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No Rulebook for Flirting

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  43 reviews
When Gabriel goes to the annual gaming convention, planning to play as many games as he can during the next three days, he doesn’t expect to be glared to death in the parking lot by a really cute guy. So when the same guy joins the game Gabriel is playing, Gabriel is determined to make him smile, even if it takes some awkward flirting.

When Aitor makes it inside the convent
Published February 10th 2018 by JMS Books
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Emily Seelye
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: age-gap, m-m, arc, trans
This was a sweet, fluffy short story featuring 2 lovers of board games. One of the MCs is trans, I like that neither makes a big deal about it.

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2.5 stars

After a PASSIONATE meeting at the parking lot where Gabe stole the available slot from Aitor who already waited (not cool, Gabe, NOT cool!) the story went meh for me. What can I say, I have NO idea what these two men were talking about. I don't have a frame reference about the board games. I don't know if they're even existed in Indonesia. So I was lost throughout.

I can't say a lot about the trans* rep. It's not something that these two mull over back and forth, so it's nice that it's j
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel kind of weird about this book. First, Gabriel was an asshole in his parking spot stealing, and I occasionally have trouble letting go of when characters are jerks, even low key jerks. Maybe if the book had been longer I would have been able to forgive Gabriel, but it wasn't, and I didn't get over it. I was just peeved at him.

Which leads me to the length of the book: it was too short for me. I don't do well with short books in general, and while this certainly wasn't the shortest book I've
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: queer, my-e-things, lgbtq
This was cute, but it didn't really work for me. Too bad. I think the writing style just didn't grab me. I liked that Aitor's trans-ness was a low-key thing and no one makes a big deal out of it. Gabriel is kind of jerk and I didn't care for his attitude. Beyond that, I honestly found it all a bit boring. The writing was pretty flat, as well as the dialogue, and I wasn't particularly interested in what was happening. I didn't really care, but it was short and I had a cold so I finished it. It's ...more
Roberta Blablanski
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: trans, mm, own
4.5 out of 5 stars

Super adorable and sweet and funny, this novella hit the spot! Aitor and Gabriel have a less than pleasant initial run-in in the parking lot of a board gaming convention. They end up at the same table, and Gabriel works his magical charm to smooth Aitor's frazzled nerves. They end up connecting over a shared love of board games, and their quirky senses of humor find them going toe to toe in one-upmanship. Nothing like some good old competition to get the all the gooey feels goi
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of board games, I was very excited when Laura told me of its upcoming release. No Rulebook for Flirting did not disappoint.

Right from the start, Aitor and Gabriel's chemistry is... explosive. They meet at a gaming convention, in which Gabriel steals Aitor's parking spot. While of course that doesn't make for the best of first impressions, it's the perfect introdution to these characters, who end up having a lovely, banther filled time at the convention, getting to know one another
Wart Hill
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, trans
rating and review to come
Isabella ~Mikku-chan~
*~~*ARC kindly provided by the author to me in exchange for an honest review *~~*

This book is my debut work from the author and I was engrossed from the first to the last page. I really loved it. :3 <3

Instantly, right from the start, the blurb the book hooked me with its sweetness and the charming & geeky adorable character, who are totally into board games. Gabriel & Aitor are such a joy and pleasure together, their mocking, their flirting is on point and I had to laugh out so many times when t
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novella. It’s perfect length for passing away an afternoon.
It starts off when Gabriel steals Aitor’s parking space at a board game convention. Aitor is not impressed but there is something about Gabriel maybe his T-shirt that attracts him to Gabriel. They end up playing together and there is just something about Aitor that Gabriel finds fascinating and he can’t help but flirt. It’s fun witty banter between them that you cannot help but enjoy.
There is almost a ten year age
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I read this book in a single one-hour sitting. It was super cute, fluffy, and made my heart happy on a night when I was feeling insecure about my trans-masculinity.

