REVIEW: 'New Game, Start' by C.S. Poe

Title: New Game, Start

Collection: Dreamspinner Press’ 2017 Advent Calendar, Stocking Stuffers

Author: C.S. Poe

Collection Release Date: December 1, 2017

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Paul Richmond/Paul Richmond Studio

Genre: Erotic Romance; Contemporary Romance

Length: 38 Pages

Tags: Gay; M/M; Holiday: Christmas; Geek/Nerd; Novelette

Dreamspinner Press’ 2017 Advent Calendar, Stocking Stuffers

Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most….

The holidays are a time when bigger often means better, and meals are huge, decorations are over-the-top, and elaborate gifts and grand gestures are one way to show affection. But beneath all the pomp and ceremony, after the grandiose presents have been unwrapped, the stocking stuffers are still waiting to add that final sparkle to the perfect celebration. Even the tiniest trinkets can be gems when they’re chosen with love, and like a good love story, they are held close to the heart and treasured for years to come. The festivities don’t have to end after the feasts and gift exchanges. Dig a little deeper for romantic stocking stuffers both naughty and nice.

Enjoy a tale of men in love with men every day throughout December.

Holiday reading fun! A story delivered automatically to your bookshelf each day in December. More than 400,000 words of romantic fiction in 31 stories that would sell individually for a total of $85.69. Buy the package early and save:

October - $39.99 November* - $49.99

*Sale of packages for daily delivery ends Nov. 25.

Beginning December 1, stories will be available individually as priced or as a bulk package for $64.99.

See excerpt for story list.

About New Game, Start

Reclusive medieval scholar, Edgar Royal, has a crush. On a guy. Not a big deal, except that said guy, Walter Chase, is a famous online gamer who has no idea Edgar even exists. Edgar has harbored these feelings for nearly a year, and when Walter announces on Twitter that he’ll be visiting New York City as a guest at the GamerOn convention, Edgar decides he’ll be one of the thousands of fans who responds to the message.

He definitely doesn’t expect to be singled out by the humble, gorgeous, out-and-proud heartthrob. And when it comes to dealing with people, Edgar’s skills are pretty nonexistent. Even with Walter giving all the right signals, Edgar lacks the courage do anything about the mutual attraction growing through their online courtship. He’s always been better with the written word, so maybe the perfect Christmas gift will say what he cannot. But if Edgar can’t get the present to Walter before the convention ends, he may miss out on the boyfriend of a lifetime.



This little gem had me enthralled from start to finish. I read New Game, Start by C.S. Poe in one sitting as I could not put it down!

Edgar is an awkward fan who gets a response from a tweet to his favourite gaming celebrity, Walter, which results in some hilariously fun dialogue and witty writing that left me laughing out loud and not wanting it to end.

Imagine throwing together New York, classic literature, and the online gaming world with awkwardness and humour and you have an accurate idea of how this story feels.

Full of passion and sweetness, C.S. Poe’s New Game, Start is a delightfully quick and enjoyable read.

A copy of New Game, Start was provided to Kimmers’ Erotic Book Banter, by Dreamspinner Press, at no cost and with no expectations in return. We offer our fair and honest opinion on behalf of our readers.

Be sure not to miss out on our other holiday read recommendations!

Meet the Author

C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.

She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.

She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful, and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.​

C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization.

​Her debut novel, The Mystery of Nevermore, was published by DSP Publications, 2016.

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For more from C.S. be sure and visit her website!

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