Geeky meets kinky in the third novel of the sexy Slices of Pi series by RITA-nominated author Elia Winters, where the employees of a gaming company in sultry Florida work hard—and play even harder.
Matthew Abrams finally has the life he’s always wanted—a promising career as a programmer at PI Games, a decent apartment in a nice neighborhood, and a thriving social life. And he’s perfectly content until he has a one-night stand with Silas Benson, a biomedical engineer with a charitable side to boot. Suddenly Matthew is doubting his life choices and worrying he might not be living up to his full potential.
Silas Benson doesn’t have time for much else outside of work, and that’s how he’s always liked it. As a biomedical engineer, he’s at the cutting edge of advances in the field, and he’s not going to waste his life partying when he could be doing actual good in the world. After a one-night stand at his friend’s twenty-fifth birthday party, though, Silas feels his focus shifting toward a certain tall, dark, and handsome almost-stranger.
When an emotional breakdown requires Silas to take a leave of absence from work, Matthew rushes to his aid and teaches him the merits of frivolity. Silas is an unwilling student at first, but Matthew soon has him in the groove, which makes for one steamy, wild ride. But is this a forever sort of affair, or will Silas abandon Matthew’s wanton ways in favor of a life of serious-minded solitude?
I absolutely loved Silas and Matthew! So perfect together–throw in Ruul (Matthew’s special needs kitten, yep, name comes from the original Ghostbusters movie) and you’ve got an unbeatable combination…adorable, geeky, and able to get things done, all in one. These two actually make me think that a quick hookup in a bar might actually lead to something.
Okay, maybe not. This is fiction. But still, it seemed believable–and nobody was hoping for it here more than me 🙂
Silas and Matthew somehow managed to take the opposites attract troupe and make it work for both of them–and then some! Silas needed to find a life outside of work (and realize that he’s not actually allergic to having fun, LOL) and Matthew needed a kick in the pants to make his work not only something he enjoyed but something that challenged him once again. They might have gone into their realizations kicking and screaming (not literally, since neither one of them is that kind of guy–biting and tying up, though, sure ;)) but once they figured things out for themselves? So satisfying. Add in Silas’s full-body blushing (which Matthew takes full advantage of) and his slight social awkwardness, and you’ve got a story with just the right blend of sexy-sweet-geekiness.
Single Player is the third in the series, but worked fine as a standalone. Matthew apparently played a part in one of the other couple’s getting together, though (Even Odds–and they’re in this one a bit too) so I was prompted to add that one to my TBR pile…and while I’m at it, why not book two (Tied Score) too? 😉
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.