Review: Conventionally Yours – Annabeth Albert

Posted May 28, 2020 by Andi in Books, Review / 1 Comment

Review: Conventionally Yours – Annabeth AlbertConventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert
Series: True Colors #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published: June 2, 2020
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When two "big name fans" go head-to-head at a convention, love isn't the only thing at stake.

Charming, charismatic, and effortlessly popular, Conrad Stewart seems to have it all...but in reality, he's scrambling to keep his life from tumbling out of control.

Brilliant, guarded, and endlessly driven, Alden Roth may as well be the poster boy for perfection...but even he can't help but feel a little broken inside.

When these mortal enemies are stuck together on a cross-country road trip to the biggest fan convention of their lives, their infamous rivalry takes a backseat as an unexpected connection is forged. Yet each has a reason why they have to win the upcoming Odyssey gaming tournament and neither is willing to let emotion get in the way―even if it means giving up their one chance at something truly magical.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I became a fan of Annabeth Albert a few years ago. I came across one of her self published books and really enjoyed it. I read a few more and then I got sidetracked with other books. So when I saw she was releasing a new books, Conventionally Yours, I knew I had to read it. Usually convention books aren’t my thing but I knew Annabeth could make it work for me and I was so right. Conventionally Yours was a really fun story about finding friendship and love and yourself over one road trip and it made me supremely happy.

Conventionally Yours is the story of Alden and Conrad, two completely different 20 something year olds that one one thing in common, their love for a strategy game called Odyssey. When the two of them find themselves on a road trip to a life changing Odyssey tournament across the country they start to learn what they thought they knew about each other isn’t really all there is. And as they spend more and more time together the both realize there is something else brewing besides friendship, a spark that neither one of them expected. As they get to know themselves and each other better all the two of them can hope is that this tournament doesn’t come between the two of them.

What I loved about Conventionally Yours was the growth of Conrad and Alden. Neither of them had a plan on what they were going to do with their lives. Conrad had a lot going on and Alden only felt pressure from those around him  They both had one goal in mind and it was to win the tournament to make something out of their lives. But as they got closer they started to realize that you didn’t have to stick to a plan, that it was okay to make it up as they went and to want new things. I also really loved the chemistry between the two of them. Seemingly two opposites but they just worked together and helped to build one another up even if they had different reactions to things.

In the end I found Conventionally Yours charming. Conrad and Alden really sold the story and made me become invested in their lives. It was entraining but not a light read either. And I surprisingly found myself really loving the card came Odyssey. This wasn’t my first Annabeth Albert book and it won’t be my last. Definitely pick this one up.

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