Level Up by Annabeth Albert

Level Up

Landon can’t believe he’s let himself get roped into participating in a charity calendar, let alone one that features tastefully photographed nudes. The genius physicist is hardly model material, and he’s dreading the nude part of the photoshoot. Amid his reluctance, the one bright spot is his emails back and forth with the photographer.However, Bailey turns out to be not exactly what Landon expects, and their first meeting is decidedly awk...

Details Level Up

TitleLevel Up
Release DateMay 17th, 2018
PublisherAnnabeth Albert
GenreRomance, M M Romance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Reviews Level Up

  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    I love Annabeth Albert but Level Up, a novella in the #Gaymers universe, isn't quite as impressive as her usual stuff. I mostly struggled with Landon, who had a troubled sexual history. I felt for him for all that he went through, but I still hated how he treated the infinitely patient Bailey. Landon kept Bailey at arms length and though Bailey was very considerate of Landon's feelings, Landon didn't give Bailey the same respect. I liked the mild...
  • ~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
    I'm Annabeth Albert's biggest fangirl. Her stories are the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. But, sadly, this story lacked any sort of oomph to make it stand out. Level Up is a novella about a physics professor and photographer, both gaming geeks, who meet at a photo shoot. Bailey and Landon flirt virtually for weeks before they meet. Landon, about to take his clothes off for a charity calendar, is fully prepared to meet Bailey, the petite, pink-...
  • Fabi
    Annabeth Albert is a prolific writer and I've read many, many, of her books. I can honestly say I've enjoyed all of them.Level Up features Landon who some of you may remember from the #Gaymers series or from the Out of Uniform series since he was Pike's roommate. Landon has a secret that only his very oldest friends know. In his late teens he suffered a horrific trauma that has left him with lifelong panic attacks. These have made it very difficu...
  • Hollis
    LEVEL UP is a story about healing and acceptance. Albert sensitively tackles trauma and anxiety in a very delicate and understanding way without exploiting either. Bailey was a cuddly understanding teddy bear, willing to step back, be supportive, and do whatever was needed for Landon's comfort, while Landon struggled with his demons and couldn't always appreciate Bailey's support when overwhelmed. Naturally their relationship was fraught from the...
  • .Lili.
    You know, I liked it but didn't love it like I thought I would. I mean, Annabeth Albert + cyberlove + hurt/comfort/healingI thought it'd be a guarantee, but it was too short. 1. I felt as if the novella itself started at a quarter of the book. We missed out on their first exchanges which were a real shame. We missed out on their initial connection which is a pivotal part of any romance book. and 2. The story ends abruptly. So, they made up and de...
  • ~nikki the recovering book addict
    DawwwwwThis was so sweet! Not tooth achingly sweet. Just, heart warmingly sweet 😬I don’t know why but I expected a short, 5 chapter max novella. So I’m pleasantly surprised that while still shorter than the conventional book, it’s 12 chapters long and fully formed. I think Bailey is a saint and Landon is a lovable geek. Complete with tragic hang ups that Bailey was so, so awesome and understanding about. Angst level: low. There still wer...
  • Elsa Bravante
    Novella vinculada a la serie gaymers. Bonita, pero no mucho más.
  • Nadine Bookaholic
    Let me start off by saying that I am a BIG fan of Annabeth Albert's books, she is my favorite LGBTQ author and honestly there hasn't been anything that she has written that I didn't enjoy, this book was no different. I love, love, loved the way she had the nerdy yet extremely sexy scientist pose for a charity calendar. When most people think of nerds or geeks or any other term you would use for a brainiac they don't think sexy..at all! This is sa...
  • Lisa
    I really enjoy the author's work, particularly the #gaymers and Portland Heat books. So was excited to read this.I liked the blurb and it started well. Bailey, big burly and bearded photographer has a little crush on his "model for the day" Landon. They meet for the first time after an online conversation leading up to the photoshoot, where flirting has ensued and a number of things in common i.e."gaming" has sparked an interest. However, Landon ...
  • BWT (Belen)
    What starts as a short introduction and details about a charity calendar photoshoot turns into a forty-plus email chain about gaming and other things in common with the tone turning very flirty by the time Landon arrives at the Los Angeles’s Central Library ready to meet his crush, photographer Bailey. Really, Bailey is one the main reasons Landon is even willing to go through with a *gasp* nude charity calendar photoshoot. Bailey Morgan is sup...
  • Santy
    There was something definitely missing from this story.I don't know what it was but I just couldn't connect with anything in this. Nothing.It had an interesting premise and began well but, I was bored by the 30% mark and situations didn't improve much for the rest of the story. It was all about Bailey tip-toeing around Landon from beginning till the end with Landon unwilling to make any compromises of his own. That seemed very unfair to me and ac...
  • Ami
    2.5 starsSorry, but this is MEH read for me. I struggle to care for these characters OR their way of connecting; meaning all the talks about game. Not a gamer. Never will be a gamer. Will also NEVER be interested in gaming one way or another. Plus the aim of them connecting seem to also about executing sexual intimacy because of Landon's panic attack; which kinda bore meI guess the story just doesn't click with me *shrugs*
  • Courtney
    A sweet addition to the series.I was going to say this was a slow burn, but then I went over the timeline in my head and realized it wasn’t all THAT slow. Still, it’s sweet how patient one character is over the other’s panic attacks, and it feels realistic that they aren’t magically fixed by love. It’s still something they have to work around and be aware of. They make a great couple, and it was an enjoyable read.
