Not a Game

Not a Game
  • Word Count: 55,872
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release Date: 07/15/2016
  • ISBN: 978-1-942184-58-4
  • ASIN: B01IC2BGB4

An accidental meeting and a misunderstanding lead to a life-altering connection.

A new job, a new city, and hopefully a new life. When chubby gamer Oliver Barnaby receives a job offer from the best boutique game developer in the country, he leaves his family and his less than spectacular existence in Oklahoma without a second’s hesitation. Determined to change more than his career and his geography, Oliver implements a plan to finally land a boyfriend. Step one is improving his skills in the bedroom.

A life that looks perfect on paper, but feels empty in reality. Attractive, successful, charismatic Jaime Snow has a life other people envy. His already booming business is growing. He isn’t lacking in friends. And he has no trouble finding a date. But there’s an emptiness in Jaime’s heart and a hole in his life that only the right man can fill.

An accidental meeting, a misunderstanding, and falling in love. When Oliver and Jaime end up at the same bar at the same time, they each see something they want in the other. Going to bed together that first night is easy. Building the lifetime relationship they both desperately crave will require trust, time, and a little misunderstanding.

Word count: 55,872




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  • Length: 6 hours and 4 minutes
  • Price: $19.95
  • Release Date: 11/07/2016
Not a Game Print
  • Page Count: 220
  • Price: $13.99
  • Release Date: 07/16/2016
  • ISBN: 1-942184-60-3


Full Excerpt

Chapter 1


He had chosen the bar because of its name: The Bookstore. It was clever and unusual and he had laughed internally at how happy his mother would be if he told her he was spending time at the Bookstore instead of in front of his computer. Oliver’s entire life, she had mourned the fact he wasn’t a reader, and even though he had now moved two thousand miles away from their home in Oklahoma City, she still sent him books she was sure he’d love. Maybe someday he’d open one of them.

For now, he glanced down at the only book he had read countless times and adjusted it at the edge of his table to make the spine as visible as possible. The title—Coding—wasn’t as clever as the bar name, but the information and the way it was...


I am NEVER disappointed reading a Cardeno C. novel and Not a Game hit the romance spot....Cardeno C.’s characters are down to earth and people we’d meet on the streets, and want to get to know. 

Sexy Erotic Xciting

For me, the characters-especially the main characters-are the driving factor in determining if I like a story or not.  That's one of the reasons I keep coming back to Cardeno C.'s books...I know I'm going to get wonderful characters who are...

Making It Happen

This is a perfectly fluffy, low angst, feel good romance that I read twice in a row. And I loved every minute. ... This is a perfect romance for anyone looking for a lighter, low angst, feel good story with great characters, hot sex, and a...

Gay Book Reviews

The first thing i loved about this story is Oliver. For once a normal guy!!! He's overweight and insecure but he's just gorgeous!! I love how awkward he is. Then the second thing i loved. Jamie! He's a six pack wielding hottie and he fancies the...

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