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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Hard Wired by Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

Hard Wired

Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell

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Title: Hard Wired Series: Cyberlove, #3 Authors: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell Publisher: Megtino Press Release Date: February 13, 2017 Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance / Gaymers   

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.

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Ian/Cherrycakes/Cerise is one complicated MF.
There are many sides to him and it kind of made my brain swirl. I think it kind of made Ian's brain swirl pot, because he didn't know who to be at one time to the next. Not that he really had split personalities, but more protective gear in certain situations, and rightly so. I also feel that this is Santino's character. Whether that's fact or not, I'd love to ask him for sure, but I feel like I can feel Sunny behind this character, in the way he's written. 

Jesse Garvy aka Garvy is protective when it comes to mod-ing for Kai and for his fellow moderators, but when it comes to his own life, he seems to become a doormat. He's this sunny looking surfer boy who wants to have dreams, but he's held back by the parents he seems to take care of instead of the other way around. The only person who seems to stand up for him day to day is his cousin Beau, a professional vlogger. Jetties to be supportive for Jesse and get him to do things, but it isn't until after he meets Ian, and things get really tested, that he actually breaks free. 

Even though Jesse and Ian are mods together on Twitch, they don't really know each other "personally". Well, at least Jesse doesn't know what Cherrycakes looks like. So when he meets Ian at FallenCon and becomes super smitten, Ian is reluctant to tell Jesse who he really is. By the time they're up on panel it's too late, and Jesse is furious for having been lied to. Needless to say, there's a lot of ups and downs between these two as to the hiding and running away and being broody artists. 

I get that Ian is having difficulty melding all of his personas together and being afraid to put his real self out there, but it kind of gave me a bit of whip lash, and I felt a little bad for Jesse. I also felt bad for Ian, because he really really struggles with this. But when Ian sees Jesse standing up for him, it's really no longer a question and it all falls in place so easily. 

I cried for Jesse. Not that his parents were awful, they were just neglectful and selfish. He felt this loyalty to them that held him back. In some ways it was honorable, and in other ways you just wanted to shake him and say "you need to do you, booboo!" 
But I lived the way Ian and Jesse gave each other the confidence to finally be who they wanted to be. It was a very sweet ending. I really hope there's more of them in the future. 

Beau and Zane, Beau and Zane, I can't wait for Beau and Zane!!! If this is even going to be a thing, I think it's going to be funny AF. Beau is so "happy" and Zane is so "grumpy-esque". The opposites things is going to be great! 

Overall I give this between a 4 & 4.5 *

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Check out All the Books in the Cyberlove Series

Strong Signal

Gamer nostalgia

Listening to them talking about quests and guilds and PvP and fps... it makes me miss peg and my old WoW guild... only true gamers will know what that's like. The relationships that you do build through them, etc..
Of course, that's not ALL this book is about.

When Garret gets pwned by a higher leveled character who isn't even supposed to be in this specific place, he gets mad and decides to dig a little bit on who this guy is. He comes across the guys Twitch account, live gamer streaming, he takes a shot at him in his chat and claims revenge. After Garret watchdogs guy for awhile though, he becomes intrigued.

I know this all sounds very nerdy, but I promise, it isn't only needing out.

Our Garret is active military, and is deployed. His only getaway is gaming. Kai is a professional gamer and a bit of a recluse. Both have demons they're fighting, but when they do get together, things are explosive. These two are so sweet together, I just want to wrap them in a blanket and cuddle them. They're definitely going into my top 10 list of MCs.

Their banter and chemistry make me smile, and it really just brings back some awesome memories. I'm so glad I finally read this book, it took me forever! Better late than never though.

I highly recommend this book, if you haven't read it, but are thinking about it, up it on your list!

I give it 5 controllers!!

Fast Connection

I keep seeing people saying they liked this one more than book 1. I can't say the same for myself, only because I felt super connected to book one on a reminiscent level. It evoked some strong memories in me and I absolutely ADORE Kai!!

That being said, holy shit the family drama feels!!! I was almost bawling between Duffy and Dominic's little heart to heart.

Dominic is friggen hilarious and such a goofball, I'd totally hang out with him, but no way in hell am I drinking Bud Lite, blech!!! ;)

I loved the fact that Luke was older and established. I think it really anchored Dominic in a time when he was feeling so lost. For me, it took Dominic a long time, if almost too long for the story, to get his act together. These two are great together, awesome chemistry, after Luke stopped being an ass. I can't say I'd have personally given him another try, but I'm glad Dominic did, because they rock together.

I loved the ending, and the large family gathering and blending, it was very heart warming, made me feel kinda fuzzy n warm.

Make sure to check out The Visit!

What do y'all think is next, the mods story?? ;)

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About the Authors

Megan Erickson

  Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she liked writing her own endings better. She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.
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Santino Hassell 

Santino Hassell was raised by a conservative family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author. Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences. 

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  1. I love this series! I am an online gamer who's made friends across miles, and seen them through every kind of life event imaginable. Birth, death (that hurt, so bad), first dates, bad hookups, marriages, divorces. Even titanium hip replacements. Thank you to Megan and Santino for writing them! I remember every deployed guildmate who couldn't say where they were, and every friend I had to help scrape back together via headset and teamspeak/vent/ skype when things got rough, every time I read these books.

    1. Love this! This series gives me gamer nostalgia as well <3

  2. I stayed up late reading this when it was released Sunday night. I was surprised. For some reason, I thought Jesse would be the one who needed a kick in the ass. But I was unprepared for how much Ian made my heart hurt. Thanks, guys, for making me an hour late for work Monday morning.

  3. I love this series. I've been parcelling out this book because I don't want it to end!

  4. I love this series as well. I've listened to the first 2 books in audio & can't wait to catch up with the 3rd!

  5. Thank you for the reviews. I recently gave Strong Signal a read but haven't had the chance to read the others in the series.

  6. Congratulations on the new release. I haven't read this series yet, but I have read so many good reviews, that I am catching up.

  7. Thanks for the great reviews! I definitely have Hard Wired on my to-read list.