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Peek Inside Gaming for Keeps

Pen Holloway’s done with real-life men. Guys in game are much less drama. But when her gaming partner invites her to the year's biggest convention, Pen panics that he might be yet another jerk. Cal Burrows has the perfect job as a TRAIT spy, until an arms dealer invades his not-so-secret geek haven. Now, with the threat of mass murder looming, he’s forced to choose between keeping his mission a secret and protecting the girl of his dreams. And Pen can’t help but suspect Cal’s hiding something...

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Pen Holloway’s done with men—in real life. Guys in game are so much less drama. But when her partner from Heroes of Fallen Gods invites her to the convention of the year, she panics. What if he’s another jerk? What if he’s not?

Cal Burrows is living his dream of being a spy. One of TRAIT’s misfit spies, but still a spy. It’s the perfect job… until an arms dealer with a taste for blood invades his not-so-secret geek haven. All Cal wanted from ConDamned was to meet his on-line girl. Now, with the threat of mass murder looming, he’s forced to choose between keeping his mission a secret and protecting the girl of his dreams.

Despite their attraction, Pen can’t help but suspect Cal’s hiding something. She also can’t shake the feeling he’s not as much of a stranger as he seems.

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By Julie-anne June 07, 2013

Pen gets an invite to ConDamned from an online gaming friends/flirting partner and agrees to go and meet up with him. Cal plans on going to ConDamned but gets roped into working when an arms dealer is discovered to be there. They bump into one another and sparks fly, they fuck, there's a misundersta ...more

By Britt May 27, 2013

I have SO much love for this novella! MMORPGs, geeky conventions, full on Firefly discussions and quotes...I'm in nerd heaven right now, and I don't want to leave. On top of that, spies and secret missions? SOLD!

This is a book you DON'T want to miss! ...more

By ⚜️Trea April 27, 2017

This was a great story! It was a perfect mesh of geekdom and military heroes, and it came up with a believable scenario as well! I loved Cal as a hero, as he was just perfect as a geeky military blend. Pen was a wonderful heroine, and I loved her strong nature as well as how her gaming persona came ...more

By Nicole May 17, 2013

Any time I am asked (or when I do the asking) to review a book, I somehow feel that I need to spend more time on my write-up than I do when I review a book for fun. That is the case with my latest review. I finished reading Seleste deLaney’s GAMING FOR KEEPS a couple of days ago, and instead of jump ...more

By Marlene June 07, 2013

Originally published at Reading Reality

For a gamer and sci-fi geek, reading Gaming for Keeps was sort of like reading crack. I loved the in-jokes and con jokes. The whole idea of a science fiction convention romance was a trip down memory lane, and then to add on the whole spy game gone bad on top o ...more

By Lexie April 09, 2014

Enjoyable romance for The Guild crowd--somewhat light on the world building (why yes that's a tad ironic), but it was enjoyable and a very fast read.


I have to admit, the idea that one of the people I game with would turn out to not only be the best gaming partner, but also that charming and attra ...more

By pinK June 12, 2013

I need to start this review out by saying this: I am a total nerd. Completely. This book immediately drew my attention because of that. I actually met my husband off an MMO, so the idea of this story completely drew me in. The author did a GREAT job keeping in line with the MMO aspect as well as all ...more

By Alpha Possessive Heroes June 12, 2013

Refreshing read!

I'm a gamer and when I found out this is set in the online game, I was quite ecstatic!

Gaming for Keeps is a short story so I'm not emotionally invested in it but don't get me wrong ,the writing is flawless with great pace. It's fun steamy read that is worth your time.

The romance bet ...more


I am blown away. This story may be quite short, but it had the things that I am looking for in a book. It has:

♥Gaming references
♥A real hero in and out of the game
♥A quite kickass heroine in and out of the game too
♥A match made in umm.. an online game WHICH EVOLVED INTO A REAL LI ...more

By Janelle May 19, 2013

I was lucky enough to beta read this book, so I can't wait to read the finished version!! I absolutely loved it! I love the characters, the relationships, and I especially love the geeky aspect of it.

