Crushing It by Lorelei Parker

To pitch her new role-playing game at a European conference, developer Sierra Reid needs to overcome her terror of public speaking. What better practice than competing in a local bar’s diary slam, regaling an audience with old journal entries about her completely humiliating college crush on gorgeous Tristan Spencer?

Until the moderator says, “Next up, Tristan Spencer . . .”

Sierra is mortified, but Tristan is flattered. Caught up in memories of her decade-old obsession as they reconnect, Sierra tries to dismiss her growing qualms about him. But it’s not so easy to ignore her deepening friendship with Alfie, the cute, supportive bar owner. She and Alfie were college classmates too, and little by little, Sierra is starting to wonder if she’s been focusing her moves on the wrong target all along, misreading every player’s motivations.

Maybe the only winning strategy is to start playing by her heart 


Seirra is a self-professed gaming geek, but as you read you find out she is much more than that. She is funny, smart, talented and driven. She also has a crippling fear of public speaking, intimacy and trust issues. She is still dealing with events from her past – where she was left humiliated by the very boy that she was enamoured with.

She must overcome her fear of public embarrassment if she is to fulfill her personal and professional dream of attending Gamecon in Germany to launch the very game she has created. With her best friends urging she enters a diary contest where she will reveal her younger selves most cringe worthy entries. She is suprised by the re-surfacing of two men from her past. One the object of her past affection and the other someone she doesnt quite remember but sparks something in her heart.

I really enjoyed this story. It was fast paced and didn’t leave any lags in the flow of events. There are a few twists and turns but nothing that feels out of place. You feel for the characters and are routing for them to come out on top. I might have developed a small crush on Alfie along the way.

This is definitely a fiction novel intended for an adult reader. It has multiple sexual situations, coarse language and alcohol consumption.

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