It's a m/m romance featuring a trans man and is set at a gaming convention. Board games feature heavily in the story, and I think if you are not well-versed in board games or tabletop RPGs, you might be a tad lost. The relationship is built entirely around banter and competitiven
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a charming book. Two gamers who meet under comical circumstances but start a relationship and fall in love with what they have in common.
Gabriel was used to getting the eye for his shirts at the gaming conventions and he didn't care. He did it in support of his niece, who was trans. Honestly, he was interested in the person and not the gender himself. When he steals a parking space from Aitor, who looks like a kid, he wasn't expecting to see him again. When Aitor sits by him in a game, he c
A cute and fluffy read~

Which is just what I needed right now. Very low angst and a sweet story. I feel like there wasn’t a lot of depth of feeling for the characters; I would’ve liked to see more of them or something? But I did like coming out being so casual and the way they originally started talking.

Content warnings: transmisia (subtle, more a vibe MC gets in response to his shirt), on page sex (including oral and handjob)
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
AWWW these guys are adorable. Love the playfully competitive banter & their knack for turning the most innocent phrases into sexual innuendos (in a cute non-creepy way of course). Gabriel's non-reaction to Aitor's casually coming out as trans to him was perfect. So the story isn't *about* one of the guys being trans (if that makes sense?) - it's just a short, sweet m/m romance where 2 board game junkies fall in love. ...more
J.C. Long
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet, sexy, fun story that takes two hyper competitive guys and pits them together doing things they genuinely love, which eventually leads to, well, other things. It's fun with great characters, great tension, and fabulous pacing. This story is highly recommended to people who like boardgames, awkward flirting, and quick, spicy reads. Laura Bailo doesn't disappoint! ...more
Paige (TheBookVulture)
So geeky and nerdy and cute, and I loved it! Can't wait to read more by this author. ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review An Alisa Review:

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

This was an adorable story. Gabriel ends up inadvertently taking Aitor’s parking space at the gaming convention and they quickly end up at the same table. They flirt over the games and let it overflow outside the convention center.

Gabriel and Aitor both seem mostly reserved and their awkward flirting is cute. I loved watching their interactions and how both of the characters acted with each other. I felt so bad f
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. There's not a lot of depth, but it isn't that kind of story, just a sweet little romance.

I've never played board games of this kind, and I know very little about them or about how a convention of this kind would work. But everything I needed to know was woven cleverly into the story. So, don't be put off if you don't share the characters' hobby.

Cis reader here, but to me the trans representation was great, just another detail about the characters. It's dual point-of-view,
Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Short stories and novellas can at times be difficult for me, because once I know more about the characters and start to care for them, I want to know how the story will continue for them and I often feel there are parts of a story authors cannot go as in-depth on if the story is not at least around 200 pages. However, there are authors who do a great job with these kinds of stories and do not make me feel like I am missing som
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I got the book, because I'm very much into boardgames, and the book delivers on that front. Most of it plays during a board game convention, there are quite a few games played on page, but I guess non-gamers might find it a bit distracting. There's not a lot of detail about the games, but they do try to explain them a bit, but in a way that I did not find very helpful for the few titles I did not know myself.
I'm not really sure what the audience was supposed to be. They explain some of the most
Shee Reader
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a lovely, cute, sexy, nerdy book!
Our guys meet at a gaming convention. No, not computer games, boardgames!
It is such a not-at-all-meet-cute, and I loved it.
Gabriel’s first view of the cute guy is being glared at in the carpark after he ‘accidentally’ steals the parking space. Aitor finally gets into the convention centre after some jerk steals his parking space and doesn’t expect to be attracted to the guy he was just trying to choke across a car park with a death-glare! It is one
Nicole Field
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
This was honestly a bit of a lack lustre read for me. Nothing bad about it that a bit of extra editing couldn't have fixed, but not a lot good or original either.

Gabriel takes the carpark of someone else who had been waiting for it before heading into a gaming convention. That's the meet cute, of course, as about 10 minutes later he finds the person who would have had his carpark entering the convention after him.

