I knew I would enjoy this, after the first book, but I think I liked this one even better. There was something about Jasper’s reluctant trust and Milo’s shy earnestness that made me warm to them quickly.
This was perhaps my favorite second-chance romance, with an intense childhood friendship that, after a break, became an intense romance. Their past pulled each of them in hard, and it was a joy to watch them reconnect and rediscover how well they went together.
It helped that Milo wasn’t the only one who had issues to work on. While he ditched his friends and worked on gathering the courage to come out, Jasper had to face his own tendency to steamroll others in his grand plans and had to learn to take a step back and really listen and see people.
The Odyssey game framework worked really well for this romance as well, with the cosplay giving Milo courage (eventually) and the patterns of the game helping Jasper see solutions.
The audiobook was excellently narrated and though I was skeptical at first I came to really enjoy both the narrator who voiced Jasper’s chapters and the narrator who voiced Milo’s. They each infused their performace with a lot of heart and Jasper and Milo (and their friends) leapt off the page.
All in all it was an excellent listen and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I eagerly await Annabeth Albert’s next book.
*Thanks to NetGalley and Dreamscape Media for providing an audio arc for review.