Author: Amelia Gormley

Game On! Player vs Player by Amelia Gormley

Posted January 28, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Game On! Player vs Player by Amelia GormleyPlayer vs Player by Amelia Gormley
Published by Riptide Publishing on December 8, 2014
Genres: M/M Romance, Mystery
Pages: 282
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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three-stars

Pushing for change can be dangerous when change starts pushing back.

Video game writer Niles River loves the work he does at Third Wave Studios: creating games with mass appeal that feature women, people of color, and LGBTQ characters. To make his job even better, his best friend is his boss, and his twin brother works beside him. And they mostly agree that being on the forefront of social change is worth dealing with trollish vitriol—Niles is more worried about his clingy ex and their closeted intern’s crush on his brother than he is about internet harassment.

But now the bodies on the ground are no longer virtual, and someone’s started hand-delivering threats to Niles’s door. The vendetta against Third Wave has escalated, and to make matters worse, the investigating detective is an old flame who left Niles heartbroken for a life in the closet.

No change happens without pain, but can Niles justify continuing on with Third Wave when the cost is the blood of others? If he does, the last scene he writes may be his own death.

I thought this was going to be romantic suspense with a m/m romance and that combination sounded great. It turned out to have a different focus.

The video gaming industry is front and center with a lens on discrimination practices by players and developers. The main character, Niles River, has just introduced a game that flies in the face of the stereotypes for women, people of color and LGBTQ characters. The haters come out in force spewing vitriol through social media and other outlets. When fans of the game end up dead and Niles receives threats that go beyond the typical, the police get involved, bringing in a detective from his past.

The emphasis on the gamer world and the activism for change eclipse both the mystery and the romance. I might have had a better experience if I was a player and understood anything about today’s popular games. It was extremely educational and enlightening, just not what I was expecting or interested in.

It’s a well written story and a tribute to those attempting to change the gaming environment. The discriminatory images are deplorable and behaviors not much better. I’m glad I read the story but wish I had had a better understanding of the subject matter.

About Amelia Gormley

Amelia C. Gormley may seem like anyone else. But the truth is she sings in the shower, dances doing laundry, and writes blisteringly hot m/m erotic romance while her son is at school. When she’s not writing in her Pacific Northwest home, Amelia single-handedly juggles her husband, her son, their home, and the obstacles of life by turning into a everyday superhero. And that, she supposes, is just like anyone else.


Saugatuck Summer Blog Tour

Saugatuck Summer Blog Tour

Posted May 22, 2014 by Jonetta in Blog Tour | 9 Comments

  Hi, and welcome to the Saugatuck Summer blog tour! Thank you so much to The Book Nympho for having me today! For those of you who have seen me talking about it on social media for the last nearly year and a half, you know that Saugatuck Summer was a labor of love far beyond what I would normally claim for one of my books. Of course I love them all, but Saugatuck Summer came from my very soul. Actually, I’m not certain it came from me at all. Basically, here’s what happened: One day I was driving along, running errands, and Topher Carlisle whispered one line of dialogue in my ear. Just one. When I asked him what I was supposed to do […]


Review: Strain by Amelia Gormley

Review: Strain by Amelia Gormley

Posted February 25, 2014 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

An earlier review of this book had me a little nervous because of some of the sexual content that normally is outside of my comfort zone. But, I’ve come to trust Amelia because the story is always first with her and she didn’t let me down with this one. The setup The country was decimated by a plague that was man made in origin when a virus strain, Bane Alpha, was developed to create a superhuman military force. It mutated when others were exposed to it as a blood pathogen, creating two separate, lethal strains. The only hope to combat infection was for the infected individual to have sex with as many different Juggernauts (they are the created species with the Bane Alpha strain) as […]


Blog Tour and Guest Post: Strain by Amelia Gormley

Blog Tour and Guest Post: Strain by Amelia Gormley

Posted February 20, 2014 by Jonetta in Author Guest Post | 5 Comments

Do you like DVD extras? Yeah? So do I. In fact, it’s entirely possible I’ve watched the appendices on the Lord of the Rings extended editions more times than I have the movies themselves. So for the Strain blog tour, I’m going to try to make my posts a bit like the “behind-the-scenes/making-of” documentaries you might find on a good DVD. A lot of things the world-building and events that Strain depends on happen long before the events of the book itself, and while an in-depth recap of them during the course of Strain got in the way of the flow of the story, I find some of the back-story fascinating and hope you will as well. Be sure to check the blog tour page […]


M/M Review: Velocity by Amelia Gormley

Posted April 16, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 0 Comments

Velocity  by Amelia Gormley  Book #3 in the Impulse series  REACHING OPTIMUM SPEED For Detroit handyman Derrick Chance and his lover, Gavin Hayes, the holiday season is filled with the promise of new beginnings. Gavin’s officially moving in, and after the New Year, they’ll begin house hunting. But they both know all the talk of gift exchange, whose holiday ornaments go where, and what repairs and remodels will be needed to put Derrick’s house on the market is only a smoke screen. Before the month is over, Gavin will have the final verdict on whether or not his dangerously delusional ex, Lukas, infected him with HIV. No matter how good Gavin’s chances appear with the three-month hurdle already passed, neither he nor Derrick knows what […]


Review: Acceleration by Amelia Gormley

Posted January 29, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

Acceleration
 By Amelia Gormley
 Book #2 in the Impulse series 
Contemporary Romance, M/M romance Gaining Momentum Gavin Hayes is everything Derrick could ask for in a lover. Gorgeous. Passionate. Great in bed. Derrick finds it very easy to just let himself go, to let Gavin guide him and teach him all the things he missed during a decade of celibacy. In the course of a single weekend, Derrick’s routine is transformed, his mornings and evenings filled with sex. Sweet, seductive, wild, or raunchy, Gavin offers Derrick all the pleasure he’s denied himself for so long. But learning how to be a lover in bed is one thing. Learning to be one out of bed is another. For Derrick, being alone has become habit. Sharing his […]


Review: Inertia by Amelia Gormley

Posted January 29, 2013 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

Inertia
  By Amelia Gormley
 Book #1 in the Impulse series
 Contemporary Romance, M/M Romance
 By the age of 21, down-to-earth Detroit handyman Derrick Chance had lost everyone he’d ever loved. Too worn-out and wounded to play the dating game, he wrote off the possibility of relationships, or even just sex. Living alone in the old house his grandparents had left him, with only his dog and a few close friends for companionship, he refused to consider himself lonely, or let himself wonder what he might be missing. He knew who he was and where he was headed. His life was comfortable, organized, predictable, and best of all, risk-free. He was content.

Until the day he installed some shelves for accountant Gavin Hayes. A contradictory combination of […]