Title: Conventionally Yours (True Colors #1)
Author: Annabeth Albert
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication date: June 2nd, 2020
When two “big name fans” go head-to-head at a convention, love isn’t the only thing at stake.
Charming, charismatic, and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all…but in reality, he’s scrambling to keep his life from tumbling out of control.
Brilliant, guarded, and endlessly driven, Alden Roth may as well be the poster boy for perfection…but even he can’t help but feel a little broken inside.
When these mortal enemies are stuck together on a cross-country road trip to the biggest fan convention of their lives, their infamous rivalry takes a backseat as an unexpected connection is forged. Yet each has a reason why they have to win the upcoming Odyssey gaming tournament and neither is willing to let emotion get in the way—even if it means giving up their one chance at something truly magical.
“But you know… If you want to see if a kiss would cure me, I wouldn’t stop you.”Annabeth Albert, Conventionally Yours
I have found in recent years that I really enjoy nerdy romance novels, both YA, NA, and Adult – so Conventionally Yours fit the bill perfectly! Add in some queer romance, diverse characters, and a grumpy/sunshine type relationship and I’m hooked. ALSO – only one bed!!!! Like, what more could you want?
Conrad and Alden have a strained relationship, mostly due to miscommunication, secrets, and assuming the worst about each other. When forced together to road trip across country to a convention for their favorite game – they might learn more about each other than they ever dreamed of. But, can they get over their competitive natures and be happy with the results of the tournament, not matter who wins?
Just… yes. I loved this romance so much. There is a fair level of steam, several open door scenes with descriptions. I also really enjoyed the descriptions of the Odyssey game they play – it was well detailed and is something I wish I could play in real life. The side characters were also very useful to the story, I loved all the professors around who helped out the students.
I highly recommend this gay romance story, especially during Pride Month!
Happy reading, folks!