As you may know I am a gamer. I used to liken myself to a closet nerd but i don’t think I’m in that closet anymore. As I’ve gotten older a decided that i don’t particularly give a fuck what people think of me I have let my freak flag fly. This includes my obsession with Harry Potter, smutty romance books, Battlestar Gallactica, and video games. I spend a lot of time playing video games. Because they are amazing. Especially Skyrim. I am OBSESSED with Skyrim. So when I see this reverse harem book about gamers?! Well you know I had to grab it. Shall we get into it? ❤
This book has gone through some name/cover changes so you may have seen it as “Mary F*cking Christmas” and “Mary Had A Little Harem”. No matter what the title is it’s gold. I am guessing the title changes have something to do with Amazon and their crackdown on everything sexy in terms of advertising. Ugh. I’d love to say fight the power but there is no fighting the ‘Zon. Oh well. This book features Mary who is single and ready to mingle. Kind of. She is on the elevator up to her apartment when this asshole decides to get in with her. Okay, so you are probably like that doesn’t seem like a very asshole thing to do… Well this guy has a giant ass tree. A real Christmas tree. So Mary is naturally annoyed by this stranger and even more pissed off when she realizes he is very attractive. Ugh. Hot nerds. Then when she decides to throw some flirty suggestive comments at him and he doesn’t seem interested? Well now he is back to asshole 1. Square asshole. Okay that doesn’t work, square 1.
So Mary ditches the zero and goes back up to her apartment. Cue her frustration after finding that the mailman has once again but mail in her box that doesn’t belong to her. A quick run to her elderly neighbors house and she’ll be back to her apartment. She was just deciding to shove them under the door when it opens. Who is at the door? Not Mrs. Smithfield. Nope. The asshole/hot nerdy guy. I am immediately swooned by their banter. They immediately meet each other with hostility and disdain and yet the both share an attractive for one another. So what does the stranger’s wonderful grandmother suggest? That Mary goes out with him. Cue my giggling and dying of swoons. Louis jumps on the idea deciding to torture her and Mary unhappily agrees.
Louis shows up to their date in a very interesting outfit. One that immediately sets Mary on edge but she decides to suffer through the date anyway. They find during their date that they have a lot more in common that they thought possible. They both find themselves crushing on the other. Again, their banter is fucking adorable. I just want to listen to them tease and flirt with each other for hours. It’s so fucking cute. It also leads to a second date. Where Mary meets some of Louis’s friends, Sam and Noel. How is it possible for so many hot nerds to hang out with each other? I mean if these are the type of guys you find at these cosplay events I need to sign my ass up. For educational purposes of course. That and I want to dress up like a Nightingale from Skyrim…
Mary soon realizes that these gamers are quite what she thought they were and she might not have to choose between Louis, or Sam, or Noel… or maybe even this Nico character she has yet to meet. Intrigued by these men she becomes entrenched in their lives watching them game and hang out, finding herself falling for all of them. Then when she meets Nico, well that throws another twist into her no longer typical world. (Sidenote: I first read a scene with Mary and Nico in the Between the Sheets anthology and it is HOT HOT HOT).
This book is a standalone (sadly – I WANT MORE!) but it is super amazing. I love all the characters so much and there are some really sexy scenes. The relationship development between the characters is so effing swoony. Mary is sarcastic and hilarious but isn’t as surface level as she appears. I love the interactions between the characters and I absolutely LOVED her interactions with Nico. Sign me up to read more of Arizona Tape’s books because I am sold. Humor, swoons, and steam. What more could I ask for?!