The Player's Lounge (The Player's Lounge Series Book 1) by Dan Calley

A debut novel unlike any other, Dan Calley, shows us he's not only a talented narrator but an amazing writer to boot! In THE PLAYER'S LOUNGE, get ready to tow the line of Sci-fi and reality to see soul mates try to find their loves again.

From the blurb:

Quint has a secret – he’s a Player: a reincarnated soul walking amongst the living with his past life memories intact, with all the heartache over remembering his loves and losses.

Society knows Players like Quint as the One Percent, but only seems to hear about the bad ones, not understanding the burdens and knowledge that most have to carry.

This is Quint’s first time as a Player and he’s living it, using his past life’s knowledge to find his way in a new world, but he still hasn’t found what he came here for – Leo.

In their previous lives, Quint and Leo declared their love right before they died, and made a simple pact: in the next lifetime, they’d find each other.

Only Leo isn’t keeping to his promise.

Needing to understand why, Quint has one option left to try to find Leo: The Player’s Lounge…. A mysterious app where the lost souls of the One Percent can reconnect.

'The Player’s Lounge' is the debut novel from prolific M/M narrator Dan Calley.

Molly Otto's Review:

This book truly is unlike anything I've read before and from me that is saying something. It's right on that edge of sci-fi and reality that makes you hope that it could be a reality. You are either a Player or a Reboot. If you are a Player, you can not tell a Reboot of your true reality. It's a mind boggle, and it keeps you pulled in from start to finish. 

Mind is still reeling. This is Dan's first novel. I've been a fan of his narrations for years now, and I'm so glad to see he took this next big step into the literary world.

This is a low steam, low angst, read of soulmates destined to keep finding each other over and over again. It could've been angsty, but the way it was written, it was more lyrical than anything. Cannot wait to see this journey as it continues in future works.

Rating: 5 Stars

Sheena's Review:

This is a debut novel, and I'll be honest in that I picked it up as I love Dan's work as a narrator and was curious. It helps I love MM and sci-fi and this was a fresh take on the theme of reincarnation and fated mates. I loved the whole idea of reincarnating either as a player - with all your memories of past lives, loves, and experiences intact, or as a reboot with no memory of past lives, essentially a fresh start.

I really liked the world he created. It started at the end of a life together for our MCs, and built from that. As the story went on, I realized how complex the world building was, and how much thought had gone into it. Little things like finding yourself at the choosing point of being a reboot or player at the same time as your soulmate require you to die at the same time - which would be very rare. Dying at different times means you wouldn't automatically know where your other half is, if they're even on the same world as you, or made the same choice you did. I did like the idea that you could almost bring your mate to you, and I really loved the idea of finding each other again during a lifetime.

There's so much happening here. I really enjoyed it and I liked the MCs, too. There is so much scope for stories in this world and I, for one, really hope we get to go back into it, because I need to have a happy ending for Harry.

If I didn't know better, I'd swear this was an established author and not a debut.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

The Player's Lounge is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.