Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Out of Character (True Colors #2) by Annabeth Albert ~ Book Review


It's friends-to-enemies-to-friends-to-lovers in this LGBTQIA+ Romance for fans of Red, White & Royal Blue and The Pros of Cons who enjoy:

• Ex-best-friends falling in love
• Gaming, conventions, fandom & cosplay
• Nerd culture at its finest
• Learning how to be true to yourself

Jasper Quigley is tired of being everyone's favorite sidekick. He wants to become the hero of his own life, but that's not going to happen if he agrees to help out his former best friend turned king of the jocks, Milo Lionetti. High school was miserable enough, thanks, and Jasper has no interest in dredging up painful memories of his old secret crush.

But Milo's got nowhere else to go. His life is spiraling out of control and he's looking to turn things back around. Step one? Replace the rare Odyssey cards he lost in an idiotic bet. Step two? Tell his ex-best-friend exactly how he feels—how he's always felt.

Jasper may be reluctant to reopen old wounds, but he never could resist Milo. There's a catch, though: if Milo wants his help, he's going to have to pitch in to make the upcoming children's hospital charity ball the best ever. But as the two don cosplay for the kids and hunt for rare cards, nostalgia for their lost friendship may turn into something even more lasting...

I couldn’t wait to get Jasper’s book after I finished Conventionally Yours, it’s been a little wait but so worth it. I really enjoyed Jasper and Milo’s story. Annabeth Albert did a fantastic job with creating two characters that have a strained past and even knowing what happened to cause that friction you still can’t help but root for them to get together.

Milo finds himself in a bit of trouble and he needs his ex-best friends help, Jasper, is the only person Milo thinks of to help him out of the predicament he found himself in. In all of the scenarios Milo had fluttering through his head never did he think things would lead to where they did.

Jasper still holds a grudge after what happened with Milo in High School but when he's not going to help him without getting something out of it for himself, so if he wants Jasper to help him find the rare cards he needs Jasper is going to make sure he helps out at the Children's Hospital...costume and all!

This story had some great Cosplay moments in it, and not your typical ones either. I really enjoyed the way Jasper and Milo gradually reconnected, they didn't let their guards down right away but you could see how they were chipped at until the walls finally gave way.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book and really enjoyed it.  Kirt Graves and Joel Froomkin did a wonderful job with bringing Jasper and Milo to life.

If you enjoy New Adult MM Romances, Cosplay, or Nerd/Jock Relationships then this one is for you.

Happy Reading!!!

**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

About Author Annabeth Albert: 

Annabeth Albert grew up sneaking romance novels under the bed covers. Now, she devours all subgenres of romance out in the open—no flashlights required! When she’s not adding to her keeper shelf, she’s a multi-published Pacific Northwest romance writer. The #OutOfUniform series joins her critically acclaimed and fan-favorite LGBTQ romance #Gaymers, #PortlandHeat and #PerfectHarmony series. To find out what she’s working on next and other fun extras, check out her website: www.annabethalbert.com or connect with Annabeth on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify! Also, be sure to sign up for her newsletter for free ficlets, bonus reads, and contests. The fan group, Annabeth’s Angels, on Facebook is also a great place for bonus content and exclusive contests. Emotionally complex, sexy, and funny stories are her favorites both to read and to write. Annabeth loves finding happy endings for a variety of pairings and is a passionate gay rights supporter. In between searching out dark heroes to redeem, she works a rewarding day job and wrangles two active children.

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