[601]: Status Update by Annabeth Albert

26162169Status Update by Annabeth Albert
Series: Gaymers, #1
Publication Date: December 7th, 2015
Format: E-ARC via Net Galley & Carina Press
Adult Fiction | M/M Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Adrian Gottlieb is winning at life. He’s a successful video game designer with everything a man could ask for, including a warm comfy ride to Denver and a date for his sister’s wedding. But he finds himself in need of a total reboot when he’s left stranded at a snowy campground in Utah. Holiday plans? Epic fail.

That is until Noah Walters offers him shelter for the night and a reluctant cross-country ride. Nothing about the ultraconservative geoarchaeologist should attract Adrian, but once he discovers Noah’s hidden love for video games, the two connect on a new level. Soon, a quiet but undeniable chemistry sparks.

Something doesn’t add up, though. As the miles accumulate and time runs out, Noah must face the most difficult choice of his life. Meanwhile, Adrian must decide whether he’s ready to level up. Is their relationship status worth fighting for, or has this game ended before it’s even begun?

I’m not a pro at M/M romances so when I find something really good,    I will check out the author’s other work – which is exactly what I did after reading Status Update. This is the story of Noah and Adrian. Two people who couldn’t be more different who met at a time when they least expected it. One is raised as a conservative Christian, and the other, an out-and-proud hipster.

Noah is a professor at a staunch Christian university whose foundation of belief is based on homosexuality being a condition that is curable by prayers and repentance. He met Adrian at a point in his life when he’s resolved to live a lonely life because he believes that his career is all that will ever be for him. He’s satisfied living in the closet because he feared reproach and ridicule from his family and colleagues.

Adrian, on the other hand, lives in a progressive environment where no one really cared about anyone’s sexual orientation. But even with the liberties he’s afforded, his relationships are usually cultivated on-line and typically, long distance. Some soul-searching will lead him to conclude that it’s because he’s satisfied with the status quo. In any case, these two would meet and would then form a tentative relationship. But regardless of their connection, their lives are just too different. Noah needs to think about his career and what was more important. Adrian, on the other hand, is a successful game developer in Los Angeles who is ready to be in a serious relationship.

I always expect some angst when I read a romance novel where one is a closeted gay man. And there was some here. What I liked about it is that the author didn’t prolong the agony, you know? Noah stepped up to the plate and decided what he needed to do to make it less hurtful for either of them. Adrian also recognized that he can’t force the issue and that the relationship needs to happen only when they are both ready to deal with it. I like their chemistry. I like Noah’s shyness and reluctance. He’s a virgin, but his attraction to Adrian was undeniable.

Annabeth Albert apparently is a pro at these romances, so I’m really glad I found this book on NG. This was a fantastic introduction to her work! She crafted a coming out story that was both steamy and romantic, with no overreaching story arches that over complicate a simple story line.

  • Glad this was a good read and the part about being in denial didn’t stretch out.

  • This does sound really good to me. So sad that he had resigned himself to a lonely life. Hopefully that gets resolved in this!

  • Awww I can definitely see this being a sweet romance as both of the guys get to know each other and Adrian slowly helps Christian come out of his shell! It sounds sizzling!

  • karina

    Adding t to my wishlist, J.! Sounds and looks really cute.

  • Oooh this M/M intrigues me – and the fact that Noah works at a Christian university? I can totally understand that kind of angst. I haven’t read a lot of M/M romance in a couple of years but I used to devour them and I’m totally like you – if I find good M/M romance, I go back to that author.

  • I love the cover for this book. And I’m so glad that the angst wasn’t prolonged! I’m going to see if it’s still on Netgalley!

  • this sounds so cute. tnx for the review joy

  • shootingstarsmag

    Completely agree! I really enjoyed this one- – glad to see you did as well.


  • The good balance of steam and romance sounds great and also like the author writes good characters

  • Lovely review, Joy! I enjoy delving into m/m romance every now and then – glad the angst wasn’t overdone in this one!

  • Melliane

    I don’t read a lot of MM romances, I don’t feel the same attachment to the characters but it’s great to see you had a great time with this one

  • Awh, this sounds adorable! I’ve been look for more LGBT books, so I’ll definitely have to check this one out. It sounds simple and straightforward – but also intriguing with good characters. Lovely review, Joy!

  • Aww this sounds good! I’m more familiar with m/m porn …. ahem … adult videos. lol. Seriously though, I’ve read a few great m/m books, so I’m definitely looking into this one.

  • I’m not really familiar with M/M relationship either, so it’s nice to see that there are authors out there writing and exploring these types of relationships. Glad you enjoyed it Joy! xx

  • That’s great, staying in the closet is angsty. Hard to navigate that and can’t definitely force the other person to come out. It’s apersonal thing so all we can do is wait. I’m not a pro either, this sounds good though. Something that wont make me blush hahaha

  • Gorgeous review Joy. <3 Yaaaay for enjoying this book a lot 😀 It sounds so sweet. Yet a bit boring for me, lol. But still curious 🙂 Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts about it. <3

  • I’m glad you enjoyed this one for the most part! I’ve only read a few M/M romances and I think this would be my first where one was still closeted but it’s nice that not TOO much drama resulted because of that!

  • M/M wromances usually never work for me either which is why I’m still doubting about this book. But I did just finish reading this romance book between two gamers and I actually really loved that aspect of that one, which makes me pretty eager now I see it repeated here again :3

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    I’m always on the lookout for really strong M/M romances so I’m glad this was a hit for you! I’m definitely going to be checking it out since it sounds really sweet. Thanks for putting this on my radar, Joy!

  • This one sounds really good! I’ve not read much M/M. I need to change that!

  • Lovely review, Joy! Haven’t heard
    about this book, but it sounds good. And yay for not prolonging the agony and a
    little amount of angst.

  • kindlemom1

    Yay for good stories! Have a great weekend!!

  • Oh, my inner mm fangirl likes the sound of this, great review, Joy! *adding it*

  • Oh wow! This looks interesting, and really sweet. I like each character’s background and how different their worlds are. I’m even more intrigued after reading your review. Would love to pick this up.

  • I think I’ll have to read this one, so onto the TBR it goes! I love some m/m romance although have admittedly spent most of my time reading it on the fan fiction side of things *ahem*

    There’s some great published ones out there which has been a fun discovery 🙂

  • Nick(Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite

    I’m glad that the author didn’t prolong the angst. I’ve had my eyes on this book for a bit now and it sounds like a sweet story so I’ll be sure to check it out!
    Lovely review, Joy!

  • Oh this is just too cute. I don’t read a lot of M/M but this one is just beckoning me. I WANT THIS. Adding to my TBR! Lovely review, as always!

  • This is the second positive review I’ve seen for this one Joy and I’m sold. It’ll be my first M/M romance actually. I like that it’s relatively drama free, the quickest way to turn me off a read is when the storyline is bloated by ridiculous crap that could be sorted out within a few pages. This sounds really sweet and lovely Joy, looking forward to giving it a go too. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, wonderful review hun <3

  • RO

    I like their professions and how it’s relevant to what still happens today, and that it was resolved without going on for a really long time. This sounds like a good romantic read and enjoyed your review! Hugs…RO

  • Melanie Z

    Aw this sounds like a super sweet read! I don’t mind angst to an extent so it’s great that it wasn’t just dragged on forever because that’s just so boring ._.

    Fabulous review, Joy! <33

  • Jasprit

    This sounds like a great read Joy, I always seem to like a book too when the angst isn’t longed out, it’s good to see that it wasn’t the case here! I’m also glad that already you’ve found a new author whose books you can look forward to this year! Great review!

  • Cute cover too!