Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
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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Okay, I’m gonna be real honest here and say this book was a little hard to get thru. Before I tell you why, I just want to say that this author duo is ridiculously talented and work seamlessly together. I’ve read all their works as individuals and as a team and they are both talented story tellers. However, Hard Wired fell short for me in a lot of ways.
I’ve seen this mentioned in other reviews and thank God for that, because I thought I was losing my mind. I flip flopped back and forth on who I thought wrote which character, but one thing I knew with great certainty is that Ian felt very much real. Bottom line, the similarities between Ian and Santino were ridic lol and it felt weird while I read the story. Numerous times I thought … is this fiction or real life experience … really weird for me. And it took me out of the fictional world they had created too many times so I felt disconnected with the story.
Ian was a really hard character for me to connect with. Maybe because of all his running from situations or maybe because I honestly just didn’t understand him, but I had more questions about him by the end of the book than I did at the beginning. His background and history felt very glossed over. And his connection to Jesse I did not feel at all. I don’t know what I missed, but the entire story felt disjointed to me. It could be time & place and I just read it with the wrong mind frame … I dunno.
Overall, Hard Wire was not for me. However, I still have the highest regards for the very talented Santino Hassell and Megan Erickson. And I will continue to read all their words 🙂
Copy provided for blog tour review
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About the Authors
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.
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.