Review: Status Update by Annabeth Albert
What the book is about:
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?
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Status Update starts with Adrian, who is on his way to his sisters wedding with his boyfriend, being left by that boyfriend at a RV campground after they had a fight. The only things he has with him is his dog, his mobile and the clothes he’s wearing. Even worse he doesn’t have his wallet or shoes and it’s freezing cold. Add to that, that his phone is almost out of battery and you have a day from hell.
Luckily Noah, who had the spot next to them at the campground, takes him in so he doesn’t freeze to death.
Noah is a geoarchaeology professor for a very conservative university in Landview. He is nearing his tenure, the thing he feels like he has been working for his entire life.
Noah lives a reclusive life with only his dog as companion and he’s very set in his ways despite being just thirty-five years old. When lively Adrian gets left by his boyfriend Noah isn’t really happy about helping him, but he can’t leave him out in the cold to freeze either. So he agrees for Adrian to spent the night. And even offers to drive him to his sisters wedding.
While I wouldn’t say that they immediately hit it off they did get to know each other pretty fast during their journey to Adrians sister. Partly because Adrian is a video game designer, a passion Noah shares with him. And then I guess it is bound to happen when a) you’re travelling in such close quarters and b) you’re travelling with Adrian Gottlieb.
Adrian just has a way about him that draws Noah out of his fortress he has built around himself. And slowly they grow to like each other and eventually fall in love. I found this the most endearing part of the story. The way they both fall in love so slowly and then all at once, even if they don’t realise it and both don’t want to.
I really enjoyed how they both seemed on the surface to be complete opposites with Noah living a reclusive life, being closeted with the door firmly locked shut and no way out and Adrian being out and proud, exuberant and full of live. But deep down they’re more alike than they think.
They’re both lonely in their own way. And that really broke my heart.
Even though Adrian is outgoing he only ever has long-distance relationships because he’s too afraid to really let someone close to him. With Noah his loneliness is more obvious. He’s built this wall around him and really thinks getting his tenure is what he wants. He’s prepared to live his life in the closet because he can’t bear his family finding out about his sexuality.
The tender moments between Adrian and Noah, like at his sisters wedding, were so beautiful and yet kind of heartbreaking. While they were having a good time the reader knew that this was just temporary and their arrangement would come to an end soon.
And I really didn’t want it to be over between them.
The author writes the passionate and the tender moments so beautifully that the reader can’t help himself and gets drawn right in. This was such a heart-warming, sexy and sweet story. I loved everything about it and I’m really looking forward to the second book in this series.
Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Carina Press Review Tag: Part of a series Annabeth Albert Status Update
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