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Title: Hard Wired
Series: Cyberlove #3
Author: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 270 Pages
Publisher: Megtino Press
Cover Design: Natasha Snow
Cover Photography: Mel Seser
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
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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“Finish your other drink. I want to show you something.”
Jesse did as commanded, tilting his head back and wincing, but he swallowed it in one gulp. I leaned in closer, pressing my body to his broader more muscular one, and tangled my fingers with his. He was so warm, and he smelled so good that I wanted to keep him close.
He dropped the glass to the table with a comical grimace. Jesse wasn’t much of a drinker, but he was still sharp. Even so, I leaned in and whispered, “Are you sober?”
“Does slightly tipsy count as sober?”
“In my world, yes. But… are you sober enough to make a decision you won’t regret about someone you know nothing about?”
Jesse sucked in another breath. I leaned back far enough to search his face and found parted lips still damp from the drink and dilating eyes. On a whim, I darted out my tongue to taste the gin and tonic on his lips. It tasted better.
“I won’t regret anything I decide,” he croaked.
My smile was slightly feral, but I couldn’t check my eagerness. This was happening. It was going to happen, anyway. And my heart was in my throat because I’d waited…dreamed…for years for this, and finally the moment was mine.
We speed-walked out of the party like a couple of over-excited kids, my hand sweaty as it gripped his. He didn’t pull away as our fingers twined together. I looked at him once to see he couldn’t take his eyes off me.
Fuck. I couldn’t believe this was happening.
FallenCon had completely taken over the convention center. There were cosplayers everywhere, people with badges, and drunk folks spilling out from the party. The entire place seemed like a party, and this was usually the moment that I loved the most. When everyone dropped their insecurities and their rivalries and online dramas, and we all had fun. Lost ourselves in a moment that would forever remain in our minds as the one time we truly enjoyed being out with others.
But my brain was a mantra of fuck other people, must have Jesse. I dragged him down a hallway, opened the first conference room door I saw, and was relieved to find the lights dimmed and no one inside.
I had him up against the wall before he could ask the question. Those explosive blue eyes widened, but he didn’t shy away. And he didn’t hold up his hands in typical over-the-top adorkable Garvy fashion, a please wait sign, when I plastered myself against him. His body was harder than I’d imagined, the bumps and ridges of muscle causing my pulse to race faster.
“I hope you don’t regret this tomorrow,” I murmured.
He shook his head. “Never.”
I wasn’t so sure, but I drew him in for a kiss. That first taste had been nothing compared to his mouth slanting open for me, immediately inviting my tongue. I gave it to him with sweeping glides, fucking his mouth with it, and drinking every delightful little sound he made.
It was Jesse’s first time kissing a guy, and I knew I should be making it sweet or gentle.
Probationary, even. But I couldn’t. I ravaged him until we were clutching each other in the kind of raw make-out that belonged in the back of a pickup truck after a night of drunken tailgating, not in this haven for gamers and nerds.
We were grinding on each other, and I was too dazed to know when it had happened. All I knew was that the heaviness pressing against my own erection was causing my knees to weaken.
My moans filled every corner of the room, but I didn’t care if I seemed desperate or slutty. That he didn’t understand why a kiss was causing me to tremble with need.
He couldn’t know that I’d imagined this so often, that I’d drawn it, that I’d wished for it. And he couldn’t have known that sliding his hand into my hair and holding me harder against him would unleash the part of me that wanted nothing more than to drop to my knees.
FallenCon brings together the meeting of Kai Bannon’s two mods—Garvy and CherryCakes. These two have been communicating and working together, online, for two years so the time to meet—face to face—has finally come.
Before their panel—where these two will sit together—takes place, Jesse Garvy is frozen in place by a dark haired, tattooed and pierced, sexy artist known as Cerise.
Cerise is the dark artist and alter ego of Ian Larson. He created this persona to take control of his life—be strong—and never show fear in the face of others. He was abandoned as a baby, passed from one foster home to another, until he aged out of the system. To escape his past of abuse and neglect—he NEEDS this armor—so nothing can penetrate his weaknesses.
On the flip-side, he created CherryCakes who is upbeat, personable, and also the person meeting Jesse, face to face, and knows the assumption is that CherryCakes is a girl…which couldn't be further from the truth.
But—before that meeting takes place—Cerise and Jesse are like striking a match and throwing it in a gallon of gasoline.
This is one of the scenes (“Ian making his move towards Jesse”)
I had him up against the wall before he could ask the question.
“I hope you don’t regret this tomorrow, “I murmured.
He shook his head. “Never,”
It was Jesse’s first time kissing a guy, and I knew I should be making it sweet or gentle. Probationary, even. But I couldn’t. I ravaged him until we were clutching each other in the kind of raw make-out that belonged in the back of a pickup truck after a night of drunken tailgating, not in this haven for gamers and nerds.
HOT! HOT!! HOT!!!
The truth shall set you free. . .or piss you off! When Jesse meets Ian the next morning and sees that he is ALSO CherryCakes—he is furious. He feels betrayed and he says some really mean and hurtful things to Ian, causing Ian to run away.
Days later—back on their own playing fields and home turf—they start chatting. Jesse really likes Ian and tries to understand who he is—as Cerise—but even though he tries, he doesn’t really understand why he needs that identity.
Ian broke my heart on more than one occasion as he struggles and fights for what he wants and he wants Jesse, so he has to do a lot of soul searching. He's basically a recluse, an introvert, and he has these identities for a reason.
Being Ian—without the protection of Cerise or CherryCakes—takes a huge amount of guts, courage, and bravery. Enormous strength. He has it all.
Jesse is such a nice guy, but he’s a push over and he allows his parents to run over him—mooch off him—and it was infuriating to see him not open his mouth—time after time—and continually give in to them. With Ian, however, he didn’t seem to have the same problem. He wanted Ian and fought for him.
They live in different states, so most of their relationship is online—their phone sex is off the charts HOT, and eventually—after much angst-ridden dialogue—they reach their HFN—possible HEA.
The secondary characters consist of Beau, Jesse’s cousin—YouTube Vlogger—who was awesome—often hilarious—and a positive influence in Jesse’s life and. . .fingers crossed, next to get his story. TrashyZane, and Lyrix—possible matches to Beau—also vloggers and gamers.
Both, Jesse and Ian, have a lot of insecurities and hidden truths they must work through, but they become a strong support system to each other and they give strength to each other where they didn’t have it before.
I absolutely loved this story and the writing was incredible. I felt connected to the story—the characters—and was completely invested in the outcome.
* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Alpha Book Club *
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MEET THE AUTHORS
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.
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.