her parents required her attention at the most inconvenient time.
Another element of this book that caught my attention, was that Melody spent a greater half of the book trying to prove herself and what one may consider a male dominant profession. As someone that has always been interested in working with programming sometime in this lifetime, it opened my eyes that such a profession is often male-dominant. This was not something that I thought about in the past. It also made me recognize that women that are in these positions often have to work hard to prove themselves because someone out there is expecting them to fail due to the fact that they are a girl.
Melody went through a lot of struggles being in the video gaming profession and she couldn’t have made it through without her friends. Although the friendships she had with her friends were not the main focus of the story, I felt that they portray what role females tend to play, in Melody’s case she found herself trying to get ahead in her career while balancing being in a wedding party for a friend. And anyone who has ever been in a wedding party can tell you that there is a lot of responsibility that comes with the job. Overall, I thought that this book was filled with rich friendships and showed that friends make the best alleys to one another.
This book contains a sprinkle of romance and enticing male characters that as a reader, you are left with wanting to know more about them. They are mysterious and throughout the novel, I as a reader was wondering who is Melody going to end up with. Is there a romance brewing? I did apprieciate that there were hints of romantic ques, but the story did not solely revolve around romance.
Overall, this was a fun read. And I am grateful to have had an opportunity to read this story. I think this one, is worth being picked up. Consider reading this with a caramel macchiato in hand. Thank you to the publisher for reaching out to me, to review this book.
With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,