Seleste has a great voice, and I love to read when her characters banter with each other. There is ...more

By Trixiter June 24, 2013

Wow! What a good book! Loved the story and would so love to see more! Lohonas! Love, love, love the name! ...more

By Jen April 25, 2015

This was a fun, quick read! I enjoyed it, and I'm not a gamer. ...more

By Booknook Reviews March 07, 2019

Holy hot hero geek

Where did this author come from and how am I only reading her stuff now?! I loved this story and I can't wait to start the next one. ...more

By Jenn June 29, 2013

I am an unabashed gamer geek. I love video games of all sorts, from Facebook puzzle games to epic space adventure trilogies. I really shouldn't reveal how many hours Steam says I've invested into Mass Effect 2, for example. It's a little embarrassing. Okay, more than a little.

So when I saw a tweet a ...more

By Sienna June 13, 2013

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It was the concept of online meeting and Cal being a spy that intrigued me into requesting this book. I wasn't so keen on the online gaming part, what with having no experience in it, and I was slightly worried I wouldn't understand but I ...more

By Janell June 25, 2013

This book made me so jealous, you guys. I wish I was more of a geek girl, that I knew my way around online multiplayer games, that I could wear costumes and go to conventions. Alas, I don’t have the time or mental energy for most of it. I just consume the mainstream movies and tv shows and wish I ha ...more

By Melissa December 15, 2013

Sexy little read for any and all who enjoy conventions, gamers and bookies alike. A young woman looking for love in someone with interests like her.

So quick of a read, spunky with fun and sexy.

Penelope started playing this game with her ex-boyfriend, who'd team (guild) she is stil ...more

By Harlie July 04, 2013

I’m a little nervous here. This is my first ever Entangled blog tour with a review and I hope I don’t screw it up. When I picked Gaming for Keeps to read, it was the spy angle that intrigued me. Gaming, not so much. For me, gaming is throwing a quarter into the old Tempset machine and hoping that I ...more

By Cindy July 26, 2013

Gaming For Keeps
Seleste Delaney
Entangled Publishing
June 10, 2013
Only after inviting a girl that he met in an online MMORPG to meet him at a gaming convention does Cal Burrows learn there is danger afoot at the convention. As a spy, he has been enlisted to get hold of a code that a terrorist is sendi ...more

By Jen April 18, 2015

Check out my full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Gaming for Keeps is the first novella in the Agents of TRAIT series from author Seleste deLaney and is a romantic suspense thriller featuring two geeky but gorgeous online gamers, one of whom just happens to be an agent for a secret government ...more

By Sadie June 10, 2013

One word I can use to describe this book would be: WOW! I absolutely loved it. I loved the chemistry between the main characters Pen and Cal, and the steamy sex scenes completely drew me in. The shower scene had to be one of my favourite parts of the book. ;) Seleste captured the romance between the ...more

By Evelyn June 11, 2013

This was a really short read for me, but really entertaining. I recently read another book from Entangled with the geeky premise called "Talking Dirty With The CEO" and I found it to be funny so I gave this one a shot. This one took geek speak to a whole different level. I'll admit it lost me at cer ...more

By Kelly June 12, 2013

Fun, flirty and full of geek. The book was exactly what I expect from Seleste. Pen wants an honest man, someone the same online and off. Cal just wants to meet his online gaming partner without revealing his T.R.A.I.T. spy identity or being dragged into work on his weekend off. It's a recipe for a d ...more

By JoAn April 06, 2015

Gaming for Keeps by Seleste DeLaney is a fun and smexy read. I enjoyed it a lot and I am not a gamer.
The main characters, Pen Holloway and Cal Burrows, are well developed for a short story. The plot was straight forward with no twists and turns just action. There were references to the MMO gaming wo ...more

By Tamara June 12, 2013

Seleste deLaney
Gaming for Keeps

Gaming for Keeps was a fast paced novel which served as an introduction for me into the Gaming World. I loved the way DeLaney described every moment perfectly. I particularly like the MC "Pen" was a woman I could relate to, she was so real in her insecurities and in her strengths ...more

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Seleste deLaney

About the author

Seleste deLaney

Seleste discovered early the trick to not being afraid of the monsters under the bed was to turn them into heroes. Since then, she has seen enough of human monsters that she prefers escaping to worlds where even the worst demons must play by the rules and the good guys might end up battered and bruised (or dead), but they always win. She resides in southeast Michigan with her kids and a pair of fierce slobber-monsters of her own. In those moments when not battling terrorists, vampires, or rogue clockworks, she loves to interact with readers all over the Internet.

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