  • Alisa
    This was sweet. I liked it but for some reason I just didn't feel a connection with either MC or their story.
  • Lost in a Book
    3 StarsThis is another one of those, I like the premise but the execution fell a bit short IMO. I was hooked on photographer and genius physicist are supposed to meet up for a charity gig but prior to the event, they communicate online for a couple of weeks allowing things go from professional to flirty. Unfortunately my excitement didn’t extend throughout and this became an okay level of enjoyment.As the blurb mentions, Landon is voluntold to ...
  • Joyfully Jay
    A Joyfully Jay review. 4 starsLevel Up was originally published as part of the Exposed anthology and is now available as a stand alone novella. It is very loosely connected to Albert’s #gaymers series as Landon appears as a side character there, but you definitely don’t need to have read that series to follow this story. The books connect more thematically in that gaming is a big deal for both these guys and something they do together quite a...
  • Gabriella (Gabi)
    Originally read and reviewed in the Exposed Anthology.****4 stars****This story is maybe the longest in this bundle, and it dragged a bit. It's about Landon, who made an appearance in the gaymers and the Out of Uniform series as well. He was Pike's roommate.I really liked this one, because it wasn't stereotypical. With the name Landon, I instantly thought about a tall and burly guy; and with Bailey, a quirky twink comes to mind. And they were the...
  • DTM
    3.5 stars...sweet, sexy short story...
  • Angie Elle
    3.5 stars. Review to come.
  • Erica Chilson
    I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads Level Up is a story set in the Gaymers universe but can easily be read as a standalone. *trying to be spoiler-free With a small cast of characters, Annabeth Albert puts the focus solely on the couple, centering on their budding romance, with nothing else muddying up their evolving relationship. This created a full story within a novella. While there is instantaneous lust on Baile...
  • Deanna Against Censorship
    Loved the story but not the editing.I liked the premise. The characters were interesting. The sex hot 🔥and fun both.Bailey's self-deprecating mind set bothered me. He had a father who had panic attacks but he still always blamed himself. He never talked with his very happily married parents about panic attacks. Never asked for insights. He googled panic attacks once and only once. He was always fearful of being the catalyst of another attack.L...
  • Roberta Blablanski
    Cute read. Bailey and Landon are adorable characters. I love how accommodating and aware Bailey is when it comes to Landon's needs and limitations. Their interactions are really well written.
  • Melissa Rae
    Annabeth Albert is one of my go-to authors in the MM genre. When I saw that she was releasing another book about gaming nerds who fall in love, I was totally on board. But, for some reason, I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as her others. I liked it, but I was not exactly in love with it. Landon, a quirky genius physicist, is roped into doing a nude charity calendar. Something he is very much reluctant about doing. The only good thing about...
  • Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
    *~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*If I have to narrow down what I love most in books, it's quite clear I love the trope friends-to-lovers, gamers and other geeky/nerdy stuff, addiationally spiked with guys (or ladies ;)) who love animals or have a heart for children.With Level Up Annabeth Albert gives me almost everything from this said check list.The book is most exquisite in how it fleshes the char...
  • Pati
    This story was originally published in the "Exposed" anthology and is loosely connected to both the "Gaymers" Series and the "Out of Uniform" Series. Somehow I missed reading it until now, which is a real shame because not only do I love both of those series but I truly love Landon and Bailey.Landon is a physicist who suffers from past trauma, which I won't spoil it by going into detail. However, I must say that Ms Albert nailed it with her descr...
  • Ruthie Taylor
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is a very enjoyable novella which has some links to characters in other Ms Albert's series. It could definitely be read as a standalone, but was richer to me for having read the Gaymer books, and the first of Out of Uniform books.Landon's past has left him suffering from panic attacks and fear of large men, so Bailey is at an immediate disadvantage, given his size an...
  • Xan West
    3.75 starsThis is a romance with a trauma recovery theme, between a bi physics researcher (who you might recognize from the #gaymers series) and a gay bear photographer.Read the rest of my review on my blog. Content Warnings (view spoiler)[ References to sexual assault in the past (drug facilitated). Descriptions of PTSD symptoms, particularly panic attacks. Discussion of how people responded poorly to disclosure of sexual assault, including fami...
  • Sarah
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is and quirky addition to the Gaymers series. There are sparks from the start between physicist Landon and photographer Bailey but distance and past trauma make a relationship between them difficult. There are so many things I really liked about this relatively short story. I loved Landon’s easy bisexuality. I appreciated the author’s sensitive and realistic approach to...
  • Altivo Overo
    Non-panic attackThis novelette deals with the realities and rough spots of a new and complex relationship. That the surprise twist comes at the beginning only makes it cuter. Sweet, cautious, hanging within reach of collapse, the protagonists work their way together through the maze of twisty little passages. The game here doesn't require a console or computer, fortunately. But it does require patience, skill, and finesse.
  • Vfields Don't touch my happy!
    I'm fond of this author. I didn't love this read. Try as I might I couldn't get myself to care for these two as a couple or as individuals. They were just too superficial for my taste. No, not superficial just not captivating or something. I finished it because it was so short.