I read this novel in March 2017. This is one of my favorite series and where I discovered authors, Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson.
Title: Hard Wired
Series: Cyberlove #3
Authors: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Publication date: February 13, 2017
Blurb: My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There’s a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.
But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I’ve known online for years. And he’d known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.
Now we’re back online, and he’s acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don’t plan to let him forget.
Thoughts: I have enjoyed each book in the Cyberlove series. They are all different due the the characters, but intersect and overlap. We meet the main characters in Strong Signal, mods for Kai’s Twitch stream, and again see them in Fast Connection, where this story overlaps.
Jesse and Ian/Cherry/Cerise have a complex story with a lot of introspection and trust issues especially on Ian’s part. I liked both characters and my heart broke for both of them as they worked through what has happened to them in the past as well as insecurities and cyber drama. This was not an easy HEA, but I enjoyed the ending and the set up for the next couple.
I have listened to the audiobooks for all the books in this series. The narrators are wonderful and add to the experience. Highly recommend.
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Strong Signal is the first in the Cyberlove series and you can find my thoughts, as well as those of other reviewers that inspired me to read this book by clicking the audiobook cover below.
Blurb: I was counting down the months until the end of my deployment. My days were spent working on military vehicles, and I spent my nights playing video games that would distract me until I could leave Staff Sergeant Garrett Reid behind. That was when I met him: Kai Bannon, a fellow gamer with a famous stream channel. I never expected to become fixated on someone who’d initially been a rival. And I’d never expected someone who oozed charm to notice me – a guy known for his brutal honesty and scowl. I hadn’t planned for our online friendship to turn into something that kept me up at night – hours of chatting evolving into filthy webcam sessions. But it did. And now I can’t stop thinking about him. In my mind, our real life meeting is perfect. We kiss, we fall into bed, and it’s love at first sight. Except, like most things in my life, it doesn’t go as planned.
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Fast Connection, Cyberlove #2
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Blurb: After a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic ‘Nicky’ Costigan–the skirt-chasing player. They don’t know I’ve been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.
When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it’s for one-night only. That’s fine with me, because I’m down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn’t take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again.
He’s got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he’s as addicted to me as I am to him. He can’t resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke’s rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe too complicated.
*FAST CONNECTION is a standalone, full-length romance novel with no cliffhanger*
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Be sure you read this bonus scene after Fast Connection
Free read here: Bonus Scene