I think I would have liked this meet cute scenario a bit more if there had been a
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, reviewed
“Do you know what you’re playing next?”

As someone who goes to gaming conventions and is into Table-Top gaming I was excited to read this story about Gabriel and Aitor. Putting aside that I don't think some of the events during the gaming is quite accurate, I still enjoyed this light, sweet, flirtatious romance.

Other then a few negative remarks from Raul, another gamer at the event, nothing dramatic happens. In our day and age Transgender topic are all over the place. I loved how it just was
Paula López-Jurado
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The history is well made. The characters are adorable, from the style incompetent Gabriel to the almost first Love innocence of Aitor. I just want to hug them and is a pleasure to see how they get to know each other over total freak games.

Despite explicit sex never being my thing, I must say that Laura has written them with grace. Especially since she brings in what I consider n important part of it, which usually gets forgotten in the plot: CONSETMENT. Gabriel asks constantly if it's okay to d
Maria E.
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Basically, it's the story of two avid board gamers, Aitor and Gabriel, who meet at a gaming convention, they like each other, and develop a relationship over a very short period of time. There really isn't much more to the story than that, other than discussions about the individual games they play. Aidor mentions in passing that he's a trans man, and later, he's a bit apprehensive about Gabriel seeing his surgical scars, but that's it. It's an important matter, but they never discuss it. Nevert ...more
Kendra T
This was a cute story of two guys (Gabriel and Aitor) meeting at first when one stole the other's parking spot, then when they were inside at a gaming convention playing against each other. The initial irritation quickly disappeared when they were playing the game and flirting. The main story takes place over a couple of days, and it is a short story, but is totally cute. I enjoyed watching them get to know each other and come together. Aitor is trans, but the story does not focus much on this. ...more
N.G. Peltier
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
my first book by Laura and it was a quick fun read. loved the flirting over board games angle. I haven't heard of some of these board games but they sound pretty interesting! great banter and chemistry between the two men as well!

I can't speak on the authenticity of the trans rep since i'm not trans but I liked that Gabriel did check in with Aitor and asked "Can i?" before he removed Aitor's pants or touched him.

Great pacing too as the author packed a lot of feelings i felt into this sweet sto
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
this was adorably sweet and cute.. i enjoyed the storyline and characters.. i am not much into "game" type of stories only because ive never played these and don't understand most of the things they talked about but i loved seeing them get together and the things they go through and everything involved.. i did feel it was a bit rushed but thats probably because its a short story. i am glad i read it. ...more
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this short but sweet tale of two nice guys meeting at a gaming convention. (By the way, I knew about video game conventions, but this one is for board games. Are those real? If so, I want to find one to attend!) This story mentions deep subjects, but it stays focused on Gabriel and Aitor getting to know each other. The author made me care about them quickly and with few words, which makes me want to read more from her.
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I had way too much fun reading this one. It's a cute story with funny characters, and just enough naughtiness. I spent all my time reading it giggling like a teenager (I'm still one in my soul!).

It's pretty short, so there isn't much room for deep character development, as expected. Still, the main relationship develops nicely and the story is well paced, so no complains from me.

If you like simple, cute, nerdy and queer romance... This is a fantastic read!
Isabelle Adler
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
If you love m/m romances and ever need a pick-me-up read to boost your mood, look no further! This was a short, sexy, and fun read about two guys meeting and flirting at a gaming convention, and it leaves you with a smile.
Laura Bailo does sweet and romantic to perfection, and I'm definitely looking forward to more from her!
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Laura Bailo is an asexual Spanish author of queer romance. She’s an anxiety-ridden writer who, when not writing or reading, loves exploring the narrow streets of Pamplona and thinking about all the stories she wants to write in the future. She has a penchant for writing sweet stories with a Spanish flavor, be it fantasy or contemporary, and she’s still dreaming about writing her first historical. ...more

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